September 24, 2010
There are times when an easily accessible holster is more practical and safer than your regular carry rig.
Range holsters are available in leather, Kydex and less expensive injection-molded polymer models. The two most common types of range holsters are the classic strong-side belt holster and, more recently, the leg holster. Adequate retention is always important, but especially so when training on a hot range with multiple shooters. Most range rigs address this with a combination of tight, precision molding and an adjustable tension screw or with a trigger-guard locking tab like that found on the Blackhawk SERPA.
Basic Rules: Concealed Carry Rigs
A good holster must be made for your pistol. Generic, one-size-fits-many models don't do a good job of retaining your pistol and are generally not very comfortable.
A good holster should be molded tight enough to retain your pistol without straps or tension screws, and it should cover the trigger guard. It should also have a reinforced mouth that keeps the empty holster open for easy one-handed re-holstering. The holster's belt loops or slots must match your belt so the holster stays put for all-day comfort and a sure, speedy draw.