This is the final installment of the Gun Ownership Primer series, which I hope you’ve found useful. For reader’s convenience, here are the first 14 installments:
ADDITIONAL HOLSTER NOTES: Recent advancements in holster design have provided some previously unavailable options. The trick is to make holsters that don’t look like holster, or that look like some other common item, such as a holder for a large smartphone or small tablet.
This is a holster made by Sneaky Pete Holsters. They come in several colors and materials including leather and nylon, and several means of attachment. This one has two belt clips, and the cover closes by means of two magnets. The holster entirely encloses the handgun, in this case, a Glock 26, and costs $54.95 in leather. The size of the holster is, of course, dictated by the size of the handgun. Sneaky Pete also makes magazine holders in the same materials.
While this holster is well made, like many holsters, it will not work when one adds some common aftermarket modifications to a handgun. In the case of my Glock 26, all my magazines have Pearce magazine baseplate/extensions, which adds enough length to prevent a Sneaky Pete holster from fitting my Glock. This is something about which to be aware when considering holsters. Devices such as lasers mounted under the barrel, will tend to render many holsters unusable for a given handgun.
This is a Gun Caddie by DeSantis. It’s designed to fit smaller handguns and revolvers, and also looks like a large cellphone or small tablet carrier. It retails for $43.99 and attaches to a belt. Similar, but not purpose-designed, nylon pouches intended for multi-purpose use are also available from a variety of manufacturers and are easily adaptable to the same purpose.
Obviously, those with sewing skills and the right materials–heavier Cordura and nylon–can make similar holsters, and at substantial savings.
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