July 2014

Outside-the-Waistband Holsters, Part II: Crossdraw, Paddle, SOB

When we got a request for an OWB test, we went to work. This month, we examine three variations of this style.

Outside-the-Waistband Holsters, Part II: Crossdraw, Paddle, SOB

As we noted in Part I last month, the outside-the-waistband holster has many advantages, including speed and security. Some will wear a high-riding OWB and a pulled-out sports shirt and have the same concealment with the OWB as the IWB but with greater comfort. While we believe the IWB has advantages when maximum concealment is needed, there are times when the OWB can be concealed. If you can do that, you are ahead of the game in speed and comfort.

In this two-part installment begun in the June 2014 issue, we covered more than 20 holsters of the OWB type, including specialized alternatives to the IWB. As always, we gauged them on a few important attributes. The handgun cannot shift in the holster. The holster cannot sag on the belt, so it must be properly fitted to the belt. The holster must be tight against the body for concealed carry, but it cannot give you a punch in the kidney when you hit a speed bump in the road or step off of a curb. The gun must present the proper grip angle for a rapid presentation from concealment. The trigger guard must be covered. The holster must be sturdily made of good materials.

Last month, we looked at pancake-design holsters, giving two of them Best Buy awards: the Wright Leather Works Predator Pancake Holster, $88, and the D. M. Bullard Leather Combat model, $85. Other Grade A pancake models in various natural materials included the K.L. Null Holsters Super Speed Scabbard, $135; the CBs Leather Works Pancake, $115; the Milt Sparks 60TK, $105; K Bar J Leather, $250; Legends In Leather Justice, $395; the D. M. Bullard Bodyguard, $85; the Side Guard Holsters Slide, $75; the Ted Blocker Holsters G1, $89; and the Desbiens GunleatherCovert OWB, $105. Kydex holsters that earned Grade A rankings included the LHS Holsters Falcon, $70; the Statureman Custom Holster, $70; and zZz Custom Works Standard Holster, $69.

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