There are a wide variety of holsters on the market for guns and CEWs (conducted electrical weapons). Here at TASER Self-Defense, we have a plethora of carrying options for our TASER devices, ranging from fabric sleeves to kydex holsters. However, not all holsters share the same reliability - the key feature to look at when considering self-defense is how many points of contact a holster has. Let’s take a look at a brief breakdown of what that entails!
Without a doubt, a holster with multiple points of contact to one’s belt is the most secure means of carrying a TASER device, and for rather obvious reasons. Multiple points of contact affix the device to the belt, regardless of how much strenuous physical activity one undertakes. An example of this type of holster is the Blade Tech IWB Pulse holster.
Some holsters take the concept of “multiple points” a step further with a simple clip and locking mechanism that adjusts to the user’s belt. An example of this type of holster is the Blade Tech OWB Pulse holster.
Either way, multiple points of contact is the premier option for carrying. Rest (or sprint) assured that your TASER device isn’t going to budge!
Some carry options don’t even rely on points of contact. Though this seems counterproductive to the intended purpose of a holster, some individuals favor a light case that can easily fit in a purse, glove compartment, or back pocket over the security of a multi-point holster. An example of this type of case is the fabric sleeve found in every TASER Pulse box. These are best used as a travel case, and not a holster. They protect your device in a pocket or bag, but are can be unwieldy if needed quickly.
A innovative balance between a multi-point holster and a fabric case is the Sticky Holster. A Sticky Holster provides a near-seamless transition between one’s exercise and daily life. The loop-less, clip-less, fabric holster can be moved from waistband to purse to pocket with ease, all while providing the utility of a standard holster. The Sticky Holster uses the pressure from one’s clothing waistband or pocket, as well as it’s “sticky” outer skin, to adhere the TASER device to one’s person. Though not remotely close to the security of a multi-point holster, the Sticky Holster is a solid option for those who favor a less-protruding holster.
Though not entirely useless, a holster with only one point of contact is not a reliable carry option. Yes, the device is still affixed to one’s belt - however, there is minimal room for error and even the slightest physical activity could result in a missing device! The only true benefit of a one-point holster over a multi-point holster, outside of price, is that it does not require a belt to be worn to carry one's device. An example of this type of holster is the TASER Pulse nylon strap holster.
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