Monday, September 25, 2017

Dara Holsters: AIWB Holster with Wedge

Our Custom Quick Ship AIWB Holster Update!
What is the main difference between our Custom AIWB Holster, and our Custom Quick Ship AIWB Holster?
The Custom AIWB Holster is able to be completely built from the ground up. You can choose from our full selection of 300+ firearm models and select everything from the ride height to the cant angle and so on. The est. wait time is about 2-2.5 weeks.
Our Custom Quick Ship Holster is available for quite a few firearms (not all) and is offered with a set ride height and cant angle (our most popular specs Mid Ride / Straight Draw) and in 3 different colors. You can still choose your belt attachment option, but it's essentially set up for the fastest manufacturing time to get the holster out faster than a regular Custom AIWB Holster order. The est. wait time is about 5 days.
And to confuse you even further, we do offer some Quick Ship AIWB Holsters! These are in stock ready to ship, with no options to choose from.
As for the Updates: our Custom Quick Ship AIWB Holster will now come with the Wedge Option to tuck the grip into the body. The Wedge is our own design, integrated into the mold of the holster during production. It is not an after market piece.
This is what the wedge looks like:
AIWB Holster with Wedge
This is without a wedge:
AIWB Holster with Wedge
The wedge is designed to push on the belt (which should be a sturdy, proper gun belt) and tuck the grip into the body.  Please note that there are some circumstances where the outer dimensions of the firearm will work against this. We will do our best to accommodate the various firearm models in this instance. However, please keep in mind that if you are very small framed carrier and have a very large carry gun, this will not magically make the firearm disappear.
AIWB Holster with Wedge
The Custom Quick Shipping AIWB Holster with Wedge comes with a full sweat shield (as shown above) and is set with a Mid Ride Height and Straight Draw.
As you can determine in the picture below, the top of the belt will sit at the exact point where the trigger guard meets the frame. This gives most carriers a sure grip, however if you have larger than normal hands, a Custom AIWB Holster with a high ride height may be more suitable.
AIWB Holster with Wedge

Monday, September 11, 2017

New to Guns and Concealed Carry: What do I look for in a Holster?

This is a very common question that many new carriers ask in the forums. 
The main things you need to successfully carry concealed are:
  1. A reliable firearm that you're comfortable shooting.
  2. A good sturdy gun belt with at least 2 layers of material.
  3. A safe, quality holster.
The above mentioned are all you need to successfully carry concealed (or open for that matter) and are not too hard to find. 
Good firearms to start out with are single stack 9mm's. They're easily found and numerous in quantity. You can't really go wrong with any of the most popular: Walther PPS, PPS M2, Glock 43, Shield 9mm, XDS 3.3, etc. 
Most of the time carriers will start out with a single stack 9mm and work their way up in size once they're confident they can conceal more capacity.
A good gunbelt is a bit trickier. Just because a belt has "Tactical" in it's name, does NOT mean it's a good gunbelt. There's nothing "tactical" about a single layer nylon belt. It is not stiff enough to hold your gun upright even while carrying inside the waistband. These belts (or single layer leather "gun belts") will cause the whole gun to tilt outwards causing your firearm to print. Even if you're carrying a $200 awesome holster. DO NOT buy into the "gun belts" that are single layer leather. These will do the same.
For an awesome Dual Layer Nylon Tactical Belt, we highly recommend our TacBelt.
Good Nylon Gun Belt
The Tacbelt is a dual layered nylon belt with a low profile buckle- perfect for carrying at the Appendix Position, on the hip IWB or Open Carrying. The belt is sturdy enough to carry your loaded Glock 19 daily without sagging.
Another great belt option is the Dual Layered Bullhide Gunbelt from the Beltman. There's a reason Beltman is #1 when it comes to gunbelts- he's the best. At 1.5" wide this belt will fit through any belt loops, is perfect as an everyday belt or dress belt, and the quality is second to none. 
Good Leather Gun Belt
Third on the list is a safe, quality holster. This can be found in many of the holsters sold by reputable companies. But here are the aspects of a holster that you need to look out for:
  • Sturdy material that won't sag or degrade overtime.
    • If you're going to go with leather, make sure the mouth of the holster- where your firearm goes in- is reinforced so it does not "wilt" over time. If the material becomes flimsy in this area, you may end up having a nasty negligent discharge and lose a butt cheek.
    • This is what is so great about Kydex- it stays the same year after year with no wear, no matter what the weather. Just don't leave it on the dashboard of your car in the heat. It's thermoform plastic and will lose it's shape if left in extreme heat.
  • Make sure the TRIGGER GUARD and the MAG RELEASE are covered. The last thing you want is that trigger being manipulated or the magazine to fall out. I will never understand why companies don't cover the mag release.
  • Also necessary- Adjustable Retention. Having a holster inside your waistband is NOT enough retention. I've seen guns fall out in Home Depot while someone was bending over to grab something. Not a good look.
For a great started IWB Holster, Try one of our Quick Ship Holsters.
Best Starter Holster for Concealed Carry
These holsters ship in about 5 days - or less if we have your firearm in our 24 hour holster section - and they can be returned for a FULL refund or exchanged for a custom holster if needed. These holsters come with the most common specs for IWB carry. You have 30 days to decide what you want in a holster.
If you take our advice, you won't need to spend any more money than necessary in the long run. All of the gear recommended above will last you years, if not decades.
Give us a call or leave a comment below for any other questions regarding Concealed Carry!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Dara Holster Customer Review: Action Sport Holster for IDPA

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The Dara Custom Action Sports Holsters is the top choice for a quick draw outside the waistband holster. With two different Ejection Port cut outs*, this holster is designed for the quickest draw possible while maintaining IDPA legality. Made with thick .093" Boltaron/Kydex and fastened using Melonite coated Stainless Steel hardware, our product is not only impervious to rust, it's built to last a lifetime. 

Have a light or laser attachment? Check out our Light bearing Action Sport Holster.


The Action Sport Holster is an Outside the Waistband Holster designed for the quickest draw possible, allowing for the fastest target acquisition. This holster is ideal for range time, IDPA, or other competitive shooting matches. Be sure to check out our OWB Mag Carriers as well.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Glock gen 5 Holsters

Dara Holsters Glock 19 gen 5 Holster
Introducing the new gen 5 Glock... for both Glock 19 and Glock 17.
These newer generation Glocks feature a flared magwell design towards the bottom of the grip. The finger grooves in the grip have been done away with and a right side slide release make the gen 5's fully ambidextrous, while retaining the reversible mag release from previous generations.
Along with some internal upgrades, the gen 5's will also exclusively feature a "nDLC" finish- reportedly tougher than any of Glocks previous finishes. Great news for anyone planning on holstering this firearm!
Speaking of Holstering the gen 5 Glock 19 and Glock 17: Dara Holsters now offers Glock 19 and Glock 17 gen 5 Custom Holsters. These are designed to fit the new ambi-slide lock feature and won't wear down your slide lock over time due to unnecessary grinding.
For a deeper dive into the new firearms, check out this review by Guns America.