The above list of required features for a self-defense holster is a demanding one. Additionally some requirements may appear to conflict with others. Well the good news is that holsters that fulfill some, most or all of these demands have been available for decades and these model designs need only be dusted off. Take a look at Chic Gaylord’s 1950’s Super Sleuth models in both his straight draw and cross-draw styles, his inside-the-pants Holdout model and his cross-draw Crossfire holster model. Now compare them against nearly every major manufacturer’s contemporary style snub holsters.  What should be glaringly obvious is that these classic Gaylord’s designs all start by position the center-line of the snub’s cylinder directly along the centerline of the user’s gun belt. Positioning the center-line of the snub’s cylinder either inline with or slightly below the centerline of the user’s belt strikes an ideal balance between concealment, stability and draw stroke. Unfortunately this center-cylinder to center-belt feature is nearly universally absent on current holster designs and today’s snub owner would be hard pressed to find a single mass market holster maker who is even aware of this obvious design solution. Why is this basic design element almost completely absent on modern holster models? I honestly don’t know. Mercifully there is a tiny handful of contemporary custom holster makers who do construct practical self-defense snub holsters while incorporating this basic design feature.

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