Concealed Carry Myth: You Don’t Need a Holster

A good pocket holster not only protects the trigger, it orients the gun for easy and consistent draws.

I just carry in my belt, and my gun stays there just fine. I carry my J-Frame revolver in my pocket, no problem! I hear those statements all the time, but I know of at least seven people who would disagree with the wisdom of not using a holster. We’ll get to them in a […]

Concealed Carry Myths: Semi-Autos Suck Because Revolvers Don’t Jam

A quality revolver always goes "bang", right?

“A revolver never jams!” I hear this one virtually every time I visit a gun store. Given what I do for a living, I simply can’t help picking up the sales conversations at the gun counter. Yeah, I know. That’s nosey and none of my business. Whether it’s my business to overhear or not, the […]

Concealed Carry Myths: You Can’t Carry a Full-size Gun

Our "her" model (left) is carrying a Sig Sauer P229 with a Galco KingTuk holster. She's 5'6. Our "him" model is a 32" waist size and he regularly carries a full-size 1911, also with a Galco KingTuk. Shirts are tucked in only so you can see the guns.

I’d like to carry a full-sized gun, but I’m too small. I carry this pocket .380 because I have to keep it concealed. Generally speaking, I call B.S. on all of these types of comments. Yeah, I know, we’re all shaped and sized differently, so it’s impossible to make a universal statement. It’s also wrong […]

Concealed Carry Myths: Double-action Pistols Suck For Self-defense

On a concealed carry gun, is a long , heavy, double-action trigger a benefit or a curse?

Recently, there has been much rekindled and rehashed debate on whether striker-fired guns are the spawn of Satanic fire-breathing seahorses or the most effective self-defense technology ever to grace a holster. Some folks remain convinced that striker-fired guns like Glocks have trigger press motions that are too easy and too short. According to this view, […]

Concealed Carry: Find the Method That’s Best for You

Galco's Kingtuk is supremely elegant and the attention to detail is evident.

Several years ago I was carrying a Glock 32 in one of those spandex undershirts that has a gun pocket. While bending over to pick up something off the ground, the spandex material and the polymer of the gun frame combined to create what seemed to be an anti-gravity effect, like a high-speed train speeding […]

IWB Holsters: Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Bought My First

The grip panel of this Crimson Trace Lasergrip is textured like skateboard tape, as designed. That’s why I always wear an undershirt with this combination.

I own more inside-the-waistband (IWB) holsters than I care to count. By “more”, I mean enough that if you lined them up end to end, they would reach from here to Hillary Clinton’s email server, wherever that is. I have this, umm, significant collection not because I use them regularly, but because I’ve bought, tried […]

A Handgun Laser Primer

Beretta lasers-2

If you want to start a bar fight, just bring up the topic of using lasers on handguns. Although they’ve been mainstream for years, there’s still an amazing amount of controversy, disinformation and downright bunk floating around out there. With that in mind, we figured it’s time to do a series of articles that together, […]

5 Best Non-traditional Concealed Carry Methods

What do you choose when you can't use something like this Galco KingTuk IWB holster?

When you stop and think about it, all forms of concealed carry represent a compromise. Unless you’re stumbling through life carrying your gun at eye level, like characters on the Walking Dead, you’re always going to have to sacrifice some degree of speed, concealment and/or gun security with any carry method. Let’s be clear about […]