Before you get to excited in thinking that are
going to settle the great holster debate once and for all time, we should
probably tell that we here at DNA Tactical do not believe in telling you what’s
best for you. Rather, we believe in educating the American shooter and letting
the informed lover of 2A liberty decide for themselves. After all, it will be
your life and the lives of those you love on the line when you need it most.
The truth of the matter is that the best gear is the gear you know and trust.
It is the gear designed for the job at hand and not the opinions of some
“expert” on an internet forum. So let’s jump right into waistband v. shoulder
v. ankle, the great holster debate.
Classic Waistband Holster
Perhaps the most common method of concealed
carry, the waistband holster has been the go to tool since the days of the wild
west. Images of two men squaring off as one performs the quickdraw are
engrained into the psyche of the American shooter. Famed gunfighter Wyatt Earp famously said, “The
most important lesson I learned from those proficient gunfighters was the
winner of a gunplay usually was the man who took his time. When I say that I
learned to take my time in a gunfight, I do not wish to be misunderstood, for
the time to be taken was only that split fraction of a second that means the
difference between deadly accuracy with a sixgun and a miss.”
What we can take from this famed gunfighter
was that the winner was often the man who took a serious nature to his shooting
and his gear over flash and pizazz. If you are carrying around the waist one
ought to have no other purpose than to be ready when you need it most. The
Royal Guard Inside the Pant Holster is an example of a quality product that
gets the job done. Certainly, it’s classic leather look and feel has the style
and comfort one desires but it is prized for its function. If you seek to have
the gun where you can most quickly put it into action then you might want to
consider the merits of a waistband holster of which there are many varieties
from which to choose.
Misperceived Shoulder Holster
Shoulder holsters have often gotten a bad wrap
from gun enthusiasts for their obvious shortcomings. Then again, this is your
life and your gun so long as you do it right this could be the choice for you.
Shoulder holsters force a shooter to draw across their body meaning at some
point the gun is likely pointed to either side and not at its target. Plus,
shoulder holsters are an acquired taste with regards to comfort. Pick the wrong
one and it can feel like you are carrying your weapon in a less than
comfortable thong. However, when you find the one that fits with the right gun
then a shoulder holster can be your go to choice for carry.
Shoulder holsters can work particularly well
when you are carrying a long and heavy gun. So if you fancy yourself the Dirty
Harry to put a long revolver up to a dastardly bad guy’s face to task him if
“he feels lucky” then you are going to enjoy the shoulder carry. They are made
in many varieties and come with that classic leather look. Rigs like this Jackass Rig Shoulder System even come with an
ammo pouch for your magazines. We are not being crass, that’s just the name of
the gear. So if this sounds good to you, then don’t let anyone talk you out of
it. It’s your gun and your gun deserves your gear.
Sneaky Ankle Carry
When you simply must conceal a compact weapon,
there are few better choices than the sneaky ankle carry. Just remember to wear
pants and not shorts. The ankle carry offers the ability to place a weapon
where most are not expecting it due to the popularity of the waist carry.
Designs like the Ankle Glove provide exceptional comfort while
maintaining the concealment you want for a variety of settings.
Ankle Carry holsters not only provide
concealment, but they are a great option for a secondary carry. This would
allow you to scratch off your bucket list that scene where you drop your
primary weapon with your hands in the air then roll to your back for perfectly
placed shot from your ankle to the bad guy’s forehead. We actually don’t
recommend you do that, but if you pull it off in real life please let us know.
In all reality it does give you a second option when you are perhaps unable to
engage your primary weapon.
So there you have, a quick break down of the
various carry options as we tackle the great holster debate. In the end it will
be up to you to understand the mission and select the right tool for the job.
Don’t forget to check the rest of our gear that helps you pew pew pew at DNA Tactical.
Waistband v. Shoulder v. Ankle: The Great Holster Debate is written by for www.dnatactical.com