Admit it. We all know that as gun nuts we have a box of holsters in a closet, under a bed, or some place where good, honest folk can’t see the poor decisions we made before we bought a Comp-Tac. And somewhere in that box is one of these, because we’ve all done it. I know, I’ve been there. I’ve purchased the accursed “universal belt slide holster” myself, and I honestly won’t tell you what kind of gun I carried around in it, because the shame would simply be too great for me to bear.
The whole “holster” conversation comes up time and time again, as I am routinely amazed to see otherwise intelligent folk taking their $500 gun and putting it in a $15 piece of nylon. After many, many pixels expended on preaching the gospel of good holsters, my argument can be distilled down to this: If you’ve decided that your life is valuable enough to make the decision to carry a gun, then shouldn’t your life be valuable enough to carry that gun in a good holster?
That’s really the core of my argument against them. I don’t even mind them as temporary solutions; I have bought many cheap nylon holsters to use as improvised gun cases. A $15 “Universal” holster is less bulky than a hard case and fits neatly in my backpack for range trips. But in the event that you ever need to use your gun to defend your life, you’re betting your life not just on the gun, or your training but also on your belt, your holster, and even your pants. And if you ask me, my life is worth a lot more than fifteen bucks.