5 Popular Concealed Carry Handgun Holsters

If you’ve recently decided to purchase a handgun for concealed carry, you may be overwhelmed by the holster selection available to you. Someone who is new to carrying a firearm may not know what holster will be most practical for them.

There are pros and cons to every holstering method, but here are some of the most common types of concealed carry holsters and their benefits.

Belly Bands

A belly band holster is the most versatile holster on the market. It typically sits at your natural waistline but can be worn at the hips to fit over or under your waistband. It can be positioned in different ways depending on your preference. Your gun can be held at either side, in the curve of your back, or even in front, though this last option makes drawing from it a bit awkward. The gun fits snugly into a secure elastic band, so it fits in any direction. This makes it ideal for those who shoot left-handed, as special left-handed holsters are often expensive and hard to find. 

Shoulder Holsters

Almost everyone has seen some crime drama or cop movie where an agent or officer reaches under their jacket and pulls out a gun. Shoulder holsters really are popular with agents, but they are great for civilians, too. They are comfortable, adjustable, and don’t require any awkward reaching to draw quickly.

Hip Holsters

If you typically wear longer shirts that cover your waistband, you might be interested in a hip holster.  These are the most popular type of holsters because they are quick to draw from and come in varieties that can be worn inside or outside of the waistband of your pants or skirt. Make sure you are wearing a belt that can support the weight of your handgun.

Ankle Holsters

Some people find that other holsters restrict movement or are uncomfortable to sit down in.  Ankle holsters fit discreetly under your pant leg, allowing for more freedom of movement. An important thing to note, however, is that ankle holsters only work with smaller handguns; don’t try to carry a Desert Eagle in one!

Purse Holsters

The slimmer fits that are typical of women’s clothing don’t lend themselves well to concealing a handgun, which is why purse holsters are sometimes necessary, even if off-body carry is typically not recommended. But in the event that this method is your only option, there are many purses and handbags available specifically designed to conceal a handgun and facilitate a convenient draw. 

Concealing a firearm can be discrete, easy, convenient, comfortable, and safe. Just remember to follow your state-specific gun laws when you carry in public.