What Makes a Good Holster

The main reason we started making holsters is because of the difficulty we had finding anything that didn’t just end up in a drawer. Our goal at DME Holsters is that the holster you purchase ends up inside your waistband and not in a drawer.
Your holster has one purpose- to hold your firearm in a safe, secure and accessible way. Here are eleven elements of a holster that make it superior. Every DME Holster is made with these elements as part of the design and manufacture.

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There are three things that an IWB holster absolutely must have.
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Why? Because you don’t want to put salty sweat on a piece of metal. Also, the sweat guard makes re-holstering easier.


2- A full trigger guard:
Why? Because the last thing you want to do is have your finger on the trigger as you’re drawing it or while it is in your holster. Your finger should never be inside the trigger guard until you’re ready to fire.


3- The muzzle should be enclosed in the holster:
Why? Because if the barrel of your gun is exposed your gun could be ejected from the holster, simply from bumping into something.
These three things apply to any type holster that you purchase: leather, hybrid (Kydex/Leather), or Kydex IWB & OWB holsters.


The rest of the list will be specific to Kydex/Boltaron and Kydex/Boltaron hybrid Holsters.
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4- Nylon or Metal attaching hardware:
Some companies use Kydex for their attachments. The stress of bending a Kydex belt clip to put it over your belt will cause it to eventually fail. Metal clips will also eventually fail. Nylon attachments do not have this problem and are considerably stronger.
5- The mag release should be uncovered inside only outside covered.
6- Belt line: There should be very few cuts that extend below the belt line.
7- Holsters should have straight back reliefs for all take down levers and such.
8- Adjustable retention: I think it is a requirement but it is up to the user.
9- Trigger Guard: It should have a tight fit around the trigger guard as this is where 90% of the retention originates. At the same time the holster should never touch the trigger.
10- Edges: At DME Holsters we sand the edges by hand down to 400 grit.
11- Style: Smooth curves and rounded edges.


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As many concealed carry enthusiasts, I have a box of holsters I have tried over the years that have epically failed, especially appendix style holsters. I prefer to carry appedix for many reasons but above all it is the most comfortable and least restrictive for my edc needs. I recently found DME holster on the web and reached out to Tim. From there his holster expertise couple with my needs/wants led to the creation of an amazing holster. I carry my Ruger 357 LCR in this holster and could not be happier. Tim is a great guy to work qith and his holster fit and finish is spectacular. I am completely satisfied and will be reaching out soon for more holsters for other handguns that I rotate into my EDC. Take the plunge, you will not regret your purchase.




Kimber CDP II
I own two kydex holsters by DME holsters and I love them. The adjustable retention is superb. These holsters do not collapse allowing one handed reholstering. Quality is outstanding. you can’t go wrong with DME!!!



Best Holster!!!
I own several DME holsters. They are the only holsters I wear because of their comfort, weapon retention, and weapon attainability. The best holster for the money by far! They are a great company to deal with also.

Dean B.:


Bought 1911 3″ standard IWB for Para PDA. Fits perfect out of the package but it’s good to know I could adjust the retention if needed. Holster is very fast to put on and take off. Clip design holds holster completely secure and comfortable even when wearing shorts with a regular nylon belt. Furthermore the holster positions the pistol grip against your back . (4 – 5 o’clock carry). No printing. Since it’s kydex there is no collapse so reholstering is easy. Add to that a great price and free shipping, this holster is hard to beat. I’m ordering one for my Glock.


The last holster you’ll ever buy I bought an iwb holster for my xd .45 service model when their store was still on eBay. I was new to kydex and still unsure about it. This is by far the best holster I own. It’s durable, comfortable and does not require two hands to reholster. The sweat guard keeps your gun off your body and dry. The cant also enforces good hand position when drawing your firearm. I hope they will make one for a G.I 1911. Also great price and custom feel without the custom cost.

Todd C. – 06/05/2015:

Kimber Ultra Carry II
I own many holsters from leather IWBs to pancackes to hybrids. This holster is by far my favorite. Fit and finish are sot on.. retention was perfect right out of the box. Kydex used is top of the line. Belt clip and 15 degree cant are perfect. What can I say, this has been the only concealed carry holster I use(daily) since I received it. Buy this holster now, you won’t regret it. In fact you`ll want one for all of your weapons.

Daniel H – 07/10/2015:

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Is to make the high quality custom holsters at an affordable price! We specialize in IWB (Holsters inside the waistband). We also make a few different style of OWB (outside the waistband) holsters. WE like to say our holsters are EDC (Every Day Carry) for EDP (Every Day People). Your satisfaction with our product is our number one priority!
You paid a lot of money for your weapon, you should have a high-quality affordable holster to protect it.

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