Here are some holster related terms, presented in no particular order. Can you think of any that we missed?
Holster: A holster is a device used to carry and secure a firearm, typically designed to be worn on the body, providing a safe and accessible way to carry a gun.
Kydex: Kydex is a type of thermoplastic material known for its durability, rigidity, and versatility. It is commonly used in the manufacturing of holsters, knife sheaths, and other tactical gear. Kydex is an acrylic-polyvinyl chloride (PVC) alloy sheet, which is then heated until pliable and molded to the desired shape.
Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) Holster: An IWB holster is designed to be worn inside the waistband of the pants, offering better concealment. It secures the firearm inside the pants.
Appendix Inside the Waistband (AIWB) Holster: Appendix carry is a method of carrying a firearm in the front of the body, typically in the area between the navel and the hip bone. Cold War Concealment AIWB holsters are equipped with the Modwing to increase concealment of the holster when worn in the appendix position.
Modwing: A Modwing is a specialized piece of hardware, sometimes called a wing or claw, used on an AIWB holster to rotate the grip of the holster closer to the body, to decrease printing.
Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) Holster: An OWB holster is worn outside the waistband and is typically attached to a belt. It provides easier access to the firearm but is generally less concealed.
Retention System: The retention system refers to the mechanism used to keep the firearm securely in the holster. It can include features like friction, thumb breaks, or other locking mechanisms. Cold War Concealment holsters use "Click" retention where the holster snaps onto the front edge of the trigger guard for a secure fit.
Cant: The cant of a holster refers to the angle at which the holster is positioned on the belt. It influences the angle at which the gun is presented for drawing. A forward cant may also improve the concealment of the firearm.
Paddle Holster: A paddle holster is a type of OWB holster features a flat, contoured piece that slides inside the waistband, securing the paddle between your body and the waistband / belt of your pants.
Pancake Holster: A pancake holster is an OWB holster with two large panels of material that sandwich the firearm, providing stability and weight distribution. These typically hug closer to the body than a paddle style OWB holster
Optic Ready: A holster that is optic ready is formed in a manner that allows a gun with a slide mounted optic, often called a red dot, to be used with the holster.
Understanding these terms can help you navigate the options and choose the holster that best fits your needs and preferences.