Gun Holster Material Guide

Gun Holster Material Guide

Which holster material is best? The truth is, the answer varies depending on your carry type, environment and your cosmetic preference. Different characteristics favor different missions. Not sure which material suits your tactical needs best? We broke them down to help guide you toward your perfect fit.

Composite

A strong reinforced plastic

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Can withstand extreme temperatures and conditions
  • Ideal for tactical and duty uses
  • Quick draw
  • Waterproof
  • Choice of finishes

Things to consider:

  • Sizing is specific to your gun model
  • Because of the hard exterior, composite holsters can be more difficult and less comfortable to conceal.

Nylon

A stiff synthetic fabric

Pros:

  • Water resistant
  • Thick enough to provide protection for your gun
  • Flexible and easily concealed
  • Typically more affordable than other holster materials

Things to consider:

  • It's sized by the weapon's barrel length, style and frame type rather than the model
  • Not as durable as other holster materials

Leather

Natural material made from animal rawhide

Pros:

  • Form-fitting to your weapon
  • Traditional, attractive appearance

Things to consider:

  • Cleaning and upkeep is more difficult
  • Few color options