Paddle Gun Holsters for Smith and Wesson

Since 1857 Smith and Wesson has been a compelling player in the handgun market. Starting with the Model One and now gun accessories including waistband holsters, paddle gun holsters, belt clips. and other items for concealed carry individuals. A paddle holster is a holster for a handgun. It is typically made of plastic or stiffened leather and is made to be worn against the body and inside of the pants.

Common characteristics include:

  • Outside the waistband (OWB) holster
  • Offers a choice between neutral cant or butt-forward cant and grip angle
  • Rigid
  • Flat and Paddle-shaped holster
  • Contoured with broad clip
  • Conveniently clips anywhere on the waistband
  • Easy on, easy off
  • Removes strain offbelt
  • Can be worn without a belt
  • Adjustable ride height

Concealed carry citizens may need a comfortable and safe method to store and carry their Smith and Wesson gun. The paddle holster is also a popular choice due to its easy handgun draw and re-holstering.

Nicknamed the duckbill due to its look, it provides less of a fuss when compared with abelt holster. The holster can be easily moved to a more comfortable location when sitting down and is easy for tactical concealment when worn with loose fitting shirts.

With a paddle holster, there is no need to constantly adjust your belt. Instead, the paddle part is pinched between the pants and the holster and can easily accommodate guns, pistols, and revolvers.

What is a Smith and Wesson Paddle Holster Made of?

  • Leather
  • Kydex
  • Nylon

All three of these are frequently used to make a paddle holster and each has their own distinct advantages. A leather holster, for example, tends to conceal better but requires a break in period. Nylon and kydex holsters are easier on the wallet but a bit bulkier as well.

What are the Benefits of a Glock Kydex Paddle Holster?

  • Kydex material was invented in 1965
  • Rubberized and Moldable into aprecise shape
  • Thermoplastic material
  • Waterproof
  • Less maintenance vs leather

Kydex is one of the most common materials used in paddle holsters and it is easy to see why. Kydex is moldable into any shape making it easy to manufacture a very precise holster for your specific firearm. This allows your Smith and Wesson handgun to fit perfectly, like a hand in a glove.

Furthermore, the material is durable, waterproof, and can withstand higher temperatures.

While leather holsters are durable, it requires more maintenance in order to maintain its shape. With Kydex, all that is needed is some soap and water.

Many glock Kydexpaddle holsters come with adjustable retention and can be tweaked to make the draw and re-holstering ideal for your personal preferences.

Are There Any Security Features With a Paddle Holster?

The last thing any gun owner wants is for someone to swipe their firearm away. To avoid this problem, Smith and Wesson paddle holsters can include several types of security features for guns, pistols, and revolvers,such as:

  • Adjustable retention screws
  • Trigger guard mechanism
  • Retention Lock
  • Thumb break
  • Internal lock