I mentioned this a little obliquely on last night’s Gun Nuts Radio (have you heard it yet? www.blogtalkradio.com/gunnuts if you haven’t) but a recent post by James Rummel about holster selection has me seeing red. The post in question is here:
Last night on the show, I asked Tam, Leah, and Breda all what kind of holster they use for on-body carry, and the answe was generally the same across the board. Each of the ladies, two of whom do this for a living, select high quality leather holsters paired with a quality leather belt. Myself, I carry in a Safariland holster that BJ Norris gave me when I’m carrying a 1911, which while not as pretty as leather provides the same level of retention with a higher rigidity.
The point is that cheap nylon holsters don’t hold the gun in a consistent location. For self defense or competition shooting, the butt of the gun needs to present in the same place every time, regardless of whether or not you’ve been moving around, getting in or out of a car, etc. In a stress situation, your hand will go to where the gun SHOULD be based on your muscle memory and training. A proper kydex rig such as those from Blackhawk, Safariland, Blade-Tech, et al is going to provide a faster draw and a much more stable platform for your firearm than a cheap nylon holster.
I am not trying to start blog drama here, but recommending that people trust their life to a 10 dollar piece of nylon stitched together in a sweatshop in Vietnam is irresponsible. You spent good money on that gun, take a little time and spend money on a good holster.