Attributes of a Safe Holster

We are big supporters of concealed carriers buying quality holsters. There is something that frustrates me big time, though.

If you spend any amount of time researching the gun you're going to carry, and then more time researching the kind of ammo you're going to put in it, only to buy the biggest turd of a holster without doing any homework, that's a problem.

The following article will look into some of the attributes that I think are important to have in a quality, safe holster. These are things that are deal breakers to me, because it's the difference between a safe or unsafe holster.

Trigger coverage —

Total trigger coverage.

To me, and many other folks, having a holster that prevents you from accidentally shooting yourself is kind of a big deal. This is something that most holsters get right, so I won't spend a lot of time on it.

Suffice it to say that your holster should cover the trigger guard completely to prevent easy access to the operation of your trigger.

Good clips —

The clips your holster uses is one of those things that makes me bang my head on the wall. Here's the thing, you may assume that your clips and holster are good to go, but you won't know for sure until you actually draw your gun out of your holster.

You need clips that will keep your holster attached to your body when you draw. I have owned holsters in the past with clips so bad that the gun stayed inside the holster as I presented the gun to the target.

Not a good thing.

I've found that, most of the time, the culprit is the single wide, plastic clip as seen above. I'd like to say, however, that it isn't necessarily the clip that is the issue, but the clip and your belt.

If you have an extremely thick gun belt, the clip may not wrap fully around it to keep it secure when you draw.

Then again, some of these clips are just garbage all by themselves. Do yourself a favor and get something better.

Concealability —

This is going to vary from one person to the next. A holster that conceals well on me may stick out like a sore thumb on someone else. A more recent development in the holster world is the utilization of things like claws and wedges to help aid in concealment.

If you can get a holster that has these already built in or has the ability to add them at a later date if you need help with the concealment aspect of “concealed carry,” then this is a great thing.

Why is this important for safety? Because you don't want a bad guy to see your gun and attempt to steal it. That happens far more often than it should, and is bad for hopefully obvious reasons.


Making sure you're carrying your concealed gun in a good holster is one of the most important things you can do to be safe and actually be successful in a self-defense scenario.

Which holster did you end up settling on? Let us know in the comments below.

PS: If you are in need of a holster, check out some of these in our store.

About Joshua Gillem

Josh is a lifelong practitioner and student of the gun. He grew up shooting/hunting with his dad, and was given his first gun, a 12 gauge shotgun, when just a small boy. After high school, he joined the Marines where his love for firearms blossomed as he qualified with an M16A2, an M9, and a 240G. Josh has been writing about firearms and tactics for several years, owns the blog Gunners Den, is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, and believes that each individual person has the right to self-defense by any means necessary. Currently residing in gun-friendly NC, he carries a concealed gun on a daily basis, even in his own house.

1 Comment

  1. Shawn on March 9, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    PS, that list of holsters in the store is cringe…

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