This is a discussion on Open or closed end in holster within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Open for both. No particular reason....
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Several good notes so far. Mine are all open, but not for any reason on my part, that's just the way they all happened to be made. My original thought is open bottoms are nice since anything that happens to fall into the holster while the gun is out won't end up jammed up the pipe, unnoticed if you have to pull it out quick and fire it. I'm going to make my own holster that snaps into a dedicated leather jacket and was thinking about making it closed end.
Gotta Fly or Gonna Die
Lots of opinions, no facts. Modern concealment holsters are made open-muzzle to make them shorter, but must then be long enough to keep the muzzle from contacting clothing after the pistol's been fired (powder transfer from the muzzle), and to keep the muzzle from contacting anything when you sit (risk of jacking the slide on a seat belt, for example). Slide holsters give it all away!
With an IWB, the closed muzzle makes for easier insertion into the waistband. Can't be important given that we don't do that constantly, throughout our day.
Field holsters are often closed-muzzle to protect the bore (rifling, etc.). That's by no means a hard-n-fast rule, field holsters with open muzzle are quite common. In fact it's the difference between Lawrence's Keith holster and Bianchi's Lawman holster.
Red (Richard) Nichols
Chief Holster Scientist
floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee . . .
i usually get the open end slide versions, I can use 1 holster for multiple sized glocks.
A friend will help you move. A real friend will help move the bodies.
Opens allow your silencers to pass on through : )
"These days I go down to Wal-Mart and they sell 'em in the back.
Some people wanna take 'em away, why don't you go bust them boys that's sellin' crack.
Guns, whether Remingtons 'er Glocks.
Come on man it ain't like I'm a slingin' 'em on the block." - Justin Moore
With an OWB holster that exposes the slide, unless it has positive retention, the muzzle can catch on something as you sit down forcing the gun up and partially out of the holster. In this condition the trigger will be exposed and the gun is more at risk of falling out. Also, for IWB use, I've heard of others complaining they were wearing holes in their pants. I use a full-length holster for that reason. Also minimizes the lint I have to clean out of the barrel.