Everyone reading this lives in different temperatures and climates and our methods off carry are going to be different. Here in Pennsylvania we have to change our carry options at least 2 or more times a year. It’s hard to carry IWB in the winter if you are all bundled up and that’s when I consider shoulder holsters and usually paddle holsters, I often switch to a larger firearm. In the summer, when it’s t-shirt and shorts time, it’s almost always pocket carry. I got tired of having to worry about shirts printing, or body sweat building up on a firearm.
We have about a 9 questions check list that we ask customers when they walk into our store and ask about holsters, you really need to have some idea what you are looking for besides comfort because there are so many options. If you just got your CCW, a good starting point are the Fobus Paddle Holsters, you’ll learn a lot the first couple weeks you carry and after that you can move on. They are usually in the $30-$40 dollar range. Always verify holster fit with the model of your firearm. We often get partial model information when we ask people what firearm they need a holster for. For example: “what gun do you have?” and the response is “a Springfield XD” and several questions later they inform us it’s and XDS.