Posted by Anthony Tomacchio on June 25, 2014
Lately, we've been getting a lot of questions from our customers about sweat shields: "What is it? And should I add one to my holster, or not?"
We want you to be as informed as possible when making a purchase from Alpha Concealment Systems, so here's a basic explanation and discussion of sweat shields.
What is it?
Essentially, having a sweat shield added to your holster just means that the Kydex is extended to cover the slide of your handgun. Without the sweat shield, the Kydex ends right around where the grip on your handgun is. A sweat shield can be added to either an Inside the Waistband (IWB) or Outside the Waistband (OWB) holster.
The photo on top shows what the holster looks like without a sweat shield.
The photo on the bottom shows what the holster looks like with a sweat shield.
What does it do?
The holster functions exactly the same, with or without the sweat shield. It merely acts as a barrier between the metal slide of your handgun and your skin, or your clothing, depending on whether you carry concealed or not.
What do we recommend?
I always carry concealed and I don't have a sweat shield on my EDC, which means the metal slide of the handgun rests against my skin. Personally, I'm not bothered by the feeling of it. Plus, I don't mind if the slide gets a little sweaty.
But it's all a matter of preference. If you have sensitive skin that is easily aggravated (especially by metal), or if you hate the feeling of sweat, then a sweat shield might be a good option for you.
There is no extra charge to add a sweat shield to your rig, so if you're still undecided, I suggest just giving it a try. You can always opt to forgo the sweat shield on your next holster if you find you're not crazy about it.
We're happy to answer any other questions you might have! Just leave your question in the comments below.