Whether you’re going hunting or carrying your handgun for emergencies, choosing the right holster is essential for keeping you safe and your gun secure. Holsters come in a broad range of materials and designs, each of which might be perfect for different situations. Below are a few tips and insights that will help you sort through the options and find the holster that’s right for you.

A Guide to Choosing a Handgun Holster

Consider the Material

Gun accessory manufacturers offer holsters in a wide range of materials, but most are made of leather, nylon, or molded plastic. Nylon is typically inexpensive and fits a wide range of pistols, but it may not last as long as other materials.

Molded plastic holds its shape for years and is extremely durable, but it has to be designed to fit your specific handgun. Leather is lightweight and comfortable, making it a popular option, but it can lose its shape and structure over time.

Types of Holster Styles

gunsThe two most popular holster designs hold the firearm either outside the waistband or inside it, between your clothing and your body. If you’re going hunting or plan to open carry, an outside-the-waistband design may be the best option. These holsters are easy to use, rugged, and give you unrestrained access to your weapon in an emergency.

Inside-the-waistband designs are ideal for concealed carry situations, but you should check your local regulations first. While Kentucky allows most gun owners to carry their weapons without a permit, many states require you to get a license. Keep in mind that any holster that conceals your weapon also makes it more difficult to draw quickly.

Qualities to Look for in a Holster

The right holster for you depends on your specific goals and which elements are most important to you. For instance, if being able to pull your gun quietly is crucial, choose a nylon unit. If ease of access is more important than visibility, you may want a molded plastic holster that sits outside of your clothing. However, if you plan to carry your firearm on you for a majority of the day, leather holsters that sit on either inside or outside of your waistband may be ideal since they're designed with comfort in mind.


As one of the Kentucky Tri-State Area’s most established and respected gun stores, Glauber's Sports in Carrolton offers an incredible selection of firearms and accessories. For over 150 years, they’ve provided quality weapons and hunting equipment, and have an experienced team that will help you find the perfect equipment for your needs. Visit their website to browse a selection of their inventory today, or, if you have questions, call (502) 732-4005.