Friday, October 30, 2015

Inside the Waistband Holster for the Glock 42

DARA HOLSTER'S IWB KYDEX GLOCK 42 HOLSTER

This customizable concealed carry solution lets you choose how to secure your weapon inside your waistband.


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Credit: Police Magazine OCTOBER 2015 Issue


Dara Holsters crafts some of the best custom Kydex holsters
in the industry. I recently picked up a Glock 42 pistol for review and was pretty excited when Dara agreed to send me one of the company's inside-the-waistband holsters to round out the package. 

Simple in form and function, the Dara Holsters IWB Kydex holster is molded around the gun from a single piece of thin yet rigid Kydex sheeting. The seam in the front is secured with a single captured adjustable screw with rubber grommet to adjust the retention on the gun. The holster is secured to the belt with any one of three options: standard clip-over, J-hook, or soft leather loops. I chose the clip-over as I like the ability to quickly secure and remove the gun from my waistband.
 
Depending on your desired set-up, the clip-over and J-hook are available in several sizes from 1.5 to 2.5 inches broken down into quarter-inch increments. This allows for a custom and very secure ft to the belt and eliminates the possibility of the holster tilting or inadvertently coming of your belt. If you decide later on that your chosen belt attachment isn't for you, it is easily interchangeable with the others using two large screws. 


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Glock 42 Dara IWB Holster

I wore my G42 in the Dara Holster for a few months almost daily, and I have to say it is one of the most comfortable holsters I've owned. The Kydex is just thick enough to be rigid without adding bulk and extra weight. The clip held up great even with extreme flexing and the gun stayed put. The retention, via the indented trigger-guard portion of the holster, worked fine but was slightly less than I would've liked even with the main screw torqued all the way down. Slightly more aggressive molding of the trigger guard area would fix that issue and I hope Dara considers that down the road. Other than that I've got no complaints. 

Custom Kydex holsters are a dime a dozen, but if you're looking for one that is solid, lightweight, and simple, the Dara Custom IWB is right for you. Available for a large variety of pistols, and offering multiple options for ride height, pistol cant, and even colors, the Dara IWB can be configured for just about anyone. The price makes the Dara even more appealing, as it can be had for about $50.

Friday, October 23, 2015

New Kydex Holsters up for Sale!

It's October, so according to all of my Marketing Insider e-mails, I'm supposed to start prepping the company website for Christmas. This means, we're bulking up our Quick Ship and Sale Section and pricing items to sell. We have a lot of random holsters sitting in the shop and we want them gone!

Here are some of the most recently added holsters:

IWB - S&W M&P .45 4.5"


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Use this code to get 20% off Sale Holsters...

Monday, October 12, 2015

Dara Holsters new Paddle Holster

 Outside the Waistband Paddle Holsters

For ease of ordering, we have added our Custom OWB Paddle Holster as a separate product! These holsters have the same custom options as our regular Custom Outside the Waistband Holster, except for the belt attachment. As you can see below our paddles are handmade from 0.093" Boltaron with two catching points for stability on the belt. While not recommended to wear during vigorous physical activities, our paddles offer ideal stability for day to day activities.

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The OWB Paddle Holster by Dara Holsters is a great way to carry a firearm outside the waistband for those who want an easy on/off holster solution. The paddle is great for any size firearm and can be ordered for all different ride heights and cant angles. Unlike most paddle holsters, our paddles are compact in size and stick close to the body, as shown below.


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If you have a Trijicon RMR or other red dot type sight, check out our Custom RMR Cut OWB Holster!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About Appendix Carry

Carrying Concealed at the Appendix

Everything you need to know about Appendix Concealed Carry.

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Every now and again in the forums I will come across a post about how awful and dangerous appendix carry can be. I see statements such as, "I don't want to appendix carry because the muzzle is pointed directly at my femoral artery." Or, "I don't want to shoot my junk off!" This is understandable, I can't imagine anyone wanting to do those things, but guns don't go off by themselves.

Assuming you have this same mindset and want to try appendix carry, here are some tips when searching for a good holster:

1. Before you decide on anything, make sure it's the right position for you.

Try placing your unloaded firearm inside your waistband at the appendix position. Test the cant angle you prefer, and also the height that you'd like to carry. Walk around a bit, try sitting, etc.

2. Look for an Appendix Carry Position or AIWB specific Holster.

This will most likely be the easiest step in the process, AIWB Holsters can be found anywhere. The trick is finding the right one for what you want, and the highest quality.

3. Determine which AIWB Holster offers the cant angle you prefer.

While there are many AIWB Holsters, most have either a set cant angle (usually a reverse cant) or the ability to completely adjust the cant angle. To each his own, but I have found that any product, holster or not, that has the ability to serve multiple purposes, does not do any one thing perfectly. To me, adjustability either means that the holster will move around or have excess material, and that doesn't make for a concealable holster.

For concealed carry at the appendix position, you should be looking for a reverse cant angle or a straight draw. Our company offers an array of options for reverse cants, from a 30° reverse cant angle all the way to 7.5°. We also offer a straight draw. Depending on your firearm, most prefer a 7.5° reverse cant. This will line the barrel up with the natural fold of your groin, eliminating leg or belly poking. If you are carrying a fairly small gun, a straight draw would be fine as well.

4. Choose the correct ride height for you.

I can't speak for every company, but ride height is usually determined by the height of the trigger. For reference, our mid ride height will put the trigger at your belt. A high ride puts the trigger 1/4" above the belt, and a low ride puts the trigger 1/4" below your belt. The measurements may vary slightly, but not by much.

On our website we recommend a high ride height paired with a 7.5° or 15° reverse cant angle. This is suitable for most guns, however we have noticed that a high ride on certain firearms, such as the S&W Shield, tends to tip the gun out. For very compact firearms like the S&W Shield, we recommend a mid ride height paired with a straight draw. Keep in mind, a mid ride will bury the grip of your gun if paired with a reverse cant angle. A higher ride is also nice when sitting or bending, as the holster will bend with you, as opposed to digging into your gut.

5. Take notice of the shape of the AIWB Holster

While dual clip holsters are very good at distributing the weight over a wider space, they still can't correct the fact that they take up a wider space. Logically, if you are trying to conceal a handgun, you should want the minimal amount of material possible so as not to attract too much attention.

Choose a holster that is slim with a minimal amount of material. You may see some AIWB-specific holsters that have a wedge molded into the holster to prevent the grip from sticking out. This is something that we tested, but found to not be as useful as advertised. The wedge messed with the retention of the holster, and also dug into the body.

6. Check the AIWB Holster Reviews!

If there are no raving reviews about the product you're looking at, move on. There may be a reason that no one felt impelled to review it. Always check items out, spend time researching, and ask around before buying.

Summary:

After deciding if appendix carry is right for you, choose a holster that suits all of your needs. Remember, a reverse cant should be paired with a higher ride height, as the mid ride will bury your grip. Check all the product reviews and ask around before purchasing, and make sure that the company is using good materials. Tip: A mid ride straight draw holster will be the most versatile and can be worn anywhere on the belt!

Click here for other IWB Holsters!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Glock 43 with TLR-6 Holster

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IWB Holster for the G43 with TLR-6

To supply a growing demand,  we are now offering an Inside the Waistband holster and an Outside the Waistband holster with the Streamlight TLR-6 for the Glock 42 and the Glock 43.

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Each holster is made from 0.093" Kydex/Boltaron and fastened with Melonite and Zinc coated hardened steel hardware. Our hardware is low profile and impervious to rust. Unlike leather or nylon, Kydex won't retain moisture, nor does it have a break in period. This holster comes out of the box ready to use and will remain in the same condition for years.

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Right now, we are running a special deal for the TLR6 IWB and OWB holsters. Use code "TLR6" for $10 off each holster for the Streamlight TLR-6. These holsters are made for both the Glock 42 and the Glock 43, with Outside the Waistband Holster options available as well.

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Each IWB is molded and designed to be as concealable as possible. To provide even more conceal-ability we offer J-Hook belt attachments. These attachments slip between the belt and pants and hook up under the belt. See picture below:

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Call (919) 295-5559 or visit DaraHolsters.com to order!