Paddle holsters are rather simple to use and small, cheap, providing a high level of comfort to the user. It’s no surprise that it’s so popular among the gun-toting population. But as with all good things, it is not without a few flaws. They offer an ease unlike other in drawing and sheathing the gun. They mostly rely on the friction between your holster, pants and your undergarments to stay in place.
When buying a Paddle holster, it is very important to remember that it is a compromise of comfort for better retention and concealment. The keyword for a paddle holster is concealment, as in they are never to be worn in open. Paddle holsters with belt guides or hooks that cling to the belt are available. It is advisable for undercover or plain-clothes officers who prefer paddle holsters to purchase the holsters of this variety to reduce the chances of the holster getting detached and thus increasing its retention and help prevent the holster from being detached too easily. The link between the paddle and the holster is literally the “weak link” of the paddle holster. It was rather easy in older models for the criminal to rip apart the holster from the officer, leaving him with the paddle and holster while the gun is in the possession of our assailant.
Modern paddle holsters garnish a reinforced section between the paddle and the holster, and most feature hooks or other contraptions which help hold the holster in place and prevent anyone pulling out the holster from its belt grip. We can illustrate the design improvements on some of the modern models like The Blackhawk! SERPA paddle holsters were designed with a plastic tab to secure the holster in place. In some others like the Fobus Roto Paddle Holster, they placed a tiny ledge on the outside of the paddle that attached itself to your waistband or belt which makes it harder for it get dislodged from the person unknowingly..
If you want to carry concealed arm guns, you are going to have to make a compromise on comfort. If you prefer leaving your pistol at home because the holster was getting slightly itchy by the side, you are going to be left wide open and defenseless, should you run into trouble outside. But the paddle holster provides you a unique choice of staying comfortable while carrying a concealed firearm and it is also cheap and has the simplest design. But, the main drawback of the paddle holster is that it is slightly less retentive compared to the other types of holsters.
Sometimes the difference between life and death may be how much faster you can draw the gun out than your enemy. Whichever type of holster you buy, always practice to make your draw time significantly low. It is always to your advantage if you can draw faster than your enemy.
Author Bio: Harish is a safety-expert at MLT Security Pvt Ltd in Mumbai and also is a part-time blogger.