Choosing the best holster
As the saying goes, "everyone has an opinion". Choosing the best holster is a very important part of concealed carry. At Carta Valley Holsters we have created a few custom and new varieties of holsters that do not exist on the market today. It all began with purpose. We had tried a variety of different holsters on the market and found that there were not many comfortable ways to conceal carry. If the gun is at home... it's not doing any good. Therefore we decided to create a few new and improved holsters for comfortable and easy concealed carry.
Leather Pocket Holsters - Perfect for grab and go concealed carry
Pocket holsters have quickly become one of my favorite ways to conceal carry. There are a variety of pocket pistols available that are easily and comfortable to carry as a pocket pistol such as the Ruger LCP, Glock 42, Kimber Micro, Sig P238, Kahr P380, S&W Bodygaurd and many others. Cart Valley Holsters makes a variety of custom leather pocket pistol holsters to allow easy and comfortable concealed carry of these pocket guns. The nice thing about our pocket pistol holsters is that its as easy as grabbing your wallet and your pocket pistol holster before you leave the house. Simple and comfortable. This is the best option for small pocket guns so that's where we focused our products.
Cross Body Leather Shoulder Holsters
Traditional leather shoulder holsters are very similar to what you see in the movies with a detective wearing a shoulder holster with a variety of straps to hold the gun in place. The benefits of the shoulder holster are that you are not weighting down the belt line and pants. The downside of traditional shoulder holsters is that you have a variety of straps in order to secure the gun. Carta Valley Holsters has created a new variety of cross body shoulder holsters that allow a single strap across the body that wears like a messenger bag. This solution provides secure retention and comfort. We believe this is the best shoulder holster on the market, period. Our crossbody holsters are very comfortable to wear underneath a shirt. I often wear mine under a short sleeve button down shirt and find it the best way to conceal carry all day.
IWB - Inside the Waistband - beware: adding inches to your waistline and weight to your belt
Inside the waistband holsters offer a great way to keep the gun close to the body and limit the visibility of the gun. The downsides are that you are inserting another inch to two inches into your waistband. This means your pants may no longer fit and the gun also often also be rubbing up against your skin which can sometimes be uncomfortable. Also, another downside is that any holster attached to the belt will weight down your pants. These holsters are somewhat comfortable until you actually put a gun in them. IWB adds girth to the waistline and also about a pound or two in a single focused point on your belt. Another complaint I hear is that people wearing IWB is that sitting down ultimately ends up putting focused pressure between the gun and your body increasing the discomfort.
OWB - Outside the Waistband - beware: adding weight to your belt and not-so concealed
Outside the Waistband Holsters usually attach to the belt or clip over the belt and allow your gun to rest in the holster outside the waistband. With the gun outside the waist band, you alleviate the issue of adding inches to the waist. One of the downsides to OWB holsters is that they are potentially more visible if you are trying to conceal your gun. Also, another downside is that any holster attached to the belt will weight down your pants in a focused area without distributing the weight of the gun.
SOB - Small of the Back - beware: discomfort anytime you are not standing up
Small of the back holsters are somewhat comfortable until you sit down. Just imagine a piece of metal resting up against your spine while sitting down. Have we convinced you yet. :) Also, SOB creates the same issues of OWB and IWB that you have a focused weight of the gun in one place on your waist without distributing the weight of the gun.