Gun Holsters

Gun Holsters provides reviews, articles, and listings for all types of gun holsters and pistol holsters. We cover gun holsters by Galco, Comp-Tac, Don Hume, Mitch Rosen, Fobus, Safariland, Uncle Mike's, Bianchi, 5.11, Blackhawk, and many others.

Basic functions of a holster

Holsters are generally designed to offer protection to the gun, secure retention, and ready access. The need for ready access is often at odds with the need for security and protection, so the user must decide how much they are willing to compromise on ready access to gain the security and protection. Picking the right compromise can be very important, especially in the case of a defensive weapon holster, where failure to access the weapon quickly, or damage or loss of the weapon due to insufficient retention or protection could result in the user's death.

Holsters are generally designed to be used with one hand, allowing the firearm to be removed and/or replaced with one hand. To be able to return a gun to a holster one-handed, the holster should be made from a fairly stiff substance that holds its shape, so that the holster won't collapse without the firearm inside to give it support. Too stiff, however, and the holster might be prone to breakage if it is pressed between the wearer's body and another object, such as a chair or wall.

Holsters are generally worn attached to a person's belt or waistband, or clipped to an item of clothing. Some holsters may also fit inside a pocket, where they add stability and protection to the weapon, keeping it secure in the pocket. Holsters are generally kept near the waist, chest, or upper thighs of the user, where they may easily be reached. Other holsters may be behind the back, at the ankle, or even inside the pants, if they are intended to be concealed.

Materials

Since holsters are best made from fairly stiff yet tough materials, there are a limited number of common choices. The traditional material, particularly for handgun holsters, is leather. Leather is commonly considered attractive, and can be found dyed in many colors and/or embossed with elaborate designs for cosmetic reasons. Ballistic nylon is a commonly used fabric for holsters, as it is stiff, wear resistant, and thick enough to provide protection. Molded plastics, such as Kydex, are also becoming popular.

In the case of handguns, there is also the "string holster" whose usage was taught by the OSS during World War II. This is simply a loop of string or cord, attached to the belt or a belt loop, placed inside the pants at the waistband, into which the muzzle of the weapon is inserted. This provides a modicum of retention, while maximizing concealability and lightness of weight.

Firearms holsters

Holster designs for firearms cover a wide range of shapes, materials, and retention/release mechanisms, from simple leather pouches hanging from a belt to highly protective holsters with flaps that cover the entire handgun, to highly adjustable competition holsters that hold the handgun at a precise position and release instantly with the right pressure. The wide range of types indicates the highly varied circumstances in which holsters are used, and the varying preferences of the users.

Ruger LC 9 Muddy Girl Nylon Gun Holster OWB Pink Purple Camo Use L or R Hand
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Uncle Mikes 3530 1 Black Kodra Nylon Plain RH Pro3 HK USP 9mm Duty Gun Holster
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Side Gun Holster fits Charles Daly 1911 with 5 Barrel with Laser
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NEW Mikes PINK Side Gun Holster fits Ruger LC9 9MM GREAT FOR LADIES
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Nylon Gun Holster for Glock 22 OWB Black Ambidextrous by Pro Tech Size WSB 7
Nylon Gun Holster for Glock 22 OWB Black Ambidextrous by Pro Tech Size WSB 7 $19.75
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Blackhawk 44H008BK R Black RH Level 2 SERPA SigPro 2022 Duty Gun Holster
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Muddy Girl Gun Holster fits CZ 50 Use Left or Right Hand Draw
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Pistol Gun holster With Extra Mag Pouch ForTaurus PT 745 PT 140PT 145PT 111
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NEW Protech Outdoors Gun holster For Springfield XD 40XD 9 Compact With Laser
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OWB Nylon Gun Holster fits Glock 17 with Laser use left or right handed WSB19
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Gun Holster Fits Sig Sauer 220225226228229 With Tactical Light Like a Glove
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WSB 16 Side Gun Holster fits UBERTI 1871 1872 OPEN TOP REVOLVER W 8 Barrel
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Back Pocket Wallet Gun Holster fits Beretta Bobcat or Tomcat Black Suede PT WH
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Tactical gun holster for Ruger 1911 With 5 Barrel
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Automatic Side Gun Holster fits GLOCK 17 22 31 33 WITH LASER 449 Barrel
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Muddy Girl Gun Holster fits Springfield 1911 1A Compact Use L or R Hand Draw
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Sticky Holster Waistband IWB Gun Holster fits Hi Point 380 or 9 Size LG 2
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Tactical Concealed Carry Right Left Ankle Leg Gun Holster For LCP LC9 PF9 Small
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