Previously we shared thoughts on the use of a shotgun, handguns, training and modifications.

As we work with firearm motivations we do know the risks our clients are facing and we do encourage them to carry their defensive firearms.

Some of our proudest moments are when we licensed a defensive firearm and the owner actually carries this firearm.

What we do see however, after an in depth study of firearm selection, they simply go and buy the first “thing” to attach it to themselves for every day carry.  (I’ll hesitate to call some of these devices a holster!)

Not long after this the complaints start of firearm weight, discomfort and even being pinched by their EDC firearm.

The bottom line is good holster selection, the selection of a proper gun belt and good positioning on the body would have solved all the issues.

Also keep in mind this is often the key to carrying a service size pistol with spare ammunition in comfort, and also concealed.

To share a few tips regarding holster selection; I quoted the Sheriff Jim Wilson.

What makes Sheriff Jim Wilson unique is the fact that he, as a law enforcement officer and firearm enthusiast has considerable experience in the defensive use of different firearms; Jim Wilson provides essential information for those interested in carrying a firearm for self-defense.

Quoted https:http://sheriffjimwilson.com

Defense Holster Checklist

 “1: Whether your holster is made of cowhide, horsehide, polymer, or some other stuff, it should be made from only the finest materials. This will guarantee a good fit and years of service.

2: The holster should be made to fit a specific model of pistol and then you should use it for only that type of pistol. A holster that carries a gun too loose, or too tight, will only let you down when you need it the most.

3: The holster should be mated to a belt that is the same width as the belt slots on the holster. The belt should also be sturdy enough to support the weight of your pistol, holster, and extra ammo carrier, without sagging.

4: A concealment holster should not have a safety strap, thumb snap or push-button release, on it. You should be able to grip the gun and go because you will probably be dealing with bad guys who already have their weapons in their hands. The only exception is the screw-tension device, as seen on the holster above, which holds the pistol a bit more snugly without impeding the draw.

5: The holster should be designed so that the top stays open, allowing the shooter to re-holster with one hand. You shouldn’t have to use two hands to re-holster and you shouldn’t have to look at the holster to get the job done. Your hands and eyes may have much more important things to do.

6: You should be able to draw from your concealment holster with your support hand. This is another reason to avoid straps, thumb snaps, and the like. Your strong-side arm might be injured, or the bad guys may have jumped you from behind and grabbed your shooting arm. Practicing support-hand shooting should be accompanied by practicing support-hand drawing. Get a holster that allows this.”

Keep the above tips in mind when selecting an EDC holster, unfortunately holster selection tends to be a very personal deal as each person has a different build, different day to day activities as well as a different dress code – the key is to put in effort with holster selection and to practice drawing your firearm from your holster!

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Dirk Venter

Dirk Venter

Legally Armed Volksrust

Legally Armed Volksrust serves customers in the towns and districts of Volksrust, Newcastle, Ladysmith, Utrecht and Dundee.

As experienced members of the Legally Armed group we offer our clients the opportunity to resolve all firearm related issues and assist with enquiries regarding licensing of any firearm, whether needed for self-defense, hunting, sport shooting or business purposes.

Send e-mail to ronel@legallyarmed.co.za

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