Here is the deal for concealed carry. It’s about sacrifice. You sacrifice your wardrobe, your favorite restraurants, and your wallet.
A paddle holster allows you to remove your gun from the belt without unloading the gun. Considering the primary market for a paddle holster is law enforcement and that a lot of cops think of the gun as a tool and not as a hobby (no insult intended), its a bit safer than removing the gun from the holster.
Paddle holsters sacrifice concealment for convenience. By attaching a paddle to a holster instead of belt loops, the holster rides further from your waist than a pancake holster. Paddle holsters should not be worn without a belt.
Wear a gun belt. Always. If you have pants that don’t allow for a belt don’t wear them or wear a holster that doesn’t require a belt (under wrap, waist pack, shoulder).
I believe that a holster is like a good pair of shoes. They are situational. You wear boots to hike, wing tips to church, and sneakers to run. Develop a wardrobe of holsters. Be armed always and always be armed.
I am biased. I like Galco. Take a look at the Concealed Carry Paddle, the Concealable, and the Side Snap Scabbard.
Welcome to the club.