Sometimes, carrying a concealed weapon on the outside of your pants just makes more sense than carrying one on the inside. Personally, my trousers seem to get smaller and smaller as the years go on. So depending on the pants I'm wearing, it just makes more sense for me to carry them on the outside of my waistband than on the inside.
I have quite a few holsters I could choose from, but on those days, I choose to carry the highly optioned Alien Gear Cloak Slide outside the waistband holster.
Like many concealed carriers these days, I own my fair share of holsters. Most of them collect dust as they sit in one of the many areas where I keep them. And, if I were to be totally honest with you, most of them stink.
Alien Gear Cloak Slide
One thing that many newer gun carriers fail to realize is that putting your gun back into your holster is almost as important as taking it out to begin with. When you use an OWB holster, it helps get your loaded gun back into its concealed position while reducing the possibility of shooting yourself in the process.
Believe it or not, the very last thing you're going to want to do is accidentally shoot yourself in the leg as you put your gun back into its resting spot.
When your adrenaline is rushing after the defensive use of a gun or you just carelessly snag the trigger, mistakes can happen. Your best bet is to make sure that your gun slides back in as easily as possible and practice re-holstering it properly whenever you can to develop muscle memory. That is one of the reasons why this is the holster I recommend to new gun carriers (if their area allows it).
The holster is simple in design and makes a lot of sense. It has a leather backing with belt loops and a hard molded plastic shell that fits your firearm snugly. The shell is held down with screws instead of rivets, allowing you to change the gun you carry as often as you change your socks.
Of course, to make this holster even better, the Cloak Slide also comes with a comprehensive warranty. This warranty gives you 30 days to decide if this is the right holster for you, free shell swaps for life, and a forever warranty on all of the hardware.
This means that if you ever buy a different carry gun or break any of its parts, you're covered.
The best part of this holster, in my humble opinion, is that I forget it is there, even while carrying my full-sized Springfield XD. I've even laid down on my bed, rolled over onto my strong side, and was still comfortable. My best guess as to the reason is that it has a lower profile than most of the other outside-the-waistband holsters out there on the market right now.
Carrying OWB is a viable option just as long as your region allows for such carrying. When your trousers begin to tighten around the waist like mine do, the Cloak Tuck could be your best bet. Sound Off Gun Carriers! Do you own one of these holsters? If so, tell us what you think in the comments below! Then, be sure to like the Gun Carrier Facebook Page!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on June 3,2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.