How To Choose The Right Leather Holsters – A Guide

When you’re shopping for a holster, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First of all, what type of holster do you need?

Do you need a kydex holster or a leather holster?

And then, how do you choose the right size and style for your gun?

Along with these basics, it’s important to consider the use of a retention strap and how to care for your new holster. At Top Gun Supply, we carry a variety of holsters to fit many popular models. We also have information on how to choose the right size for your gun and how to use a retention strap to ensure that your holster stays put during use. Whether you’re looking for law enforcement, military, or civilian holsters, we’ve got you covered!

Types of leather holsters

There’s a holster for everyone, and choosing the right one is essential for concealed carry.

Here are three types of leather holsters to help you choose the best option for you:

1. Light-weight holsters offer less bulk and can be worn under clothing without being noticeable. Often prefered for concealed carry use.

2. Full-sized holsters are the most popular because they allow for a lot of guns movement. They are best for carrying a gun in a waistband or on the belt.

3. Compact holsters. They are best for carry in small purses or pockets because they are less bulky than full-sized holsters and can be worn under clothing easily. Anytime you are concealing your gun with a holster, make sure you are in compliance with local laws, and that as required you obtain and concealed carry permit.

How to choose the right style and fit for your holster

There are many holster options available on the market, so it’s important to find the right one that will fit your needs and style. Once you have chosen a holster, be sure to make sure it is manufactured with quality materials that will last long. Furthermore, be sure to try on a few holsters in store to get an idea of what will work best for your body type and firearm size.

In our retail locations in both Florida and in Ohio, our staff is happy to help you find, size, and purchase your ideal holster. If you already know the holster you want, you can order online and we can ship your order to your door.

When working with a client, we will try to guide you to the best options, asking general questions about your intended use, placement, and your firearm.

Choosing the right size for your gun

Choosing the right gun for your needs can be a daunting task. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! Your holster should fit to your gun. Do not try to force a gun into the wrong sized holster, or use a holster for multiple guns. It is important to have your leather holster fit like a glove.

Once you have a good idea of what you’re looking for, size matters. That mating of the ideal holster to your gun can change your level of safety, access to your weapon in emergencies, and much more.

Use of a retention strap

A retention strap is required by most law enforcement agencies, and a standard feature requested by most gun owners. These positively impact guns and firearm safety.

How to care for your leather holster

Leather holsters are a classic tool and accessory to your clothing, and are often considered essential by gun owners. However, like any other piece of clothing, they need to be taken care of in order to maintain their durability and look. When cleaning, use a leather cleaner, followed by additional leather protectant. This will help protect your holster from moisture and dust.

Do not use your holster with multiple handguns. Keep your holster mated to a single sidearm for the very best fit, feel, and the long term durability of the holster itself.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different types of leather holsters?

There are a few different types of leather holsters, including belt holsters, shoulder holster holsters, and pocket holsters. Belt holsters are the most common type, and they’re usually worn around the waist. Shoulder holsters are worn on the shoulder and are often used for handguns. Pocket holsters are small and often use other items of clothing to attach to with a special holster clip.

Can I use a leather holster with a gun that has a plastic grip?

Yes, you can. Just partner with your advisor on the best design and model for your gun.

What are the benefits of choosing a leather holster?

The benefits of choosing a leather holster include durability, comfort, and style.

Which type of leather holster is the best for me?

The best type of holster for you depends on your gun and personal preferences. Generally speaking, leather holsters are the most comfortable and durable option. That is why they have been used for over a century and are trusted by so many gun owners.

How do I choose the right size leather holster?

Most gun owners generally agree that, for carry purposes, a holster should fit snugly against your body and be as low profile as possible. Some factors to consider when selecting a holster size include firearm type, clothing size, body build, and the amount of gear you plan to carry.

Many manufacturers make special designs for certain manufacturers’ gun dimensions. You can find holsters to fit every manufacturer, such as Springfield, Sig Sauer, Ruger, Colt, S&W, Beretta, Glock, and many more. Perfect fits for your pistol, revolvers, or that special handgun.

Carry holsters for law enforcement, public carry, or concealed carry applications are all available. Regardless of your carry option, you are certain to find your best holster and the best shopping experience a Top Gun Supply. Many offer a

lifetime warranty


If you’re looking for a holster that will provide you with a comfortable and secure carry, then you’ll need to take into account the different types of leather holsters available and choose the one that best suits your needs. Make sure to choose the right size and style for your gun, and use a retention strap to ensure that your holster stays in place. Finally, be sure to keep your holster clean and well-maintained to ensure long-term use.