Low Ride Holsters - How to Use Your Gun With Ease
There are several different types of holster, including Low Ride Holsters. They differ from traditional leather holsters in that they have little or no retention when the gun is not in use. When the gun is in use, the steel spring embedded in the holster will slowly release the handgun until it falls to the ground and becomes inert. This type of holster allows the gun user to draw and fire the gun with little or no struggle.
These low ride holsters differ from traditional leather holsters in another way as well. Unlike a leather holster, there is no retention when the gun is not in use. The low ride holster will quickly detach itself once the gun is taken out of the holster. The lack of retention also makes these holsters easy to remove without causing any damage to the firearm. The snap on the top of the holster is what will attach the gun to the strap.
Many gun manufacturers have adopted the use of low ride holsters by creating a wide selection of handgun carriers. There is a variety of styles and colors available for these accessories as well. Some of the holster manufacturers create a "pocket" style of accessory that is designed to attach directly to the belt through the use of drawstrings. These are very attractive as an accessory and make a great addition to any wardrobe.
Many of the low ride holsters have a snap around the outside of the belt. The snap allows the user to quickly and easily remove the holster from the belt. This accessory can be used in conjunction with the belt mounted paddle or the paddle can be used in place of the snap. Some of the snap around designs also feature a belt hooking device. This device may feature two or three small hooks on the outside of the belt where the paddle attaches.
High quality low ride holsters can be equipped with a high quality cantilever strap. This type of strap allows for the attachment of additional ammunition or supplies. Cantilever straps are usually made of leather, but materials such as webbing can be added if preferred.
Low ride holsters offer a variety of attachment points on the belt. Most of these attachments are designed for quick removal of the firearm from a standing position. Most of the holsters offer a full firing grip and a pistol lanyard. Many of these lanyards allow attachment of an optional pistol belt clip.
Some low-rise or full-length holsters offer a canteen attachment. The canteen attachment offers a canteen type of attachment where it can be worn like a shirt pocket. This is a pretty good option if you don't want the holster showing through your clothing. Many of the holsters offer an optional carrying handle. The handle allows for attachment of a back pack type of carrier.
The third major type of low-rise or drop-leg holster is the full-length drop holster. These types of holsters are great for use in both indoor and outdoor applications. Drop-leg holsters offer an easy to operate adjustment mechanism that provides for an appropriate fit. A drop-leg gun holster will fit comfortably around your waist and will be able to transfer your guns from an open belt to a tight closing of the holster. It will also keep your gun out of the way when not in use.
A few of the low-rise iwb's are full-length and have an open end like a regular pistol belt. They are made with a rigid grip which gives a firm but secure hold on your gun. You won't have any problems with slipping or rolling your gun when you need to quickly close the holster. An open end on an iwb will allow for a full firing grip. An open end on this type of holster also has an added benefit of allowing for a more comfortable fit around the waist.
The final major style of low ride holsters is the traditional paddle-type holster. Like a regular paddle holster, these are very popular with right hand shooters. Paddle holsters are usually found in tan, khaki or black and are comfortable to wear. They tend to be fairly sturdy and are perfect for a wide range of handgun sizes.
Low ride holsters are not just for those people who need to quickly get their gun out and ready to use. If you are a lefty you can easily get this kind of holster to fit your left hand much more comfortably. If you are right handed, you may find that a lower profile iwb will give you a more comfortable fit and a more stable "hang". To change your current iwb setup, simply add an additional paddle to the end of your current iwb. Not only will you have more freedom to move around, but your gun will be prepared more quickly for rapid firing needs.