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Best Concealed Carry Holsters [Hands-On Tested]

What’s the best holster for the money?

EMP Alien Gear Holster
EMP, Alien Gear Holster

After buying your gun…deciding on which holster you’re going to buy is one of the most important decisions you can make.

There are a lot of different kinds and styles of holsters on the market right now.  Sadly, many of them are not ideal for concealed carry. 

Lots of Holsters, Boondock Saints
Lots of Holsters, Boondock Saints

But no worries…we’ll clear up what makes a good holster, the types of carrying (inside waistband, ankle, etc), and personal recommendations for each type.

Complete with tons of hands-on pics, videos, and even standalone reviews.

Best Concealed Carry Holsters

  1. Best IWB (Hybrid): Hidden Hybrid Holsters
  2. Best IWB (Value): Concealment Express
  3. Best IWB (Kydex): Tenicor
  4. Best IWB (Unique): Urban Carry G3
  5. Best OWB: Safariland
  6. Best OWB (Leather): 1791 Gunleather
  7. Best Bellyband: Crossbreed Belly Band
  8. Best Ankle: Sticky Holster
  9. Best Shoulder: Galco
  10. Best Gun Belt: Kore Essentials, use code “PEWPEWTACTICAL” for 10% off
Kore Essentials Tactical Gun Belt with P365
Kore Essentials Tactical Gun Belt with P365

*UPDATED* 2021: More holsters and personal experiences…and videos!

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Why Have a Good Holster?

Let’s think about some of the things the holster is supposed to do:

  • Protect and hold the firearm.
  • Prevent discharge.
  • Provide quick access.
  • Prevent theft or loss.

So, maybe instead of the original question, we should ask things like: What goes into a great concealed carry holster?

First and foremost is the concept of safety.  You’ve likely heard the safety rules by now, but in case you haven’t, here they are:

  1. Treat every weapon like it’s loaded.
  2. Don’t point your gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you intend to fire.
  4. Know your target and what’s beyond it.

They’re all particularly important but for right now, let’s concentrate solely on number three…keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you intend to fire.

Good Trigger Discipline Glock 17
Good Trigger Discipline Glock 17

I want to expand on it even more and say that nothing should touch the trigger, to include clothing or any part of the holster itself.  Your trigger could get caught, pulled, and cause a discharge.

That’s a bad oopsie…

Trust me when I say the last thing you’re ever going to want is for your gun to go off unintentionally.  And, guns have gone off when being holstered because something got caught and pulled the trigger.

What Makes a Great Concealed Carry Holster?

As I stated earlier, there are a lot of different kinds and styles on the market.  But a lot of them are not ideal for concealed carry because they are dangerous.

When you pick out a holster, make sure it has the following:

  • Total trigger coverage
  • Sturdy material
  • Good retention
  • Good concealability
  • Handgun protection
  • Skin/body protection
  • Positive grip

Let’s take a closer look at these requirements…

Trigger and Material

There are a lot of holsters on the market where the trigger is not covered or is covered by a flimsy material.

So that you’re as safe as possible, it’s best to have a holster that is made of a sturdy material that covers the trigger.  You want to do all you can to prevent the possibility of a discharge.

A good example of a sturdy material could be Kydex or leather.  Both do an excellent job of protecting the trigger.  

Kydex Sheets
Kydex Sheets

Kydex is basically nothing more than a polymer composite material formed to the shape of your gun with a bunch of properties that help it do its job.

Some holsters will have both materials in the form of a Kydex shell on top of a leather backing.  

Glock 19 with TLR-1 in Hidden Hybrid Holster
Glock 19 with TLR-1 in Hidden Hybrid Holster

There are countless companies making good-quality holsters out of this material.  You can’t go wrong here.

Good Retention

Another way of saying retention is that your gun needs to “stay put.”

A good test…if you stick your gun in your holster, and turn it upside down, will it fall out?

If it comes out, the retention of it needs to be adjusted (usually via a screw) or you need a different method of carrying.

It needs to be strong enough that it keeps your firearm in place until you tug it out on purpose.

Concealability

Unless you’re carrying openly, you’ll want your firearm in a discreet position where it cannot be seen.

Concealment Express G19 AIWB Hidden
Concealment Express G19 AIWB Hidden

IWB, or Inside the WaistBand, holsters offer a better level of concealment than does OWB, otherwise known as Outside the WaistBand (more on this in a minute).

And, as far as IWB holsters are concerned, generally speaking, appendix IWB offers the most concealment.

Think of appendix carry as starting directly in front of your belly button and ending on your pelvic bone.

Appendix Carry, HHH with EMP
Appendix Carry, HHH with EMP

Keep in mind, it depends on body type, and my body is different than yours.  What conceals better for me, may not be a good option for you.

The best thing to do is to play around with it a bit, to find a balance between comfort and concealment.

Protection

Your holster needs to protect you and your gun.

Some of the harder materials can cause rub marks on its finish over time, so keep that in mind too.

Tenicor Velo Holster with G19
Tenicor Velo Holster with G19

At the same time, some of the stiffer holsters may rub your skin the wrong way.  While not generally that big of a deal…if it isn’t comfortable, would you carry it every day?

As a bonus while on this topic, holsters can also damage clothing and furniture if you choose the wrong type.  

I’ve used metal clips on holsters before that eventually wore holes into my shirts.  Plastic clips, while not as strong, do their job quite well and are gentler on clothing than their metal counterparts.

Grip

This is very important.  

If your holster doesn’t afford you the ability to have a FULL combat grip on your gun when it is drawn, you need a different holster.  Meaning you’ve got a high grip, can deactivate safeties and can shoot one-handed.

Full Grip on G19 with Hidden Hybrid Holsters
Full Grip on G19 with Hidden Hybrid Holsters

You should be able to draw and fire, from any position, to include directly off-body if an attacker is on top of you.  I’d even suggest a holster/position where you can reach with your weak hand as well.

Again, because it bears repeating…if your holster doesn’t allow a full combat grip, get a new one.

Different Types of Holsters

There are a few different types of holsters out there for men and women:

  • IWB
  • OWB
  • Belly Band
  • Ankle
  • Shoulder
  • Those designed specifically for women, which I know nothing about…but good thing one of our writers does.

Let’s tackle each of these, along with their benefits.

IWB

Aliengear Cloak Tuck 3.0 with XD Mod 2
Aliengear Cloak Tuck 3.0 with XD Mod 2

Otherwise known as Inside the Waist Band, these holsters are great for concealing a gun.

They go in between your pants and your underwear and they are excellent because they keep the gun so very close to your body.

Aliengear Holster, High Grip
IWB 4 O’Clock Position

Because it is so close to you, people won’t notice it as much as some of the other options on this list.  They also don’t “print” as much as some of the others do.

Printing is when the outline of the firearm/holster can be seen on the shirt.

This is bad because the point of carrying a concealed gun is to hide the fact that it’s there.

Seated with Aliengear
Seated with an IWB Holster

One of the drawbacks to carrying like this is that it’s harder to get that positive combat grip from the draw. It’s possible, but you’ll have to practice that much more to get it right.

There’s a couple different types of IWB but we’ll get to that in the actual holster section!

OWB

OWB, or Outside the Waist Band is when the gun/holster rests on the outside of your pants.  

Concealment Express OWB G17 w TLR-1
Concealment Express OWB G17 w TLR-1

It is usually anchored to you by the belt, though some of them may attach differently.

It’s obviously not very covert unless you’re wearing a jacket.  

However, it is a very comfortable method of carrying because there generally isn’t anything poking you in the side.

Finally, it affords a better grip on the draw because it sits further off the skin allowing you to get your entire hand on it in the right position.

Concealment Express OWB Grip
Concealment Express OWB Grip

Belly Band Holsters

These are pretty self-explanatory…it’s a band that goes around your belly.  For those times when you’re not wearing a belt…

Brave Response Belly Band Holster
Brave Response Belly Band Holster

Make sure to choose one that completely covers the trigger and remember that you might get a little sweaty under there.

Shoulder

Shoulder holsters generally wrap around the shoulder.  The part that actually holds the gun usually sits on your support side’s rib cage.  

007 Shoulder Holster
007 Shoulder Holster

The support side is the hand that you don’t squeeze the trigger with.  It helps to stabilize, or support, the strong hand. The strong hand is the one you do squeeze the trigger with.

Shoulder Holster Back

This method of carrying a concealed gun is great for people who wear a jacket and is also commonly employed by undercover and off-duty police officers.

But it’s not all looking cool…

  • The guns tend to fall out much more likely than other holsters
  • You’re muzzling the person behind you
  • When you unholster it’s easy to sweep a couple people in front of you too
  • Your shirts will get gross sweat marks from the holster
  • When you take off your jacket the gun is no longer concealed

Ankle

This method of carrying a concealed gun is great for deep concealment, or for times when a backup gun is needed.

In this case, there is no printing unless you’re wearing tight pants.

Nobody will know you’ve got a gun on you unless you pull your pant leg up and show them.

Ankle Holster from Uncle Mike
Ankle Holster from Uncle Mike

The drawbacks to this method, are that your gun can be hard to get to, and it can be uncomfortable to the point that it can pull your leg hair out and rub your skin unless you wrap it around a boot.

Without any further ado, let’s get to some specific examples!

Best IWB Holsters

I’m a fan of “hybrid” holsters for IWB where the gun shell is Kydex and the backer is either something synthetic or leather.  Here’s a few of my favorites.

But don’t worry…we’ll go into pure kydex IWB holsters too!

Hidden Hybrid Holsters

Our editor’s current favorite hybrid holster is from Hidden Hybrid Holsters and here’s our full review.

Not a very creative name…but they work!

Hidden Hybrid Holsters Assortment
Hidden Hybrid Holsters Assortment

They are a small company from OH that uses Amish leather down the road from their shop.

Hidden Hybrid Holster, Suede Back, Double Clip
Hidden Hybrid Holster, Suede Back, Double Clip

The leather they choose and the suede backer make all the difference in comfort.

The thickness/rigidity is Goldilocks right…and the suede feels better than raw leather against your skin.

I’ve tried out a couple of their options and love their single clip Appendix Carry.

EMP in Hidden Hybrid Holster, Appendix ,Single Clip
EMP in Hidden Hybrid Holster, Appendix , Single Clip

Here it is in action during our review of the Springfield EMP.

It keeps things hidden…

Appendix Carry, EMP, Hidden Hybrid Holster
Appendix Carry, EMP, Hidden Hybrid Holster

And I’d definitely recommend getting the “claw” attachment which pushes the holster more into your body.

Claw Attachment in Action
Claw Attachment in Action

Have something bigger…or a light/laser/RMR?

Glock 19 with TLR-1 in Hidden Hybrid Holster
Glock 19 with TLR-1 in Hidden Hybrid Holster

They got you covered with an option that let’s you go both IWB and OWB (with belt holes).

If you’re down with pistol optics for carry…their version completely covers the optic.

However, here’s a regular G19 in the 4/5 o’clock position since I don’t like it too chunky.

Glock 19 in Hidden Hybrid Holsters, Two Clip
Glock 19 in Hidden Hybrid Holsters, Two Clip

IT’S HIDDEN, IT’S HYBRID.

Exposed G19 in Hidden Hybrid Holster
Exposed G19 in Hidden Hybrid Holster

Ok one more perk…all the holsters I tried give you a full grip.

Full Grip on G19 with Hidden Hybrid Holsters
Full Grip on G19 with Hidden Hybrid Holsters

They also have mag carriers.

Hidden Hybrid Holsters, Mag Carriers
Hidden Hybrid Holsters, Mag Carriers

I’m not huge so the double double-stack mag carrier was just way too big for me.  However the single was perfect and really comfy.

Hidden Hybrid Holsters Single Mag Carrier
Hidden Hybrid Holsters Single Mag Carrier

And something for the lols…or if you really need to walk tall and carry a big stick…

Hidden Hybrid Holsters, Big Stick Mag Carrier
Hidden Hybrid Holsters, Big Stick Mag Carrier

Full review here…but so far Hidden Hybrid has my vote for the comfiest hybrid holster I’ve tested so far.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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Crossbreed Holsters

The Crossbreed Supertuck Deluxe was previously our Editor Eric’s favorite since it’s comfy with the leather backing (don’t worry it comes in black too) and allows for a full grip.

Crossbreed Holsters with G17, G19, G26
Crossbreed Holsters with G17 (SuperTuck), G19 (SuperTuck), G26 (Appendix)

Since it’s pretty large it’s used best for a 4-5 o’clock location.

The combat cut is slightly less comfy since the grip is more exposed, but it’s what I prefer since I get a nice “high” draw where the web of my hand perfectly meets the beavertail of the pistol.

crossbreed combat cut
Crossbreed Combat Cut

Here’s the leather backing:

Crossbreed Holsters, Leather Back
Crossbreed Holsters, Leather Back

And for smaller guns that you plan on appendix carrying…yea they have those too.

Crossbreed Appendix Holster with G26
Crossbreed Appendix Holster with G26

Here it is in action with a G19 which still fits well.

A great hybrid holster from a reputable company!

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Alien Gear

The Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 ($45) is a great IWB holster for the money if you’re not a fan of leather.

Aliengear Cloak Tuck 3.0 with XD Mod 2
Aliengear Cloak Tuck with XD Mod 2 (Old 3.0 Model)

The lifetime warranty plus 30-day no questions asked trial period can’t be beaten.  

Plus, they are comfortable with a neoprene-like backing (“alien skin”).

Alien Gear Holsters, Back
Alien Gear Holsters, Back

Check out our full review where the holster survived months of use and a multi-day CCW course.

ITTS Tactical CCW Course with Alien Gear
ITTS Tactical CCW Course with Alien Gear
Best Value (IWB)
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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

And now with some video from John:

Concealment Express

Looking for something AIWB (appendix) that’s super light (less than 3 oz) yet effective and still comfortable.

Assorted Concealment Express Holsters
Tested Concealment Express Holsters

We’ve been recommending Concealment Express for years and they continue to win us over with new updates.

Gets It Done (IWB)
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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Check out Concealment Express in action with a Glock 19.

They even have tuckable holsters…

Concealment Express Tuckable G19 Hidden
Concealment Express Tuckable G19 Hidden
Concealment Express Tuckable G19
Concealment Express Tuckable G19

And a “claw” accessory to further lower the profile of your CCW…although for them it was never really a problem.

Concealment Express Claw In Use
Concealment Express Claw In Use

Check out our full review on them and all their styles and attachment options.

All Concealment Express Holster Attachment Styles
All Concealment Express Holster Attachment Styles

Tenicor

Want the Ferrari of kydex holsters?

Check out Tenicor which brings a concept that’s so “why didn’t I think of that” to the table…

Tenicor Velo Holster with G19
Tenicor Velo Holster with G19

Molding the holster to what a normal human is like at the…groinal triangle (our term, lol).

They only have a few models for their Velo above but if you’re packing something popular (Glock, Sig Sauer, or M&P), they’ve got you covered.

So is it comfy?

You bet…I put on the holster without the clips and wiggled it around until felt very natural.  Then I installed the clips and set the height.

Here it is in action before I go into it more:

Now the clips…there’s a couple options but I went with the most aggressive hold with the T1 clips.

Tenicor T1 Metal Clips
Tenicor T1 Metal Clips

They take a little longer to put on since it will snag your belt and pants…but wow they feel they will never come off even in a tussle.

Here’s another angle…and you can also see the raised “camming bar” near the top left.  That works like the “claw” in other designs that helps rotate the holster more inwards.

Tenicor Metal Clips & Camming Bar
Tenicor Metal Clips & Camming Bar

There’s two other options like snap buckles for your belt or permanent loops where you thread your belt through.  Less retention but easier to get on/off and won’t scratch stuff as easily.

Tenicor Snap Belt Loops
Tenicor Snap Belt Loops

Got a light?  They’ve got the Sagax Lux model…

Tenicor Sagax Lux Holster G19 and TLR-7
Tenicor Sagax Lux Holster G19 and TLR-7

It honestly felt the same in my pants as the regular Velo since it’s not that much bigger.  For now it’s only a G19-sized Glock option with TLR-7, XC1-B, XC2, and APLc lights.

Sagax Lux vs Velo
Sagax Lux vs Velo

Plus it doesn’t use the light for retention so you can use it without one too.

Here’s another angle…just a little more material to disappear into your “groinal triangle.”

Tenicor Sagax Lux vs Velo
Tenicor Sagax Lux vs Velo

For the comfiest appendix carry pure kydex option yet…check out Tenicor.

They are definitely at the high-end of the price spectrum with the Velo at almost $80 and the Sagax over $100.  But if you’re a serious appendix carrier who needs comfort and extreme retention…it’s probably worth it.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

I’ll have a full review coming up soon!

Urban Carry G3

This holster deserves to be in its own category since it melds IWB & OWB…the Urban Carry 3 ($69) offers some distinct advantages over other holsters.

Urban Carry G2
Urban Carry

It’s the third generation of holster and has a host of upgrades compared to its previous iterations.

Urban Carry G3 with Kahr CW9
Urban Carry G3 with Kahr CW9

It allows for carrying with your shirt tucked in…plus even if it prints a little it shows up as something in your pocket.  

Urban Carry G3 Shirt Lifted
Urban Carry G3 Shirt Lifted

And allows for an easy grip (although slightly higher than other traditional holsters).

Urbcan Carry G3 Kahr CW9 Grip
Urbcan Carry G3 Kahr CW9 Grip

Another new feature of the G3 is their “LockLeather” which clicks around the front of the trigger guard…preventing the gun from moving or flying out when pulled.

Urban Carry G3 Lock Leather
Urban Carry G3 Lock Leather

However, one negative include having to have your belt a little looser since your gun sits underneath. And potentially some technique modifications for…bigger guys.

Most Unique (IWB)
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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

N8 Tactical

A newcomer (at least for me) is N8 Tactical which has a unique hybrid holster that allows multiple handguns to fit in the same holster.

Assorted N8 Tactical Holsters
Assorted N8 Tactical Holsters

Their Original Holster is large but super comfy with a nice backer. Though it’s recommended for compact guns I had no problem fitting my full-size M&P 2.0 in there.

N8 Tactical Original Hidden
N8 Tactical Original Hidden
N8 Tactical Original Lifted
N8 Tactical Original Lifted

The now have some newer and smaller versions like the OT2 Micro which easily fit a few of my sub-compacts.

N8 Tactical O2 Micro Holster Kahr Bersa Firestorm
N8 Tactical OT2 Micro Holster Kahr Bersa Firestorm
N8 Tactical O2 Micro Holster Kahr CW9
N8 Tactical OT2 Micro Holster Kahr CW9

It’s a comfy and easy introduction into holsters at $39…especially if you haven’t made up your mind on what gun to carry.

My one complaint for the Original and OT2 is that you can’t easily get a nice draw grip with the extra material there.

N8 Tactical Original Draw
N8 Tactical Original Draw

Thankfully there’s the combat version of the OT2 Micro which cuts out some material blocking full access to the grip.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Best OWB Holsters

Safariland

Eric’s favorite no-nonsense OWB holster brand if you’re looking for a paddle holster that can also be added to a belt.

Safariland Paddle OWB Holster with SP-01
Safariland Paddle OWB Holster with SP-01

Great for carrying or for competition use.  And a favorite of law enforcement for their duty belts.

Tons of models so you’ll be sure to find your pistol, hand, and flashlight combination.

Assorted Safariland Holsters
Assorted Safariland Holsters

Backing allows the use of a paddle or other belt attachment systems (Tek-Lok, QLS, ELS, etc). 

Safariland Paddle Holster
Safariland Paddle Holster

Plus the paddle is well-designed to hug your hips.

Editor's Pick (OWB)
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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Specific models we like since they have so many:

The site is a little complicated but here’s what we found works:

  1. Choose your holster options (color, draw hand, finish, material)
  2. Press “Check Fit” at the bottom to go to the Holster Finder
  3. Choose “Find by Firearm Type” and fill out
  4. Choose “Any” Security Mechanism
  5. Choose options for slide mounted optics and light
  6. It will show results for your gun

Concealment Express OWB

Our favorite no frills Concealment Express has branched out of IWB and into the world of OWB.

First off with their paddle holsters.

Concealment Express Paddle OWB
Concealment Express Paddle OWB

Easy to take on and off although I would recommend thicker belts to make sure there’s not too much movement.

Concealment Express OWB Paddle, High
Concealment Express OWB Paddle, High

Here it is in action!

Not digging the paddle style and want a little more security? Belt loop holsters to the rescue.

Concealment Express Belt Loop Holsters
Concealment Express Belt Loop Holsters
Gets It Done (IWB)
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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Tagua

Best Retention (OWB)
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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

This is a leather constructed holster ($40) that adds the thumb break for added firearm retention.  This draw is a bit different from other holsters because there is an extra step.

Tagua Holster
Tagua Holster

It’s a good option, just make sure you practice with it.

Tagua Holster, Note the Thumb Break
Tagua Holster, Note the Thumb Break

1791 Gunleather

Looking for a simple (and beautiful) leather OWB holster? Look at 1791 Gunleather’s options.

I went with the “vintage” color and wow is it pretty.

1791 Gunleather OWB Leather Holster
1791 Gunleather OWB Leather Holster

I may have to pick up some cowboy shooting soon!

However…I went with a little more modern P320 to try it out. It was tough to get in the first time but after reading the instructions on how to make it fit better…it’s great.

Easy draw, no fear of it falling out, and not too much effort to get it in there.

1791 OWB Leather Holster with P320, Front
1791 OWB Leather Holster with P320, Front

Belt attachment is great too…I like the angle of how it conforms to my hip.

1791 OWB Leather Holster with P320, Back
1791 OWB Leather Holster with P320, Back

One more kicker? It’s reasonably priced for something made out of nice leather. My setup cost around $57.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Best Belly Band Holster

Brave Response Holster

Best Belly Band Holster
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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

My top choice for a belly band holster is the Brave Response Holster ($70) which is universal for most guns since there’s no hard Kydex shell.  This makes it very comfy too.

Brave Response Holster
Brave Response Holster

Plus it has the added benefit of having three mag pouches already sewn in.  It might be a little hard to reach them since it is on your strong side, but it’s good to know they are there with you.

Crossbreed Holsters

Crossbreed Belly Band
Crossbreed Belly Band

The Crossbreed Belly Band ($70) adds some extra safety with a Kydex gun-specific shell that covers the trigger.  They also have a sewn in magazine/phone/flashlight pouch plus the ability to add in magazine holsters.

Best Ankle Holster

Sticky

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

For that extra deep concealment ($33).  You can even fit an extra mag or knife next to your gun with this adapter.

Sticky Ankle Holster
Sticky Ankle Holster

Remember to add their holsters which use a rubbery material to stay in place.

Best Shoulder Holster

Galco

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

For those times when you’re wearing a suit and tie, but also feel like being prepared.

Being like James Bond ain’t cheap though…

Best Gun Belt

With most of the holsters, you’ll likely get…you’ll need a great gun belt.

Best CCW Gun Belts, Thickness
Best CCW Gun Belts, Thickness

One that doesn’t scream “look at me” but is sturdy enough to not flex under the weight of a fully loaded gun and even extra mags.

Kore Tactical Gun Belt Rigidity with P365
Kore Tactical Gun Belt Rigidity with P365

My favorite is the Kore Essentials with X7 Buckle ($60) which meets all the requirements and has an awesome “clickable” adjustment system. See it in action:

It allows me to loosen when I’m sitting down or getting into the car, and then quickly tighten when I’m back up again.

Kore Essentials Belts
Kore Essentials Belts

There’s various colors of their nylon tactical belt (what I like) and even some leather options too.

And by slightly shifting the buckle to the side it blends in pretty seamlessly with your wardrobe.

Kore Tactical Gun Belt P365 Top View
Kore Tactical Gun Belt P365 Top View

Remember to use code “PEWPEWTACTICAL” to get 10% off.

I have a complete review of them here or also check out Best Gun Belt options for more traditional ones too.

Kore Leather Gun Belt with P365
Kore Leather Gun Belt with P365

Conclusion

No matter which method of concealed carry you choose, you need to practice your draw and re-holster often to make sure you master it.  

As for holsters?  Sometimes it takes trying out a couple to see which one fits and feels the best.

Assorted Concealment Express Holsters
Assorted Concealment Express Holsters

Not yet a concealed carry pro?  Check out 7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Concealed Carry.

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  • To avoid getting into trouble
  • To know what to do during a deadly encounter
  • What to do in the aftermath
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  • Mark

    I was hoping to see the Versa Max 2 IWB holster by Milt Sparks reviewed. They're pricey, but well worth it.

    June 24, 2021 2:02 pm
  • Scott

    Recently purchased a Crossbreed Supertuck IWB holster for my 1911. Pretty big setup to try and conceal and still get the best draw from but I will eventually find a solution. Primary concern is the front serrations on my 1911 are tearing up the leather pretty bad, I'm talking long gouges and chunks here. Is this to be expected until the proper clearance is achieved? Thanks for any insight on this.

    May 21, 2021 11:44 pm
  • Lee Keller King

    Eric, partly on your recommendation, I took the plunge and bought a Hidden Hybrid double clip holster for my Taurus G3C. I am so glad I did so! It is the most comfortable IWB holster I've ever had. In fact, the first day I wore it I felt that it was as comfortable as the leather OWB holster I've been using since I got my license to carry.

    Now I wonder if I should try the single clip model for appendix carry??? :-)

    May 14, 2021 3:51 pm
  • Country Al

    I have carried for years using Sneaky Pete holsters. They are super well built, their belts are sturdy and Sneaky Pete is good at giving you what you need for C.Carry. Over 60, slow, USMC, practice.

    April 25, 2021 9:45 am
  • tom

    What is the best holster for a older senior man that is disabled and wears sweatpants.

    April 16, 2021 12:09 pm
  • Arizonan

    Cross Draw, OWB, Azula Gun Holsters.

    Gun conceals under loose untucked shirt; gun can be held in place through the shirt; you know exactly where the gun is (in front, right under your hand); can be drawn from a seated position, or while driving; heavy leather conforms to gun and your body; very comfortable; models for very wide variety of guns; drawing is simple -- lift shirt, draw weapon; the gun is right there, always.

    Spent a fortune on Kydex small-of-back and other IWB hybrids. This leather cross draw is faster, more comfortable; and easier to don and remove. Thread your heavy gunbelt around you clockwise, so the tongue comes out over your left pocket, buckle on the right (may be backward from your normal belt threading) allowing the holster to slide on or off in seconds.

    Works well for me because I have a belly and my shirt drapes over the belly, creating a space for the holster. If you're slim; may not be as concealed.

    One other thing about carrying small-of-back: besides being a slower draw, if you are pushed backward and fall on your back with a holstered gun against your spine, you will likely be injured, as in broken back.

    April 4, 2021 6:42 pm
  • RedRiver

    I got a light bearing Centaur from Legacy Firearms. I originally went with them last year because at the time they were the only manufacturer I could find that made holsters for my particular pistol/light combo (CZ P10s with O-Light PL mini 2). After a year of carrying with it, I have to say I am very pleased. It looks very classy with black carbon fiber kydex and gold colored hardware and logo. The claw and wedge keep it situated well for appendix carry. Clipped to my black leather gun belt from Vedder it stays firmly in place and hidden with my shirt tucked or untucked, in casual or dress clothes.

    March 22, 2021 9:33 pm
  • Tyler

    The anatomical term is "femoral triangle"....but I like groinal triangle a LOT more lol. Good read

    March 16, 2021 5:54 am
  • Bob G.

    Got a Glock 19 Gen5 MOS (or other Gen5 MOS), with a RedDot Optic *and* a rail mounted light? Can not find a holster for it? You wanted the HiddenHybridHolster, but they will fit only either the Optic, or the Light, but not both? Check out Stealthgear USA (https://stealthgearusa.com/). Superb craftsmenship, and a back padding they call Ventcore. *Really* well made, and a "click fit" with their kydex that gives retention confidence. I'm not associated with the company, I dont own their stock. It's a really well made peice of kit, and you will be very glad to own it. Not Cheap.

    March 1, 2021 2:33 pm
    • Country Al

      Try Sneaky Pete. Call them and send an outline of the rig you carry with all attachments attached. Great people.

      April 25, 2021 9:49 am
  • Albert

    I really like my Clinger for IWB carry of my 2.0 Shield 9.

    February 26, 2021 12:02 pm
  • Dave

    My own experience as a 5'10" 160 lb guy is that AIWB is by far the least concealable option. Breaks my heart, too. I've tried running a G19 with a JM Custom Kydex, RCS Eidolon, G-Code Incog, and at least a couple more I'm forgetting. Awesome speed and accessibility, especially while sitting (which we do a lot of...). Doesn't print when you bend over. Also works when hiking/rucking, something that a 3 o'clock or further back rig just cannot do. That said, I was never happy with the concealment - anyone without even a scrap of SA could make that gun no problem. Claws, pads, etc...nothing gave me what I would consider an adequate degree of concealment.

    OWB is fine...for shorter guns/holsters and longer shirts IF the holster is well designed and the belt is up to the job. OWB just demands far more than IWB in that regard. Definitely viable though and, critically, doesn't require an adjustment to your wardrobe. Properly fitting pants are still properly fitting. Unless you're down for tailoring your entire wardrobe to your gun, that's a pretty solid point. Dressing around the gun is the other side of "I don't carry because it's uncomfortable."

    February 21, 2021 7:43 pm
  • Chris

    I haven't found many reviews that cover OWB holsters and how concealable they are. OWB is my preferred carry. It is just comfortable. I have several OWB holsters that are "high-ride" and conceal pretty easy under a tee shirt. It would be nice if OWB holsters were actually considered viable concealment holsters, not just range holsters.

    February 16, 2021 7:33 am
  • James

    Personally I like "Holsters For Life, LLC" small operation in North Carolina run by Betty Hamilton great holsters priced very reasonably. Kydex holsters and she can do custom jobs also. Holstersforlife.com

    February 7, 2021 1:51 pm
  • Russ

    I'm new to conceal carry and have a question for those who use IWB holsters....do these generally work with your existing pants size, or do you have to wear a size or two larger pants for the holsters to be comfortable? thanks

    February 3, 2021 7:50 am
    • David, PPT Editor

      It depends on the pants, your build, and the gun/holster you're using. Personally, for me with a subcompact ccw I didn't need new pants. I just needed to open my belt a little.

      February 3, 2021 9:06 am
    • Dave

      If you've got properly fitting pants (i.e. close fitting, borderline snug at the waist...not always the case with off the rack, especially if you're between sizes), I've found that a decent IWB rig adds an inch to the waist. If you're carrying a spare mag, might wanna plan on two. IWB carry demands consistency in that sense since you're going to need to mesh your gun and your wardrobe. The one notable exception being AIWB - negligible impact to waist sizing there in my experience unless your pants are really snug.

      February 21, 2021 7:46 pm
  • Jonathan

    I hate to sound like an old school old guy.....but I am. You did not mention the superb Bruce Nelson designs such as the Summer Special and the Patriot. Nelson died suddenly a many years ago, but his designs are being made by Milt Sparks - who I heartily recommend if you don’t mind dropping almost two C-notes and waiting six to nine months (all holsters hand made to order). Alternatively, Wilson Combat makes a Summer Special for under a hundred bucks. The Patriot, by the way, was the first holster to extend out the clips for greater stability. Did I say clips? Sorry, both the Summer Special and the Patriot use leather straps with directional snaps - no popping off or damaged clothing.

    January 24, 2021 5:00 pm
  • Steve Huff

    I am quite surprised Stealthgear holsters did not make the list. I have tried several you listed and here in Arizona summers, the Stealthgear Ventcore IWB holster is noticeable cooler. I have worn them 7 days a week for 6 years, boots on till boots off and love them.

    January 5, 2021 4:35 pm
  • Dr Todd Funk

    You didnt mention We the People Holsters very affordable light weight and comfortable great holsters also veteran owned another reason to support them.

    December 6, 2020 5:54 pm
    • John Cramer

      Thank you

      December 8, 2020 3:11 pm
  • Diana

    How do I know which holster will fit my S & W shield EZ 9mm for a woman?

    November 20, 2020 4:12 am
  • JetJockey

    Need to add G-CODE to this list! Everything they have has such a positive "click"

    November 7, 2020 2:27 am
  • Ailey S.

    Yo, Eric! You NEED to add Neptune Concealment to this list. I say that not as some fanboy, but as someone who spends countless hours searching for a holster that supported a particular configuration (P365XL + Recover rail + TLR4 IWB). What I found is unless you have a Glock, or to lesser degree, a Crimson Trace, you're SOL on light bearing holsters.. The one I went with also came with an optics cut (which will be great when I get an RMR). Color options were no additional charge iirc. Only gripe I have is the belt clip on the mag carrier stretched open over time, but that was no biggie to replace.

    November 6, 2020 8:53 am
  • Stephen

    I would like to CC but as an xxl guy I haven't found anything that works. I also wear my pants a bit low so waist band holsters are not an option. To make things more complicated it's damn hot where I live 8 months/yr. I'm thinking the Brave Response Belly Band might be an option, but wear it higher around my rib cage with the weapon under my arm. BTW,an article on CC for fatties would be great.

    November 6, 2020 6:42 am
  • Hunter

    The urban carry has always interested me but with the new lock leather version I’m worried about sliding a striker fired handgun, with no safety, into it when I know there’s something in there that’s going to grab my trigger guard. Seems like you’d be risking it pushing your trigger too, but I’d like to hear what you guys think about it/have experienced. Also, thanks to your previous review of the hidden hybrid holsters, I bought one and carry it every day. It’s extremely comfortable and practical, thank you!

    November 6, 2020 6:30 am
  • Val E. Forge

    You forgot pocket carry holsters. I have a CCW and it's been my preference for years. You never have to worry about someone seeing your gun and it probably elicits less suspicion from a potential adversary when you reach for it. He probably thinks you are reaching for your wallet as he demanded you do.

    November 5, 2020 7:53 pm
  • Ed Fraser

    Your list is in complete without a Tucker holster.

    November 5, 2020 7:53 pm
  • James

    The fact that nothing of the retention variety for OWB was mentioned is a little disappointing.

    November 5, 2020 7:31 pm
  • Jeff

    I am a bit disappointed that you guys didn't even mention "Black Arch" holsters. IMO, they are the premium holster makers for quality, design, comfort and reasonably priced. In my many years of carrying a firearm, Black Arch is hands down the best you can buy.

    November 5, 2020 6:38 pm
  • Tom Kaye

    Best I have found is Urban Carry Lock Leather holsters both IWB and OWB. Can't believe you missed them! Also have a Craft custom made shoulder holster

    November 5, 2020 5:51 pm
  • Steve

    Really like Multi hostlers. Might be because a local company but use in the job and for concealed carry

    November 5, 2020 4:38 pm
  • John

    Like many folks, I have a drawer full of holsters that I no longer use. No one has come close to my Kramer Leather custom made holsters. I have IWB, OWB, and cross draw Kramer holsters for each of my two EDC handguns. They all work perfectly for me; they are easy on the guns' finish; and they are pieces of art. They are molded perfectly for each gun and they stay open for re-holstering.

    November 5, 2020 4:36 pm
  • Jamie Star

    I'm surprised Vedder Hoslters didn't make the cut.

    November 3, 2020 10:36 pm
  • Joshua

    Have you ever considered the Sidecar holster from T.REX ARMS

    November 3, 2020 7:33 pm
  • Russ Wood

    Regarding IWB holsters, I've read several articles on these but unless I just missed it, haven't seen anyone mention how much larger your pants waistband must be to accommodate the holster. Any general rule of thumb?

    September 19, 2020 1:28 pm
    • David, PPT Editor

      It really depends on the gun and the holster, but generally, you're looking at about 1.5-2"

      September 19, 2020 1:37 pm
    • Dom

      Usually one pant size bigger. I'm a 38 so I buy size 40 waist for IWB carry.

      October 3, 2020 3:24 am
    • Daim

      Another option is tru spec pants they are designed for iwb carry. I get my normal size 36. There is a sliding inner band kinda like slacks. Best cargo pants ever.

      November 3, 2020 5:49 pm
  • Rod Lacey

    Great article, lots of info but most of the companies have limited availability as far as some of the not on the popular handgun list goes.
    If you don't carry a popular handgun your limited in your choices.
    Alien Gear seems to have the largest selection but that also causes them to be slower in delivery.
    I received my holster from Clinger in about a week but I'm still waiting on Alien Gear and its been over a month.
    Just a couple other aspects that could greatly influence holster choices.
    Thanks and keep up the good work.

    September 10, 2020 3:46 am
  • Chris

    PLEASE check out the Stealthgear Onyx IWB holsters! IMHO they are the most comfortable on the market! Yes, they cost a little more but you get what you pay for! Plus a lifetime warranty! Thanks!

    September 7, 2020 3:55 pm
  • David Kanne

    Nice article. BUT I usually carry my Ruger LCR .38 Revolver and you don't seem to show holsters for revolvers much anymore. It would be nice to have another great article on revolver concealed carry.

    August 25, 2020 8:35 pm
  • STEVEN K. BECKETT

    Okay, I need some help! I m looking for a multi purpose holster. I am left handed, shoot and would like to carry ambidextrous. And I while I am running about 240+ but losing weight, I want to be able to carry both in and outside the waistband.
    So, there it is, who can help me find one holster that will do it all? Oh, and to complicate the issue most of the time I will be carrying the Springfield 9mm Hellcat OSP, I will also from time to time be carrying the Ruger American Competition 9mm.

    August 10, 2020 4:08 pm
  • stephanie

    Anyone ever try a Telor Tactical Holster?

    July 31, 2020 6:44 am
  • Craig Childre

    Please, please, please give the JM4 Tactical Magnetic retention holster a look. Never again will you worry about "dumping" you weapon on the bathroom floor, dropping trow, mid squat. Metal mags stick to it. Flashlights stick to it. It sticks to the steering column of most cars and trucks should you need to stash your weapon. It's the only IWB holster I've ever owned, so it's hard to call it the best ever. Most everyone who tries mine out, loves it. Made in TEXAS. Abilene to be precise.

    July 1, 2020 12:07 pm
  • Aaron Frizzell

    Ok, this is specifically for the Sig P365 crowd but you have GOT to mention the Raven Concealment Vanguard. This has literally the least hardware of any of your previous mentions yet fits snug, doesn't wobble and I've never lost it while doing a back flip at a reception.... FOR $34.99, folks!!!

    So... Check out the Raven Concealment Vanguard 2 VG2 with Overhook IWB Tuckable Trigger Guard Holster for Sig Sauer P365 - ($34.99 - 7/1/2020)

    July 1, 2020 9:42 am
  • John B

    I was disappionted Crossbreed charged for combat cut, as I think the draw is compromised without it. My #1 for hybrids is Theis, what CB calls combat cut is standard. I'm also not a fan of your OWB choice as all of the gun width is outside the belt. I find ones that split gun width half and half are much tighter to the body, in leather or synthetic.

    July 1, 2020 8:38 am
  • Eddie

    What about holsters for revolvers??

    July 1, 2020 6:28 am
  • Luke Scribner

    Hey Josh, Good bits there i like the article. I was wondering if you or any of your lads have heard of Neptune Concealment? I like to support veteran owned companies and want to see what people think about their products.

    July 1, 2020 5:46 am
  • Alex

    If you like hybrid holsters, try N82. Very comfortable.

    June 30, 2020 9:16 pm
  • Sean Smiddy

    I have to say that, in my experience, the best concealment for IWB or OWB has been with AlienGear holsters. I just last week recieved 2 OWB belt holsters from AlienGear, hoping they'd come close to concealing a Sig P365 backup on the Left, and a primary 1911 5" on the right. If I wore a baggy shirt 2 sizes too big, maybe.
    Clinger OWB holsters are much smaller, lighter, and pull grips closer to body, hence concealing better. This is in my experience. I'm 6'2, 280, bit of a gut, carry at 4 o'clock and/or 8 o'clock.....just sharing experience, not intending to argue with anyone here....

    June 30, 2020 7:32 pm
  • John T Turner

    Have to agree with your editor. I have Hidden Hybrid holsters for let’s see........
    Sig P238, Sig P239 and Glock 34. Yes you can carry a Glock 34 with a proper holster and belt.
    A great feature of HH holsters is that you can change it around and have an OWB holster. I did this for a tactical handgun course.
    I suggest paying extra for the polymer J hooks. The hooks keep your holster secure inside your pants so that when you draw your handgun you don’t draw your entire rig.

    June 30, 2020 7:08 pm
  • Wes

    I use a Sticky for IWB crossdraw. My EDC is a G22 and this holster holds it in position and comfortably. Its easy to readjust from my pocket. I'm 49 and have a dad belly but this holster let's me sit, walk and drive.

    June 30, 2020 6:50 pm
  • Scott Loman

    I am having an impossible time to find a left handed IWB holster for a Glock 19 5th gen with Crimson Trace LL-807G. Any suggestions? Only one I've found so far is made by Crossbreed but it seems like a large overall print against my body. I am a small frame guy.

    June 30, 2020 6:46 pm
  • Eddie

    Clutch belt by unity tactical should be on this list. I just bought one to have ready during these uncertain times. Google it.

    June 30, 2020 5:54 pm
  • AYLMER GRIBBLE

    Seems to me that all concealed carry holsters are made for semi-automatics. Is there anything available, say for a S+W Military and Police style 8 round revolver?

    June 1, 2020 2:26 pm
    • Ghost

      Haha the name is M&P a series made by smith & Wesson

      June 4, 2020 7:33 pm
  • Pewpewpew

    Can y’all review the best pocket holsters too? K thx bye

    May 19, 2020 4:04 am
  • Mark Elkhill

    Do you know of anyone who makes an IWB Kydex holster for Sig P320 RX with a TLR-3 Light? Seems hard to find holsters for guns with optics.

    April 13, 2020 4:13 am
  • roodsdume

    Yo! Thanks for this,luv that. As a MOJOHEADZ label =)))

    April 6, 2020 10:09 pm
  • Eddie

    Which holster would you recommend to carry a SW 686 ?
    Or is this too big to carry?
    Thanks

    March 15, 2020 10:58 am
  • Ian

    It sounds like you don't like shoulder rigs. Consider the downsides of the alternatives...
    There you are sitting on the toilet when all hell breaks loose; ohmygawd, my IWB is on the floor tangled up in my pants, I can almost reach... oops, I'm dead.
    Or sitting in the car with your small of back totally inaccessible, or your appendix carry or belly band tied up in the seat belt.
    Sometimes reholstering can be a bitch but a well fitted shoulder rig (and I'm with you on Galco quality)makes the weapon easily accessible whether you're sitting in the car, running down the street, whatever, and you don't need to worry about a suitable belt; jogging pants and shorts are easy options. And you can usually easily draw with either hand.

    March 11, 2020 2:45 pm
  • Dave

    FYI.... I have heard in some areas that if your concealed carry prints its considered open carry to LEO's. Not good in Commie areas of the USofA. Also with a baggy shirt a Blackhawk Serpa makes a nice level 2 containment piece at an excellent price point. Great list anyhow. So many holsters so little time...

    January 22, 2020 10:25 am
  • shorty

    I've had a bunch of training from many different instructors. Guys who train thousands of people for years on end seem to learn a lot about practical carry. The vast majority of them do not like hybrid holsters for multiple reasons, and they all hate nylon holsters and belly bands. HATE EM. There's a good selection of youtube vids explaining precisely why so I won't get into it here.

    January 1, 2020 7:14 am
  • dave

    alien gear owb belt slide,might like after break it in, and we the holster owb paddle. still in search. good reads thank you.

    December 9, 2019 7:54 pm
  • Bentley

    Upper Hand Holsers, hands down the best OWB holster I have Tried yet!

    December 8, 2019 8:35 pm
  • Travis

    I'm trying to find a inside the waistband holster for the Colt Cobra that came out in 2017. Will the alien gear inside the waistband holster for the colt detective special fit

    December 7, 2019 11:22 am
    • Adam M

      Try falco. Very good quality. You can step by step customize build your holster. I am buying my 2nd one for my new carry gun.

      February 7, 2020 6:04 am
  • Mark Smith

    Hello I’m look for a holster that will accommodate REACTOR TL GEN 2 TACTICAL LIGHT FOR GLOCK 19

    December 1, 2019 2:35 am
    • Mark Smith

      Looking****

      December 1, 2019 2:38 am
  • Mike Lloyd

    Stealthgear USA holsters are pretty hard to beat in my mind. I'd like to see them reviewed. And the Relentless Tactical belt is too thick and too large of a buckle for my tastes. It ends up printing more than my holster and is really an overkill belt if all you're carrying on it is a compact pistol and a spare mag.

    November 14, 2019 5:32 pm
    • Wiskey 3

      Stealth Gear Ventcore is my go to. Can't believe it wasnt on the list. Must have pissed someone off.

      June 30, 2020 5:55 pm
  • Maurice Lewis

    I’m gonna have to nominate Tier1 Concealment Axis Elite for best IWB Appendix holster.

    November 5, 2019 6:22 pm
  • Michael

    Thats great and all, but who makes the best holster for my TT-33 Tokarev?

    November 5, 2019 8:00 am
  • Corey

    Hoping to get input on favorite removable iwb. i.e. I love my crossbreed super tuck for daily but often in situations I need to take it on or off and becomes pretty involved. Who like something much easier/smoother on and off. G17 or 43x

    October 8, 2019 3:04 pm
    • Craig Childre

      Try the JM4 Tactical. Magnetic clasp is easy on, easy off. Not sure I want try anything else from what I've read.

      July 1, 2020 12:13 pm
  • Shelley

    YOU didn't even mention any Vedder holsters. These are the most comfortable holsters I have ever warn. And you didn't mention MaxxCarry (formerly Cardini). These are the highest quality leather holsters I have ever owned.

    August 25, 2019 12:08 am
    • Eric Hung

      Vedder coming in soon!

      October 27, 2019 6:14 pm
  • JonNewton

    Stoner Holsters.
    Individually made. Custom crafted.
    They manufacture the leather holster that matches the grips of the Kimber Raptor 9mm.
    They've got a great shoulder rig that pivots, so you can draw straight across-body rather than up and around.

    Great customer service too.
    And if you're in the area they have a store front.
    Out of Middletown, Ohio.

    August 20, 2019 5:05 pm
  • Sgt Steve

    I've been carrying since 1975. I have lots of opinions... but two are at the top. If you carry "Condition One" (think 1911) a thumb strap may well save you missing a big chunk of your right cheek! PS... Galco Jackass... worth every penny. Bought mine 20 years ago... still my favorite. l gave away all my other should holsters! My advice? Try a lot of stuff on OTHER PEOPLE's Dime. Go to your favorite gunstore and "Put the holsters on" and walk around. Not fool proof, but I would have saved a fortune had I done this! If you have been carrying - KEEP IT UP... ALL THE TIME (OK, shower and breakfast table excepted!) I can tell you from experience... When you least expect it... I'm lucky... he missed!

    August 11, 2019 12:31 am
  • John Woodward

    The Basics: Holsters must be comfortable, concealable, secure, and fast. Comfortable is an individual issue and hence preference is often based on body shape and size. Adjust-ability of the holster can come into play. Concealable and fast can work against each other so each person has to find the compromise that works for them. (A standard for fast is to draw from concealment at the buzzer and hit the target in the vital 8 inch circle 3 times in 3 seconds within the 3-7 yd zone where 95% of attacks occur.) Retention means that the holster will retain the handgun in the situations a person might encounter. Hence LE usually requires additional retention.
    Beyond the Basics: Cost is likely to enter into the purchase as is the quality of materials. Each of us has to make our own decision as to the amount we have and are willing to spend (beyond getting the basics listed above.) The wear on the surface of the handgun is also a consideration and each of us will decide how important it is for us.
    So - what I wear may not at all be right for others as there are many decisions to be made. I, too have a drawer full of holsters. However, I have very much enjoyed a Kydex holster made by Rooster available through Etsey. The only down side to this holster is the wear kydex causes on the surface of the handgun. Now I own three leather holsters (OWB, IWB, Cross Draw) made by Kramer Leather. They are magnificent holsters in all respects and I consider the cost well worth what I get. I know the criticisms of having three different holsters. However, when I am going to be traveling in the car often and long distances my practices focus on the cross draw holster; when the weather is cooler and clothing allows I practice and wear the OWB. When I need the greatest concealment I practice with and carry the IWB. They all have the same feel in drawing from the holster.
    We are fortunate to have many choices and each of us has to weight the criteria for importance for ourselves.

    August 3, 2019 5:34 pm
  • John B

    Holsters are so personal agreement is rare. For any belt holster i want a “sweat guard”. It allows me to index reholster not against my skin and best path back into holster.

    For IWB I am a big fan of hybrid holsters but for me Thiess holsters is the best. The neoprene on Alien just adds thickness I don’t need, rough out leather is fine. Crossbreed are nice but you have to pay extra for a cut in leather backing for improved access to grip Theiss does on all his. I don’t like all kydex for IWB, I have some Blade Tech which I consider best of the best but the side against my body is very uncomfortable.

    I’m not an appendix fan. You can tell me all day about improved accessibility. But I have a gut and also don’t like the gun pointing at major arteries.

    For OWB I like pancake style, synthetic or leather. Nothing else I have founds holds the gun as close. In synthetic the Blade Tech Total Eclipse is great, lots of adjustments and can deal with optics on guns like many of mine have. Regardless of cost (except for lack of sweat shield) the cheap Glock factory holsters are crazy good.

    I also for some occasions like ankle carry, specifically G26. Lighter guns work in more options but for this one nothing came close for me to Galco Ankle Glove with calf strap. I know it has a thumb break but if you practice not a big deal.

    I really wanted to like belly bands. I had a few. Maybe it’s just me but the outer surface is so slippery I could not keep my pants from slipping down.

    Just my $0.02.

    JB

    July 3, 2019 2:45 pm
  • John

    One of my favorite manufacturers for holsters is wethepeopleholsters. Check out all the collection which are super comfortable. They also have caps and other accessories. Made in USA, and great customer service.

    June 21, 2019 11:07 pm
    • Jim

      Agreed on all points.

      November 6, 2020 7:24 am
  • marc f.

    I first bought a bravo concealment but I now rock a vedders light tuck way more concealable and very comfortable

    May 29, 2019 7:10 am
  • James

    the total lack of light bearing holsters is very disappointing.

    April 21, 2019 12:52 am
  • Mario

    All I have to say about wearing as many guns and holsters as the guy in the picture in the black trench coat, is beware. Im sure he missed seeing "Theres never enough" scene in, Im gonna git you sucka.
    https://youtu.be/zhe58xORWG0

    April 7, 2019 3:05 pm
  • Jon m

    Sorry,but the bravobelt bellyband is superior to the ones listed. I carry a full size 1911 in mine and its perfect. Even when jogging. Im going to get another just for the 43 i get soon i think. I like when even the biggest guns Feel like they disappear.

    March 20, 2019 9:25 pm
  • William Libby

    Why did you not cover the pocket holster? Just not a fan? I love mine for my .40 Shield. I can put my hand on my gun with out anyone taking notice. I live in the city and if an argument brakes out between two people in a store I like being prepared if it gets physical. If someone sees me reaching under my shirt or in the back of my paints I’m now involved and my have just escalated the situation. On the other hand standing with my hands in my pockets is fairly non-Threatening. Just a thought. I love the article as a whole though.

    February 9, 2019 6:33 pm
  • Derek

    My personal favorite is the Nate Squared brand (N2). One of the most comfortable IWB holsters I've ever carried with and they have models specifically created for just about every common type of handgun.

    If you've never tried one, do yourself a favor and check one out. You won't be disappointed!!

    January 13, 2019 1:50 pm
    • Dave

      Nate Squared is THE BEST! Makes Crossbreed look and feel like bargain bin holsters from a gun show. I've owned many of the holsters above, and none of them come close to Nate Squared. I mean, who else is putting memory foam in their holsters? Has anyone ever (comfortably) fallen asleep wearing an IWB Alien Gear or Crossbreed? I do this fairly often with my N2, as I forget to take it off before I lay on the couch (because it really is that comfortable!) Only company I'll go to for IWB options now.

      February 28, 2019 9:08 am
  • Mark

    Have you ever tried or reviewed Blackarch holsters? Protos-M in particular. Wou

    January 12, 2019 4:58 pm
  • Drew

    Why didn't you include pocket holsters?

    January 5, 2019 8:34 pm
  • Jan

    Josh I have beat. I got my first .22 when I was four. Trained by the best ( my Dad and Grand Father). I was taught to wear and use my pistols and revolvers in the cross-draw holster. Even did so during the twenty-three years of military service. After looking at the holsters above, I didn't see any of them that I liked. None looked like it would work as a cross-draw holster

    December 12, 2018 10:31 pm
  • Randy

    I have been wearing an Urban Carry IWB holster for my new SIG 365 for the past 2 months. Very comfortable holster! I wear it with my regular 501's and there's no problem. You don't have to go to a larger pants size at all.

    November 14, 2018 3:38 pm
    • joseph krone

      Try drawing your firearm while sitting down.

      April 15, 2019 10:44 pm
  • Clifffalling

    One of my favorite manufacturers for holsters is Foxx upholstery. Check out the little foxx. Super comfortable. They also have belts and other accessories. Made in USA, and great customer service.

    October 29, 2018 8:45 am
    • Raymond Watson

      That should say Foxx Holsters

      October 30, 2018 10:13 am
  • Lorenzo

    I use a CYA Glock 19 Holster. That holster is so comfortable. The company that makes it is veteran owned.

    October 22, 2018 9:47 pm
  • Edmond Stanley

    I'm another one who can't believe that Alien Gear is considered a "best" holster. I have a few of them and they are adequate. The Cloak Slide is a real pain because no matter how you tighten the belt loops it moves too much. There are much better holsters on the market. Although I have some kydex, my preference is for leather. The author didn't even give consideration to some of the better leather makers (not all of them custom). For OWB, Desantis makes a good holster.

    October 20, 2018 2:15 pm
  • 1776 or Bust

    There are an incredible amount of options...my go to is Black Arch Holsters though.

    October 14, 2018 6:33 pm
    • Lucas Bridges

      Yes, black arch are my go to, I recommend them to every one. Best holster I've used hands down.

      December 30, 2018 6:54 pm
  • Jax

    I agree that there are so much better holsters than Alien Gear. Not knocking them but I don't like the material they use for the backer. I much prefer a natural leather. I've been carrying the Shield for a few years now (since it came out). I have friends with crossbreeds and I thought that's what I wanted, but I recently got an Exarchy Holster Patriarch IWB hybrid holster with a horsehide backer. I'm not sure why I waited so long. SO Comfortable. Best Holster I've ever owned. Easy to conceal and tuckable. The standard clips are similar to crossbreed but without the cross on them. Some people don't like the advertisement. I actually use the ulticlip on my holster. Another awesome product for concealed carry. Lifetime warranty too. Check em out.

    September 19, 2018 4:49 pm
  • justin Otis

    Alien Gear also does great IWB in my opinion. They are comfortable for all day carry as well as easily customize-able for a perfect fit. As for the best gun belt hands down is Bigfoot Gun Belts. They make awesome steel-core belts that are also stylish enough to wear for dress up functions. Both are made in Post Falls, Idaho, which means USA made.

    August 18, 2018 11:33 am
  • PSF

    I purchased the JM4 Relic along with the JM4 Belt. So far I am pleased.

    August 14, 2018 7:22 pm
  • Rocky Lemons

    Ty for ur time and opinons

    July 21, 2018 5:25 am
  • Big D

    Wow. I'm surprised by this list. Alien Gear as the number one pick? Are you kidding me?! There are so many better holsters on the market that are far better quality with superior fit & finish. G-Code and Bravo Concealment are two that come to mind, just off the top of my head. There are many more, though. I don't know if I can trust a list that has Alien Gear, holsters known for their hardware breaking, as the top pick. Glad I have more sense than to follow this feeble list blindly. Some of the companies listed are ok but the best? I don't think so. I disagree with with all the picks on this list.

    July 7, 2018 3:16 pm
    • Tim Damron

      I enjoy different opinions on any type of list. If no replies from average users of a product, makes me question the supplied information. A site that would edit any replies because of a difference in the outcome is one I don't care to read. The outcome of gun/holster type/shooter body type/position of where worn is a variable that leads to a high number of outcomes. Thanks for the article, & thanks for the reply that makes a person rethink the information given.

      July 14, 2018 2:17 pm
  • Kyle

    I exclusively use Huckleberry Tactical holsters. Billy Hux can meet all your custom kydex needs. He is a great guy who stands behind his products. He has great lead times, and a great selection of products and options. I would recommend Huckleberry over any other. Give them a try and you will see.

    June 2, 2018 10:46 am
  • Albert L

    Anyone have experience with Clinger holsters? I'm looking at the V3 No Print IWB for my M&P Shield 2.0. Looks like a lot less material than, say, Aliengear, but I'd appreciate some 1st hand opinions.

    May 30, 2018 8:31 am
    • Frank Miller

      It is WAY LESS material. It is hands down the best holster I've ever used. And I've tried them all. Hybrids suck. They are so SWEATY inside the waistband. I only carry full kydex holsters after trying every holster style you can imagine.
      There are a couple of dozen decent kydex holster companies out there but only 3 or 4 really good ones.
      Clinger's V3 No Print Wonder is the best of them all. It has dual belt clips just like the hybrids do but it is SO MUCH SMALLER. Plus it conceals better than anything I've ever seen before.
      I don't usually endorse any product so much unless it really really deserves it. I won't carry anything else ever again. I love this holster more than my pistol. It makes concealed carry easy.

      August 3, 2018 6:01 pm
  • FormerLApopo

    Sorry, maybe I am just old school, but I prefer leather rather than jumping on the Kydex bandwagon. I feel you short your readers by ignoring many quality holsters out there from trusted makers such as Safariland, Galco, (the one shoulder holster you mention as "vertical" when the pic posted is a horizontal) Milt Sparks and many other production and custom makers. A quality, fitted holster is generally more secure and comfortable to wear all day rather than plastic which digs in and also mars your gun. I do have a couple of Kydex holsters for a couple of Glocks that I have, but most of my guns ride in fine leather.

    May 20, 2018 12:24 pm
  • Dunestock

    I’m glad I took advice from a LE buddy who highly recommended CrossBreed Supertuck. This was about 6 years ago and since then I’ve let 2 other friends try mine to see what it feels like and they both bought CrossBreed. Buy Quality the first time and save yourself money and more importantly you are more likely to carry it more often.

    March 25, 2018 8:46 pm
  • Dave Smith

    I am a huge fan of Urban Carry Holsters. I started with them when a shooting pal suggested their IWB gun holster and this was it. Now, I am the proud owner of two IWBs and one OWB gun holster from Urban Carry Holsters.

    March 1, 2018 2:39 am
  • Pete

    Since you are a glock enthusiast. Check out the Raven Vanguard 2. People don't like it cause only covers the trigger but couple it with an equally dubious clipdraw/technaclip. It works quite well. Retention is very good and there is no "holster" to print. The vanguard has better retention i've found vs the other brands. I find the clip + lanyard works better than the belt loop combo ... especially for clearing before the trigger is exposed.

    February 22, 2018 12:40 am
  • Ursula

    Glad to see Concealment Express on your list! My first iwb holster was by Concealment Express, and it worked very nicely. I actually cheated and used it for owb (purchased iwb for opposite hand) before actually getting an owb. I recently got a new iwb by Garrett - it's leather-lined kydex. I carry a VP9, and this holster is a bit slimmer (smaller imprint) and my gun sits a bit higher so it's not digging into my thigh when I sit. The other great thing about this holster is that the leather makes it completely quiet when I draw. This was an anticipated advantage - I love this holster :)

    February 14, 2018 3:26 pm
    • Eric Hung

      Glad to hear you like your concealment express!

      February 15, 2018 10:30 am
  • Dave

    I'm surprised that you don't mention any of the kydex holsters that are adjustable such as Harry's Holsters or Vedder Holsters, both of which are adjustable for ride height and cant. . Both I believe are adjustable for -30 to + 30 degrees of forward or backward cant, have adjustable tension and full trigger guard.. These holsters also are available with multiple mounting options to accommodate untucked and tuckable shirts. Having a holster that will sit where and how you want it to is half the battle to finding a comfortable holster that conceals well. Kydex holsters that are not adjustable are very limited as to where you can use them and still be comfortable. Many of the hybrid holsters that have huge leather backings such as the supertuck crossbreed can be very uncomfortable especially in warm or hot weather. If you sweat a lot you might want to avoid the hybrid holsters and opt for kydex, or a holster you can use somewhere other than the waistband. The right holster depends on many factors such as your body type, where you want to wear it and how you dress as well as the gun you want to carry. Just ask anyone who has a big box full of holsters!

    February 13, 2018 1:57 am
  • Dave

    You say that Relentless has the best belts (wrong!) but in your belt reviews you say Daltech are the best. Well......Check out Relentless gun belt customer service reviews! Better hope they don't send you a defective or even worse, a used belt because you'll be stuck with it. They do not respond to email. All those 5 star Amazon reviews are from paid reviewers. Read the one and 2 star reviews, not the 5 star. If you want a belt that will do what it was made for (and was made in the USA) look to Daltech. They stand behind their belts and will actually communicate with you if for some reason you need to return it, and if you shop around you can get one for half the price of a Relentless belt..

    February 13, 2018 12:49 am
  • Mark

    The big problem in carrying a concealed carry is bulkiness. Holsters are hard to hide, hard to wear and can be hard to get to. After spending hundreds of dollars on holsters, I don't and won't ever use one for concealed carry at the waist.

    February 10, 2018 4:07 pm
  • Chris

    So many great articles on this site! I'm curious, did you give Versacarry a look? I ask because I have one of their OWB Underground Premiums and love it

    February 4, 2018 9:46 pm
  • Greg

    Alien Gear... Jack of all trades, master of none. If you want an oversize holster which is larger than necessary and gives you the opportunity to trade out plastic shells to fit any of 100 pistols, than this is your company. If you want a custom tailored, job specific, best of breed, and absolute top tier construction holster - than reach out to Tom at 2A holster. Just know in advance his website does not do his holsters any justice. If you can name a holster brand, I have probably owned it and sent it back to the company under their return policy. I take a holster seriously, and if it's not the best quality and design for my body type and intended purpose, back it goes to the manufacture! The ONLY holster I have not sent back to the manufacture is 2A (note: I have returned 8 different holsters in just the last 6 months to various other companies). Tom ask for your waist measurements prior to making your holster, and his design and kydex quality/hardware absolutely raises the bar on quality. You are only shorting yourself if you don't take a serious look at his holsters. Good luck, and I realize every pistol owners needs are different and we all have different body types. May your next holster purchase be as successful as my journey to find Tom at 2A in order to complete mine. Note: I have absolutely NO affiliation with 2A holster, but I am a damn happy customer!

    Edit: I just realized that their IS one other holster which met my expectations, and I did not send back to the manufacture. This was a Garrett Holster out of Texas, another VERY high quality holster. Also know that I have no issues spending a $100 on a holster. I have three different Kriss Sphinx pistols, a Sig Legion, and an HK P2000SK, among others. I buy what I believe is the best, so the price of a holster is immaterial to me.

    January 21, 2018 11:45 am
  • Paul

    I prefer a simple houston clip on for my Taurus PT709 Slim for IWB carry. I used a Mikes for awhile and though it worked ok just tucked into my waist it never felt very secure. I also use the Ruger supplied pocket holster for my Ruger LCP II when I pocket carry. For IWB with that pistol I use a #10 Mikes clip on. Both work well. I do have an Alien Gear IWB for the Taurus but don't use it as much. It is not as comfortable as the Houton.

    January 14, 2018 9:56 pm
  • Michael

    Great article, good that you share what defines a good holster and then follow with a varied selection and your favorite, each with rational. I'm saving this.

    January 13, 2018 1:44 pm
    • Eric Hung

      Glad we could help out!

      January 14, 2018 12:11 pm
  • Anthony

    The problem is not all of these companies makes holsters for every gun out there. If you get an off brand or one that isn't as popular as say a Glock, you won't be able to have a kydex holster made.

    January 10, 2018 3:12 pm
  • PHILIP ASHFORD

    I HAVE A WALTHER PPS 9MM& 40 CAL M2 I BELIEVE AM WANTING A GOOD IWB HOLSTER THAT IS COMFORTABLE & WILL HOLD THEM IN PLACE ESPECIALLY WHEN BENDING OVER OR BENDING DOWN . ANY SUGGESTIONS

    January 7, 2018 10:54 am
    • Lucas Bridges

      Black Arch brother IWB. Best I have owned and most comfortable of all I've tried.

      December 30, 2018 7:07 pm
  • Harold Hildenbrand

    Stealth Gear works for me all day in the car walking around, I do have to wear an extra layer between it..

    January 3, 2018 7:22 pm
    • David

      +1 Stealth Gear makes a very comfortable holster!

      January 14, 2018 5:22 pm
  • Reddog-6

    Relentless Tactical belts are one of the best gun belts that I have ever used, and for the price.life time warranty and the best customer service in any business
    I order the wrong size they sent me another one and the return shipping label told me they didn't want me to be with out a proper belt

    December 14, 2017 8:30 am
  • Keithp3521

    Good stuff, Josh. Thanks. The one area I think IWB makers don't pay enough attention to is the clips. When my shirt is tucked in, they're the only visible part. This is why I would not choose the Crossbreed - the clips are large and have crosses on them. People would constantly be asking me what they're for. I wear the Alien Gear. The clips are relatively low key, but they're black. 90% of the time, I wear a brown belt. I wish these makers offered more choices that blend in better with everyday office wear. Thanks for the thoughtful reviews.

    November 29, 2017 5:58 pm
    • Eric Hung

      Good point, Keith!

      December 14, 2017 12:41 pm
  • Larry

    Good article, but one cautionary comment regarding belly band holsters. Most of the belly band holsters, even with the "universal" gun fit, will not fit a handgun with a light/laser attachment...I tried a few and they did not work.
    (note: Crossbreed belly band holsters can custom fit a kydex insert with a light/laser.)

    November 15, 2017 1:15 pm
    • Eric Hung

      Good tip! Thanks Larry.

      November 19, 2017 2:05 pm
  • Anthony M

    Stealthguard IWB S&W Shield can use 1 belt clip and adjus appendix carry for sitting. I need my belt tight so my pants won't fall down especially when carrying

    October 27, 2017 6:17 pm
  • Matt

    Have you ever heard of Hidden Hybrid Holsters? They are the best concealed carry holsters I have ever used. They Have adjustable retention whether you carry IWB or OWB. Their double clip holster can be carried either way. I carry a full size pistol all day long comfortably.

    October 4, 2017 12:45 pm
    • Eric Hung

      Hi Matt, I have not, but thanks for your input!

      October 4, 2017 3:15 pm
    • Tom

      I always get J-hooks if they are an option,if not,I keep shopping The exception is my Desantis,two leather.straps that just straddle a belt loop.

      December 2, 2017 5:47 pm
    • Ryan

      Yep hidden hybrid holsters are plain and simple the best holsters out there and this is coming from someone who has purchased 50 different types and brands of holsters! Another that is close is greenforce tactical

      July 24, 2018 3:42 am
  • marc seals

    Count me in the I don't like the 2 clip holsters camp. I have a White Hat and an Alien Gear 2 clip and really just do not like them at all.
    Gary B hit the nail on the head when saying they are a major pain to get situated. Not only that but neither of my IWB 2 clip holsters have any retention if you loosen or undo your belt. Also retention while belted up is wholly dependent on how tight your belt is.
    All of my single clip IWB's have screw type adjustable retention that work independently of how your belt is adjusted.

    September 29, 2017 12:52 am
  • Gary B

    I have at least 35 holsters, a few Nylon pocket holsters that are better than nothing....I guess.
    I have a Ankle holster by Crossbreed that seems to be well made, mine is a Medium and too small so it does not work for me.
    I have a number of Alien Gear Cloak Mod Paddle holsters and they seem to work fine except for my Ruger American Compact. With that gun inserted into the holster a slight twist of the grip will lock the gun in place. It will not come out! A simple twist back, and out it will come as pretty as you please. Some would call this a feature, I would not.
    Other OWB are various leather for revolvers, they all work. And Kydex, mostly Blade-Tech, and they work.
    IWB are Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 1.0. 2.0, and 3.0, and a Crossbreed Super Tuck. holsters with two outboard clips. I am not a fan of any as they a pain to get situated, hard to get your cloths on, Once done they are okay. Too much time for me to use regularly.
    I do have a leather OWB for a full size 1911 and it works well other than those two outboard clips,
    All my other IWB holsters are single clip Kydex. I have a few Blade-Tech Klipt holsters that work good and are inexpensive and the only way to change the retention would be a heat gun to reshape the Kydex. They have a pretty good retention from the factory though. I settled on Cook's as there clip seems superior to me. The wide clip seems to hold the position and cant better. Plus the bottom end of the clip has a full width ramp that glides over the belt when putting it on, and provides a way to slip your finger tips under to take the holster off, gun and all. Cook's also allows retention change via a screw. They cost more.

    July 23, 2017 6:53 pm
    • Texan

      The number of comments on holsters clearly illustrates why each of us probably own more holsters than we will ever use!

      November 11, 2019 3:42 pm
  • Gregg Zane Bates

    Apples to apples would have shown the Crossbreed Supertuck against the STANDARD Aliengear which is $29.99. As far as one poster saying that their hardware is junk and breaks, I've bought four and use them all the time and never had anything break. I finally had to buy a Crossbreed for one gun that I carry quite a bit just to see what the fuss was about and to be able to see if my theory was correct and it is very nice but I don't see all the hype nor two and a half times the price of the Aliengear.

    July 23, 2017 6:22 pm
  • Gregg Zane Bates

    Apples to apples would have shown the Crossbreed Supertuck against the STANDARD Aliengear which is $29.99. As far as one poster saying that their hardware is junk and breaks, I've bought four and use them all the time and never had anything break. I finally had to buy a Crossbreed for one gun that I carry quite a bit and it is very nice but I don't see all the hype nor two and a half times the price of the Aliengear.

    July 23, 2017 6:17 pm
  • Dave

    Don't even get me started on the piece of junk Brave Response belly band. What garbage. Who carries with their mags on their strong side? No one who knows what they're doing does that. SMH.

    July 23, 2017 3:18 pm
  • Dave

    Alien gear as your best pick?! Pathetic. Although your article was somewhat informative, you holster options are less than desirable. Alien Gear is known for its hardware that breaks, bad choice of materials on their part. So many better companies out there like G-Code, Bravo Concealment & Raven among many others that outshine AG by a long shot.

    July 23, 2017 3:15 pm
  • Brian

    Don't overlook the IWB from Stealthgear, it's amazingly comfortable

    July 2, 2017 6:44 am
  • Patrick Cimo

    I WILL BUY (5) FIVE! - One for each of my 'carry' guns ... IWB holster that allows continuous 'Rotation' of angle 40+ degrees left AND right of vertical carry. This type holster would work on hip, appendix and cross-draw carry. It can be made to attach to a shoulder holster harness, Vertical & Horizontal, at desired angle. Now; IF I could just FIND such a holster! ... :(

    February 8, 2017 10:35 am
    • SmokeForce

      ShapeShift from Alien Gear. modular holster system that can be adapted to IWB, OWB, Paddle, Drop-Leg, and by the end of this year MOLLE, Ankle, Shoulder, and Forearm.

      September 26, 2017 11:27 am
  • Braidon

    Another great article, Eric. The only thing I felt was missing was *how* to appendix carry, and what to use. I usually carry a full-sized P226 IWB at 4:00. Once I needed to carry appedix style on a hiking trip, because my backpack's waist strap was in the way. I tried using my Alien Gear IWB holster by putting it at the 1:00-2:00 position. Long story short, I had a massive bruise on my leg, and figured I would never appendix carry again. Luckily, later I looked up what I did wrong. I think more people would also benefit from knowing just a bit more about appendix carry.

    Regardless, keep up the good work, man!

    October 25, 2016 4:42 am
    • ehung

      Good tip, Braidon, we'll be adding more CCW articles in the future and will be sure to add in how to carry appendix tips.

      October 28, 2016 1:30 am
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