This is just a process of questions, answers and information. I cannot teach you how to pick the perfect holster in a couple of lines of text, but can steer you in the right direction.
What is your level of experience? If you're new and need help..this will get you going in the right direction. If you are an old pro.....skip this and just call me with what you want!
First off...Please forget some of what you've heard or read on the innerweb. Horse hide is not better or more expensive! IWB carry does not mean you have to buy all new clothes! Thumb breaks are not needed for CCW leather. Did you see a great SOB holster in a movie that looks so cool? :) You get my point..... Einstein said "question everything".
Now....Think about the size of gun you have...how will it carry? Is it small and non intrusive or a 5" 1911? How are you built physically? Are you a big guy who can hide a cannon or smaller framed and need a Micro 9mm? How do you dress and where you will go while carrying a gun? Are you a jeans and Tshirt guy or Semi Casual? Do you think you want to carry OWB or give IWB a try?
For OWB CCW work, this is easy. Pancakes are usually a better choice for most people.
Thinking maybe IWB? Hmmmmmm. There are 2 types of IWB, regardless of who makes them.
1) Stacked loop design (like my Pro or a Summer Special) The term "stacked" means the spring clip or snap loops, are stacked over the body of the gun. This can make the holster thicker, front to back, than the latter type. They usually have banded mouths for strength.
If you carry a snub nose revolver, this is not a recommended type of holster.
2) Offset loop design (Com series, Pro tl) The term "offset" means the spring clip(s) or snap loops are offset away from the body of the gun. They are usually on the outside edges of the holster and this makes them thinner, front to back, than the previous type. The increased width makes them spread the weight out, of a heavy gun more efficiently. They are also more flexible and move with the body.
They can hold the gun closer to the body than the stacked loop type.
Revolvers are the thickest at the cylinder. An offset loop type will keep that bulk down and is more comfortable, for most people, than the stacked loop type. This is from personal experience and 15+ years of customer feedback.
No type is better than the other, both offer different strengths and weakness's. I depends on what your priorities are for your holster and personal taste as well.
How do you want it to attach to the pant/belt? Steel spring clips are very secure and very quick! Snap loops are more of a classic look for belt retention but require a belt all of the time. Spring clips can be worn without a belt, but we always try and recommend you wear one. (cough)
The mouth of the holster is where the gun goes into it. These can be strengthened by adding material around that area. This makes is easier to reholster the gun. Some models can be reinforced/banded....some cannot. If you are very new to CCW, a banded mouth can make it easier and safer while you get used to your gun/holster.
Most people carry between 2-5 Oclock on their strong side. (look at the FAQ page for terminology) Most of those carry between 3-4:30. This allows for great comfort, concealment and access to you gun, should you need it.
I hope this has helped you narrow down your choices or at least educated you a little and got you thinking! :) Also, trust your first instinct or gut feel. If you are attracted to one style over another, there is usually a reason for that.
Some tips on how to choose a better holster.......
Good day Folks,
I'm Eric Larsen, Owner and Maker at HBE LeatherWorks. For years, I've loved and carried CZ Firearms. When I looked for a good holster for my CZ PCR. There were none available. So... I made one, then another and so on. My sickness started! :) After making many holsters, my work slowly became better and with more than a decade of help from great teachers, it is what it is today.
When I was looking for a better holster I learned that there is no "one size fits all holster". Each person is unique in size, shape, proportions, arm length, dress, habits, environment, mobility, experience, weapon preference etc.
All of these factors affect what holster and its details, will work the best for you. That's why I do things the way I do.
My professional goal is to offer you very high quality gun leather at reasonable prices. I do this by using the best materials, production techniques and proven designs. Choosing the right details for your gun leather can be very confusing, so I am here to help you figure it out. Picking out the right carry gun is hard and picking the right carry holster can be harder....
but it doesn't have to be.
Thank you for taking the time to look at my website and products, Peace, Prayers and Prosperity.......Eric L. @ HBE
*** I do have already made CCW holsters for sale all of the time. Just check out my For Sale page. Eric
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