Holster Placement

Awhile back when the Mrs and I were driving with a friend to go shoot we were discussing gun selection and her getting a CHL. She commented that she planned to carry in her purse, so she didn’t need a holster. My response is something worthy of a blog post.

Where is the absolute best place for your gun to be when a gun fight comes upon you? In your hand. OK, well you can walk around carrying a gun in your hand all the time, so it will end up in a holster. So where is the best place for this holster to be? Right next to your hand.

Everything else is a compromise.

So my wife will probably mostly carry her weapon in her purse because women’s clothing doesn’t offer much chance to wear a concealable holster on her upper leg, or hip. But when she’s wearing a jacket and jeans, she should have a holster on her hip. Just like I would.

There are lots of different ways to wear and conceal a gun, but you should always remember you have to get it out and on target in 1.5 seconds. So where is the best place to have it? Everything else is a compromise.

I found that the normal way I wear my gun – on the hip, under an untucked, buttoned shirt – was not the fastest way. I tried to pass the draw from concealment test at Front Sight, where you have to get on target in 1.5 seconds, with my weapon under a sweater. I couldn’t do it. They train you how to draw from there, but it is simply about half a second slower than with an open front cover garment. But I still carry under a shirt because it is most convenient, but I know it is a compromise.

And you need to dry practice you draw from anywhere you conceal from on a regular basis. That will make you faster and help you avoid problems navigating the gun out from under clothes.

One thought on “Holster Placement”

  1. Check out “cornered cat” it is a website written by a woman and has some good tthoughts on concealment for a woman.

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