Everyone who has ever carried a handgun for any significant period of time has a box of holsters in the basement that for some reason just didn’t make the cut when it comes to your every day carry. Outside the waistband (OWB) holsters, Inside the Waistband (IWB) holsters, kydex, leather, hybrid, pancake, you name it, and we’ve tried it. But at the end of the day, what really makes a holster a holster? And what matters most when we’re selecting a holster. If you look at the approval standards for most Federal Law Enforcement agencies, in order for a holster to be approved for carry it has to do five specific things.
- Be specifically molded for the firearm
- Completely cover the trigger guard
- Keep the muzzle in a downward orientation
- Have some form of positive retention
- Allow for easy reholstering
If a holster meets these standards (and most of them do) then it can be approved for on or off duty carry. So why do so many holsters end up in the basement box? In most cases it’s simply a matter of comfort. Q-Series deals primarily with minimalist IWB concealment holsters. When done correctly, IWB carry offers the best level of concealment while still allowing easy access to the firearm. But why the minimal design? After 15 years of carrying concealed for a living, I’ve learned that the more you shove into your waistband, no matter what material you’re using, the more uncomfortable it becomes over an extended period of time. That’s why Q-Series has stripped away all of the unnecessary elements of a traditional holster and kept only the features that help meet the 5 standards of approval. Q-Series uses the minimum amount of material necessary to meet these standards, which ensures the maximum level of comfort without compromising security. So quit adding to the box of undesirables and go minimalist. We promise you’ll be glad you did.