From Team Hollis
Any woman shooter can relate… The awful challenge of finding “that” holster. I’ve used a few different kinds, and can honestly say I still haven’t found the right one for me.
Each person is different and we all have our likes and dislikes, but like everything that has to do with a female, it is usually a bit more complicated. Finding the right holster is no exception. I will be the first to say we don’t wear sturdy pants with waistbands, or tactical pants to work or around the house every single day. We wear skirts, dresses, yoga pants,etc. How in the world will a holster work with those ? Simply put, it won’t. And if it does sit in your waistband.. Is it still safe?
I’ve seen all sorts of different wraps and such, advertised and all the different places as to where you can stow away your piece, while still wearing the things we want to wear. I have not been a fan of those items, due to the time it may take me to draw my weapon in the event of an emergency. I am not the most graceful person, and having my HKVP9 wrapped to my body, or stowed away in a bra isn’t much of an appealing idea.
I have used a concealed waistband holster, which I prefer from everything I have used thus far. It clips over my belt & waistband, no fuss with loops or other clips. An advantage of being an easy & fast draw, however a major disadvantage IF, your belt/ pants are on loose OR your holster secures your weapon tighter than most. You will struggle to produce a quick draw while at the same time trying not to give yourself a wedgie! Also, you always have to ensure that your holster is in fact, clipped below your belt or when you attempt to draw, you will pull your holster and weapon completely away from your waistband.
I have also tried the holster that sits on the outside of your waistband and that is secured through two plastic loops on either side. From a female standpoint, it is not ideal, due to the fact that you obviously need to wear something with a belt & a sturdy waistband. It makes trying to match that much harder ! However, the draw is safer, as your weapon sits more securely and it won’t delay with or “stick” with the holster when attempting to draw.
Whichever you use, however you use it, be sure that when “that time” comes around that you need to use your weapon, ensure you can access it with ease, produce a quick draw and be on the trigger with ample time to also engage your enemy! Be safe & good luck to any other females still looking for “that holster”.
-Team Hollis (Candace)