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Giveaway: Concealed Carry Cornucopia!

** This giveaway has ended, but be sure to check the Inside Gun Digest Books blog for more chances to win great Gun Digest books.**

If you own a handgun for personal protection or self-defense, you’ll want to get in on this fantastic giveaway, with three of Gun Digest’s best-selling titles from one of the pre-eminent fighting handgun trainers in the world, Massad Ayoob.

In our continuing mission to give away some of our “favorite things” during December, this cornucopia of concealed carry books includes:

To enter the random drawing, just post a comment below casting your vote: Best concealed carry holster: leather or synthetic?

Or, as always, you can just say you’d like to win the giveaway.

Entries will be accepted until midnight Tuesday (Dec. 18, 2012) and we’ll announce the winner Wednesday (Dec. 19) in the Inside Gun Digest Books blog.

Good luck!



  • One entry per person, please.
  • Entries accepted until 11:59 pm Central Time Tuesday, December 18, 2012.
  • Winner will be selected at random and announced Wednesday, December 19, 2012.

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120 thoughts on “Giveaway: Concealed Carry Cornucopia!

  1. Yuman

    Depends on the purpose of the holster, to carry concealed or to protect the firearm. Concealed carry I like the flexible man made materials, to protect my firearm I like the old fashion style leather with sheepskin lining…

  2. CyberRanger

    I used to think synthetic, but recently bought a Desantis Speed Scabbard. I live in a dry climate, so there I would say leather. In a wet environment, like the Puget Sound area where I was in the Army… synthetic. I’ve already asked for some of Mas’s books for Christmas from my family. Not sure what I’ll get. Hope he’ll do a class somewhere relatively close to where I live.

  3. DuckNShoot23080

    I would like to win any of the books Gun Digest has in it’s sweepstakes! I have a fair library of Gun Digest books and read every edition of the magazine. I have read all the articles by Mr. Ayoob that Gun Digest has taken excerpts from. He is the man when it comes to hand guns and concealed carry. He knows the gun laws too. I loved his “10 myths about personal defense gun use debunked.”

    Good luck to all who entered. Have a Merry Christmas ALL!

  4. huntindog

    I would sure like to learn more from Massab Ayoob’s books!

    My choice is for the leather holster. I feel they are rigid, solid and smooth. Dependable, like a holster should be.


  5. jldinkins

    I sure would like to win these. I got to meet Mr. Ayoob a few years back but haven’t read any of his books, just articles in magazines, like Gun Digest.

    Merry Christmas

  6. ShooterK64

    Both have their benefits and drawbacks, but I am partial to leather for comfort and conformity. I would love to win Mr. Ayoob’s books to increase my knowledge of concealed carry; we could all use his help with our responsible firearm ownership. Thank you for the opportunity.

  7. ShooterK64

    The best concealed carry holster depends entirely on where, how and what you carry. For OWB I prefer leather since it is comfortable and with age conforms to both your firearm and your carry position. It resists weather and holds my firearms securely, even without retention. On the other hand, IWB is what synthetic holsters were made for. My backup is a mini version of my full size Glock and without a synthetic holster I could not carry it in SOB and be comfortable. The holster I wear while at home is a kydex paddle holster that doesn’t require a belt and will hold any size Glock that I pull out of my gun safe and allows me to be casual and comfortable with only a t-shirt covering my firearm. So, even with someone such as myself who has no problem deciding on anything, my holster has, like my firearm, to serve whatever purpose I have at that moment. That being said, I prefer leather personally; and have a great deal of respect for Mr. Ayoob and his vast knowledge and expertice with firearms and concealed carry and personal defense. The next best thing to sitting down with him for a few weeks while he tries to explain everything he knows would be to win these books written by one of the foremost experts in the field, since we responsible gun owners need to continue to learn every day as much as we need to train daily.

  8. ythpstr2k7

    New to the ccw community and have honestly only been carrying a ‘mouse gun’ in my pocket. Gonna be carrying mid or compact size soon & looking at a few options. Would love to win this though.
    BTW- anyone try the 511 compression shirts?

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  10. rlspooner

    I prefer leather. It’s a natural, comfortable, conforming material that gets better with age and won’t last forever in a landfill when it finally does wear out.


    I live In Maryland and as it is a Communist there is no way in hell unless you are a retired cop or own a business and carry around a load of cash all the time or are an actual victem of a violent crime with a current threat can you get a carry permit.

    But that is supposed to change as it was deemed unconstitutional.

    So I am reading about which is better and I think it is a matter of personal choice.

    Whatever the material, I am going to go for comfort inside the waistband carry, As I need to conceal a 4 inch 1911 .45acp .

  12. jh45gun

    I prefer leather I have never tried one of the plastic molded holsters I feel that it would leave wear marks on the gun faster then carrying in a leather holster. I would take a nylon holster over the molded plastic holsters if I could not find a leather one I liked. Being left handed limits my choices on buying a holster at some places who carry few if any left hand ones some only carry right hand holsters.

  13. Prairie

    It’s probably a toss up between the two. However, I can see the utility of using a synthetic application when in an environment that would be on the hot side, causing the wearer to sweat, thereby affection the leather holster more than synthetic also possibly wicking the moisture through the leather onto the firearm. (granted, you’d have to sweat a lot but nevertheless, a possibility!)

  14. k2turner

    Probably the best is the one that gets used. That goes down to personal preference. I know it’s expensive to try them all, but if you don’t like the one you have, try another!

  15. jagg1300

    leather or synthetic?

    I found that my gun fits in a synthetic better. It is just difficult to find a good leather one that fits the gun well. I’ve used synthetic for in pant but leather for shoulder. So, I guess it all depends. That is why they make both, I guess.

    The books look like a great read. As many have said, as much info as possible. Plus, like them, I’d like to win.

  16. RuKuS

    I have used Kydex but currently run a leather rig.
    Both have their advantages/Disadvantages but if I had to have one I would go with leather.

    That being said, I want to try out a hybrid too.

  17. vtensei

    My favorite so far are the type with kydex holder attached to a leather backing. IWB and tuckable. But there is at least one company using the same basic idea, but in an all-leather holster. I haven’t tried it, but imagine it may be even more comfortable than he hybrids.

  18. KYEdge

    Neither is better in the true sense – the answer is situational dependent. Variables include personal preference, clothing, activity,environment, and such. Now if you asked my preference – leather, inside the pants works most cases for me.

    BTW – would love to win one of these books!

    Best regards and thanks for the opportunity,

  19. Abner Neill

    I personally would prefer leather. Synthetics may be less expensive, but there is something about natural material that is more comfortable. I pray you all have a Merry Christmas.

  20. ewi3020

    I would guess leather, but I do not yet have my carry permit & so I’m just making a guess. The information in these books would be a great help to me as I try to learn about guns & carry laws & get my permit.