How to Wear a Fobus Paddle Holster?

A Paddle holster is used more for concealment than the OWB (outside the waistband) types of holsters. These are best suited to be worn at the rear or front of one’s pants. The paddle is made up of plastic which works very well for this purpose as it does not leave any imprints on your clothing. They can be easily tucked in or out of your pants, so it is advisable not to have a belt on the paddle. Let’s talk about “how to wear a Fobus Paddle holster?”.

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Paddle holsters are very comfortable as they are made up of high-quality material which does not cause any pain even after prolonged wearing. Also, these cannot move around when you draw your gun. It stays where you put it.

Parts and Nomenclature of Fobus Paddle Holster

Paddle holster’s primary function is to allow firm placement on the belt and easy ways to draw your gun. A paddle holster has two major parts: a paddle and a holster.


it is a part that attaches to the belt of the user. The purpose behind its attaching is that when you have to draw something from your holster, it does not cause any obstruction.


it is a part that holds the gun and locks it in one position so that you do not have to adjust or do anything during your draw. You can just pull your gun and go.

Although it may vary from design to design, generally, a paddle holster has two screws on either side, and these screws attach both parts of the unit. It also consists of a locking system that helps keep your gun securely in place while you are not wearing it.

The paddle is attached to the belt with the help of a swivel metal or plastic clamp. It also consists of two rivets on either side, which are used to attach paddles securely. On one side is a belt clip, which allows you to place it in various positions. Some have belt clips on both sides to choose where they wish the holster to be placed. It also tells you how far from your belt the paddle should be.

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Why Use Fobus Paddle Holster?

A holster is necessary when carrying a firearm with you daily, especially if you want to carry it in an undercover capacity and with no one knowing about it. The best way to keep your gun hidden in plain sight is in a paddle holster.

A Paddle holster helps you draw your firearm smoothly and quickly. Your gun will always be ready when it needs to be, no need to make any adjustments or take too long as other holsters do. This makes the whole process effective and safe. The paddle holster can be easily worn in any location with just about no belt whatsoever.

It is convenient and does not get in the way of your daily life. It can be worn on any waistband from jeans to military or Colonial style pants. This holster is great for people who carry their guns regularly but do not want it to show.

Therefore a paddle holster is best for anyone who wants concealed carry and does not want their gun belt. The Fobus Paddle Holster is a multi-purpose holster that can be used by any gun owner with just about any waistband! And after it has been worn, you can simply take it off and put it in your pocket.

How to Wear Fobus Paddle Holster?

Now that you have a Fobus Paddle holster putting it on is easy. You can always refer to the steps given below.

To wear the paddle holster properly, you must adjust your firearm properly in your Fobus holster for proper protection and safety of your weapon. In case if you are wearing the holster for the first time or are switching your firearm from one Fobus paddle holster to another in a different size, then it is best to adjust the gun in your new holster before wearing it.

First of all, check whether both screws on the paddle are tightened thoroughly. Now slide your gun into your paddle with an open jacket or slide inserted first.

Now make your gun fit snugly in the holster. You can do this by making use of adjustment screws on both sides. The outer paddle should be close to the firearm but not touching it. Now tighten the screws. Your gun is now correctly adjusted into your Fobus Paddle Holster for protection and safety purposes.

Now after holstering your gun and ensuring that it is tightly locked. You can try a few times to see if you have done any movement with the gun to ensure proper locking in the holster. If you feel your weapon is not tight enough, re-adjust it again by going through the above steps.

Now that you have adjusted your gun, it is time to put on the paddle holster. First, check if your belt fits tightly around your waist. Now lift the strap of the paddle holster and slide it over the back of your belt till you hear a click sound indicating that it’s properly locked into place. You can adjust this strap at your convenience.

Now that your firearm is holstered in the paddle holster, you are ready to go! It’s time for some practice to make sure that you are using it properly. You can permanently fasten or unfasten your Paddle holster from your waistband when required.

It is also essential to check if all screws are tight before wearing the holster. This helps avoid any damage to your firearm by it falling out of its holster, injuring you or anyone around you. So make sure that all screws are tightened appropriately at all times.

You are now ready with your Fobus Paddle Holster for everyday use! You can wear it comfortably under your pants or shirt. You can wear it against your back, hip, leg, or even on the front of your waistband for quick access to your firearm. It is also straightforward to hide under a more oversized jacket or hoodie, ideal for concealing large guns.

How to Wear Fobus Holsters

Safety Precautions to Wear Fobus Paddle Holster

  1. Always make sure that both screws are tightly fastened with all necessary adjustments made. In case of breakage of any screw or paddle, then it is advised that you discontinue usage immediately. Do not ever wear your firearm with just one screw-fastened. This can cause breakage of the holster and result in serious injuries to yourself or anyone around you.
  2. You should make sure that your firearm is free from any kind of dust or grime before wearing it in your holster. But this does not mean that you take the gun out of the holster every day for cleaning purposes. Take care of your Fobus paddle holster by avoiding rough use at any cost. Always take it off when cleaning or doing some household activities.
  3. It is advised to remove the holster while doing any strenuous activities for safety reasons, as it may cause breakage or hazard. You can wear it again once you are done with your physical activity and ensure that all nuts and screws remain tightly fastened.
  4. The Fobus paddle holster is not designed for quick drawing of your pistol. It should only be used for concealing purposes. So make sure that you are using it accordingly, especially if you are outside or in an open area where people may notice the outline of your gun through the outer shell of the holster.


The best way to know this is to make sure that the dot on the side of your gun is positioned correctly. If it’s pointing in the same direction as the belt buckle, you are wearing the holster correctly.

 It is legal to wear a Fobus paddle holster in almost all American states except Illinois. 

 However, there are a few other states that have restrictions too. You need to thoroughly check the laws and regulations of your state before using a Fobus paddle holster.

All Fobus products are made in Israel.

It is an ergonomic rotating paddle holster that has a unique mechanism for strong retention. You can adjust the gun in different positions to suit your convenience.

Fobus makes high-quality holsters that are durable, long-lasting, and comfortable to wear for multiple purposes. The best part is that it comes with a lifetime warranty.


Now that you are aware of the benefits and uses of Fobus Paddle Holster, it is time for you to purchase one. They come in various sizes and colors so that you can choose your favorite. You must also make sure that all necessary adjustments are made before wearing your holster. Do not forget to use your paddle holster properly by checking if all the nuts and screws are tightly fastened.

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Gabriel Tackett
Double major in Engineering and Geology at the University of Minnesota. Experienced shooter & hunter for over 15 years. Certified NRA officer for over 10 years working as a writer at .

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