The holster is one of the most essential pieces of gear that can make or break your competitive shooting performance. It must protect your firearm, allow quick access, and be comfortable enough for long periods.
Whether you have chosen a thigh holster, drop leg holster or shoulder rig, you must adjust and wear it properly.
Adjust the Retention Screws
All of our holsters feature adjustable retention. It is recommended that you adjust them every week to maintain proper retention. To do so, ensure your firearm is unloaded and then holster it into the holster. Pull it out a couple of times to get a feel for how tight or loose you would like the holster to be, and then use the Allen wrench that came with your order to adjust. Tighten or loosen the screw by 1/8 of a turn, then test again. Repeat this process until you find the desired retention for your needs.
Experimenting with different carry methods, such as the kidney (riding behind the hip at about 4 or 8 o’clock) and other front-positioned options, is also good. This is something that many customers never do, and it can make a big difference in how your holster works for you.
Adjust the Ride Height
Competition holsters offer the shooter an edge in IPSC shooting matches due to their speed, protection, and retention balance. As a result, they can be more restrictive than holsters designed for concealed carry. This is to prevent your weapon from falling out during physical contact or to prevent someone from disarming you.
As a result, most of these holsters will be higher in ride height. This allows the holster to sit closer to the body and be more comfortable to wear. It also makes it easier to draw your weapon when necessary.
Additionally, some holsters will be canted in one direction or another, depending on their intended use. For example, those intended for competition will often be canted backward to enable a quicker draw from the holster. Other holsters may be canted forward to help ensure your gun does not print against your clothing when drawn. This is especially important for concealed carriers who must be able to clear their clothing quickly.
Adjust the Cant
A holster’s cant is the angle at which it presents your handgun to your waistline. Depending on your desired draw location and the type of firearm, the cant may need to be adjusted. Typically, this is accomplished by loosening specific screws or nuts, rotating the holster to a new angle, and then tightening them back up.
Most competition holsters are canted forward to prevent your clothing from printing against the firearm’s grip. At the same time, those designed for IDPA tend to be canted backward to enable a quicker draw during competitive shooting. If you need help determining which direction works best for you, try both positions on your holster to see what feels most comfortable and natural.
Finding the perfect holster for your specific needs can feel daunting because of the many variables. However, focusing on five valuable considerations can lighten the load: material selection, sizing, accessibility, carry, and deployment. A proper understanding of these demands makes finding a quality holster easier.