The concealed carrier ranks are growing by leaps and bounds, which is mostly a good thing. However, I'm seeing a large increase in the number of carriers who suffer from the Dunning-Kruger effect. I'm not saying that to be mean, they just don't know what they don't know.
Most recently, I've seen this play into holster choice. Recently, someone asked for recommendations on guns and carry methods, so I gave an answer. When she said that she loves "the clip" (Technaclip) on her gun, I mentioned that it wasn't a good carry method because it didn't cover the trigger and could lead to a negligent discharge. She took that as I was saying she was negligent. I was not. However, her comment made me think that maybe a refresher on what constitutes a good holster was due for circulation again.
The other "holster" (and I use that term very, very loosely) that seems to be popping up again and again is the VersaCarry. Gah!
A good holster will:
- hold the gun securely in place (no flapping, or migrating)
- cover the trigger (without being able to inadvertently activate the trigger)
- allow the carrier fast and consistent access to their gun
- not require constant adjusting and re-adjusting
I know they are expensive, but shouldn't we put as much consideration into buying our holsters as we do our guns? I have three different holsters for my carry gun, just so I have options depending on what I'm wearing. I've put nearly $300 into holsters for my $500 gun, and I had to accumulate them slowly. I carefully considered the pros and cons for each holster, but the one thing I never compromised on was the safety of the holster. Each holster meets the four criteria listed above.
If you are holster shopping, or know someone who is, please make sure you scrutinize the holsters and make sure they are safe.
Things like the Technaclip and VersaCarry fail spectacularly when scrutinized for safety.