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About the Author

Steven L

Steve has never not known guns. Before motorcycles, money, or girls, they have always been part of his life. He was tenured as General Manager of one of the country's largest gun stores and ranges, a buyer in a big box outdoor sporting goods store, and is currently OpticsPlanet's Director of Product Intelligence. He was a US Navy nuclear gunners mate, a private investigator, and is an NRA certified instructor in ten categories, as well as an Illinois CCW instructor. He shoots competitively and has hunted from Alaska to Africa. He thoroughly loves life with his beloved wife, Shirley, and together they live with their three wildish dogs Tinker, TranRek, and Crash Almighty. He is a stubborn stage 4 cancer survivor and isn't ready to cash in his chips yet.

Continue following Steve's gun-laden lifestyle with never-ending firearm excursions and experiments with related products! Visit his blog page at Riflescopeblog.com.


  • Holsters

1. Introduction

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As a firearms instructor, gun store manager, private investigator, competitive shooter, and all-around gun nut, I have had occasion to use many types of holsters for multiple purposes over the last few decades. Many of these holsters are quite specialized and therefore currently reside barely used in boxes and drawers in my cluttered gun room. A very few favorites are nearly as well-worn as my years-old leather wallet, and with them I feel the same intimate familiarity. Broken-in and supple, I hardly have to think to put them on or draw or reholster.

If you live in a CCW (concealed weapons) state and carry a gun daily and are lucky enough to grow old with such a holster, you win. Like a cowboy hat or a good pair of boots, it takes a lot of everyday use to get them the way you like them, and they become very personal.

But holsters are used for many different purposes. For years I competed in IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) shooting a stock Glock with nothing more than a sturdy wide belt, an inexpensive Uncle Mike's #15 holster and a double mag pouch with all straps removed. I sometimes still use these today, and I can't give a higher gear recommendation for cost versus quality for this purpose.

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