Whether you’re simply off to the grocery store, going to a doctor’s appointment, going out for a late-night / early-morning run, or rushing across campus to make it to your first class of the day, you may be wondering how to best carry your TASER device.
Fortunately, alongside our classic TASER Self-Defense products, we also carry holsters designed specifically for each TASER product. In the following sections, we'll shed some light on the benefits of an outside-the-waistband (OWB) holster versus the benefits of an inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster.
Let’s begin with inside-the-waistband holsters. Below are images of a Blade Tech IWB Pulse Holster:
To start, the primary benefit of an IWB holster is the concealment of the device being carried. Ideally, an attacker wouldn’t take notice of your concealed self-defense tool, allowing you to retain an element of surprise when protecting yourself. An IWB holster can also be significantly easier to install on your person - most fabric IWB holsters can be situated anywhere along the waistband without the hassle of locking mechanisms required to secure the device to your person. However, an IWB holster does have its downfalls. Most do not contain a true securing mechanism, resulting in a general inability to run extended distances, traverse rugged terrain, or even jump in place. This disadvantage is somewhat remedied by the concept of concealment, as the general purpose of an IWB holster is, as mentioned before, concealment not mobility. Finally, an IWB holster may also be irksome in that it generally requires a complete wardrobe change, as your pants size must be large enough to fit a full holster inside the waistband.
Now onto outside-the-waistband holsters. Below are images of a Blade Tech OWB Pulse Holster:
The primary benefit of an OWB holster is the accessibility of the device being carried. Because the device is positioned on the outside of the waistband - not pressing against skin - it is substantially easier to obtain a proper shooting grip when drawing your device. Most OWB holsters also incorporate a securing mechanism to keep an inactive device fastened to its holster, whether it be by a snap or button. Plus, the visibility of a self-defense device might deter potential attackers. However, just like an IWB holster, an OWB holster as its disadvantages. Because the device is located on the outside of your waistband, it is significantly more challenging to conceal - an OWB holster almost entirely eliminates the “element of surprise” that could be the difference between a successful and unsuccessful attempt to protect yourself. This can be mitigated by a bulky jacket or t-shirt covering the holster, yet these clothing options generally result in a significant challenge when attempting to draw your device quickly. Furthermore, the flagrancy of the device’s position on your person makes your self-defense tool not only accessible to you, but to a potential attacker as well. Lastly, an OWB holster generally requires one’s shirt to be tucked in to properly and effectively draw a device, once again resulting in a slight wardrobe change.
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