I’ve been asked quite frequently which holster I use and why. Here’s the answer.
First let me say that there are new and redesigned holsters hitting the market all the time. And the holster I wear today might be not be the holster I wear next year.
Like most long-time firearm carriers, I have a box full of holsters that are no longer in use, either because they simply didn’t work for me, or they were replaced by something that just worked better.
But for now, I have two primary holsters. One for pocket-carry and one for hip-carry. While I prefer hip-carry, it’s not always the best option.
My Pocket Carry Holster
When I choose to carry in my front pocket, my pocket carry firearm is the S&W Bodyguard .380, which I keep safely and securely holstered in a Desantis Nemesis.
The Desantis Nemesis is constructed to fit each of the major manufacturer’s pocket-sized firearms specifically. It has a high quality rubber-like outer shell that stays put in the pocket. It doesn’t shift or slide around and stays put when you draw your firearm. The inside is a very smooth nylon fabric that will not scratch or otherwise harm your firearm and allows the firearm to draw with ease. Unlike other pocket holsters I’ve used in the past, I have not had any issues with condensation or sweat build-up, even in the heat of summer.
Because it’s a pocket holster, there is no need for positive retention. While is does break up the outline of the firearm to an extent, it’s over-reaching to say that no one would ever know you have a firearm in your pocket.
Most importantly, the holster completely covers the trigger, effectively eliminating the risk of an accidental discharge due to inadvertent trigger contact.
For pocket-carry, you can’t go wrong with the Desantis Nemesis.
My Hip Carry Holster
Usually, I hip-carry. And when I do, my Glock 26 is nestled ever-so-happily in the N82 Tactical (Nate Squared Tactical) Professional.
The N82 Tactical Professional is model-specific and available for most major brands. The backing of all N82 Tactical holsters is constructed with a layer of oil-tanned leather on the outside, a layer of suede against your skin, and a layer of neoprene sandwiched between them. This not only protects the firearm, but offers, in my opinion, the most comfort of any holster I’ve ever worn. You’ll know your firearm is there, but it’s not a discomfort in any way at all. The edging is securely sewn and “welded” together at the end in such a way that is is perfectly smooth and not “scratchy.”
The Professional model, has a polycarbonate shell which keeps the firearm securely in the holster and offers positive retention which requires a slight twist to draw. The single clip allows for an easily adjustable cant without being loose and floppy. In addition, the clip is secured to the holster at the bottom of the clip, allowing you to tuck your shirt in, if you desire.
Most importantly, the N82 Tactical Professional’s polycarbonate shell completely covers the trigger virtually eliminating the risk of accidental or negligent discharge due to trigger contact.
N82 Tactical offers a wider selection of holsters which have, instead of the polycarbonate, a heavy duty elastic webbing which secures the firearm. They cost a little bit less, but are still made to their high quality standards.
Positive retention, however, is one of my soap boxes. And I’m going to stand on it. And the N82 Tactical Professional has it. And because of this, the N82 Tactical Profession is my holster.
Lastly, the guys who run N82 Tactical (Nate Johnson & Nate Beard) are awesome. I had an occasion to speak with one of them on the phone (I don’t recall which one) and in the short conversation, it was clear that customer service and satisfaction is their highest priority.
So there you have it. My “favorite” holsters.
Let me know what you think.