When most people think of tactical holsters, they think of rigs that are easily visible and worn on the outside of the clothes. While it’s certainly true that a tactical holster is often worn outside and exposed, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t concealed carry holsters that also function from a tactical standpoint.
Tactical Thigh Holsters
One of the most common types of tactical holster is the thigh rig. It’s worn on the dominant leg for easy access, and most often features one or two thigh straps where the holster is secured and a drop strap from an anchored belt loop. Thigh holsters provide an incredibly fast draw as well as solid retention and security. They may be a little uncomfortable depending on the weight of the handgun but are designed for walking and even running without fear of losing the firearm.
Tactical Belt Holsters
Belt holsters incorporate the easy access waist location of a thigh holster without necessarily altering mobility by being affixed to the leg. Belt holsters keep the firearm within finger’s reach and provide good retention and a quick draw. As they lack the thigh straps of a drop leg rig, they can be a little more wobbly and move around a little bit, which some users may find annoying.
Tactical Shoulder Holsters
Shoulder holsters are the only type of tactical choice that can actually be covered up if desired. While certainly acceptable to be used over the clothing, the addition of a light jacket can quickly and conveniently conceal the entire holster and firearm. There are some concerns to shoulder holster use like sweeping and prolonged comfort.
Carefully Planned Actions
Tactical equipment is designed for military use by definition, and hence concealment isn’t always the order of the day. However it’s important to note that the best choice in tactical holster may have little to nothing to do with hiding a firearm in the first place. Location, gun size and whether or not a firearm is a primary piece or a back up unit all play a role in what type of holster is ideal.