Most Practical Concealed Carry
New Favorite Holster
I am still experimenting with the concealed carry skills.
I was having trouble removing the pistol from my leather holsters, finding that it would occasionally get stuck. Repeated stretching of the leather still wasn't effective.
I have tried and really like a new holster made of molded hard plastic called Kydex. It is worn outside the waistband on a sturdy leather belt. It is made by Hazmat Holster Works for $75.
The gun "clicks" into the molded holster with a slight snap, and comes out easily with the same snap. So we have the combination of 1) secure retention, 2) easy removal, 3) a design that holds the pistol close to the body and 4) comfortable — a combination that can be elusive.
A short 2 minute video is on this page showing its use.
Though the outside-the-waistband holster is less concealable in theory, I have found that it seems to work well none the less. It allows my belt to snug down over the iliac crest bones of the pelvis and I no longer require suspenders to carry the additional weight of the gun — something I was previously needing with my inside the waistband holster. Also, I don't need an undershirt to make an inside the waistband holster comfortable. For hot weather, these both are very helpful.
I got one in (brown) khaki and one in black so that the holster approximates the color of the pants I'm wearing.
Then I cover the whole thing with a long square bottomed shirt, that is a bit loose. I found several companies and styles at the sporting goods shop intended for outdoor wear in hot climates. Elements that make a shirt conceal well: Dark colors, a pattern (rather than solid), textured, and long.