Somebody should warn those who are new to concealed carry about a harrowing side-effect: the mountain of holsters “required” to support one simple sidearm. I guess I’ll be that somebody: New carriers, be prepared for a deluge of concealed carry holster options.
Seriously. So many holsters.
Last December, I ordered my first everyday-carry handgun — a lovely little XD-S Mod.2 .45 — directly from Springfield Armory. I knew I was going to make the purchase well before I, forgive the pun, pulled the trigger on the deal. During those weeks of anticipation, while propellant-scented sugar plums danced in my head, I couldn’t help but window shop for holsters — window shop and, you know, make some irresistible online purchases in the wee small hours of the morning.
My Concealed Carry Holster Needs Are Many
I decided that I would carry inside the waistband (IWB), so I researched the best holster options for my gun. One thing about being a proofreader for Concealed Carry Magazine? I see a LOT of tempting ads all day long. Due to my tactical burger repository, appendix carry is out of the question, so that narrowed it down a bit. The fact that my XD-S came from the factory with an E-series Viridian laser also helped to whittle down my available options.
Adrift in a Sea of Firearm Holster Goodness
I finally landed on a SuperTuck IWB holster from CrossBreed. It looked stable, featuring two clips with adjustable concealment depth, secure Kydex and comfortable leather backing. But while I was visiting the CrossBreed website, wouldn’t you know it? It offers a bunch of modular holster options as well. One of my previous late-night sugar plum purchases was an off-name belly band. I can’t say why I bought it; it’s not like I actually go jogging, and all of my pants do contain belt loops … but here we are. I guess I’m set if I ever need to run to Wally World while wearing sweatpants.
That’s part of the reason I’m writing this article today. Sensory overload.
Honey, I Can Explain…
So I bought a hook-and-loop-backed Kydex holster to go with my belly band. But that same holster also works with a cool bedside platform that slips between mattress and box spring, so I bought the Bedside Backup system too. Would you look at that? The modular holster also works with a flat Kydex panel that you can slip into a backpack or murse (It’s European, Jerry!). Yep, I ordered one of those as well.
When the package arrived and I gleefully dumped the contents out on our dinner table, my fiancée, Janelle, was … caught unarmed (hey-ooo). The little box contained hundreds of dollars of holsters and holster-adjacent accessories for a gun that I had yet to even purchase.
The woman is a saint.
That Holster Box Was Just the Beginning
Once my XD-S arrived, it found a merry home nestled within the SuperTuck. As advertised, the rig is comfortable, and the small Springfield, even fully stuffed with six, plump .45s, weighs in just north of 1.5 pounds. I sometimes have to tap the backstrap (vocabulary!) to assure myself that it’s still there. It always is, clicked intimately into its Kydex hideout. At night, I slide-click the pistol into the modular holster attached to my bedside platform and drift off to dreamland.
And they lived happily ever after, right?
Sure, we could have. That first big order from CrossBreed fit the bill in every way imaginable. Except … what would it be like to have a holster with just one clip? There’s only one way to find out. What if I needed a lefty holster for cross-draw in the car? Spoiler alert: I ordered one. Is it worth swapping the standard clips for UltiClips? I think you get the picture.
Janelle certainly does.
Buy Before You Try
The problem is that there’s no way to tell how well a holster will fit your needs until you put it to use. You can’t just walk into a gun store, pull out your piece and ask for a fitting. It’s akin to ordering shoes online. Sure, you may know the general size needed, but you could be in for a surprise where the rubber meets the road. Luckily, some holster manufacturers offer a grace period during which you can return your purchase if you decide it isn’t working out.
For me, I choose to embrace the holster pile. I just need to find a way to break it to my sweetheart that we already own two holsters for the .38 S&W snubbie I’ll be picking up next month.
About Jason Braun
Jason Braun works as a proofreader and content assistant for Concealed Carry Magazine. He enjoys writing, illustration and the great outdoors. One of Jason’s favorite aspects of his position within the USCCA is his “duty” — pleasure, really — to read and learn about self-defense, home defense and the concealed carry lifestyle. His everyday carry is a .45 XD-S Mod.2 from Springfield Armory.