The goal of a good holster is to secure the firearm and make it easy to access. Still, we all want our holsters to be comfortable. That means if you can adjust your holster to make it fit better, you probably should. Back in May, at the USCCA Concealed Carry Expo, I found Mike Barham from Galco holsters and took a little time to talk about the adjustments available on the KingTuk holster.
The KingTuk is my EDC rig, holding my Grey Man pistol (equipped with the Viridian C5L laser and light combo). But to make it as comfortable as possible, the holster needed a little adjustment. Galco built the KingTuk with such changes in mind to make sure the holster would work for the widest number of customers possible. By changing the location of the belt clips, you can change the holster’s cant and ride depth. These are the two most important elements of holster comfort.
Moving the clips to run a holster a little bit deeper might help with concealment, but it could change the comfort level and access as well. Because every person’s body is built differently, the depth at which your holster rides is of paramount importance. If you can move your holster up and down on your belt, do it (if only just to see how it feels).
As always, don’t make any changes permanent until you try out your gear at the range. Don’t be afraid to change things up until you get them just right. That means you should also be willing to go back to normal if the change doesn’t work. After all, it is your holster, and your comfort and safety are at stake here.
Holster Straps Instead of Clips
The one change I really love is the switch away from the plastic belt clips to the leather straps with the snaps. For some reason, I find the leather straps much more comfortable and secure. Remember, you are making changes to your gear to make it more useful and comfortable because that will encourage you to carry your gun more often. The best gun to have in a gunfight is the one you have on your person when the gunfight starts. If you don’t carry your gun every day, you won’t have it when you need it.
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About Kevin Michalowski
Executive Editor of Concealed Carry Magazine Kevin Michalowski is a USCCA and NRA Certified Trainer. He has attended training as both instructor and student in multiple disciplines, including pistol, rifle, shotgun, empty-hand defense and rapid response to the active shooter. Kevin is also a fully certified part-time law enforcement officer in rural Wisconsin.