Whether you carry with a concealed carry or an open carry permit, there are dozens of holstering options available and more hitting the market every day. Choosing the right harness comes down to a few important things. It must be comfortable. It should be easy to use. Most importantly, it has got to be safe.

So how do you choose a safe holster? What does safety mean when talking about holsters? This short guide will give you the tips you need to know when holster shopping to make sure you’re doing your part to stay safe and to keep those around you safe, as well.

Tip 1: Secure Your Firearm

The primary job of your holster is to secure your gun. Just about every model on the market can do that at first blush. It is your job to make sure the holster you choose will do that under any circumstance.

Test it out. Put the holster on, strap your firearm in place, and put it through its paces. Run with it on, jump, roll, spin, dive. Move any way you can. If you find yourself in an emergency situation, you may be even be wrestling with an assailant.

Your holster should stay in place and keep your gun secure through all of that. If it doesn’t, move on. Buying from reputable companies like Desantis or Blackhawk Holsters is typically a safe bet.

Tip 2: Mind the Trigger

As a responsible gun owner, you know how important it is to minimize the chance of accidents. Unfortunately, guns go off either in holsters or while being drawn from holsters all too often. Whatever holster you choose should help keep that from happening.

Find a holster that completely covers the trigger and trigger guard of your firearm and you can minimize that risk.

Tip 3: Ease of Use

Face it, you’re not carrying a gun to look cool. You are carrying a gun on the off chance that you may need to use it to protect yourself, your loved ones, or other innocent people around you. Choose a holster with that in mind.

You should be able to draw your gun from your holster quickly, efficiently, and discreetly. The ability to do that could make all the difference in an emergency situation. If you find yourself hampered or struggling with your draw, keep looking.

Carrying a firearm is a sacred right and it carries a great deal of responsibility. When you shop for your holster, do it with those things in mind. Find a holster that makes you a better, safer gun owner.