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Bow Holster

High Point Belt Bow Holster, 5/8 to 1 Inch Wide, Black
  • Provides hands free carry of your bow
  • Scratch proof rubber boot

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Understanding A Bow Holster

Attach the Bow Holster to your waist to support your bow while on the bench. The cushioned cup easily holds the cam holster without allowing it to slip down and you do not need to remove the bow. Ideal for shooting range practice and 3D target shooting. Constructed of comfortable padded material, these convenient holsters are great for practicing and even for everyday carry. Made with a strong base and heavy duty zipper and magnetic closures, these easy to use holsters provide quick and easy access to your bow.

The most secure way to carry a gun is with the drawstring gun holster. You simply pull down on the draw string until you feel like you can no longer draw. It holds the gun upright so it is always perpendicular to the shooter. When shooting the bow, the draw string is horizontal and releases the bow by pulling the string down. You will find this type of holster attached to a belt using a small hook or buckle which allows quick access.

Another method for carrying a bow is by use of the full draw system. This system allows a full draw of the bow which is usually mounted on a shoulder strap or cross strap. You pull down on the draw string, letting the bow slide out of the cross straps or shoulder straps. The drawstring is then released and the bow drops down to the ground. This method does not allow a full draw because the drawstring gets caught on the back of the drawstring.

The third type of bow holster is the paddle bow holster. Often referred to as a paddle mount, the paddle is attached to the belt using a small strap. Paddle mounts are often used for practice or target shooting and does not provide any type of carrying accessories. The straps for paddle bows can be adjusted to accommodate either left or right handed shooters.

Drawstrings can be attached to holsters in much the same way as belt buckles. Drawstring, buckle, and string all can come attached to a belt or drawstring. They all allow for different methods of carrying the bow whether it is loaded or not.

Drawstring bows are one of the oldest types of drawstring. They are made up of two strips of fabric that run parallel to each other. The fabric is pulled through the holes on both ends, one at a time, until it comes out the other end. A strong rope is used to pull the bow through, while it is held in place by the draws. Drawstring is a great choice for beginners as it is easy to start with and doesn't take up too much space.

Paddle holsters also come in two basic styles. Open drawstring and close drawstring. In the open style, the drawstring is left open. The bow is then placed over the paddle and pulled back until the string pulls the bow through. In the close style, the drawstring is closed. It is recommended that beginners use the open drawstring for practicing until they are comfortable pulling the bow back and forth on their own.

Holsters are designed to be worn over a vest or shirt to be carried in place. These are often made out of leather or vinyl for maximum durability. Leather is very durable and tends to be more comfortable. Vinyl is also durable and comes in a wide variety colors. However, all leather and vinyl drawstring bow holsters will not last as long as the other types mentioned.

There are belt loops available for drawstring bows. Belt loops make it possible for the drawstring to be left at your side and you can continue to draw with both hands free. They can be found in different widths and configurations to fit all types of drawstring. Bow manufacturers allow for a specific amount of drawstring to be allowed to be connected to the belt loops. As you get more experienced with shooting, it may be advisable to remove some of the drawstring and attach a larger belt loop to allow for more drawstring to be attached.

If the drawstring no longer feels comfortable, there are other options. The traditional drill out loop for drawstring is still an option. This method can be used with soft leather or cotton drawstring. The drawstring is simply threaded through the holes and loops on the bow. You can slide the bow through the drawstring and through the belt loops on your pants leg or shoot stick. This method is easy but has limited flexibility as you can't really take the bow out without removing it from the drawstring.

A new option for drawstring is the drawstring back. The drawstring back is a plastic strip that runs along the top of the bow and across the bowstring. This strip is attached to the bow with a Velcro strap. When you are shooting the bow, the drawstring backs up to hold it in place. You can remove the drawstring back after shooting to remove the bow from the holster and access the drawstring.