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 above a magnetic rail. The Glock launched through my shirt collar at warp speed and landed on the ground in front of me.
Since then I’ve found out a lot about the pros and cons of different methods of concealed carry. The most important thing I’ve learned is there is no one-size-fits-all answer. You’ll hear Internet couch commandos talk about belt carry as the “only” way to carry a gun. But people are different sizes, have different dress requirements, and perform different activities and all of these things determine which concealed-carry method is best for them. Additionally, there are always tradeoffs. It’s up to you to find the right balance of concealment, accessibility, and security.
A holster has three important functions, and your choice of carry should support all three: It must ensure that your gun remains in your control; it must protect the trigger; and it must allows safe and consistent access to your gun. Let’s consider a few pros and cons of some common carry methods.