Gun Gear

Best Back Holsters

Philem Withlead
Published Jul 15, 2021
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Reviews Of The Best Back Holsters

Gould & Goodrich 806-G17 Gold Line Small Of Back Holster

Gould & Goodrich 806-G17 Gold Line Small Of Back Holster (Chestnut Brown) Fits GLOCK 17, 19, 22, 23, 31, 32, 36.
  • Fits GLOCK 17, 19, 22, 23, 31, 32, 36.
  • Made in USA
  • Top Grain Vegetable Tanned Genuine Leather from the World's Best Tanners

With over 35 years of experience, you can trust that G&G knows what they are doing when it comes to making holsters.

They use top-quality materials and their products are made in the USA.

All of the materials are hand-checked and handcrafted. Once the manufacturing is finished they are further hand-inspected to ensure they meet the standard.

The Gould & Goodrich Gold Line Small of Back Holster is a quality product. Made with genuine brown leather, these holsters will last for a very long time.

These holsters can fit a belt up to 1 ½ inch. The belt loops are set widely apart so the holster will fit snugly on the belt and not slide around.

The firearm will be canted towards the shooter's strong side allowing a natural motion for grabbing the pistol during a draw.

Gun retention can be adjusted with the tension screw on the holster. This is a great feature since everyone has a different preference for how tightly their firearm should be held in place.


  • Genuine leather holster
  • Well built and comfortable while standing
  • Probably the most visually appealing holster on this list
  • Quality fit and workmanship


  • Very uncomfortable when sitting
  • Large pistols can flop away from the body

Concealment Express IWB KYDEX Holster

Concealment Express IWB KYDEX Holster (Black) - Inside Waistband - Adj. Cant & Posi-Click Retention - Claw Compatible - 100% US Made
  • INSIDE THE WAISTBAND KYDEX HOLSTER | Our minimalist IWB holsters are designed to be worn comfortably inside the waistband with an untucked shirt for proper concealed carry. We use .08” KYDEX precision formed over our proprietary in house CAD designed and crafted Aluminum molds. This ensures unparalleled consistency, fit, quality, durability, lightness, comfort, & uniform features across all of our holsters.
  • EXCLUSIVE HOLSTER FEATURES: Undercut Trigger Guard keeps the KYDEX from interfering with your draw. Over-Cut Open-Face accommodates Threaded Barrels and clears Suppressor Height Sights. Full length Sweat Guard & Rear Sight Shield to protect your weapon from sweat. Fiber Reinforced Stealth Belt Clip, so no one knows you are carrying. We utilize all Black Oxide Steel (Phillips) hardware with Threadlock, so you can easily make adjustments but never lose a screw.
  • ADJUSTABLE ‘POSI-CLICK’ RETENTION & CANT: When you holster your gun, you'll hear a satisfying ‘CLICK’ letting you know your weapon is securely holstered & won’t come out unless YOU want it to. Retention pressure is fully adjustable via the black oxide steel hardware forward of the trigger guard. Cant (or Carry Angle) is adjustable from -5 to +20 Degrees, allowing you to angle the holster perfectly for appendix (AIWB), strong side, behind the hip or cross draw carry positions.
  • CLAW COMPATIBLE - ELIMINATES PRINTING: Our IWB Holster is now Claw Compatible. Our optional Claw Kit cleverly eliminates printing forever by utilizing your belt to angle the butt of your weapon in towards your body. This effectively makes your weapon disappear inside your belt line.
  • 100% MADE IN USA - GUARANTEED FOR LIFE: Our holsters are designed and built from start to finish in the USA by Americans on All US made Machinery & Equipment for a level of quality that is unparalleled. Our Quality & Durability is engineered into each holster from the start. Because of this, we guarantee that your holster will last you forever no matter what.

If an inside the waistband holster is more to your liking then this one might be for you.

Constructed from black 0.08 inch thick Kydex with an ABS belt clip all components of the holster are well made.

The minimalist design is comfortable to wear for long periods and might even feel like nothing there when you get used to it.

The holsters are made using aluminum molds resulting in consistent fit, quality, durability, and features while having the lightness of the materials.

An open-top construction allows threaded barrels to be used and the cut-out for the top of the frame can accommodate suppressor height sights.

Adjustability through the tension screws can customize the feel of your draw. You can also change the cant of the holster anywhere from -5 to +20 degrees.

There is an audible click when the gun is securely fastened into the holster which gives confidence that the gun is locked in place.

A full-length sweat guard and rear sight shield are incorporated in the design to help protect the firearm from any moisture that might come its way during your travels.

With an overall weight of only 3 ounces, it is a lightweight holster that won\t burden you with long use.

These products are 100% American-made from start to finish.


  • Smooth edges with a great fit and finish
  • Comfortable while sitting down and standing up
  • The belt clip grabs solidly to the belt.
  • Flared top makes it easy to draw and reholster
  • Rigid feel and a positive audible click when holstering
  • Fits threaded barrel and suppressor sights
  • Adjustable cant and retention
  • Sweat Guard to help prevent moisture from coming in contact with the firearm
  • The holster sits snugly against the body and does not sag away from you


  • You may need to wear your pants higher in order to use the holster properly.

DeSantis S.O.B. Holster

DeSantis S.O.B. Holster fits Glock 17, 19, 22, 23, 31, 32, 36
  • Fits Glock 17, 19, 22, 23, 31, 32, 36, S&W 99, 990L 3 1/2"-4", Walther P99, Ruger Sr9
  • For Left Hand
  • Black in color

DeSantis has been making holsters for over 40 years and is still run by the family that started the company.

Their holsters are handmade in the USA by skilled craftsmen and are available in black or tan leather.

The S.O.B holster uses a butt-up design and faces towards the shooter's strong hand for a more comfortable draw.

An adjustable tension screw allows you to customize how much pressure it will take tobreak the handgun free of the holster.

The belt attachment points are wide so the holster doesn’t move around once it is secured. It will fit a belt up to 1 ½ inch to break


  • Quality leather and craftsmanship
  • Conceals nicely under a concealing garment and is comfortable to use day long
  • Completely handmade product
  • The company has been making holsters for over 40 years
  • Great retention is customizable to your needs.


  • The 1911 variant of the holster does not fit pistols with a rail.

Advanced Performance Shooting Holsters ASOB (Almost Small of The Back)

Advanced Performance Shooting Holsters ASOB (Almost Small of The Back) Black
  • Custom made from the ground up. Even the belt loops!
  • All Day Comfort!
  • Super strong kydex hand-crafted in the U.S.A.
  • Virtually unbreakable design, even with hard use.
  • See our matching custom magazine pouches by searching: advanced performance shooting magazine pouches.

Advanced Performance Shooting was founded back in 1998 and puts a lot of thought into the products they make.

Their Kydex holsters are handcrafted in the USA and virtually unbreakable. They are excellent for everyday use and are protected by a lifetime warranty.

With a solid build quality, this holster will hold your gun securely all day long.

Some people report it being a little too stiff out of the box. Over time I can see this wearing itself in, also with more time practicing the draw to become a lot more natural even with a tightly inserted firearm.

The ASOB holster fits tightly along the belt line giving all-day comfort and is very easy to cover. Just a note for large framed guns, since this holster sticks the grip upward it can be more noticeable on the side of your back.


  • The company stands behind its product with a lifetime warranty
  • Durable Kydex will keep its shape and be able to take a lot of abuse
  • Excellent retention on the firearm
  • Day-long comfort while standing
  • Handcrafted product for top quality


  • Large guns are more noticeable on the side of your back
  • Some users report the holster being almost too stiff

Buyer's Guide

Hello everyone and welcome to my review on the best back holsters.

If you are coming to learn about small of back holsters and which ones to buy you are in the right place!

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Small of back (SOB) holsters are typically worn in the 6 o’clock position and can be worn both inside the waistband (IWB) or outside the waistband (OWB).

Facts About Small of Back Holsters

The small of back carry position is very popular among the law enforcement community for a backup gun should their primary become unusable.

Most of these holsters will be found made out of leather, nylon, plastic, or Kydex.

Depending on preference the holster can be adjusted between the 6 and 5 o’clock position depending on what is more comfortable to the shooter.

The vast majority of holsters designed for this placement will be an open-top design to allow the shooter easy access to the grip of the gun. Some will also have retention straps to keep the gun in place while not in use.

Shooters can utilize either palm in or palm out draw when using the small of back carry style.

An example of palm in.

A horizontal draw is a potential choice for his carry method to make the transition easier on the wrist. Usually, the handgun would be canted at least 5 degrees at a minimum but up to 45 degrees is possible.

Pros of Small of Back Carry

Since the firearm will be directly behind you it will be indistinguishable from the front.

The small of back position allows the user to carry either inside or outside the waistband depending on their preference.

A jacket or long shirt can easily conceal OWB carry. This makes small of back carry particularly easy for colder temperatures as long as your clothes are loose enough to be manipulated if need be.

If you are standing all day you will find this carry style particularly useful since it won’t get in your way. The gun will remain accessible and comfortable the whole time. The shooter will still have a complete range of motion to perform outdoor work if they require stretching or kneeling.

SOB is a great option when deciding to carry a backup gun or something smaller frame.

Cons of Small of Back Carry

If you plan on sitting for a while the gun will become uncomfortable since it will be resting on the base of the spine. Furthermore, if the firearm needed to be drawn from a sitting position this would prove to be quite the challenge.

You won’t want a hard metal object pushing against this guy for a prolonged amount of time.

The positioning of the firearm requires a longer arm motion and depending on the cant of the holster may need an awkward wrist movement. This leads to the draw taking more time and being more challenging than other carry options.

When bending over the gun will print visibly against the covering garment. If your over clothes ride upward they may get caught up in the grip or the holster leaving a bunch of cloth on your back that you may not even notice. People who see this may guess that you may potentially be carrying a gun.

If you are someone who likes to use their back pocket for your wallet the holster can get in the way.

Reholstering the firearm is harder since you are unable to see the holster for reference.

Falling backward can result in serious spinal injury due to having a hard object at the base of the spine.

With larger frame guns this carry position can be uncomfortable. Depending on how the pistol rides on your body especially if the grip is pointing upward.

If the shooter is grabbed from behind, accessing the gun becomes extremely difficult.

You will be put at a significant disadvantage if an assailant gets you by surprise like this.

People don’t tend to play by the rules in a robbery or mugging so don’t expect someone to square up to you.


To wrap things up, small of back carry is an excellent option for people who will be standing a lot throughout their day. Guns in this position can be easily concealed especially in the winter months.

Do be aware though that this convenience comes at a cost due to the draw taking longer than other carry choices, it is not very comfortable to sit with a holster located right behind you, and if you fall backward there is a risk of hurting your spine.

If I could only choose one of the holsters above I'd pick the DeSantis S.O.B holster. A leather holster will last forever, I like the cant of the holster and how wide the belt loops are. Also being able to adjust the retention of the holster is a big plus.

The Concealment Express would be a more versatile option for people who don’t know if they are looking for a small of back or if they want to experiment with other carry styles. It is also the only listing that is inside the waistband so if either of those things is more up your alley then go with that pick instead.

I hope that this article was informative and will help you pick out your first or next small of back holster. Enjoy the rest of your day, this is Tyson signing off.