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8 Best Light-Bearing Holsters for Concealed Carry

Pistol lights are all the rage, but how do you carry light-equipped guns? With light-bearing holsters, of course! Come get our top recommendations!

    A ton of modern pistols have rails, and you know what those are for?

    G43x with TLR-7 Sub
    Weapon lights have become increasingly popular as better lights and more railed pistols have taken to the market.

    Modern lights…duh. Well, lights, lasers, MantisX devices, and other nifty accessories.

    But at the end of the day, the most popular choice for rail attachments are lights, and if you have a light on your handgun, you might have the hankering to carry your gun with it attached.

    Some modern lights have lumen outputs that just about let you harness the power of the sun.

    Luckily, we live in a time where light-bearing holsters are no longer rare, odd, or hard to find.
    Heck, they aren’t even too expensive these days, so let’s look at some of the best ones on the market.

    Summary of Our Top Picks

    1. Editor's Pick

      PHLster Floodlight IWB Holster

      This is one of the few universal holsters that works well, and the quality speaks for itself.

    2. Thinnest IWB Holster

      Raven Concealment Morrigan Light IWB Holster

      What it may lack in features, it makes up for with its ultra-thin profile.

    3. Best Competition Holster

      Dara Action Sport Holster

      A low cut and room for plenty of optics and accessories make this an excellent choice for those looking to compete using pistols with WMLs.

    4. Best Budget Option

      Bravo Concealment BCA Light-Bearing Holster

      This holster is a quality option that comes in at a ridiculously low price point.

    Table of Contents


    Why Have a Weapon Light?

    Are weapon lights mandatory? Absolutely not — but they do provide you with another tool for the box.

    Weapon-mounted lights don’t kill the need for a handheld light either. It’s just an alternative option that allows you to identify a threat positively regardless of the lighting conditions. Some people spend more time out at night, as any second shifter in the audience will tell you.

    Tested Flashlights
    Weapon lights can be extremely handy, but handheld lights have their own use and importance.

    Having a weapon-mounted light grants you one more option, and options are great unless they make it tough to carry your gun.

    A few years ago, carrying a gun with a weapon-mounted light was challenging — especially concealed.

    These days there are light-bearing holsters everywhere designed for every task, including concealed carry.

    Bunch of Pistols and Lights
    Pistol lights are in, shouldn’t light-bearing holsters be too?

    We’ve gathered what we think is the best for a wide variety of needs. Hopefully, we can help you make the right decision in choosing your light-bearing holster.

    Best Light Bearing Holsters

    1. PHLster Floodlight OWB and IWB

    PHLster changed the game with the Floodlight and proved that universal holsters didn’t have to suck.

    Not only is this a light-bearing setup, but the key to its success is the ability to index on the light attached to your gun.

    PHLster Floodlight OWB CZ P09
    PHLster Floodlight with a CZ P09 in OWB configuration.

    It’s not 100% universal because it only fits compact and full-sized guns, so you can’t toss your P365 in one.

    But Glock 19-sized guns and up is a good rule of thumb. I’ve had no issues with it working with Glocks, CZs, Walthers, and so much more.

    The PHLster Floodlight is compatible with the Streamlight TLR-1, the Surefire X300U series, and the new Modlite PL350. It is available in AIWB/IWB configurations and also offers an OWB option. Each option allows you to customize its retention and make the holster fit your gun.

    PHLster Floodlight IWB CZ P09
    The adaptability of the Floodlight makes it easy to swap to an IWB configuration.

    It’s easy to use and customize with a wide variety of aftermarket clips, loops, wedges, and more. Users can also change the cant and ride height with ease.

    If I had a complaint, it would be the somewhat blocky nature of the holster. It’s not as streamlined as a purpose-built holster, but that’s the nature of a quasi-universal rig.

    Overall the PHLster Floodlight is a spectacular holster and one of my favorite options for AIWB.

    at Brownells

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    2. Blackhawk Omnivore

    Although the Omnivore is a universal-style holster like the PHLster, it is a big, blocky holster better suited for the range and the woods than concealed carry or duty.

    Blackhawk Omnivore
    All three of these pistols work in the Omnivore holsters, showcasing its universal nature.

    The Omnivore works with most compact and full-size handguns. It’s not as compatible as the PHLster Floodlight but will work with the major players.

    Blackhawk produces the Omnivore to work with the Streamlight TLR 1 and Surefire X300U series of lights.

    Blackhawk also utilizes an easy-to-use active retention system with a thumb-driven release. The thumb device can be adjusted with various height thumb devices to ensure a clean, easy draw.

    Blackhawk Omnivore
    While it might be a bit bulky, there is a good chance it will at least fit the firearm you are working with.

    Retention is rock solid, and it indexes around the light to keep the gun secure until the thumb release is pressed.

    One downside with your draw is that if it’s not straight up all the time, the gun can snag on its way out and interrupt a smooth draw. While not a deal-breaker, it can be annoying, especially with firearms with odd-shaped slides like the Walther P99.

    But for around $50, it’s tough to go wrong with the Omnivore.

    at Palmetto State Armory

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    3. Safariland 557 Open-Top Belt Slide

    Safariland is the king of duty holsters, and they make tons that accommodate lights, optics, and every modern attachment on the books.

    The 557 is a simple design with no frills attached.

    But for those that don’t need a full-on duty rig, there is the Safariland 557. It is an open-top holster designed for OWB concealment while accommodating a light.

    Safariland purpose builds the 557 to fit several different guns and lights. From old standards like the Glock 19 and 17 to oddballs like the FN Five-Seven.

    Light-wise, it accommodates various options, including the TLR 1 and 2, the Surefire X300U, the Inforce APL, the Surefire XC-1 and 2, and the Nightstick TWM-350.

    The back loop is flexible to help keep the 557 slim and low-profile. (Photo: Milled)

    OWB makes concealed carry tough, but the 557 clings to the body tightly, helping hide the gun. The open-top design provides a clean draw without worrying about a retention device.

    If you want to maximize comfort and have a simple, light, effective concealed carry rig, the Safariland 557 is right up your alley. It’s rugged, safe, and makes carrying your light-equipped mohaska a breeze.

    at OpticsPlanet

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    4. Dark Star Gear Rigel

    I know nothing about astronomy, but Dark Star Gear has taught me a lot about what constellations and stars are named.

    The Rigel is molded very well and has little excess material or wasted space. (Photo: Big Tex Ordnance)

    The Rigel is one of the brightest stars in the sky, which makes sense when you understand the Rigel holster is a light-bearing design. Specifically, it’s a deep concealment appendix rig.

    Dark Star Gear is a small company, and as such, they have to make what sells the best, and the Rigel is only produced for the Glock series of pistols, specifically, the medium-frame compact and full-sized guns Glocks that dominate the market.

    The Rigel comes compatible with the TLR-1, the Surefire X300U, XH30, XH35, and XC-1.

    This is a great holster, provided you carry a Glock… (Photo: u/Edwardteach72)

    Dark Star Gear uses the latest in Kydex molding to produce a holster that excels in concealment, safety, and retention and makes access easy for a clean and quick draw.

    The Rigel easily disappears under a shirt and in your pants, making concealing even a full-size gun easy. You can get an optic cut and choose between a metal clip, soft, or hard loops. Cant and ride height are easily adjustable to help fit the holster to the user.

    Overall, It’s a fantastic holster that is great for concealed carry. It’s a shame it’s only produced for Glock pistols.

    at Dark Star Gear

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    5. Raven Concealment Gear Morrigan

    Morrigan is apparently a Celtic goddess of battle, and I am here for it.

    The Morrigan is a very minimalist design, doing away with much of the excess that other holsters have.

    The Raven Concealment Morrigan is an IWB rig designed for strong side or four-o-clock carry. This holster has both light-bearing and non-light-bearing versions, so be aware of that.

    Once again, all roads lead to Glock in terms of compatibility — specifically the compact and full-sized medium-frame models.

    Light-wise, you’re restricted to compact lights like the TLR-7 and 8, the Inforce APL, and the Surefire XC-1. Most designs fit the Glock 19/23, and one fits the Glock 17, but only with the XC-1 for some reason.

    The front view shows how thin and streamlined the Morrigan is. (Photo: G&R Tactical)

    The Morrigan stands out due to its extremely thin and compact design. It does everything possible to trim bulk and increase comfort.

    Raven uses an odd 360-degree velcro wrap that allows you to adjust retention, almost like tightening a tourniquet.

    The Morrigan is innovative, and if comfort is the name of the game, this is for you. Even with its very limited gun and light compatibility, the Morrigan stands out as an impressive and well-made holster with some simple but innovative features.

    Thinnest IWB Holster
    at OpticsPlanet

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    6. Dara Holsters Light Bearing Action Sport Holster

    Dara Holsters makes tons of light-bearing holsters for various use cases, but we are checking out their competition-oriented offering — the Action Sport Holster.

    The Action Sport Holster is compatible with dozens of guns from Glock, Sig, Walther, Springfield, and many more. The wide compatibility extends to lights as well, with options for many of the TLR series, Surefire X300 series, Modlite PL350, and even a variety of Olights.

    Lights, optics, threaded barrels, muzzle brakes – whatever you hang on your gun, this holster can probably work with it.

    As a competition holster should, the Action Sport accommodates red dot optics, threaded barrels, and most muzzle devices. It features passive retention for a quick and easy draw and a low cut to make a fast draw even faster.

    Ride height and cant are also adjustable, and the holster is compatible with various attachment options.

    This is a specific holster designed for a particular task and isn’t a multipurpose design by any means, but if you are looking for a dedicated competition holster, it is worth a look.

    Best Competition Holster
    at Dara Holsters

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    7. JM Custom Kydex AIWB Wing Claw 2.5 Light-Bearing Holster

    Do you know why I like Raven and Dark Star naming conventions? Because it avoids the JM Custom Kydex super long names — like the AIWB Wing Claw 2.5 light-bearing holster.

    This mouthful of a rig is a pain to say but pain-free to bear.

    The JM Custom has a lot of similarities to the Rigel, but boasts a far wider compatibility list for weapons and lights. (Photo: u/Tkj5)

    When it comes to weapon compatibility, this holster covers dozens of options from all the major companies and even more obscure choices like CZ and Walther.

    In terms of size, they range from Glock 17-sized guns to the Sig Sauer P365. For lights, you can pick from a variety of Surefire and Streamlight options, including the TLR 7 SUB, and they even have Modlite compatibility.

    The AIWB design provides a modern setup featuring numerous belt loops and clips, a varied height sweat guard, different hole patterns, muzzle pads, and red dot cut options.

    There are various loop, pad, and carry options for the JM Custom, making it extremely flexible and user-friendly.

    Users can get the exact holster they want from JM Custom Kydex. The other options make it easy to get the proper rig for you.

    The Wing Claw 2.5 is slim, lightweight, and disappears with absolute ease. Users should experience a smooth and quick draw without sacrificing access or concealment.

    Retention is solid, and the holster delivers a full firing grip and total safety with a completely covered trigger. JM Custom Kydex does a fantastic job providing shooters with quality light-bearing concealment rigs.

    at JM Custom Kydex

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    8. Bravo Concealment BCA Light OWB/IWB Holster

    For those on a tighter budget, the Bravo Concealment Adaptive holster has you covered. The BCA gives you an OWB or IWB option that clings tightly to the body and won’t break the bank.

    With the street price and sales often pushing the cost below $30, the BCA is easily the most affordable holster on this list.

    These are all polymer holsters molded to each gun. Unfortunately, this means you’re limited to Glocks, S&W M&Ps, and Shadow Systems firearms. Regarding lights, you’re predictably limited to the Streamlight TLR-1, TLR-7, and Surefire X300 series.

    For concealment, the holster has a slight curve to help it wrap around your body, along with belt loops that keep the holster tight. Like most OWB rigs, it will be a little lumpy.

    Pancake loops are also available for those looking for an even tighter fit to the body.

    A full-length sweat guard provides plenty of protection for you and the gun and makes the weapon comfy to carry.

    If OWB isn’t concealed enough, Bravo allows you to swap the clips to convert the holster to IWB carry. It’s more of an OWB holster, so for IWB, it feels a little bulky but is still very serviceable. Don’t expect to comfortably appendix carry this one by any means, though.

    All in all, It’s not a bad setup for less than $40 while also avoiding long lead times.

    Best Budget Option
    at OpticsPlanet

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Available Coupons

    Final Thoughts

    Packing a weapon-mounted light isn’t that tough to do these days. More and more companies are reaching into the game and delivering some stellar options for concealed carry, duty, and even sporting purposes.

    Holsters for Handguns
    Remember, as annoying as it is if you don’t find a holster that fits you on the first try…try again. There are too many quality options out there to settle for something that you don’t want to use.

    Whether you run weapon lights or not, having the option to do so is always nice because who doesn’t like more options?

    Do you have a favorite light-bearing holster? Let us know in the comments below! Don’t have a weapon light picked out yet? Check out our hands-on review of the 10 Best Pistol Lights!

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      Paul C

      Tier 1 MSP for aiwb. Super comfortable if you use their foam or shape your own from a yoga block, ( per Jedi's recommendation)

      June 21, 2023 12:42 am
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      I use the WerkZ M6 for my G43X MOS Shield with TLR7sub.

      December 26, 2022 6:00 am
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      Never any glock 30 love

      December 21, 2022 2:18 pm
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      One more go-to for an IWB or OWB for S&W Shield Plus 3.1" bbl (w/ rail adaptor), or a G43X Gen5 MOS with TLR-7Sub and a RDS: McKinaTec dot com

      December 10, 2022 7:41 am
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      IWB or Paddle for S&W Shield Plus (SKU 13534) with HE-407K and TLR-7Sub. Use Recover Tactical SHR9 Rail Adapter and #4 key. Use CHPWS SWMP-SHIELD-HOLOK Adapter (RMSc). MIE Productions Phalanx OWB Paddle and / or White Hat Holsters IWB MaxTuck Hybrid Obsidian.

      December 10, 2022 7:26 am
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      IWB for G43X Gen5 MOS with HE-407K and TLR7Sub. Warthog Lightning 43X IWB MOS TLR-7Sub.

      December 10, 2022 7:20 am
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      Paddle for G19 Gen5 MOS with Holosun HE-507C and TLR7A. MIE Productions Phalanx OWB Paddle. IWB: Stealthgear Ventcore GL-G19-TLR7-VC-IWB

      December 10, 2022 7:15 am
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      I own a Bravo BCA and highly recommend them , I also own and use and recommend an Ares Tactical OWB Kydex , they custom fit just about any light and weapon .

      December 9, 2022 3:52 am
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      I’ll put in a plug for Bravo Concealment. I’m one of those people that tends to be wary of “affordable” holsters. I mean, if the holster is good then why not charge what everyone else does and make more $$$, right? If it is cheaper it must mean lower quality.

      I can honestly say that Bravo Concealment defies that logic and their holsters are some of the best I own. Back when I carried Glocks they were the only holsters I carried and with their various package deals you could get an IWB and an OWB for the price of a single holster from other manufacturers. The only reason I stopped using my Bravo holsters are because I’ve moved on to carrying a different handgun that they don’t support (Staccato). But if you own a Glock, P320, M&P, 1911, or one of the other more popular models then they deserve a good hard look. If you get an OWB holster from them I recommend getting the pancake loops. The holster will ride close to your body and be a bit more concealable.

      December 5, 2022 9:10 pm
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      Good stuff, guys, but how about doing one on best laser bearing holsters?

      December 5, 2022 8:57 am
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      Hello! T.Rex Arms Sidecar for your light bearing SIG P365 and P 365 X-Macro. Fantastic system.

      December 5, 2022 6:26 am
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      Alex Kasman

      It's amazing how many holster company there are. I've just purchased an IWB holster from Werkz for Glock 19 plus Olight Baldr Mini. The fit is great.

      December 4, 2022 10:26 pm
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      I’ve had the Tenicor AIWB holster for G19 w/Streamlight TLR-7A for about a year now. Actually found it from another PPT article written last year. The clips on my belt are super secure. Sometimes they are actually hard to get on and off. Retention is a bit tricky but I figured it out eventually. It also has a designed “cant” to keep the grip close to the body, virtually eliminating my concerns about printing.

      I am surprised to not see this holster on the list this year. PPT must not have gotten enough money from them to include them in the top 8. ;)

      December 4, 2022 7:28 pm
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        Jacki Billings

        Hey J, just wanted to clear up that we don't accept money for placement on lists. The lists are completely based on the author's experience and what they think deserves a spot. I dig the Tenicor and definitely think it's a solid option!

        December 5, 2022 6:36 am
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          Jacki, as I mentioned, I got the Tenicor reco from a PewPew Tactical article previously. PPT has actually helped me make multiple solid purchases with their various articles. I had hoped the ;) indicated the joking nature of my comment.

          Have a Merry Christmas!

          December 5, 2022 7:24 am
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            Jacki Billings

            I missed the winking face! (It's a Monday, ugh) Merry Christmas to you as well!

            December 5, 2022 7:41 am
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      There's a guy on Amazon that makes holsters for different sub-compacts with lights. I have one; an IWB that fits my P365X and Streamlight 7 to a tee. He makes many others too. check him out. He goes by the name DRANGR.

      December 4, 2022 5:46 pm
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      Have no idea why Teir 1 exis elite ant on here I carry g19 with light with extra 15 rd mag ,I weigh bout 185 and it’s very comfortable,now when I carry 43x ,light and extra mag it’s dam near not even there

      December 4, 2022 5:32 pm
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      David Brooks

      Check out Muddy River Tactical. They have good flashlight holsters, reasonable prices and great service. I got a Glock 19 TLR-7 OWB Kydex Holster and an extra mag holster. I’m very pleased with them and they upgraded my order to carbon fiber because they were out of the plain kydex I originally ordered. Small family business, very responsive and eager to please their customers.

      December 4, 2022 4:52 pm
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