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12 Best Glock 19 Holsters: Concealed & OWB

Ever dream about carrying your Glock with you everywhere?

We get it…your Glock 19 is the go-to concealed carry weapon for many.

Glock 19 Gen 5, Stock
Glock 19 Gen 5, Stock

It’s also the standard sidearm for tons of law enforcement agencies and military organizations around the world.

But if you want to carry your Glock with you, you need a holster.

Concealment Express G19 Draw
Concealment Express G19 Draw

The Glock 19’s popularity means there’s a huge market of compatible holsters for you to choose from.

Unfortunately, all those options can make it difficult to figure out what’s a good holster at a good price that fits your individual needs.

Crossbreed Holsters with G17, G19, G26
Crossbreed Holsters with G17, G19, G26

Fortunately, you’ve got me.

In this guide, I’ll tell you what features any holster needs to have, give you the rundown on the various holster types out there, and finally give you my recommendations for holsters in each category.

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Choosing a Good Holster

Your holster’s most basic job is obviously to hold your firearm when you’re not using it. But it also needs to protect your firearm — both from being dropped and from bumps and scrapes.

It also prevents accidental discharge and allows you to quickly draw your firearm when the situation calls for it…whether that’s in competition or a defensive situation.

Hidden Hybrid Holsters Assortment
Hidden Hybrid Holsters Assortment

So how do you make sure that a holster can do all that?

Well, look for one with these qualities:

Comfort

Don’t underestimate how important comfort is.

It may seem secondary compared to the other qualities we’ll discuss, but if you’re not comfortable in your holster, you probably won’t wear it.

Comfortable Ariel

If you don’t wear your holster, you’ll still be in the position of needing to buy a holster for your Glock 19, plus you’ll have wasted money on a useless holster that just sits around taking up space.

And, if your home is anything like mine, you don’t need any more useless stuff sitting around taking up space.

Cluttered Garage
Try your holster before you buy to make sure you’ll actually use it… and not stash it in the garage with the rest of your old hobbies.

So, like anything else you wear, try on a potential holster before you buy it, if at all possible. If you can’t try it on, at least make sure you can return it in case you don’t like it.

When trying on a holster, imitate the normal motions you go through during the day.

Make sure the holster doesn’t twist or rub. A little bit of rubbing may seem like it’s not a big deal, but over time it can lead to irritation, bruises, and blisters.

Gun Imprint IWB
Ouch.

If your holster isn’t comfortable on your skin, you’ll need to wear a barrier between your holster and your skin or opt for a different holster entirely.

Rubbing from holsters made of hard materials will lead to more irritation and an undershirt may not be enough to prevent it.

You also want to make sure that your holster won’t slip or shift.

Protection

Holsters constructed from durable and protective materials shield your Glock 19 against bumps and abrasion.

Most holsters are made of leather, nylon, or a polymer like Kydex, which all offer plenty of protection.

Concealed Carry Glock 19, Belt, Holster
The Dark Star Gear holster is an example of a Kydex model.

Retention

Retention just means that your holster won’t allow your gun to fall out of it.

The go-to litmus test for retention is simply turning the holster upside down. If your gun stays firmly in place, you’ve got plenty of retention.

Holosun 507C X2 Primary Arms Vulcan Safariland Holster Draw

Yes, I know most of you probably won’t be doing cartwheels or headstands in your holster, but what if you’re in an altercation and get knocked down?

The last thing you want is for your gun to slip out of your holster where your assailant can grab it before you recover.

Even outside of a defensive situation, you don’t want your gun to fall out while doing normal daily activities, like running, getting in and out of a vehicle, or dropping your pants to go to the bathroom.

Bathroom Stall Doors
Drop your pants in the restroom — not your gun.

(And for more help navigating the last situation, check out our guide Using the Bathroom While Carrying Concealed.)

Holsters use an active retention system, a passive retention system, or both at once.

An active retention system means that the user has to take steps to engage and disengage the retention system.

Common examples of active retention are thumb breaks or straps that the user must release before they can pull their weapon from the holster.

Thumb break holster
Thumb breaks are a popular active retention system, especially on leather holsters.

A passive retention system means the scabbard of the holster (the part that actually holds the gun) fits snugly around the gun and is molded to the shape of the gun.

This increases surface area contact, which combines to keep the gun firmly in place using friction.

Tenicor Velo Holster with G19
Tenicor Velo Holster with G19

Typically, passive retention holsters use screws that allow you to adjust how tightly the scabbard fits around the gun, allowing the user to adjust the level of friction and, by extension, the level of retention.

Holster and Flannel
Most passive retention holsters offer screws that you can adjust to dial in the right retention.

Just remember that while retention is absolutely important, you also need to be able to draw your firearm quickly.

Passive systems typically allow quicker access. But there’s a wide range of active retention holsters available as well.

Concealment

This is exactly what it sounds like…how visible is the holster when you wear it?

It’s difficult to talk about concealability briefly since holster type, shape, and material –in addition to the wearer’s build and clothing choices — all impact that.

Concealed Carry Printing
Umm, you got something there?

You’ll also want to try a variety of different holster types to get an idea of what’s most easily concealed on your unique body type and under the clothes that you like to wear.

If you only plan on carrying openly, you may not need to worry about concealability.

OWB Holster Bravo concealment Blazer
An OWB holster

Still, it’s nice to know that you already have a concealable holster should you ever decide that you want to carry concealed after all.

On the other hand, I don’t want to rob you of an excuse to buy another holster. You do you.

Trigger Coverage

This is another factor that’s pretty self-explanatory — your holster needs to cover your Glock 19’s trigger to stop the accidental discharge.

Holster No Trigger Coverage
Just… no.

Not all holsters do this, but there’s no reason to risk it.

Positive Grip

This simply means that you should be able to draw your gun with one hand with a ready-to-shoot combat grip regardless of position and even in close quarters.

Glock G43X Concealed Draw

The holster needs to make this efficient, but you can’t expect it to carry the full burden here. You also need to consistently drill to make sure that you can do this reliably.

Holster Types

Now you know what you need from a holster, so let’s move on to holster types.

Outside the Waistband

Once again, we have something that is exactly what it sounds like.

Outside the waistband (OWB) holsters attach to your waistband or belt and are carried on the outside of it.

PHLster Floodlight OWB
An OWB sits on the outside of the pants.

This is a very visible style, so it’s usually what people think of when they think of a holster, but it’s actually not a particularly popular holster, precisely because it’s so visible.

Their positioning makes them difficult to hide under clothing because they either peek out from under them or print (show a visible bulge).

On the other hand, OWB holsters tend to be quite comfortable and position your firearm where it can be quickly and easily accessed.

OWB Holster Bravo concealment Blazer

Inside the Waistband

And inside the waistband (IWB) holsters are similar, but they sit — you guessed it — inside of your waistband.

They’re probably the most popular holster type for concealed carry since they are easily hidden under clothing.

Womens Concealed Carry IWB
IWB

The cost is that they can be uncomfortable (though an undershirt goes a long way in helping this) and establishing a positive grip is more difficult.

Shoulder

If you’ve seen just about any movie about spies or law enforcement, then you’ve almost certainly seen a shoulder holster.

They’re actually a popular choice among plainclothes law enforcement in real life, too — but not so much among civilians.

AlienGear Shapeshift Holster

They’re easily concealed under a jacket, but that obviously means that you have to keep your jacket on as long as you want to keep your firearm concealed.

They also conceal well under loose shirts, but this makes it more difficult to access your gun, especially if your shirt is tucked in.

Brownells Daily Defense Shoulder Holster

Ankle

Ankle holsters aren’t usually the first choice for concealed carry, since they can be uncomfortable.

They also don’t position the gun ideally for quick, easy access, but they are popular for carrying backup guns.

Womens Concealed Ankle Holster

Women-Specific Holsters

Now, women can wear any of the holster types we’ve discussed, but unless indicated otherwise, the vast majority of holsters are designed with men’s bodies in mind. That means they may not be as comfortable on functional when worn by a woman.

Womens CCW Dress

You may not have encountered any problems with non-women-specific holsters, but if you do, you can find holsters of all of the above types that are actually designed for women.

There are also holsters types that are generally women-specific, like thigh holsters, carry purses, and purse holsters.

For a more comprehensive look at women’s concealed carry, check out our Guide to Carrying for Women.

Best Glock 19 Holsters

You asked for it, and we listened — here’s our rundown of some of the best holsters for your Glock 19. We’ve rounded up a few of each type, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

Now, without further ado, our favorite Glock 19 holsters!

OWB Holsters

1. PHLster Floodlight OWB

PHLster is well known in the gun world as being a holster company with a solid reputation and data-driven approach to holster making.

PHLster Floodlight OWB
PHLster Floodlight OWB

The Floodlight OWB is no exception. Bringing an option to those that prefer a light-equipped pistol, PHLster advertises the Floodlight OWB for range-use and similar applications.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

It offers models for either Streamlight TLR-1 or Surefire X300U equipped pistols.

If you rock a light and need a solid OWB holster to accommodate, PHLster is it.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

2. Fobus Tactical GLT19

The Fobus Tactical GLT19 offers a low profile for an OWB holster. So, it’s a great option if you want to practice concealed carry but aren’t a fan of IWB holsters.

It’s made of Kydex to offer complete protection and trigger coverage with a paddle style back to keep the holster in place.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Fobus Tactical GLT19

Prices accurate at time of writing

The GLT19 brings a blended retention system with a safety strap and fits Glock 19s with laser sights as well.

3. Gould & Goodrich B803 Three Slot Pancake Holster

For a more classic look, go with the G&G B803 Three Slot Pancake Holster.

It’s made of genuine, vegetable-dyed leather, but is also molded to more securely fit your Glock.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The B803 is available in both left and right-handed versions and can be positioned straight or canted.

IWB Holsters

4. Rounded Gear IWB Kydex Holster

It’s no secret that Rounded Gear (formerly Concealment Express) holsters are popular here at Pew Pew Tactical.

Concealment Express Holsters with G19 and G26
Concealment Express Holsters with G19 and G26

This one, in particular, is lightweight, comfortable, and secure, both in how it attaches to your waistband and in how it retains your gun.

The durable Kydex provides excellent protection.

Concealment Express G19 Draw
Concealment Express G19 Draw

It’s great for a variety of carry positions, but does especially well for appendix carry.

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

Prices accurate at time of writing

Check out Eric’s more complete review of Concealment Express holsters for more info, pics, and videos of them in action.

5. Tenicor Holsters

If you know you want to carry appendix carry and require the most thought-out holster…check out Tenicor’s Velo.

Tenicor Velo Holster with G19
Tenicor Velo Holster with G19

They shaped the Kydex into something more anatomically pleasing. And it really does feel better.

Tenicor Velo vs Concealment Express
Tenicor Velo vs Concealment Express

Plus the size for their light-bearing Sagax Lux model isn’t too much larger.

Tenicor Sagax Lux vs Velo
Tenicor Sagax Lux vs Velo

Their standard T1 clip is also SUPER retentive — takes longer to put on, but it’s not coming off unless you want it to. Other more standard options are available too.

Tenicor T1 Metal Clips
Tenicor T1 Metal Clips

And of course…it’s super fast on the draw.

Only downside is the price compared to other pure Kydex. But if you carry for a living and want something super comfortable in the appendix…

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Tenicor Holsters

Prices accurate at time of writing

6. Crossbreed SuperTuck

Crossbreed Holsters with G17, G19, G26
Crossbreed Holsters with G17, G19, G26

Crossbreed’s SuperTuck is another excellent Kydex IWB holster, but this one is a “hybrid” with a soft leather backing for improved comfort.

Crossbreed Holsters, Back
Crossbreed Holsters, Back

It can be comfortably worn with a tucked or untucked shirt and is supposed to be positioned towards the rear of your draw side.

Another one of our favorites.

Crossbreed with G19
Crossbreed with G19

Plus, the belt clips are powder-coated to protect your belt and allow for adjustable cant and ride height.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

CrossBreed SuperTuck

Prices accurate at time of writing

7. Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5

As the name might tell you, the Cloak Tuck 3.5  is a holster with a lot of iteration and development behind it.

We have a complete hands-on review of the 3.0 version and we liked it a LOT.

Aliengear Holster, High Grip
Alien Gear Holster, High Grip

The 3.5 version is even better with improved retention options and better connections to the belt.

Alien Gear Holster
Alien Gear Holster

Plus, all of the awesome things we loved in the 3.0 such as a cooling neoprene backing, hardshell holster front, high backing to prevent the handgun from digging into your side, and it’s available for a HUGE range of guns — not JUST the Glock 19.

Aliengear Holsters Backer Material
Alien Gear Holsters Backer Material

A great starter (or ender) into the IWB world.

Best Value (IWB)
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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Best Value (IWB)

8. Hidden Hybrid Holsters

Our current favorite hybrid holster uses Amish leather that makes it super comfy.

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

Especially when paired with the suede backer.

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

They have plenty of options for the G19 such as a single clip (for appendix carry) to a double-clip if you want more comfort in the 4-5 o’clock arena. Or you just want a laser/light.

Check out our full review of Hidden Hybrid where we’ll cover everything you might need to know.

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

Our Editor’s pick for the comfiest hybrid G19 holster we’ve tried so far.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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9. PHLster Floodlight IWB

PHLster is back in this list but this time with its IWB holster.

PHLster Floodlight AIWB Seated
PHLster Floodlight AIWB

Offering a Kydex design that accommodates lights, the Floodlight works well in both the AIWB and IWB positions.

This holster provides a safe, accessible holster with all the modularity and adjustments you could ever need.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Shoulder Holsters

10. Galco Gunleather Classic Lite Shoulder Holster

The Classic Lite Shoulder Holster is exactly what you imagine when you think of a shoulder holster.

It’s made of soft leather for a classic look and comfortable fit and is available for either left or right-handed draw.

A mag holster and gear loop are on the side opposite your gun holster to add utility and keep the holster balanced.

A snap closure keeps your gun securely in place.

Ankle Holsters

11. Uncle Mike’s Nylon Ankle Holster

This is probably one of the most widely recommended ankle holsters.

It’s comfortable, with an adjustable velcro wrap that allows it to fit on a variety of leg sizes, while a breathable elastic calf garter keeps the holster securely in place.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

A velcro closure retention strap keeps your gun secure.

The holster is also padded to make it more comfortable.

Women Specific Holsters

12. Can Can Concealment Shebang Garter Holster

Garter holsters aren’t my favorite option for concealed carry, but I have been known to wear one when I’m in a dress or a skirt.

Womens CCW Dress
Sometimes you can’t wear a belt and holster.

I’ve tried a few different ones, but the Can Can Concealment Garter Holster is the best I’ve used by far.

Constructed from military-grade elastic, it offers a hypoallergenic Non-Slip Tacti-Grip to hold itself in place.

Womens CCW Dress

But for even more security, you can use it with the Can Can Concealment Garter Belt. That holster won’t move at all!

The holster also comes in four sizes, each with three rows of hook and eye closures, so you’ll be able to get a secure fit for your particular leg size.

The holster also has tabs on either side of the gun pocket to make it easier to re-holster your weapon. Also, rare earth metal magnets offer two spots for a gun and a spare mag, each in its own respective pocket.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Conclusion

You can’t go wrong with any of these holsters. But, to find the one that works best for you, try on and handle a variety.

Suppressed Glock 19 with Faxon Barrel and Banish 45
Suppressed Glock 19 (you probably can’t carry this…but it’s too cool now to show)

Whichever holster or holsters you go with, you’ll also need to be sure to drill to get yourself familiar with the holster. Also, continue to practice as long as you continue to use the holster to keep up your muscle memory.

Include drills that practice both drawing and holstering your Glock 19 and, if applicable, your spare magazine or magazines.

Glock G43X Concealed Draw
Remember to practice!

Our go-to affordable Kydex option is Concealment Express.

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

Prices accurate at time of writing

While our current favorite comfortable option is Hidden Hybrid.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

So what holster did you choose to carry your Glock 19? Do you use one on our list, or have another favorite? Check out our master list of Best Concealed Carry Holsters.

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  • Commenter Avatar
    Gene

    Looking for choices on ambidextrous iwb/owb holsters for a Glock 19, any ideas??

    January 8, 2022 8:30 am
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    Wannie

    I get my holsters from Dale Fricke a custom kydex holster maker in Texas. He does an awesome job. It didnt fit perfectly once with the tlr-1hl and I even tried to fix it myself. Then failed haha. Sent it back to him and he fixed it right up and sent it back no charge. The guy makes really great holsters. Check him out.

    January 3, 2022 10:58 am
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    Chris

    Anyone know what kind of leather pancake holster that’s pictured. 2 slot close to top of article? Can’t make out the company name on back.

    February 28, 2021 11:23 pm
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    Drew

    This might be a dumb question but will a G19X fit into a G19 holster? Also, what about a G19 with a threaded barrel? Does that need its own or will that fit the standard ones?

    February 16, 2021 10:15 pm
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      Thomas J Smith

      Most holsters I see list both 19 and 19x. The only difference is a longer grip I believe. Were you looking at a specific holster? 19 w/ threaded barrel will fit just about any holster made for G17 or any G19 holster with open barrel/bottom portion

      April 28, 2021 3:47 am
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      Tony

      No it won't. The 19x is wider.

      June 30, 2021 5:45 am
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      Tony

      How has Phlster, JM custom kydex, Black star gear not made the list? Some of these are rubbish holsters. Not a good list. The only one on here that's even worth the drop is Tenicor

      June 30, 2021 5:48 am
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    Keith P.

    Recommendation: If you are going to be wearing a passive retention IWB holster on your back, get the holster designed for the other hand, i.e., left handed model for a right handed shooter. Your hand doesn't need to travel as far behind your back. It's significantly quicker to draw, especially from a seated position.

    April 28, 2020 4:52 pm
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    Kyle

    I have a Stealth Gear IWB mini. It is the most comfortable holster I have had. Breathes much better than any other holster as well.

    February 19, 2020 4:48 pm
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    Bull o' the Woods

    I carry only OWB so my perspective is a little different. Is your goal quick access to your pistol or to keep your pistol hidden? The two are mutually exclusive with many holsters. I shoot right-handed, so the holster rides at 4:00 o'clock and a single mag pouch rides at 8:00 o'clock. I carry OWB and rely on a loose t-shirt or jacket for coverage. I don't worry nearly as much about printing since open carry became legal in my state. I used to carry a Colt Commander in a Milt Sparks holster. Since I've converted to plastic pistols, I've also converted to Kydex holsters. My two favorite Kydex manufacturers are Dara Holsters and Blade-Tech. Hard to find a truly custom Kydex holster. Most manufacturers are looking for ways to speed and standardize production, pushing customization off on the end-user. Blade-Tech was the leader in that technique. More money, less time, higher profit margins. Their holsters come in modular, assemble-yourself kits with all kinds of screws and funky attachment devices (e.g., Tek-Lok, ASR, Molle, and variants thereof). You need a mechanical engineering degree to put one together correctly. Dara is better but is moving in the direction of Blade-Tech. I prefer leather from Milt Sparks, Kramer, or Mitch Rosen except their prices are out-of-sight and their lead times are ridiculous. (Six months to a year, if they feel like it.) Most of the Kydex holsters I see on the market today are complicated, over-engineered junk. A great idea that I saw on an old Blade-Tech holster from the late 1990s was Kydex printed with a denim pattern. It would almost disappear against a pair of jeans. I have not seen another manufacturer with a denim-colored holster since. Overall, I am unhappy with most offerings available and have no interest in switching to appendix carry, so my options are limited.

    January 29, 2020 10:31 am
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    Paul

    Have found Galco King Tuk IWB to be comfortable and surprisingly effective at holding the grip in close to avoid printing. Seems to be a nearly identical product to the Crossbreed Supertuck. I've got 3 different King Tuks at the moment: G20, G17/19/26/etc, 1911.

    August 1, 2019 7:10 am
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    Eric reed

    None of those holsters are worn by veteran shooters

    May 15, 2019 7:55 pm
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      MikeG

      So which ones are?
      It's not very helpful to criticize other's ideas if you don't offer better ones.

      I recently bought a G19 intending to get a concealed carry permit. In doing research, I've found there's many brands and styles of holster, and many more opinions about them.

      July 28, 2019 7:51 pm
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