When people first get into concealed carry, many of them do not give enough attention to the issue of comfort. Some even shrug and live by the motto “there’s no comfortable way to carry a gun”. I disagree with that, but it’s always a matter of what level of comfort you are willing to live with compared to the other elements you have to contend with, so it’s all just part of the puzzle…
Why is comfort so important? Simply put, the more problematic it is for you to carry your defense weapon, the more likely you are to forget it, accidentally or on purpose, because you just don’t want to put up with the hassles. Some people take this to the extreme of only carrying “when they think that something is gonna happen”. Hogwash! The problem with life, is that it doesn’t schedule things for you, nor does it play fair. Things happen when you don’t expect them to, not when it’s convenient for you. As stated in my overview, you don’t wear your car safety belt only when you expect to be in an accident, why treat your defense weapon any differently?
Simply put, Comfort is necessary, at least to some degree, because it encourages you to carry constantly, not just “when you think you might need it”. There is no colder feeling than finding yourself in a bad situation, that could be averted with your defense weapon… only to remember that you left it at home.
I want to stress again, this is yet another reason why it’s so important to try on your perspective rig, with a gun (or an acceptable substitute) in it, before making a decision on using it. If the holster isn’t comfortable, you should look for something that is, period.