Why is it so difficult for some people to find the right concealed carry holster? Certainly, the reason must be based upon the wrong criterion. A person should select handgun plus holster together and evaluate them as a “system” for best results. The wrong holster and/or handgun will discourage concealed carry practice.
The intent of this article is to illustrate a decision making tool that can be used for purchasing a concealed carry holster, or, other important items. All holster manufactures claim they have the best, how do we know who is right? Selection can be confusing based upon what you “actually” need versus what you” think” you need.
First of all; give serious thought to identifying your personal concerns before even looking at holsters. How will carrying a firearm affect your daily life, at shopping malls, public events, churches, driving your automobile, around personal friends…do you want little, or, no impact on your normal daily appearance and behavior? Holster selection plays a major role in supporting your objectives for concealed carry.
Learn about the different holster styles available, only after giving ample thought to your personal requirements. A good place to start with understanding basic holster styles is on the Wikipedia encyclopedia website. Chuck Hawk’s website also has an interesting article, you may want to read, on concealed carry methods .
After studying the holster styles available and “features” to look for; you are ready to do a “Decision Matrix” evaluation for selecting the best concealed carry holster available. It is an easy way of comparing several items (e.g. holster styles) by assigning a numerical “rank” to each item you are considering and also a numerical “value” to each of the features for satisfying your personal needs.
This technique is commonly used in industry to help make important decisions on any subject matter. The values of each feature for an item are combined into a sum which represents total “score” of a holster. It’s easy to recognize your best choice having the highest score.
This step by step holster evaluation procedure will force you to get familiar with basic holster types plus put together and measure features you need for successful practice. It’s a theoretical decision based upon very solid thinking which may be entertaining and surprising while leading you to the right holster choice.
Your objective is to look at the whole picture after comparing all holsters relative to each other. In other words you will be looking at the best features in each holster that encourage you to concealed carry. This exercise encourages logical thought by clearly defining a basis for making the right choice.
Give this process a try for helping with any important decision in your life.
DECISION MATRIX APPLICATION FOR A CONCEALED CARRY HOLSTER
1. The first thing you want to do is create a list of best concealed carry holster “feature values” (FV) and consider their relative importance.
2. Assign a numerical value to each feature value (FV). The larger number represents the greater value. Use a range of numbers from; 1 to 5.
3. List the concealed carry holster “styles” for evaluation.
4. Assign a product rank (PR) to each holster, for each feature, from 1 to 5, and rank each of the next holsters, either, above or below. The largest number represents the greatest feature value (FV).
5. Multiply each feature value (FV) times each product rank (PR) to give each style a “score”
6. Add up the total score for each holster style. The highest numerical value will represent your best holster choice.
DECISION MATRIX EXAMPLE – CONCEALED CARRY HOLSTER
The following concealed carry holster features were selected as being most important; however, make changes to suit your personal needs.
• CONCEALMENT: How well does each holster hide my gun during every-day body motions: walking, bending, sitting, standing, twisting? Imagine wearing each holster style during these different actions. Also note; brandishing can get you arrested in some states
• CLOTHING: Can you avoid special clothing when wearing this holster? Is a cover vest or larger trousers required to hide holster & gun?
• ACCESS: How easy is it to reach your gun during an emergency or while sitting in your automobile? What holster location is easiest for me to reach? This can be a difficult decision if you haven’t actually practiced with each holster style.
• EASE OF PUTTING ON: Will you be putting this holster on and taking it off throughout the day? Must it be removed for taking care of personal needs in public restrooms?
• ALL DAY COMFORT: How comfortable is this holster style during each of the different physical positions; walking, bending, sitting, standing, and twisting? Can you wear it while driving?
• PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS: How easy is it to access your weapon, using this holster, while walking, bending, sitting, standing, twisting? Do you have reach restrictions, arthritis etc.?
• QUALITY: What is the material? Is it made in the USA? Is it a reputable company? Guaranteed?
• VERSILITY: Can this holster be used for different handguns, or, with a Laser sight?
• COST: How important is holster cost compared to the motivation to Concealed Carry
An Example Chart, including (5) popular holster styles, was created for you to finish evaluating, or, create a Microsoft Excel file, or, print a copy and pencil in your information. These charts are available free on the Stealth Defense Holsters website: http://www.stealthdefenseholsters.com/x-ConcealedCarryHolsterSelection.html
Accuracy of this process is dependent upon the truthfulness your input. There is no such thing as a “perfect” holster, but, this analysis will show the best concealed carry holster for you.
Good luck hunting and be safe dude.
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