Texas CHL (Concealed Handgun License) has been renamed to Texas LTC (License to Carry)

On Person LTC Carry (CHL Carry)

On Person LTC (CHL) Carry means that the holster is physical on your person

Springfield XD with Alienware Holster

Balance is key!

No matter what you decide to use to carry your CHL pistol in, make sure that you test your holster and the concealment, and when possible practice with it. It truly is a balance between accessibility, and reliability. The three options are in-waist, on waist, and pocket carry, with some other options, in our Other Options Webpage.

LTC (CHL) on waist holster carry

Also know as OSB or outside the waist band carry

CHL Waist Carry means that the holster is located around your waist, but outside of the waistband. This can be on the left or right side, or located in the center of back. The CHL Concealed Handgun is usually covered by a shirt, jacket, or vest when carrying using this method. This is our recommended way of carrying your CHL Concealed Handgun, but it also one of the most difficult as far as concealment is concerned.

Here is the main reason why we recommend this method of carry, in a self-defense situation, you may only have seconds (or less) to decide that the use of deadly force to defend yourself is justified and necessary to defend yourself and stop the threat; a concealed handgun on the outside of your waistband is the easiest and quickest way draw your weapon.
 
Pros:

  • The easiest and quickest way to draw your weapon
  • A larger weapon chassis can be carried in this fashion with means a large caliber with more ammo capacity

Cons:

  • A shirt, jacket, or vest must be worn to conceal your weapon
  • Greater chance of accidental exposer of you CHL Concealment Pistol
     
Alienware in waist holster on flag

CHL in-waist holster carry

Also know as ISB or inside the waist band carry

CHL In-Waist Carry, your weapon is secure in a holster, that still attaches to your belt, but tucks inside your waistband of your pants.  The location can be on the right, left, small of the back, or in the front. This carry method is easier to conceal than a CHL Waist Carry holster, however, it does take a little bit longer  to draw your weapon. With practice, the time difference can be made minimal.
 
Pros:

  • Easier to conceal your holster and weapon, than just a CHL Waist Carry holster

Cons:

  • It does take a bit longer to un-holster your weapon than standard a CHL Waist Carry holster
  • Due to the location that your weapon is carried, more attention to the maintenance and care of your CHL Carry Pistol is required. Elements like lint, dust, and sweat need to be accounted for during your cleaning regiment.

CHL pocket holster carry

Frames that are small enough to be carried in a pocket are often called a BUG or Pocket gun

CHL Pocket Carry, your weapon is secure in a holster, located in your front or back pocket.  The location can be on the right, left, one of your back pockets, or in a jacket pocket. This carry method is easier to conceal than a CHL Waist Carry holster and CHL IN-Waist Carry, however, it does take a little bit longer to un-holster your weapon. With practice, the time difference can be made minimal, but there are several draw backs to conceder. This carry method makes a great secondary, or backup CHL Carry Weapon.

 

Pros:

  • Easy to conceal your holster and weapon
  • Great concealment option for a secondary or backup CHL Carry weapon

Cons:

  • It does take a bit longer to un-holster your weapon than standard a CHL Waist Carry holster and CHL In-Waist Carry holster
  • Often your limited in the chassis size and caliber of the weapon that you can carry in this method
  • Due to the location that your weapon is carried, more attention to the maintenance and care of your CHL Carry Pistol is required. Elements like lint, dust, and sweat need to be accounted for during your cleaning regiment.

Great Recommended OnPerson Carry Holster Brands

Comp-Tac Holster

While there are several great brands of On Person Carry Holster out there. Some we do offer in our Amazon online store, while there are others that Amazon doesn’t offer, but they are still great products.

Comp-Tac is a Houston, Texas holster maker that our number one recommended holster, and we do carry their holsters in our Store.

Hideous Holsters has a great innovative product that allows you carry with just a T-Shirt. You can find their holsters at http://zeroconcealmentsystems.com/

Fobus is a good brand that isn’t as pricey as Comp-Tac, but it good quality, it isn’t the quality of a Comp-Tac.