If you are new to the world of guns or are considering getting your permit to carry, you may have started your search for a new holster for your weapon. Holsters house and secure your weapon safely. A good holster should keep your weapon firmly in place on your body, but it should also be accessible and comfortable to wear as well. Aside from housing your weapon, the primary function of your holster is to cover the trigger guard to prevent an accidental discharge from happening. In addition to the many different types of materials used to make holsters, there are also a variety of different styles of holsters that are designed for placement on certain parts of the body.
Leather tends to be the go-to material that most seasoned gun owners prefer. Most holsters are made from cow, horse or exotic animal skins. Leather holsters are typically tan, brown or black, but they can be dyed in just about any color. Leather is the easiest to mold to your gun and to your body, so it tends to be the most comfortable. Plastic holsters are the most lightweight, strong and waterproof in most cases. Plastic holsters are quick to draw from and offer a comfort fit for your gun, but they are not as comfortable as leather. Nylon holsters are the least expensive option, but they often wear out quickly and are not custom-fitted to your specific handgun.
There are several options for concealed carry holsters for men. Ankle holsters are best for small, or backup, guns. You can attach an ankle holster, via hook-and-loop closure, to the inner or outer part of the ankle. Ankle holsters tend to restrict movement, so they are best for wearing under pants for short intervals. Inside the waistband, or IWB, holsters go around your waist between the waistband of your pants and your body. An inside-pocket holster is best for smaller guns. There are also thigh, shoulder, OWB, bellyband, fanny pack and pancake holsters. No matter which holster type and material you prefer, a good-quality holder should be well made and comfortable.