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Higher-Retention Holsters: We Test Seven Candidates for You

A reader asked us to do a report on retention holsters for concealed carry, so, of course, we listened. During the test, we came...

Optics-Ready Holsters: We Test Carry Scabbards for Red Dots

A handgun with a mounted red dot offers many advantages to the shooter, but there are few holsters available. Here we test a drawer full of optics-ready holsters. Some are fresh designs, while most are based on existing designs but are cut differently to accept the new high-rise sights.

Small-of-Back Holsters: We Test a Handful of SOB Types

A Gun Tests reader recently asked us to look at small-of-the-back holsters, often referred to as SOB, and sometimes referred to as MOB, or...

2020 Holster Picks for Carry

Wright Leather Works Regulator Cross Draw Holster, $105 We ordered a Regulator for a 3-inch-barrel revolver. After inspecting the fit and finish and seeing how...

Switchback Ambi Holster

From time to time, Gun Tests writers require armed security from natural agents, such as snakes awoken by spring rains, or feral hogs and...

Hands-On: Galco’s FasTrax PAC Reinvents the Fanny Pack

Concealed carry via a waistpack or “fanny pack” could be defined as a method of transporting a handgun in a compartment suspended from a...

Kydex and Leather Holsters

Recently, a reader suggested a realistic test of holsters. A holster test that met Gun Tests criteria would have to be extensive. While we...

Shoulder Holsters Compared

A few months ago, a reader remarked favorably on our ongoing holster tests. The reader said that his orthopedic doctor opined that those carrying...

Driving Holsters Compared

We look for the best holsters for driving, sitting for long periods, and by extension, riding a horse or motorcycle. We found a number of good choices, though some are pricey.

A Look at Left-Hand Holsters: Picks for Southpaw Shooters

We test units from Hunter Co., Quest, Uncle Mike's, Swap Rig Holsters, Jason Winnie, Barber Leather Works, Blackhawk, 1791 Gun Leather, and Jeffrey Custom Leather.

Holster Help for the EZ380

Now once again, this holster is NOT actually designed for the EZ380, but it works great, and is real comfortable to wear. No issues with the holster catching on the mag release. Now, since I really only have one pair of jeans for IWB carry, I still wanted an OWB holster. For this I tried a different local gunshop, closer to home, and they let me try a few "universal" holsters off the shelf. The one they suggested fit the gun okay, but like you, when I pulled the EZ out of the holster, just with my hands, the magazine came flying out! So back on the shelf that model went.

We Test Inside-The-Waistband Holsters for $50 and More

Shooters know that quality leather gear is increasingly expensive. Like a good shoemaker, workmen capable of making quality holsters are few and far between. For many of us, this means buying off-the-shelf holsters. In this installment, we test more than a dozen holsters from makers large and small. While we tried to keep the price around $100 or less, in several cases we went over. This was a result of the raters adding options such as special reinforcements and sweat guards.

‘Background Check’ Rule Is Coming For You

On April 11, 2024, the Biden Administration’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives issued a new rule to expand background-check requirements for private...