So, you’ve just picked up your brand-new Smith & Wesson .38 Special snub-nosed revolver! Perhaps you purchased it to use for concealed carry, and you’re anxious to add it to your daily routine. But first, you’ll need the right 38 special holster to securely take it along with you.
There are numerous options available to you. Some of the more popular holster styles may or may not suit your taste. These may include pocket holsters, pancake-type belt slides, paddle holsters, belt clips, belly bands, or ankle holsters.
Each has their good points as well as their bad. Let’s have a quick glance at some of these popular styles.
This is a nylon pocket holster for inserting in the pocket of your slacks or deep pocket jeans. At just 1.6 ounces, this is a lightweight holster.
The bulk of the holster is thick enough to break up the lines of your pistol, making it even less obvious when in a pocket.
The outer shell is fibrous to stick to your pocket, while the lining is smooth to allow for ease in draw.
The holster is somewhat form-fitting, but may allow a little play.
A Word About Barrel Length and a 38 Special Holster
Smith and Wesson as well as others produce several types of .38 Special caliber handguns, and most of the holsters listed here are for the snub-nosed barrels: those barrels measuring in at around 2 inches.
Other .38 caliber firearms are available in 4 inch, 6.5 inch, and over 8 inchbarrel lengths. If you’re not sure of your weapon’s barrel length, check the owner’s manual or the paperwork from the sale.
If you’re still not sure, measure the barrel from the longest part of the barrel tip to just before the rolling cylinder. Make certain you know what length barrel you have before buying a holster, especially online, as they’re more difficult to return.
38 Special Holster – Final Thoughts
I bet now you know exactly what you might be looking for. We’ve covered a wide range of different types and brands of holsters, and you’ll know best what will suit your lifestyle.
Some women seem to prefer a belly band holster over a purse holster (the gun in your purse won’t do any good if the bad guy takes away your bag, or you drop it while in a run), and men of certain body types seem to like it as well.
Many others prefer the pocket holster, as it pretty much works with anything you might want to wear.
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