Clipdraw vs. a Traditional Holster

Traditional holsters have gone through a few changes over the years. New materials are available, different configurations for carry are possible. But many of the challenges experienced with traditional holsters are there no matter what kind you by. When compared, it’s easy to see why the Clipdraw holster comes out ahead in side by side comparisons.

Clipdraw vs. a traditional holster

Bulky carry

Many firearm owners looking to carry their weapon concealed opt for an inside waistband option. With a traditional IWB holster, no matter what it’s made of, it will add bulk to the waist of your pants. This can make it difficult to sit, to move around, and to bend over, no matter where you place it along your waistband.

Clipdraw, on the other hand, adds no bulk at all. The clip attaches directly to the weapon, which means the only additional bulk added is the firearm itself. The clip holds the gun in place thanks to the natural friction between your waistband and your body, securing you handgun in place.


With all the additional bulk of a holster, you’re more likely to “print” – i.e. others will see that you are carrying a weapon, even if you’re trying to carry concealed. This can, of course, be awkward, but worse, it could be dangerous. In an active shooter situation, the person shooting is likely to want to take out targets that are a threat, first. If they can see that you are wearing a holster, they are likely to target you early on, before you even get the chance to react to the situation.

Clipdraw significantly reduces “print” because of its lack of bulk. Without the additional material, it’s harder for someone – even someone who is looking to see who might have a weapon on them – to identify if you’re carrying your firearm or not. And isn’t that the point of carrying a concealed weapon?

Rubbing and Chaffing

Let’s face it, some holster materials are just downright uncomfortable next to your skin. Nylon and kydex, in particular, can scratch and chafe. Leather is more comfortable than either of those options, but frequently have more bulk or are heavier than their scratchy counterparts.

This isn’t the case with the Clipdraw. For an IWB carry, the clip is away from your body, so it’s not possible for the holster – in this case the clip itself – to rub on your skin.

Clothing Requirements

No matter what your holster is made of, it’s likely to need some sort of support from your clothing. You either need to be wearing pants, a belt or something else with structure for the holster to attach to.

The Clipdraw clip doesn’t require a belt or a structured waistband to connect to. Instead, the clip can attach to nearly any garment, including shorts, a skirt, or a pair of sweatpants. This eliminates the need to dress around your sidearm and allows you to wear whatever you’d normally wear, yet still carry your weapon with you.

Holsters serve a purpose, but they aren’t the best choice when you want to truly conceal your firearm. The low profile Clipdraw gives you the freedom to wear whatever you want and still have your sidearm with you, with minimal “print”, and in comfort.

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