Holster Types

Holsters ensure that the trigger and trigger guard are protected against accidentally fingering the trigger and discharging the pistol. Holsters may secure the pistol visibly (open carry) or hidden (concealed carry).

Different situations in your life may require different ways in which to carry your pistol. You may have multiple holsters for the same pistol, depending on those various needs.

WARNING!

It is very dangerous to carry a pistol unholstered. For instance, if you are carrying a pocket-size pistol in a pocket without a pocket holster, a single loose coin and a shift of the body in a certain direction can discharge the pistol.

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Ankle holster
A holster meant to be worn around the ankle, typically for the purpose of concealed carry.

Advantages

Disadvantages

In the waistband (IWB) holster
A holster meant to be worn inside the waistband, typically for the purpose of concealed carry.

Advantages

Disadvantages

Outside the waistband (OWB) holster
A holster meant to be worn outside the waistband, typically for the purpose of open carry.

Advantages

Disadvantages

Pocket holster
A holster meant to carry a pistol inside the pant pocket.

Advantages

Disadvantages

Shoulder holster
A holster meant to carry a pistol at the level of your ribcage, typically for the purpose of concealed carry.

Advantages

Disadvantages