Concealment Challenges | PHLster

Follow along with the class presentation, or refer back to this page as a memory aid and resource. While this page is public, it’s not really designed for standalone teaching, so if you’d like to share this information with your friends and students who aren’t at class…

S&W M&P Shield Compatibility Guide | PHLster Holsters

Different versions do not fit the same! This guide will help you choose the correct size holster to fit your M&P Shield. Also covers the differences between the M&P 2.0, M&P Shield, Shield Plus, and Shield EZ.

What Sight is On My Gun?

Iron sights, red dots, lasers, and grip lasers. Here’s how to tell what kind of sight is on your gun, and how it could affect your holster fit.

Tiny Guns and the Enigma

Here’s what you need to know to use a tiny gun with the PHLster Enigma. Includes Sig P238, Ruger LCP and LCPII, Kimber Micro, S&W Bodyguard, and other similar size firearms.

Best Belts for Concealed Carry

Learn how to find the best belt for your carry position, whether Enigma or traditional belt holster.

PHLster Blog Landing Page

The PHLster blog is a vast library of concealment information. Search the articles, or ask Phil for help!

Sport Belt Sizing Tips | PHLster Enigma

How to pick the right size Sport Belt for your PHLster Enigma. Should you size up or down? Should you use your waist or pants size? Learn how to choose the correct size on the first try.

Sig P365 Compatibility Guide | PHLster Holsters

They’re not all the same! This guide will help you choose the correct size holster to fit your Sig Sauer P365. Includes the P365, X, XL, P365-380, XMACRO, Rose, Spectre, Tacops, and more.

PHLster looks like a holster company, but it’s not

When I said that on a livestream several weeks ago, I knew it sounded crazy enough to require a much more straightforward explanation than I gave at the time. If you’re reading this, you probably already have some idea of how different our products are, and how different our approach is.

Do you need extra holster length?*

*If you’re carrying a longer-muzzled gun or a revolver, adding extra holster length may not be necessary for you, but for short semiautomatic guns, it’s often helpful.

Guns with short muzzles can be top-heavy and difficult to conceal comfortably. To solve this, some holsters have extra length added to the muzzle end. Like the keel on a boat, the extra muzzle length helps balance the holster, making it more comfortable and easier to conceal. This is especially true if you have a bit of a belly, which tends to push the grip out more and make the muzzle dig in.

Note that while extra muzzle length reduces grip printing, it can increase muzzle printing, which can be a concern with lower carry positions and tight fitting pants such as leggings or yoga pants. 

Learn more about the Keel Principle here.