Custom minimalist holsters feature a compact design, which comes with a handful of benefits. The main advantage of minimalist holsters is that there isn’t as much material “wrapped around” your handgun, which makes them both more compact and lighter.
As most holsters with minimalist design feature an open-bottom construction, they often don’t cover the entire barrel of your pistol. A great advantage of holsters built like this is that they fit well handguns with threaded barrels like the Springfield XDM Elite OSP. If you’ve got a handgun with a threaded barrel and pair it up with a custom minimalist holster, you’ll be able to use the holster even if you attach a suppressor or compensator to your pistol’s barrel. On the other hand, a disadvantage of minimalist holsters is that they aren’t ideal for dirty and dusty environments as your handgun’s finish isn’t as protected as inside a holster that fully covers your pistol’s barrel.
Most minimalist holsters are usually carried outside the waistband and they are mostly made of leather. As custom leather minimalist holsters don’t cover your entire pistol, they are often equipped with a leather strap, which is meant to protect your handgun from falling out of the holster. These holsters are almost exclusively carried on one’s belt. Compared to “full holsters”, holsters with minimalist design often sit higher on the belt. Even though they’re usually attached from the outside of one’s pants, minimalist holsters are a great choice for concealed carry as they can be easily hidden under a shirt or jacket.