A Guide to Handgun Holsters
Handgun holsters are made of various materials depending on the manufacturer and intended use. The most common type of holster is made of leather or other soft material. Holsters made from leather are by far the most popular. Leather has many advantages as compared to other materials. One advantage that leather has over other materials is that it doesn't stretch or warp when the gun is used, which is a concern for some users.
Other than that, leather is also considered to be a protective material. Many gun owners may prefer the feel of carrying their handguns in leather holsters instead of a more common option - a cloth holster. This can either be a concealment holster or an attachment system holster depending on the type of weapon to be carried. Concealed handguns are becoming increasingly popular among law-abiding citizens who must carry a firearm in their vehicle.
Gun lovers can select from a variety of styles of handgun holsters. These include: back-strapped, clip-less and drop-back. These different types of holsters have advantages and drawbacks. For instance, a drop-back holster has a curved section at the top, allowing the pistol to be placed into it even though it's cocked. This is an advantageous feature in emergency situations, where being able to quickly draw the weapon is vital. In addition, back-strapped holsters allow the gun to be positioned behind the operator's belly.
If the gun is carried close to the body, the wearer needs to wear a close-fitting holster. Some designs provide a belt lanyard, or band, that attaches to a belt through the use of a buckle or hook. The attachment point can be changed by flipping open a section of the attachment system, much like a baseball cap. On the other hand, back-strapped handgun holsters often have a loop handle that allows for the attachment of a backpack device, such as a cellular phone or small handheld computer monitor. Some designs are designed so that only the butt of the handgun can be seen, while other types allow it to be worn close to the body. This makes it more comfortable for the operator to hold the firearm.
Some shoulder holsters can be worn under clothing by adjusting the strap so that it lies low on the shoulders. This is an excellent choice for those who aren't comfortable carrying a handgun in a high-profile manner. Worn close to the body, a shoulder holster can also be used as a cane or walking stick. Some models are even equipped with a magnetic clasp or belt buckle that enables the handgun to be worn on the belt.
Many people prefer shoulder or ankle holsters because they are usually smaller than other styles. This is because the firearm is not held in the same position when it is being held in a smaller handgun holster. For instance, the fingers are not within a reach of the gun when it is in the form of a compact design. In contrast, when a larger accessory is being worn such as a belt pouch, the entire hand must be reached in order to get the pistol.
The third type of holster includes belt gun holsters. They are designed so that the firearm can be comfortably carried on the belt. When a belt holster is worn it is important that the firearm is not worn on the left side. If the firearm is worn on the right side, then it may interfere with a holster on which the shooter is sitting.
The fourth type of holster includes hip holsters. These are typically used for closer range shooting and are not intended to be used for long distance shots. They are often referred to as thigh holsters. There are some tension adjustment systems in some tactical holsters, which allows the shooter to change the tension to accommodate different shooting conditions.