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    Default Holster availability consideration when purchasing handgun ?

    When purchasing a handgun that you intend to use for carrying as protection and not just using as a range toy.
    How many of you base your purchase on holster availability for that model of handgun ?

    For the few handguns I have that own; that I either currently do use, or plan on the possibility of using, as an everyday carry handgun.
    I first checked if the holster model I like is available for that handgun.
    If holster model was not available; then I did not buy that handgun.

    Am I mostly alone in basing handgun purchase on holster availability ?
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    Default Re: Holster availability consideration when purchasing handgun ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ett View Post
    When purchasing a handgun that you intend to use for carrying as protection and not just using as a range toy.
    How many of you base your purchase on holster availability for that model of handgun ?

    For the few handguns I have that own; that I either currently do use, or plan on the possibility of using, as an everyday carry handgun.
    I first checked if the holster model I like is available for that handgun.
    If holster model was not available; then I did not buy that handgun.

    Am I mostly alone in basing handgun purchase on holster availability ?
    Mine were after the fact. I was fortunate to live a short drive from C. Rusty Sherrick, who pretty much had a holster mold for everything and made high quality holsters. This was ~ 8/9 years ago the demand was not that crazy and he turned it around in about 2 weeks. I have 3 of his holsters. He moved out of the area, retiring to his cabin in northern PA. Seems like he's still in business, though

    http://www.c-rusty.com/pages/home.html
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    Default Re: Holster availability consideration when purchasing handgun ?

    Good point.
    Pocket pistols do make this a little easier.

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    Default Re: Holster availability consideration when purchasing handgun ?

    Holster availability is never a consideration when I purchase a handgun. Worse case I have to make one.
    The oracle is in. Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill!!

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    Default Re: Holster availability consideration when purchasing handgun ?

    I don't but I'm pretty well satisfied with what I have at this point and am not buying more. It sounds like a good thing to take into consideration though. I suspect that if I suddenly decided to carry my Sig P210-6 I might have a tough time finding one for it.
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    Default Re: Holster availability consideration when purchasing handgun ?

    No. Not all holsters are firearm specific. I have a number of holsters that will accommodate more than one pistol.
    Wheaties aren't made out of the same stuff today as they were 40 years ago.

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    Default Re: Holster availability consideration when purchasing handgun ?

    As a lefty, I usually see what my options are first before purchasing any handgun. I know that worst case i can get one made for it.

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    Default Re: Holster availability consideration when purchasing handgun ?

    All I carry are Glocks or M&P's and your always going to find a holster for those.

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    Default Re: Holster availability consideration when purchasing handgun ?

    I don*t consider holster availability when buying a handgun. I don*t carry handguns that aren*t police trade ins because "just in case" evidence storage isn*t up to my standards.
    The Gun is the Badge of a Free Man

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    Default Re: Holster availability consideration when purchasing handgun ?

    I got rid of a Beretta 92A1 9 years ago for two reasons. One was the lack of holsters. The other was the slide-mounted safety.

    I bought a Sig P320 Carry with a Romeo optic, knowing there were very few holsters to fit the optic. I bought a custom leather holster for it.

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