Buying A Concealed Carry Holster For Someone Else - A Few Things To Keep In Mind
Shopping for that special someone is always a trick. Giving the gift of a great inside the waistband concealed carry holster that's backed by a lifetime warranty is certainly a wise decision. In this article, we'll go over some of the considerations you may want to consider when buying a concealed carry holster for someone else.
Make sure you know if they're left-handed or right-handed
It sounds silly but sometimes people just don't think about right or left hand preferences until the day arrives. The look on someone's face as he or she opens the gift box to see a reputable, comfortable holster – priceless. That follow-on glance when they realizes it's a right-handed holster and they are left-handed? Yep.
Sounds pretty basic but just check. You may be surprised to find out someone who writes with his right hand may shoot with his left due to “left eye dominance” (aka cross eye dominance).
Shop for holsters to accommodate lifestyle.
If you're shopping for an everyday carrier, it pays off to know that person's lifestyle. Is she an active person who is very athletic? The Cloack Tuck 3.0 IWB Holster; A neoprene-backed inside the waistband concealed carry holster may be the right choice.
Perhaps that person in your life enjoys the simpler feel of finely crafted leather. In that case, perhaps the Cloak Slide OWB Holster with a premium leather outside the waistband holster will do the trick.
Get them a gun holster for their specific handgun, but isn't “one size fits all”.
There's no such thing as “one size fits all”. Handgun holsters are no different. If one holster fits with any handgun, it probably sacrificed a great deal of retention. Instead, consider an option that allows you to exchange gun holster shells.
For instance, Alien Gear has a free shell replacement program. If you buy any of our gun holsters, you can ship back the shell you started off with for a free replacement. That's awesome if you discover a Viridian laser sight makes a great companion to your Glock 19. Alien Gear covers it.
A lot of people start off with one concealed carry handgun as their everyday carry and then switch to another in, say, 6 months. Perhaps that's the other side of the gift-giving – a holster and handgun combo. Very smart! But if that's the route you're going to take, get them an inside the waistband concealed carry holster that can work with most any other pistol later on down the line.
The reason why a concealed carry holster is the perfect gift for that concealed carrier in your life is it's an investment in their safety and yours. It's also much more affordable than buying that person another handgun and still shows you care a great deal.
Concealed carry holsters are a wonderful way to equip yourself and that other person for ccw success. More importantly, if the gifts are part of an introduction into the concealed carry lifestyle, you're setting up that other person with success by getting him a concealed carry holster that is comfortable, reliable, and has great retention over the handgun.
About The Author
James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.