5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Gun Holster for Your Weapon

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Looking for a new gun holster? According to a recent Gallup poll, 56% of Americans say the U.S. is safer with more people carrying concealed weapons. What about you? What do you say? What’s more, it’s easy to legally carry a concealed firearm.

Forty-two states say that if you’re allowed to buy a gun, you’re allowed to carry a concealed firearm. The other eight keep some discretion whether to issue or deny a carrying permit. But even in those states, they aren’t hard to get.

If you want to be one of the few carrying a concealed pistol, we dedicate this article to you. Below, you’ll find the top five tips for choosing the right holster. Read on to learn more.

Gun Holster Retention

The word “retention” is used to describe how good your holster is at keeping your firearm where it should be. In other words, if you jump up and down, will your gun fall out of your holster? We hope not. If your gun does fall out, it’s time to look for a new holster.

The above problem happens when you have too little retention. When you have too much retention, you can’t get the gun out of the holster. It’s holding on too tight. You want to look for a holster that falls somewhere in the middle. Some holsters even offer adjustable retention rates. They accommodate people of varied strengths and sizes.

Ride Height and Cant Adjustment

Your ride height is how high your holster sits on your waist or under your arm. Your cant adjustment is the angle at which your gun sits. Both are important for a comfortable, fast draw. Fortunately, factory settings will work well for most of you. As for the others? Most holsters offer a variety of adjustable settings to get your gun placement just right.

Ride height adjusts upwards and downwards. Cant adjustment rotates clockwise and counterclockwise. Make sure your new gear sits just right before you buy it. This is especially true for concealed gun holsters. The wrong adjustment will leave the gun bulge visible to bystanders.


Some holsters come in a one-size-fits-all style. Avoid these at all costs. They’re begging for catastrophe. The main problems are low retention and clumsy draw. You already know you want a medium retention. You also want a smooth draw.

Your draw is how you pull your gun. A proper draw involves an easy grasp on your handle. With an even amount of pressure, you should be able to remove your gun and aim it. Non-molded, leather pistol holsters, in particular, make for loose, clumsy draws. Instead, find a holster that’s molded to the shape of your guns make and model. It makes all the difference.


This one’s a little more challenging to describe. Take a moment and remember back to your favorite pair of jeans or sneakers. They just fit right, didn’t they? That’s how your gun holster belt should fit. It should never rub awkwardly or dig into you when you stand or walk.

When you try on your holster, imagine wearing it for ten hours a day. Could you stomach doing so day after day, week after week? If not, it’s not the right one for you.


This one’s easier to discern. What materials were used to make your new holster? Are they more durable than the others available?

How thick is the leather? Will it stand up under use in harsh weather? How about regular sun exposure? Dry conditions?

What about the cut? Does it have a charming style? Remember function isn’t everything. If you’re going to invest in a holster you’ll have for the next twenty years, spend the time to get it right.

What’s Next?

When you hunt for your gun holster, remember to shop around. Hundreds of different types exist. The right one is out there; it just requires some patience and a little legwork. If you found this piece helpful, take five minutes to look at our other gun articles.

So long and good luck!

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