February 20, 2009, 11:43 AM
I'm going to be getting my CC permit in a week or two and I was wondering what the general thoughts are on a shoulder holster vs a waistbelt holster. Pros and cons of each?
Looking around the forums, it seems like waistbelt holsters are the most widely used. Any insights would be much appreciated. Thanks!
February 20, 2009, 11:49 AM
A quality "waist" belt holster is more comfortable for longer periods and conceals easier.
What gun are you wanting to hide?
February 20, 2009, 12:18 PM
A strong-side outside the waistband holster allows the fastest draw and has proven to be the most natural carry position for most guns, for most people, in most situations. An IWB (inside the wasitband) conceals a bit better and doesn't give up much in the way of draw speed.
A shoulder holster is an answer to certain needs, but it has significant drawbacks, too. It is often harder to conceal without "printing", the harness is more complicated than a waist holster and sometimes can be uncomfortable, the drawstroke is less natural and can be more easily blocked if you assailant is close to you, etc. On the other hand, it is easier to draw from and probably more comfortable if you drive a lot (and feel that you're likely to need it while driving -- this seems to be more common in an urban environment with car-jacking concerns), and you wear a coat, jacket, or opened shirt all of the time.
You won't know what works for you until you've tried to fit both into your daily routine, but if I had to guess at what you'll like more, I'd say a waist-level, strong-side holster.
WITH A VERY GOOD BELT.
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