For anyone owning a pistol, a gun holster is an essential accessory. Not only does it provide a safe and secure place to carry your firearm, but it also ensures quick and easy access when you need it most. A holster protects the gun from damage, keeps it concealed, and greatly decreases the chance of accidental discharges by covering the trigger. Furthermore, a good holster will hold your firearm firmly while allowing for a smooth draw. And it spares you the trouble of having to reach into your backpack or bag to get the gun. But it’s not just about safety and convenience; a well-designed holster also contributes to comfort, especially when carrying a gun for extended periods.
IWB holsters are designed to be worn inside the pants, attached via a clip or loops to the wearer's belt. They offer excellent concealment as the majority of the gun sits inside the wearer's pants with only the grip exposed. These holsters are popular for their discretion and ease of access.
OWB holsters are worn on the outside of the pants, offering a quicker and more natural draw compared to IWB holsters. While they may not be as concealable, they are often more comfortable and easier to access, making them a preferred choice for law enforcement and sports shooters.
Shoulder holsters consist of a harness system that goes over your shoulders, positioning the gun under your arm and across your chest. These holsters are ideal for people who spend a lot of time sitting or driving, as they offer easy access in these positions. They also help distribute the weight of the firearm across your body, reducing strain.
Chest holsters, similar to shoulder holsters, allow for easy access while sitting or moving around. They are particularly popular among outdoor enthusiasts, as they keep the firearm accessible yet out of the way during activities like hiking or hunting.
As the name suggests, pocket holsters are small enough to fit inside a pocket. They are designed to break up the outline of the gun, making it less noticeable. Pocket holsters are a great option for smaller pistols and revolvers.
Ankle holsters wrap around the lower leg, providing a discreet carry option for a backup gun. They are typically used in conjunction with another carry method and are popular among law enforcement for carrying a secondary weapon.
Gritr Outdoors boasts a wide variety of gun holsters that cater to any needs and preferences you might have. We work with such industry experts as Galco, Comp-Tac, Fobus and other industry experts known for their profound knowledge in holster making.
There are several varieties of gun holsters and a few classifications to choose from. The most prominent is according to wearing style. As such, there are IWB holsters, OWB holsters, shoulder holsters, chest holsters, pocket holsters, ankle holsters, belly band holsters and Small of Back holsters.
Holsters use different retention methods to secure firearms, and these methods can be broadly categorized into two types: active retention and passive retention. Active Retention involves a mechanism or device that must be manually disengaged to draw the firearm. Passive Retention, in turn, doesn't involve any mechanisms; instead, it relies on the snug fit of the holster around the firearm.
The safety of a holster isn't determined by its type, otherwise, there’d have been only one type available. If a holster fully covers the trigger to prevent accidental discharges, has strong retention to securely hold the firearm, and attaches firmly to your clothing or body, it’s already good at doing its job.