I see this question a lot: How do I know if I need to buy a Custom Holster?
As customizing your Carry Gun becomes less a Hobby and more like a Competition, the demand for Custom Holsters is increasing. But what if your Firearm isn't as customized as those Agency Arms Glock 19s you see all over Instagram? What if you only have an Extended Magazine or a Light Attachment? Do you still need a Custom Holster?
The answer isn't necessarily simple, as there are many different reasons for buying a holster that is custom, made to order. Here are a few of those reasons...
Reasons to buy a Custom Holster:
- The Holster Company you've chosen does not offer a Quick Ship, in Stock Holster Option for your Firearm
- The Company does not offer an in-stock Left Handed Holster Option for your Carry Gun
- You have an Optic with Suppressor Height Sights and need an Optic cut Holster
- You have an Extended Mag Release, Slide Stop, etc.
- You have a Light/Laser Attachment on your Carry Gun
- You like your Concealed Carry Holster to sit a certain way, ie: crossdraw, small of back, etc.
If you modify your Gun, get a Modified Holster to fit Correctly
These are some of the more common reasons that concealed carriers and shooters buy Custom Kydex Holsters. The advantage of getting a Holster made to fit your exact Firearm- is that you'll have an absolute perfect fit, making the holster less likely to cause unnecessary wear on your Firearm. If you spend the money to modify your gun, spend the money to have a modified holster. It's worth it in the long run.
A Holster Made Specifically for You = Carrying More Often.
Having a Custom Made Holster that sits exactly as you want it to sit will also result in you carrying the holster, and in turn, carrying your firearm more often. The drawer full of holsters is no joke- one size does not fit all. This is where custom made holsters come in handy- you're able to get exactly what you want, the first time you order.
Limited Range of Motion means Limited in-stock Options.
Concealed Carriers with preexisting injuries often get Custom Holsters made for them, as they know they have a certain range of motion in which they have to draw. Having a Custom Holster made for them that suits their needs allows them the freedom to carry comfortable, and gives them the confidence that they'll be able to draw successfully each time.
Another advantage of spending the money and waiting the lead time for a Custom Holster? You're more than likely supporting a small, American business.