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The Insanely Practical Guide to Gun Holsters, 2nd Edition [Kindle Edition]

Tom McHale
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Book Description

New 2nd Edition for 2014! Over 150 holsters and accessories covered!

“Holsters actually pre-date guns. Do you really think bands of wooly mammoth hunters carried spears and rocks in their hands? After all, they couldn’t invent important things like fire and Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts with their hands all full of weapons.”

Let’s face it. Choosing the best way to carry a gun can be a daunting task. Whether you’re new to guns or have been shooting since you were a wee tot, this book can help you understand concealed carry methods, how to carry a gun safely, and the relative pros and cons of over 120 specific holster models. We’ll even teach you several ways to carry a gun in your underwear.

This book will help you make the right choice - saving you time and money - while offering a dose of humor while you learn.

Why do you need a book to choose and buy a holster? A few reasons really.

- At last count, there are 4,187,237 different holsters on the market. Well, that might be an estimate, but there are a lot. If you had a dollar for each of those holsters, you could almost cover the Kardashians’ weekly clothing budget. So how do you choose the right holster with all those choices?

- Hardly any stores carry a wide selection of holsters. Sure they might carry a couple of brands, but will they have a brand right for you and the model specific to your gun? It’s kind of like trying to find just the right shade of Morning Tropical Ocean Breeze Sunrise interior house paint at your local convenience store. It’s just not likely to happen. And that leaves you the option of having to search and buy from… the internet. And we all know that you can’t always believe everything you read on the internet. Well, except Youtube comments. Those are almost always true and insightful.

- You can’t really try holsters out before you buy. Especially those underwear holsters. Gun store sales staff tend to get a little cranky when you start shedding clothes next to the ammunition aisle.

- There are many different styles of concealed carry. Every day, innovative gun folks are inventing new ways to safely and discreetly carry guns. The variety of options is great, but how do you know which style of carry is right for you?

The editors at have painstakingly documented all the holsters we’ve tried over the years and provided helpful commentary about pros and cons of different holster styles. In other words, we’ve tried just about everything. We’ve had great successes. We’ve experienced colossal failures. We’ve listened to so many gun show huckster sales pitches that the late Billy Mays would be impressed. And the result? The Insanely Practical Guide to Gun Holsters.

Topics Include:

- A brief and entertaining history of holsters.
- Weighing concealment versus accessibility
- Open or concealed carry? How to start an enthusiastic argument.
- Ladies only holster solutions.
- Belt carry holsters - inside, outside and underneath?
- Body carry solutions. Undershirts, belly bands and harnesses.
- Ankle holsters. You think your ankles were swollen before?
- Pocket holsters. Why some work and others don't.
- You too can carry a gun in your underwear!
- Stashing guns in your clothing. Pants, shirts and jackets.
- Off premises parking. Ways to carry a gun not attached to your body.
- Home, office and car holster options.
- Magazine carriers and pouches. Ways to easily carry spare ammunition.

Loaded with pictures and the occasional comedic illustration, this book will tell you just about everything you need to know regarding styles of carry and the pros and cons of dozens and dozens of holsters from numerous manufacturers.

Holsters are expensive. And important! This book will help you make the right choice for your needs and lifestyle without breaking the bank.


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

I was born helpless, hungry and shooting-deprived. Later in life, I discovered the joys of collecting and shooting guns, reloading ammunition and writing about my adventures with a healthy dose of fun.

Since I took up the shooting sports, I've been immersed in industry professional activities including the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) show, the Shooting Industry Masters, the Professional Outdoor Media Association and various other shooting industry organizations and events. I've been fortunate enough to personally shoot and test literally thousands of different guns ranging from black powder guns to target rifles to military machine guns to cannons - and everything in between.

My career has been diverse, bordering on dysfunctional, with most of it spent leading marketing teams for a variety of technology companies including Microsoft and more than a couple of high-tech startups. I've finally seen the light and given up the corporate life to pursue my passion of creating slightly crazy, but educational, content related to guns, shooting, concealed carry and self defense. My most recent project is publishing a series of informative books under the Insanely Practical Guides brand. You can learn more at

I also produce a website, that is a half-cocked but right on target look at the world of shooting and all things related. If you want to learn with a laugh about guns, shooting products, personal defense, competition, industry news and the occasional Second Amendment issue, visit me there!

Product Details

  • File Size: 21070 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Insanely Practical Guides; 2 edition (March 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BNMY0S2
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and informative March 13, 2013
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Entirely too much fun was had in the production of this book. You'd think such a through rundown of many of the holsters and carry methods out there would be dry and boring. You'd be wrong. This book is informative and fun to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading April 4, 2013
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If you carry a concealed handgun on a daily basis, you'll find this interesting. A lot of good considerations and advice here for the armed citizen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read May 16, 2013
By Ross
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Breaks down all of the concepts of how to carry with a bit of humor thrown in to make it an enjoyable read and reference manual.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Educational, Purposeful March 12, 2013
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Shooting sports can be a daunting subject to people who are interested, but don't have the advantage of someone close to them that they can trust to introduce them to the finer points of gun ownership. While I am lucky to have been raised in a household where firearms were accessible and i received proper education, I am far from an expert, and there is always something that can be learned, especially about areas that you may not have a great deal of first hand experience.

What Tom accomplishes in this book is introducing the finer points of holsters and concealed carry to the ever growing population of those who carry for defense of their person, family, or property. Witty, entertaining, and informative, without being preachy, aloof, or looking down on those of us without decades of CCW experience. A must read for folks with their CCW, but without guidance or experience when it comes to how best carry their firearm safely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow this is great March 12, 2013
By Beth
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This is a hoot ! I maybe not your first to say I love this and what a great sense of humor. I like you have read many articles on so many things relating to guns. Most are so serious and kinda dull, this is not the case with your book, I have laughed till tears came in my eyes. I have my CCL and love to shoot. Thank you for this wonderful book, now I'm going to continue reading, but first I had to write this review.Thanks Tom. I've emailed all my gun friendly family and friends telling them of this book. Anyone who cares to e-mail me (that includes you Tom) my e-mail is This book is in Kindle, Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book on gun holsters. A fun and informative read October 4, 2013
By Pwyll
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Great advice for those looking to find a holster for their pistols and revolvers. Written in an humorous manner, its fun to read and does contain a lot of good advice for picking a holster. The author attempts to cover all the reasons and ways to carry a gun and give suggestions on how to find a product that fits that need
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative Book April 24, 2014
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This book gave me a lot of information humorously.Being new to the handgun world, it gave me a variety of information to consider before buying a holster.Now I have to make a decision and go shopping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Information for the Beginner February 17, 2014
By azcat
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Good, practical information for the beginner, pros and cons of different types of holsters. Good list of resources. "Humor" needs works, though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a good overview of
Just what I was looking for: a good overview of holsters
Published 25 days ago by Stan
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
Is mostly an advertisement of the author's favorite holsters. That's not bad, but I had expected a bit more.
Published 1 month ago by Wi-Fi enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great purchase.
Published 6 months ago by Top Cat
3.0 out of 5 stars Not everybody conceals
Disappointed that concealed carry holsters were all that was included.
Published 6 months ago by MamaLiberty
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide to Holsters and options
Great guide to holsters. I learned about all the various options out there and how to evaluate them. Read more
Published 6 months ago by B. LEW
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Great book to help you decide which holster is right for you.
Published 7 months ago by Trooper Al
5.0 out of 5 stars informational AND entertaining
While it would be impossible to review every possible holster and carry method, Tom does a pretty good job of covering a sample of each style. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Advanced Sarcasm
5.0 out of 5 stars HA...FUNNY ;?
Practical information on holster styles and some brand specific information presented with tongue in cheek style. Very droll Mr.McHale, nicely done.
Published 16 months ago by ShallNOTBeInfringed
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
I picked up this book in the hopes that it would give good, general information to help pick out the right holster for me. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Matheus
5.0 out of 5 stars A great primer
I really enjoyed this book. It could have been a dry slog of an intro to the holsters that are currently available but the author made it fun and interesting.
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Hello, my name is Tom McHale. I'm the creator and primary author of the Insanely Practical Guides series of how-to books. You can find them all right here on Amazon and more information about what's in them at

I also write lot's of articles for various shooting related magazines and websites. You'll find my work at,,,,,, and Shooting Sports Retailer Magazine.

I help explain complicated things to people in a fun and easy-to-understand way. I believe that life is a bowl of fruit loops and that things don't have to be so complicated, although I suppose excessive techno-jargon keeps lots of well-intentioned lawyers in business.

There's no need to feel ignorant or shy when you're embarking on something new. We'll help you feel comfortable and acclimated in no time at all.

If you want to learn about the world of guns, shooting and the American way, check out some of my books. Have a laugh or two. Life is too short for boring books.

My personal website,, is a half-cocked but right on target look at the world of shooting and all things related. If you want to learn with a laugh about guns, shooting products, personal defense, competition, industry news and the occasional Second Amendment issue, visit me there!


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