[Review] Concealment Express Holsters: IWB, OWB, & Tuckable

Looking for a simple kydex holster that conceals well and is pretty comfortable?

Concealment Express might be the key.

Assorted Concealment Express Holsters
Assorted Concealment Express Holsters

They are affordable, super light, and get the job done with a variety of attachment options.

I’ll cover how they conceal and ease of draw across all their offerings with a couple of my favorite handguns.

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Who Is It For?

Concealment Express sent me a couple kydex holsters to me for my unbiased review…more than 2 years ago.

Concealment Express Holsters with G19 and G26
Concealment Express Holsters with G19 and G26 (old versions)

They were new to the scene and made good stuff…even though at that time they didn’t cover their mag releases.

Now fast forward and I’m testing their updated models. That yes…do cover mag releases!

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

They are still my #1 recommendation for a beginner inside waistband (IWB) carry holster that doesn’t break the bank.

Gets It Done (IWB)
37
at Concealment Express

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Plus they have stellar reviews on Amazon.

They especially shine in appendix inside waistband (AIWB) carry since the kydex is thin and the entire holster weighs less than 3 oz for the G19 version.

Concealment Express G19 AIWB Exposed
Concealment Express G19 AIWB Exposed

What I’m Wearing

Since someone always ends up asking:

Standard IWB Holster

Nothing to see here!

Concealment Express G19 AIWB Hidden
Concealment Express G19 AIWB Hidden

The G19 is now considered relatively big for concealed carry (see all my favorite CCW guns) but you can’t tell with the standard IWB holster in appendix carry position.

Concealment Express G19 AIWB Exposed
Concealment Express G19 AIWB Exposed

Even carrying the fullsize G17 is ok.

Concealment Express G17, G26, G19 (L to R)
Concealment Express G17, G26, G19 (L to R)

I’m a fan of AIWB since it’s easier to draw and more comfy than with it at 4 o’clock for me.

The cut of the kydex allows me to get a good high grip during my draw.  The standard belt clip is effective and I never ended up accidentally pulling the entire holster out.

Comfort is pretty good (even sitting) since there’s just a little kydex sticking up above the slide and the grip is small enough that it doesn’t dig into my stomach.

And though it probably doesn’t matter for the real world…but for classes or practice it’s easy to re-holster. Remember to take your time and be safe!

A nice upgrade for AIWB carry is the addition of their “claw” kit.

Concealment Express Claw Kit Installed
Concealment Express Claw Kit Installed

It essentially pushes your holster/gun closer to your body from the grip side…lowering your potential printing.

Concealment Express Claw In Use
Concealment Express Claw In Use
Concealment Express Tuckable AIWB with Claw
Concealment Express Tuckable AIWB with Claw

It never was a problem for me with their holsters…but I wear fairly loose t-shirts.

Concealment Express IWB G19, Claw Hidden
Concealment Express IWB G19, Claw Hidden

If you’re wearing tighter fitting things or using their tuckable holster (coming up)…I would suggest it!

Gets It Done (IWB)
37
at Concealment Express

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Now how about the 4 o’clock position?

Concealment Express IWB 4 O'Clock Hidden
Concealment Express IWB 4 O’Clock Hidden

It hides well and still gives an excellent draw.

Concealment Express IWB 4 O'Clock Exposed
Concealment Express IWB 4 O’Clock Exposed

Comfort could be better since in the end it’s still a hard piece of plastic on your back. For 4 o’clock stuff I like hybrid holsters more.

Tuckable Holster

A new offering is the “tuckable” holster.

Concealment Express Tuckable G19 Hidden
Concealment Express Tuckable G19 Hidden

It’s a thinner belt attachment from the front.

Concealment Express Tuckable (L) vs Regular IWB (R)
Concealment Express Tuckable (L) vs Regular IWB (R)

And allows a small channel to tuck in your shirt over the holster.

Concealment Express Tuckable Holster
Concealment Express Tuckable Holster

Note that if your shirt is really long it will still work but there might be some bunching of material about 2 inches underneath.

But for those that want to carry and have to tuck in a shirt…the tuckable holster is a pretty good solution!

Also note that your gun will sit a tiny bit lower compared to the regular holster…maybe half an inch.

Concealment Express Tuckable G19
Concealment Express Tuckable G19

OWB Holster

A new foray for Concealment Express are their OWB (outside the waistband) holster offerings.

First up is their paddle holster.

Concealment Express Paddle OWB
Concealment Express Paddle OWB

Easy to put on and take off if you have a proper belt (check out my best gun belt suggestions).

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

And likely what you want if you don’t care about concealing…such as for competitions, range use, or duty.

You get a full combat grip and there’s also tons of light options for the most popular guns.

Concealment Express OWB Grip
Concealment Express OWB Grip

If you don’t have a torch on your pistol…check out my Best Handgun Lights article.

Pistol Lights, Front Facing
Pistol Lights, Front Facing

Ok…back to the holster! Here it is in action…

Easy to draw with adjustable tension. And good enough for drills where you’ll draw and holster a bunch.

My only complaint would that with a 1.5″ belt there’s some slack in the paddle hooks.

Here it is pulled “high.”

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

And how it looks after some movement or when you push it down.

Concealment Express OWB Paddle, Low
Concealment Express OWB Paddle, Low

You can see it cants the gun a little forward. Not a big deal when I’m at the range or competitions (I’ll move it into the “high” position).

However I never feel it moving when walking and it doesn’t negatively affect my draw even with down…nor has the holster come out with a draw.

Another OWB option is the belt loop model.

Concealment Express Belt Loop Holsters
Concealment Express Belt Loop Holsters

A good choice if you want it more securely attached to your belt or if you have a dedicated inner/outer belt setup to throw on.

Concealment Express OWB Belt Loop G19
Concealment Express OWB Belt Loop G19

Mag Holsters

Not much to say here except that their mag holsters work for double-stack and single stack of all the mags I had on hand to test.

Concealment Express Mag Holders
Concealment Express Mag Holders

Conclusion

Concealment Express kydex holsters are a great entry in simple yet effective AIWB options.  The regular belt clips work, cant is adjustable, appendix carry is comfortable, and the price is right. Plus now they have tuckable and OWB options.

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

And of course…they conceal well and the give you a good high draw.

Gets It Done (IWB)
37
at Concealment Express

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Have you had experience with Concealment Express?  Let us know in the comments!  And if you’re looking for other options, check out our Best Concealed Carry Holsters article.

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9 Leave a Reply

  • Keith Warner

    I have their IWB with claw for my Spring field XD-E 45 and it is super comfortable and doesn't print at all. Some have said it is not meant for appendix style but for this skinny guy it is the only comfortable position. I don't get it. Well made and once I adjusted the bottom screws a bit it clicks into place and holds but also has a very smooth and quick draw. 5 stars.

    1 month ago
  • Randy

    I have the Concealment Express IWB for the Taurus G2C and it does cover the magazine release rather well. Very comfortable for SOB carry and is well hidden.

    4 months ago
  • S. Hogue

    Are you familiar with the ADE pistol red dot? If so, as you know it comes withe a mounting plate that replaces the rear sight of the 9/40sdve. Will the holster offered by Concealment Express still work?

    1 year ago
  • john schroeck

    I own about half a dozen of these holsters all iwb (p365,p320x compact,DW guardian,M&P shield) except one (SA XDM 5.25 10MM) is an owb model.They are all great and I would highly recommend them to anyone.

    1 year ago
  • Brian

    I am new to conceal carry. I just got my CCP and am quite an amateur in regards to knowledge of handguns and holsters. I want to thank you for great written articles and reviews that are accessible to novice users.

    1 year ago
  • John Woodward

    Hi Eric, I know this is an old post but I have an additional thought. I have two IWB Concealment Express holsters, one for my Sig P320 compact and one for my HK VP9sk. The holster does not cover the mag release on the Sig but the HK had trigger guard mag releases that are entirely covered.

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks John, that's good to know!

      2 years ago
  • Joe L

    From what I can tell about the holster with the backer on it is one could move the shell up and over (or maybe adjust the cant as well?) to better facilitate a better grip on the handgun. In your opinion, would this adjustment solve the issue with hand placement? I have a Crossbreed SuperTuck for one of my handguns and I love it, but I am looking for a holster that is less bulky and less prone to causing sweat during summer months.

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      I think you might be right! I can't find more information on this holster...it's not on Concealment Express's site and the Amazon link to the backer doesn't have any shells.

      2 years ago
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