Getting started with concealed carry can be a bewildering process for the new shooter, and it’s easy to stumble over the little details. For instance, now that you’ve got your new carry piece, have you thought about how you’re going to carry it? As time goes by, you may find that concealed carry depends more on a system of related gear rather than a collection of standalone items.
Holsters can be had in so many styles, sizes and colors, choosing the right one can be daunting. One way to narrow the field is to take a few minutes and seriously think about how you intend to carry your pistol. Inside or outside the waistband? What position? How will you carry your spare magazines? What types of clothing will you typically wear with your concealed carry rig?
Concealment holsters can take many forms, and some of the older designs, like the Milt Sparks Summer Special and its numerous clones, consist of a simple leather holster with two belt loops that go over the waistband of your trousers, and these work well for carrying your pistol from between the three-thirty and five-thirty positions (for those unfamiliar with the clock system, think of your belt buckle as twelve o’clock). Other designs use hooks, clips or straps to secure the holster to your waistband or belt, and offer numerous options to tailor the rig to your needs.