What is a Sweat Guard and How Does it Help You Carry a Concealed Weapon?

We’re heading into the summer months, and that means one thing across the country: sweat. While summertime is great for getting out and having fun, it’s also blisteringly hot in most of the US. And if you carry a concealed weapon, sweat can be a huge problem. Fortunately, if you sweat like a pig, there’s an accessory out there to help. In this post, we’ll look at the holster sweat guard and how it can improve your concealed carry experience.

What is a Holster Sweat Guard?

In simplest terms, a sweat guard is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a barrier between your firearm and your skin that prevents contact between the two. It may not sound like much, but if you live in a hot or humid climate, it’s completely necessary.

Sweaty Guns are Bad

A sweaty gun is bad news for several reasons. First and foremost, drawing, aiming, and shooting a gun that’s wet and oily with your sweat is less than ideal. When the pressure’s on and your life is on the line, you don’t want to have to worry about your gun sweating just as much as you are.

Second (and slightly less important), sweat can do a number on your gun. Since sweat is salty, it can quickly cause your concealed carry weapon to rust. That may not seem like an issue if you carry a Taurus. But it’s a huge problem for those of us who carry high-end weapons like some 1911 platforms. If you have a carry gun that costs thousands of dollars, you don’t want it rusting just because it’s exposed to your sweat.

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Using a Holster Sweat Guard for the Most Comfortable Concealed Carry Experience

Generally, you only need to worry about adding a sweat guard to your concealed carry holster rig if you carry inside the waistband (IWB). If you prefer outside the waistband (OWB) carry, you usually have a shirt or some other kind of fabric between your weapon and your skin.

One more thing to consider when using a sweat guard is material. Leather sweat guards are usually the way to go. You can find some that are made from other materials, but it’s usually best to avoid these.

They’re either going to be made from tough and uncomfortable kydex, or they’re going to be made from a low-quality, softer material than leather. In the latter case, your sweat guard will eventually break down over time as you draw and holster your gun over and over again.

Considering adding a sweat guard to your concealed carry holster rig? Southern Trapper is here to help. Our master leathermen can build you a custom holster with a sweat guard based on your specific concealed carry gun and accessories. We can also customize the height of your sweat guard for maximum effectiveness and comfort. Have we piqued your interest? Complete this quick survey to find out more.

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