THE RIGHT HOLSTER CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOING ARMED OR BEING DEFENSELESS
The best handgun skills do little good if you’re consistently leaving your gun at home. A good holster can make all the difference in the world. A properly fitting holster allows your gun to be carried comfortably, securely and discreetly without any nagging pulling, pinching or wobbling. We’ve reached out to some of the leading holster makers to see the innovations coming off their workbenches.
01. ALIEN GEAR SHAPE SHIFT
You may have chosen your favorite carry gun, but there will be times when you will want to vary how you carry it. The Shape Shift Modular Holster System from Alien Gear allows you to easily transform one holster to multiple carry positions. The Shape Shift Starter Kit lays the groundwork for this system. The kit includes everything you need to convert the rig from an inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster to an appendix carry holster to an outside-the-waistband (OWB) belt holster to an OWB paddle holster. The kit also includes a mount that allows you to attach the holster to various surfaces. The holster features a stainless steel core that adds strength. A soft neoprene base the company calls Cool Vent keeps the rig comfortable. A single mounting point where the holster attaches to the base aids in concealability. With this system, you have the option of passive retention, active retention with the included thumb release or both. The holster’s cant is 360-degrees adjustable in 12-degree increments. This holster system is made in the U.S.
WEB: www.Aliengearholsters.com MSRP: $100
02. CROSSBREED GIDEON POCKET MAGAZINE CARRIER
You don’t want to fumble around for your spare magazine when you need it desperately. The Gideon pocket magazine carrier from Crossbreed Holsters is designed to be worn in the pocket to keep your spare magazine properly oriented for quick access. It measures 6 x 1.5 x 4.75 inches. It’s available in black cowhide, chocolate brown cowhide, Havana brown cowhide, horsehide and London tan cowhide. It’s currently available for 1911s as well as Beretta 8000 Cougar and Beretta 84 models. Designed in conjunction with E.J. Owens of Legally Concealed.
WEB: www.Crossbreedholsters.com MSRP: $25
03. GALCO KINGTUK AIR
The Kingtuck Air from Galco Gun Leather is a new IWB holster that features a Kydex holster pocket with a ventilated steerhide backer to improve airflow and comfort while keeping sweat away from the handgun. Includes metal belt clips that accommodate belts up to 1 ¾ inches wide. The hooks can be moved to different positions on the leather backer to adjust carry height and angle. Patented C-Hooks are optional. The holster can be worn with your shirt tucked or not.
WEB: www.Galcogunleather.com MSRP: $51
04. CROSSBREED FOUNDER’S SERIES SUPERTUCK
Crossbreed’s Founder’s Series holsters, commemorating the firm’s founder Mark Craighead, offer something a little extra special. The backer on each holster in the series is made from vegetable-tanned leather treated with natural oils and tallows. Each is accented with Craighead’s signature and his original cross stamp. Each SuperTuck IWB holster is hand molded to a specific handgun. It can be worn either with or without the shirt tucked. The SnapLok belt clips are made of powder-coated steel and can be adjusted for different cants and ride heights. Other clip types are available.
WEB: www.Crossbreedholsters.com MSRP: $90
05. TITAN ATLAS MAGAZINE CARRIER
The Atlas v2 from Titan Concealment is an ambidextrous double magazine carrier. It allows for placement of the magazines in either the bullets-forward or bullets-rear position. Retention is adjustable. This mag carrier will fit magazines from many pistols, including: CZ P10c, Glock 9/40 double stack, S&W M&P 9/40, SIG P320 and P250, and HK VP9. The carriers comply with IDPA and USPSA rules. Available for either 1.5- or 1.75-inch-wide belts.
WEB: www.Titanconcealment.com MSRP: $50
06. ELITE SURVIVAL SYSTEMS MAINSTAY
The Mainstay from Elite Survival Systems is a clipless hybrid that gives you the versatility to use it as either an IWB or pocket holster. The silicone-coated outer shell helps to keep the holster in place—it won’t come flopping out when you draw your gun. The soft inner lining protects your gun’s finish. This holster is made from materials that resist moisture absorption. There are models made for most common small handguns. Made in the U.S.
WEB: www.Elitesurvival.com MSRP: $25
07. “THE ANSWER” FROM TUCKER GUN LEATHER
“The Answer” is an IWB hybrid holster from Tucker Gun Leather that combines a Kydex holster pocket fastened to a dual-layer leather backer. No fasteners are exposed on the back side that might scrape your clothing or skin. Tucker Gun Leather was the first to offer an optional smooth cowhide lining on the inside of the Kydex, which makes for a quiet draw and helps to protect the handgun’s finish. The holster is tuckable. The cant, ride height and retention are all adjustable. Holsters typically ship two to three weeks after orders are received.
WEB: www.Tuckergunleather.com MSRP: $138
08. TITAN CRONUS V2
The new Cronus v2 belt holster from Titan Concealment is designed on a computer and CNC cut for a holster with a perfect fit. It’s made entirely in the Titan Concealment factory. This holster provides for a smooth draw and positive reholstering with an audible “click.” The retention and ride height are both adjustable. The design allows for handguns fitted with reflex sights, and the sight channel will accommodate tall sights as you might find in a handgun equipped with a suppressor.
WEB: www.Titanconcealment.com MSRP: $65
09. DESANTIS SHOULDER RIG FOR GLOCK 43
DeSantis Gunhide has adapted its New York Undercover shoulder holster for the Glock 43. The holster, listed as #11D, has been part of the DeSantis lineup since the early 1970s. Now this shoulder rig, made of top-grain cowhide, has been molded to fit the single-stack 9mm Glock. Each holster comes fully assembled and ready to go with the included double spare magazine carrier. The holster is designed to pivot at all four junction points for all-day comfort and mobility. It will fit those with up to a 54-inch chest. It’s available in either black or tan unlined leather. Holsters alone for other gun models are available separately to fit this harness.
Web: www.Desantisholster.com MSRP: $183
10. ELITE SURVIVAL SYSTEMS MARATHON GUN PACK
For those who spend time outdoors, this Marathon Gun Pack from Elite Survival Systems is a good way to tote your handgun. The pack is made of ballistic nylon and water-resistant neoprene. Dual ripcords allow access to the dedicated handgun compartment that is suitable for most pocket pistols. An internal holster holds your gun securely with a Velcro fastener. A separate cell phone pocket protects your phone and allows the use of ear buds through a wire-routing port. The belt, with quick-release buckle, is adjustable.
WEB: www.Elitesurvival.com MSRP: $60
11. GALCO ANKLE GLOVE
The Ankle Glove from Galco Gun Leather is constructed of premium steer hide backed by a wide neoprene ankle band with Velcro fastener. Sheepskin padding between the holster and the ankle keeps the holster from rubbing uncomfortably against the leg. Fits up to 13 inches around. The holsters are molded to the specific gun type. Some have a thumb break for additional security. An optional calf strap provides extra support in keeping heavier guns in place. Models are available for many pistols and revolvers for right- or left-hand draw. Color: black.
WEB: www.Galcogunleather.com MSRP: $104
12. TITAN THEMIS—APPENDIX
This IWB holster from Titan Concealment is designed for appendix carry. The Grabber Clip that secures the holster to your clothing allows for easy adjustment of both ride height and cant. The addition of a concealment wing aids in pushing the gun’s grip closer to your body. That concealment wing is removable. Screws on the back of the holster provide retention adjustment. An RMR cut at the front of the holster allows for carrying handguns that have a mini red dot sight installed. A generous sight channel is provided for handguns with suppressors that require tall sights. This is a quick-ship holster—it’s shipped in three to five business days after ordering.
WEB: www.Titanconcealment.com MSRP: $65
13. CROSSBREED FOUNDER’S FREEDOM
The Founder’s Series Freedom-Carry from Crossbreed Holsters is a comfortable, slim IWB holster with a single locking clip. While the pocket is designed positioned for a straight draw, the clip is adjustable, allowing you to vary the rig’s cant. This versatile holster can be utilized as a strong side (3 or 5 o’clock positions), appendix or cross-draw holster. The leather backer keeps the pistol’s frame and slide from contacting your body. This is just one holster in Crossbreed’s Founder’s Series, commemorating the firm’s founder, Mark Craighead. The backer on each holster in the series is made from vegetable-tanned leather treated with natural oils and tallows. Each is accented with Craighead’s signature and his original cross stamp.
WEB: www.Crossbreedholsters.com MSRP: $85
14. ELITE SURVIVAL SYSTEMS CR SECURE
The CR Secure Auto-Locking Retention Holster from Elite Survival Systems is an injection-molded nylon belt holster with a patented locking system between the holster body and the user that reduces the chance of someone being able to grab your gun. The holster’s modular construction allows for multiple attachment options. Suitable for law enforcement or sport use. Available in black or tan.
WEB: www.Elitesurvival.com MSRP: $90
15. GALCO STOW-N-GO
The Stow-N-Go from Galco Gun Leather is a neutral cant IWB holster that is part of the company’s Concealed Carry Lite line. It’s made of premium center cut steer hide and features a metal-reinforced mouth to allow for easy reholstering. The holster fastens to belts up to 1¾ inches wide with an injection-molded nylon J-clip. Models are available for a wide range of pistols and revolvers for either right-hand or left-hand carry. Available colors are natural tan and black.
WEB: www.Galcogunleather.com MSRP: $31
16. DESANTIS IWB HOLSTER FOR GLOCK 43 WITH TLR-6
More pistol permit holders are mounting lights and lasers to their handguns than ever before. DeSantis Gunhide has responded by offering holsters designed to fit handguns that have accessories attached to the Picatinny rail below the dust cover or in front of the trigger guard. The latest is the company’s #17 Slim-Tuk, a Kydex inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster molded to fit the Glock 43 with a Streamlight TLR-6 light/laser combo attached. The holster is ambidextrous and has a specially designed 360-degree nylon C-Clip to allow for the shirt to be tucked.
Web: www.Desantisholster.com MSRP: $40
17. HTC SPEKTRE FOR CANIK
The Spektre from High Threat Concealment is an IWB holster suitable for strong-side or appendix carry. This holster is now available for Canik pistols, along with many other handgun models. The holster comes ready to accommodate pistols with optics mounted. The company offers a choice of three types of attachment clips: soft loops, over-hook belt clips or fold-over belt clips. All fit belts 1½ to 1¾ inches in width and provide some ride height and cant adjustment. The passive retention on the holster is adjustable.
WEB: www.Highthreatconcealment.com MSRP: $70
18. HTC VANTAGE FOR CANIK
The Vantage from High Threat Concealment (HTC) is a thin and lightweight outside-the-waistband holster made of high-strength Boltaron. They are molded to specific pistols, and now the company is offering this model for the increasingly popular Canik pistols. The holster is fitted with a custom tensioner to adjust the amount of retention you prefer. Accommodates belts 1½ to 1¾ inches wide. The belt loops are offset to keep the handgun close to the body. This is a straight-draw holster. Optional closed belt loops are available to provide a 15-degree cant and lower ride height.
WEB: www.Highthreatconcealment.com MSRP: $94
19. COMP-TAC FLATLINE IN DARK TAN
Comp-Tac is now offering its versatile Flatline holster in dark tan. This Kydex holster has strong nylon belt clips that allow for either inside-the-waistband (IWB) or outside-the-waistband (OWB) carry. For IWB carry, you place the clips over the belt. The belt can still be fed through the loops for added security. For OWB carry, you would run the belt through the loops in the clips. The standard model is made to fit belts up to 1.5 inches wide. However, the company does offer optional clips that will accommodate belts up to 1.75 inches wide.
The holster’s cant (from straight up to 15 degrees forward) and ride height can also be adjusted, as can the camber
(up to 1/5 inch further from your body). The amount of retention can also be adjusted. A good fit to your handgun is assured as the company uses real handguns when molding their holsters. Available in black, red, blue, forest green and dark tan.
WEB: www.Comp-tac.com MSRP: $70 CC