We reviewed loads of holsters for almost every gun manufacturer out there. Below you’ll find a list of brands we covered so far.
SIG Sauer is a company known for their premium products at a high cost. The most popular guns in SIG’s pistol line up are the 220 series. These include the P220, P225, P226, P227, and the P229, among others. These pistols are all metal framed with DA/SA hammer fired trigger operations.
They are very widespread around the world, and while they can cost nearly a grand a piece to buy, the machining is impeccable, the reliability excellent, and the overall build quality would suggest a price of nothing less. These are true duty pistols and ones that fully deserve the price SIG demands for them.
Smith & Wesson
There are few gun companies as American as Smith & Wesson. Colt and Ruger would be the only rivals to Smith & Wesson for the claim of ‘most American gun company.’
So, where to begin? Smith & Wesson is probably most famous for their revolvers. The M29 in the .44 Magnum chambering, the M686 in .357 Magnum, and any of the J-frame .38 snubnose revolvers would by far be their bestselling offerings. In fact, Smith & Wesson sells more of the 442 hammerless revolver in .38 Special than any other gun.
The J-frame can be carried OWB, IWB, or in a pocket holster or ankle rig. A pocket holster is the most common place to carry it because it fits snugly in without printing. The J-frame is a popular choice of ‘backup’ gun for both civilians and law enforcements alike.
The firearms company that every other company is compared to these days it seems, or at least when it comes to pistols.
One of the best things that Glock did is make different sizes of the same firearm. Yes, other companies had done this before hand (Colt made a smaller version of the 1911 in the form of the Commander, for instance), but it was Glock who really rolled with it and made it mainstream.
That’s because the Glock 34, 17, 19, and 26 are really all the same gun. It’s just that they have different grip and barrel lengths. A G19 is a G17 with a chopped down slide and barrel, and a G26 is the same thing only to the G19. A G34 is simply a G17 with a slightly extended barrel for a longer sight radius.
The smaller Glock pistols will also accept the same magazines of their larger counterparts. You could conceal carry a Glock 26 with a 10 round magazine, but also carry a 17 round magazine from the G17 as your spare for greater firepower. The magazine will protrude beneath the grip of the gun, but it will still function just fine.
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Ruger makes a very wide variety of handguns, ranging from pocket .380 autos to target .22 LR pistols to duty 9mms to classic 1911 .45s to .357 and .44 Magnum revolvers.
But out of all of the semi-automatic pistols that Ruger makes, the one that they are perhaps the most well-known for is the LCP in .380 ACP. This is Ruger’s best-selling pistol and has been since it was first introduced in 2008. In fact, it was the LCP that largely got the public interested in the concept of the .380 pocket pistol for concealed carry.
The LCP is a pocket-sized pistol that holds 6+1 rounds of .380 ACP. But while it was incredibly light and small and easy to conceal, it also suffered from snappy recoil and a long and gritty trigger pull. Ruger sought to remedy this by releasing the LCP II in 2016. This model of the LCP features improved ergonomics, a slightly heavier weight in order to tame recoil, and most importantly, a much lighter trigger pull.
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Say the name ‘Taurus’ and you will often hear groans…groans that reflect the reputation Taurus previously had of building cheaply priced and cheaply made firearms.
It is true that Taurus is a gun company that markets towards those on a budget. It’s rare that a Taurus pistol exceeds $500 in price, or even $400. Most of their guns are sold in the $150 to $375 range.
Despite this reputation, in 2013 Taurus underwent new management and also underwent a new period of transformation with it. The company strove to make higher quality guns but at a lower price point, to offer people the ultimate ‘quality on a budget’ handgun.
Think of the name ‘Walther,’ and the gun that you most likely think of first is the Walther PPK. It’s one of the most iconic guns ever made, and even though it may be outdated today as a result of its sharp edges, metal frame, and slide safety, it’s still a classic enough of a gun to be worth owning. A leather shoulder holster would no doubt be the best choice of holster for the PPK (and underneath a tuxedo to really add to the effect).
In terms of modern firearms, Walther’s strongest offerings lie in the P99 series of pistols. The P99 is a truly unique firearm, in that its a polymer framed striker fired pistol like a Glock, but it also has a DA/SA trigger operation. The first shot is long, while all subsequent shots are short and light. The trigger can also be decocked with a button you press on the slide.
Springfield Armory is another large name in the gun world. The one gun that has by far attracted the most attention, at least the gun that is still being made today, is the M1A series of rifles, which is essentially a semi-automatic civilian version of the M14.
When it comes to handguns, the line of pistols that Springfield is by far the most well known for is the XD series of pistols. Originally produced in Croatia as the HS2000, the XD is preferred by many as a so-called ‘Glock alternative.’ Just like Glock, the XD series is available in a wide variety of calibers, sizes, and configurations.
Every firearms manufacturer seems to have their ‘flagship’ model of handgun, and in the case of CZ, it’s undoubtedly the CZ75 pistol.
Developed in 1975 (hence the name), the CZ75 is also one of the world’s most successful pistol designs and is extremely widespread in military, police, and civilian use throughout the globe. In Europe in particular, it is one of the most popular pistols in civilian hands, especially in the Czech Republic where the company and pistol originated.
The CZ75 is noted for being one of the original ‘wonder-nines.’ Wonder-Nine refers to a semi-automatic pistol chambered in 9mm Luger and with a double-stack magazine and DA/SA trigger operation. Other examples of wonder-nines include the Beretta 92, Taurus PT92, and the SIG Sauer P226 to name a few.
Beretta is the oldest firearms maker still manufacturing guns today. The one weapon that they are easily the most well known for the is the 92FS or M9 pistol. Not the easiest pistol to conceal, the 92-series of pistol would be best carried in an OWB holster on the strong side of the hip or otherwise in a shoulder holster. If you were to go to the concealable route, either a shoulder holster or an IWB holster would be preferable.
John Browning was one of the most successful gun designers the world has ever seen, if not the most successful. He most notably designed the 1911, Hi-Power pistol, M1917 and M1919 machine guns, Auto-5 shotgun, Winchester 1894 lever action rifle, and the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR).
Today, his name lives on with the Browning Arms Company. The company only manufactures a limited number of pistols today: two 1911s chambered for the .22 LR and .380 ACP cartridges, and then the Browning Buckmark in .22 LR.
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