A holster is one of the safest and most effective ways to carry a handgun. This wearable accessory also keeps your gun steady, accessible, and in a fixed location. At the same time, it’s important to wear a handgun holster correctly. The firearms safety and training experts from LTC Austin, your premier choice for Austin LTC online training, break this down based on common types of handgun holsters.
One of the most common ways to carry a handgun is with a waistband or hip holster. These holsters are fairly simple to use, since they typically attach to a belt with either a clip or a loop. Holsters for the hip can be worn on the outside of the pants or on the inside for concealed carry. Inside-the-waistband holsters are generally recommended as the best option for concealed carry. They offer the best balance of comfort, concealability, and access to the gun.
Belly Band Holsters
If you prefer to carry your handgun on the inside of your clothing, a safe and comfortable way to do this is with a belly band holster. With this type of holster, you’ll adjust the band so the holster is positioned so you can easily reach your handgun.
Offering a bit more comfort than a hip holster and allowing for cross-body draws, a shoulder holster is worn by placing the holster rig over your shoulders—similar to what you would do if carrying a backpack. Also, when wearing a shoulder holster, you’ll want to:
• Tighten the rig so the straps rest below your neck
• Adjust the straps so the rig fits snugly against your body
• Adjust the holster position so it’s where you would naturally reach for your handgun
• Fix the angle of the holster so it’s natural and comfortable for you
Lastly, once you get your shoulder holster adjusted, move your body in different directions (e.g., turning, twisting, bending, and reaching). Adjust the straps again if any of these movements are impeded by the holster.
A drop leg or thigh holster usually attaches to a belt and goes down along the thigh. Some handgun owners prefer this option because it feels more natural. Wear a thigh holster correctly by:
• Strapping the holster to your preferred thigh
• Pulling the straps up in a way that puts the holster in your preferred position
• Fastening the holster to the belt
• Putting your handgun in the holster once it’s adjusted and testing it to make sure the position works well for you
Drawing from the ankle isn’t always natural or comfortable, especially if you’re tall or have thin ankles. However, if you prefer to have your handgun in this area, adjust the strap so it fits comfortably around your ankle. It should be snug but not so tight that it affects your circulation or ability to move your ankle.
If you decide to open carry, just make sure you’re carrying in a manner that’s legal for open carry with an LTC.
No matter what type of gun you own, safety should be your top priority, and a good holster can help you carry your weapon safely. If you’d like to learn more about gun safety, taking an Austin license to carry online class, or any other aspect of firearm ownership, reach out to the experts at LTC Austin today at 512-766-3039.