Ever since I abandoned AIWB carry, getting a good holster has become a lot easier. I just go to Galco’s website and order a Summer Comfort or a Royal Guard for whatever gun it is I need to carry. Problem solved, problem staying solved.
I recommend these holsters for the same reason I recommend most of the gear I use: they’re made by a reputable manufacturer that has good customer service and a commitment to quality. The holster is rugged, durable, and the design itself has been around for roughly a billion years. More importantly, I don’t make the mistake of getting emotionally attached to them, so that if one of them eventually becomes floppy and starts to give up the ability to holster one handed, I throw it in the garbage and buy a new one. However I should note that I’ve yet to have one of Galco’s premium designs do that. I’ve got a Galco Fletch that’s probably pushing 8 years old, and it’s still nice and sturdy.
Greg at Active Response Training has a great article on holster selection, and I agree with pretty much everything he has to say about holster selection. I’m not really a big fan of the hybrid style of holster, even when it’s made by a legit company like Comp-Tac. Actually, I could write for a bit on how I don’t like hybrid holsters, but I’ll probably save that post for later. Now, to make things simple, here is a list of holsters I recommend for traditional IWB carry. I do not have a list of recommended holsters for appendix carry, because that’s a not how I carry.
- Galco Royal Guard and Summer Comfort
- Kramer #3
There are plenty of other good holsters out there from other manufacturers. The reason you don’t see Raven Concealment on this, for example is that while I’m sure they’re an excellent holster, I don’t have any personal experience with it. So I’m not going to recommend to my readers they bet their lives on a piece of gear I’ve never used. That would be the height of irresponsible, guns.com style journalism, and for all my sins I won’t go that far. Make no mistake, you are absolutely betting your life on your carry holster. You’re betting that it will present the gun correctly when you need it to, that it will keep the gun secure when you’re out and about, and that it won’t come to pieces and help cause an ND.
Holsters are really important. Buy the right one.