I am a Safety Officer (SO) for International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and have been shooting this sport almost from it's start. I started carrying a firearm back in 1994 I think, several years before it came to be the "In" thing to do for our safety. My job at the time required me to be armed for my safety during late night calls, and dealing with people in all walks of live that were in need of my services. There were not many I could go to to ask help in learning the "How To's," on concealing my 1911 at the time and holster manufactures and the internet were pretty much yet to come. Because my wife started working and helping out an old Navy aquaintance who had a gun store I did have some help if I could learn to ask the right questions on how to conceal, and learn to safely carry a firearm. And I too, made many mistakes. Afterall, I might have learned a lot about firearms in the Navy but for some reason, we never learned consealment, I wonder why So with that said, after reading a thread here on new IDPA shooters I thought maybe a good thread could help in actually discussing the "How To's" of everyday concealment and equipement selection. I don't intend to propose one manufacture over the other or slam equipment selections for individuals. I think discussing the techinques used might be a better way to approach the safety issues I see on the range and in everyday gun handling skills we need to keep our loved ones and those around us, out of harms way. So my first subject is selection of holsters.