Defense Holster Checklist

#1: Whether your holster is made of cowhide, horsehide, polymer, or some other stuff, it should be made from only the finest materials. This will guarantee a good fit and years of service.

#2.: The holster should be made to fit a specific model of pistol and then you should use it for only that type of pistol. A holster that carries a gun too loose, or too tight, will only let you down when you need it the most.

#3: The holster should be mated to a belt that is the same width as the belt slots on the holster. The belt should also be sturdy enough to support the weight of your pistol, holster, and extra ammo carrier, without sagging.

#4: A concealment holster should not have a safety strap, thumb snap, or push-button release, on it. You should be able to grip the gun and go because you will probably be dealing with bad guys who already have their weapons in their hands. The only exception is the screw-tension device, as seen on the holster above, which holds the pistol a bit more snugly without impeding the draw.

#5: The holster should be designed so that the top stays open, allowing the shooter to re-holster with one hand. You shouldn’t have to use two hands to re-holster and you shouldn’t have to look at the holster to get the job done. Your hands and eyes may have much more important things to do.

#6: You should be able to draw from your concealment holster with your support hand. This is another reason to avoid straps, thumb snaps, and the like. Your strong-side arm might be injured, or the bad guys may have jumped you from behind and grabbed your shooting arm. Practicing support-hand shooting should be accompanied by practicing support-hand drawing. Get a holster that allows this.

NOTE: Often copied by many holster makers, this is the #4532 Liberty holster, designed by Bruce Nelson and Gordon Davis. This model is built by Dave Cox at Davis Leather Company.


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5 Responses to Defense Holster Checklist

  1. Ce Ce Cox says:

    Great site.. Enjoyed the read.. Just became a gun owner and will receive a CCW permit for my State of SC.

  2. Jim Wilson says:

    Congratulations!!! Please keep checking back at this site. We post at least two articles each week.

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  4. Pete Keigher aka pksgundogs says:

    Sheriff Jim,
    I exchanged emails with you years ago about guns and such.
    My report is that I finally got that Colt Single Action Army in 44 Special with a 5.5 inch barrel. Tight as a safe and shoots to point of aim, so I didn’t have to turn the barrel.

    I have run into John Taffin, once or twice in Boise (town). I use the same gunsmiths at Buckhorn Gunshop. They recently tuned up my old Marlin 336 in 35 Remington and installed a Skinner receiver sight. It isn’t pretty but it shoots like a charm.
    I am looking for a Browning Model 92. Too bad the Marlin Model 1894’s in 44 magnum and 45 Colt have twist rates that will not stabilize the cast bullets I use.
    Keep up the good work Sheriff.

    Pete Keigher
    Muldoon Canyon, south central Idaho

  5. Pete Keigher aka pksgundogs says:

    Forgot to mark the check boxes at the bottom….

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