What would you want to see in a holster review?
Holsters have been kind of an infatuation for JD and me from the get go. It all started with a Fobus Roto holster that broke and spilled my husbands gun out onto the floor in the middle of the mall and we decided that there IS such a thing as a bad holster. Add to that the fact that I am a small-frame woman trying to comfortably conceal a larger firearm and it made for an interesting search for those "perfect" holster. Since that day we haven't stopped.
Combined we have more holsters and have tried more means of carry than your average six carriers and we have no intention to stop any time soon.
Our holster box contains over 30 holsters for a wide variety of firearms and represents hundreds of dollars of some good choices and some not-so-good choices.
I figured I would do some good by going through the box, one-by-one and reviewing every single holster that we own.
I've done two reviews already but I want to make sure I'm covering information that people REALLY want to know about a holster, especially a new carrier or someone looking for a specific design or function.
Currently I've been covering the following:
- Back information. I try, if I can, to give a little back information on the holster, it's design or where it came from and its intended purpose.
- Features such as material made out of, means of attachment to the body, retention devices (if any), colors, right vs left-hand selection, adjustability with pros/cons mixed in as one man's pro could be another man's con.
- Whether it will accommodate crimson trace grips.
- I do a retention segment where I check for passive retention.
- JD and I take the holster out into our garage and wrench on it a bit seeing how well it stays in place.
- I also do a drawing and reholstering segment to see how well it allows for a speedy and comfortable draw and reholster.
- We also do a concealment and comfort section where I show how the holster conceals on both my frame and my husbands and how comfortable I think it is.
- Finally I go over who made the holster, contact information, firearms the holster can fit or be made for, warranty and care instructions, if any.
I was considering adding a "torture" test wherein I submerge the holster in water with a blue gun and see how easily it will draw after that. I'm also thinking of including pouring sand over it with blue gun and rolling around on the ground.
Of course it would mean some serious abuse to some of our holsters and while your average CCW holder would never put that kind of abuse on a holster the entirety of their carrying experience, it would be nice to know what a holster is capable of.
Do you think that's a good idea or going to far?
What else would you be interested in seeing or hearing about before you purchased a particular design?
Is there something you feel is always missed in reviews until you buy the holster and find out for yourself that could have been a deal breaker had you known about it ahead of time?
I'm very interested in feedback from people who carry on a regular basis.