TSiWRX wrote:^ The belt - it is TREMENDOUSLY important. Get a good belt, eddy883, as it is the foundation upon which all of your waist carry gear will be attached to.
In terms of the holster, start with a simple yet quality strong-side holster. You noted that you were going to be looking at training classes: if this is the case, please know that there aren't many (if any at all) that will allow you to draw from a 6-o'clock "small of back" ("SOB") setup due to safety concerns, at least not in open-enrollment classes.
Blade-Tech and Comp-Tac both offer quality products that are reasonably priced, and also offer very reasonable lead-times. It's worth checking them out to obtain a basic strong-side OWB belt-loop or possibly paddle-mounted holster, to start you on your way for training.
Understand that your holster requirements - and preferences - can change over time. Get a good basic setup to begin with, so you can explore your needs and preferences with your instructors while having a good foundation to start your learning from.
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