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Philem Withlead
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Published Aug 25, 2021
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Our Top Picks For Belt Holsters

Reviews Of The Best Belt Holsters From Our Research

Safariland 7379 ALS Concealment Clip-on Holster

Safariland, 7379, ALS Concealment Clip-on Holster, Right Hand
  • 7TS holsters are available in OWB concealment, paddle and tactical (drop-leg) models to fit your spe
  • Proprietary nylon blend that is completely non-abrasive to a firearm’s finish
  • Raised stand-off surfaces in interior of holster creates air space around the weaponallowing dirt an
  • Very high heat tolerance; structurally sound at 300° F
  • Very low cold tolerance; structurally sound at -50° F

The Safariland 7379 has level one retention by using the Automatic Locking System (ALS). The ALS securely attaches the pistol to the holster and is easily deactivated by depressing it with your thumb when going to draw.

This holster is made from DuPont nylon that will not harm the finish on your firearm while being immune to weather conditions. It can tolerate temperatures between -50F to 300F. Believe it or not, this holster can even remain submerged in water indefinitely and still maintain its shape and function!

Raised cut-offs on the interior of the holster allow the handgun to be drawn with minimal contact friction resulting in a faster, smoother draw.

A matte finish reduces the number of reflections given off.

It comes with a belt clip that works with belts between 1.5 inches to 2.225 inches.

Pros

  • Secures the firearm extremely well
  • Won’t scratch or wear your gun finish
  • Very lightweight
  • Can easily be concealed under a loose jacket
  • The holster can stand up to any weather conditions and extreme temperatures

Cons

  • Bulkier than some other options
  • The belt clip isn’t as sturdy as others have

CYA Supply Co. IWB Holster

CYA Supply Co. Fits Glock 19/19X/44/45 Gen3-5 Glock 23/32 Gen3-4 Inside Waistband Holster Concealed Carry IWB Veteran Owned Company
  • Fits Only: Glock 19 / Glock 19X / Glock 44 / Glock 45 Gen 3-5 / Glock 23 / Glock 32 Gen 3-4 - No Light/Laser Attachments (Right Hand Draw Only)
  • IWB Holster - Inside The Waistband - Easily Adjustable Retention Pressure & Carry Angle (Cant) 0-15 Degrees
  • Precision molds from CAD milled in house on our CNC. Made of .08" Thickness Boltaron Material - Belt Clip 1.5" wide - All Stainless Steel Black Powder Coat Hardware
  • Posi-Click' Audible Retention Lock System - Sweat Guard covers full length of slide
  • Made in USA - WE STAND BY OUR QUALITY: 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, No questions asked return policy and Lifetime Warranty.

This is a great holster for your daily concealed carry needs.

Since it has an adjustable tension screw you can use to customize the draw pressure. The cant can also be changed between 0-15 degrees.

The holster is constructed using a .08” thick Boltaron material and comes with a 1.5” belt clip.

All hardware is black powder-coated stainless steel.

When the pistol is put in the holster there will be an audible click so you can be confident that the gun has been locked in place.

A full-length sweat guard covers the entire slide of the firearm.

This product is made in the USA and has a lifetime warranty with a no-questions-asked return policy.

Pros

  • Low profile and keeps secure all day long
  • Fits comfortably
  • One clip design is easy to manipulate when you want it to move
  • Great customer service with a lifetime warranty on a US-made product
  • Veteran owned and operated company allows you to support those who have supported you

Cons

  • Some users report issues with the fit on gen 5 Glocks
  • Requires a thick belt to function optimally

Alien Gear ShapeShift 4.0

Alien Gear holsters Shape Shift Inside Waist Band - S&W M&P9 2.0 4.25 inch - Left Hand - Standard Clips
  • Custom fit to your specific pistol to ensure for proper fitment and retention. Custom fit to: S&W M&P9 2.0 4.25 Inch
  • Fully Adjustable: From the ride height, to the cant, to the retention, this holster can be adjusted without any tools necessary.
  • Conceal in Comfort: Reduced footprint while the soft neoprene backing is flexible to move and shift with your body throughout the day during everday carry or while at the range. Neoprene works as a sweat-wicking material that is breathable to eliminate irritation when wearing the holster for long periods of time.
  • Change How You Carry: Integrates seamlessly into any of the ShapeShift Line of holsters from Alien Gear meaning you can expand the ways this holster allows you to carry, from open to concealed to shoulder. *This product only comes with the IWB holster option as well as the completed shell for use with other ShapeShift Products*
  • Made right here in the USA, insuring the use of high quality materials and hardworking American craftsmanship where we stand behind our Iron Clad program to insure you have a holster for life after a 30 day test drive!

If appendix carry is what you are after then you can’t go wrong with Alien Gear. The ShapeShift 4.0 has all the features you could ever ask for in this type of setup.

This holster is fully adjustable to fit your needs. I’m talking about the ride height, cant, and pistol retention. It can also be adjusted on the fly without the use of tools.

A soft neoprene backing is used on the holster that will move with your body for a close and comfortable fit. Neoprene also works as a sweat-wicking material allowing the gun to stay safe at your side all day long.

Alien Gear offers accessories that can change this IWB holster into an OWB or even a shoulder holster. Giving you more carry options while maintaining the muscle memory from a product that you have already been using.

This product is made in the USA by American craftsmen.

The core of the holster is made with spring steel that will form on your body. It is firm enough to keep its shape while being flexible for comfort during long use.

Pros

  • Adjustable cant, pistol retention, and ride height
  • Sweat-wicking neoprene keeps your gun safe and dry
  • The holster can be customized for various carry positions with other Alien Gear products
  • Spring steel core will mold to your body and keep its shape
  • Proudly made in the USA
  • Very comfortable to wear and fits like a glove

Cons

  • More cumbersome than other options on this list
  • This holster can leave a large print due to its overall size

Concealment Express IWB KYDEX Holster

Concealment Express IWB KYDEX Holster fits 1911 3.5" Officer (NR) (Non-Sig) | Left | Black
  • INSIDE THE WAISTBAND KYDEX HOLSTER fits: Kimber, Colt, Ruger, Springfield 1911 3.5" Officer Model (Non-Rail) (ONLY unless Specified). 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 ho
  • 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 Kimber, Colt, Ruger, Springfield 1911 3.5" Officer Model (Non-Rail), 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, b
  • CLAW COMPATIBLE - ELIMINATES PRINTING: Our Kimber, Colt, Ruger, Springfield 1911 3.5" Officer Model (Non-Rail) 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.

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

Its minimalist design means it's comfortable to wear for long periods. You might even forget you have it on.

The holster is cast in an aluminum mold, resulting in consistent fit, quality, durability, and features while remaining lightweight.

The construction of the holster will fit threaded barrels and suppressor-height sights.

The adjustable tension screws customize the resistance used to remove the gun from this holster. As well, the cant can be changed to anything from -5 to 20 degrees for your perfect fit.

You can have confidence that your gun is safely fastened with the audible click the holster produces when the gun is properly fastened.

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 it's way during your travels.

With an overall weight of only 3 ounces, it is a lightweight holster that won't become uncomfortable over long periods of use.

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

Pros

  • 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

Cons

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

Tulster IWB Profile Holster

Tulster IWB Profile Holster in Right Hand fits: Glock 19/19X/23/25/32/44/45
  • Minimal to zero "drag" until retention point keeping "holster wear" down to a minimum.
  • Comes with a 1.5" Quick Clip that makes it extremely fast and easy to put on and take off your weapon.
  • Adjustable cant (angle) from 0-30 degrees. Forward hole is oblong to allow for you to choose any angle between 0-30 degrees.
  • Adjustable positive retention point. When gun is fully holstered you get a audible and noticeable "click"
  • Holster has a full sweat shield to aid in re-holstering by giving you an indexing point and to keep clothing out of the opening.

Your pistol will thank you for getting this holster for its minimal drag retention point. With a smaller surface area touching the firearm when being holstered and drawing them it has a much lower chance for holster wear.

The 1.5” Quick Clip makes it fast and easy to equip and detach the holster from what you are wearing.

An adjustable cant between 0 and 30 degrees makes it convenient to set the holster up in many carry positions.

The retention point is also adjustable allowing you to change how hard it is to draw the pistol from the holster. A positive “click” will let you know that the pistol has been firmly placed securely in place.

A full-length sweat shield will protect your pistol from your perspiration throughout the day. Allowing you to be confident that you won’t be hurting your gun on hot days or during heavy activity.

With a raised sight channel you will be able to accommodate suppressor height sights without issue.

An open-ended muzzle allows you to fit threaded barrels no problem.

With over 10 different color choices to choose from this is this product allows for the most style of any holster on this list.

Pros

  • Minimal drag when drawing leading to a better draw and less gun wear
  • Adjustable cant between 0 and 30 degrees
  • Adjustable retention with a positive click when locked in place
  • A full sweat shield protects your gun from your sweat
  • Raised sight channel for high sights
  • Open-ended muzzle for muzzle devices and longer barrels
  • Lots of color options

Cons

  • Included belt clip feels flimsy and could be replaced

Buyers Guide For Belt Holsters

There are a lot of things to consider when thinking about what kind of belt holster will work best for you so I will be breaking down the different carry options available and give you my top pick for the best belt holster.

So, without further ado, let’s get into it.

Types of Belt Holsters

Now’s a good time to brush up on some terminology and acronyms before we jump into the reviews. Especially if you are new to the gun community there are things to consider before buying, carrying style being a big one, so in this section, I will lay the groundwork for that.

Inside the Waistband (IWB)

Banshee IWB Leather Holster - Wright Leather Works® LLC

If having your firearm concealed is what’s of utmost importance to you then inside the waistband carry style is the way to go.

The gun and holster both sit inside the waistband of your pants leading to a minimal outline visible on the outside of your pants (this is called “printing”). Since the majority of the firearm will be close to your body it also makes it easier to conceal larger firearms.

You are still able to rapidly deploy your pistol if the need presents itself.

The sacrifice you make with concealment is, obviously, comfort. Using a quality holster, or even buying a size up from your normal pant size can definitely help in this department, but having a hard metal object so close to you will always take some getting used to.

Pros:

  • Offers the best level of concealment
  • Reduces the amount of printing the firearm will do
  • Is still easy to establish a positive grip and draw the gun

Cons:

  • Everything about this can take some getting used to
  • Can be uncomfortable

Outside the Waistband (OWB)

Banshee IWB Leather Holster - Wright Leather Works® LLC

As its name would suggest, this carry style has your holster outside of the waistband. This method is more comfortable than IWB but requires a bit more planning to ensure that your pistol will go unnoticed if your goal is concealed carry. For the most part, a long t-shirt will do the trick but you can mix it up if that is not your style.

The majority of these holsters will be made from either leather, nylon, Kydex (a thermoplastic acrylic-polyvinyl), or a combination of these materials. These kinds of holsters are made to sit close to your body and not get caught on things.

Since your pants aren’t in the way of the holster the draw is easier than IWB. You can also adjust the position of where the holster will sit along your beltline giving you a lot of options for your personal preferences.

Pros:

  • Very comfortable to carry all-day
  • You can customize exactly where the holster will be located
  • Fast and easy draw

Cons:

  • Easier for people to detect you are carrying
  • Will require a covering garment if you wish to conceal

Frequently Asked Questions For Belt Holsters

Is a gun belt necessary?

While you could use any belt with your holster it is recommended to have a sturdy belt that is the recommended size for the belt clip included with your holster. Having a belt specifically designed for holster use can go a long way with maintaining comfort and security.


Do I need a belt for holster carry?

There are some holsters that are compatible with Ulti Clips that will allow you to carry without a belt. This tends to be best used with pants that are close-fitting to the body that may be uncomfortable with a belt. Nevertheless, it is recommended to use a belt the majority of the time if possible.


What if my gun has an accessory rail?

While most holsters will accommodate rails, double-check if there are any warnings on the products page stating that they have cuts for both railed and unrailed variants, most commonly for 1911s.


Can I use a laser or light with my holster?

Anything custom molded will need to be cast to work with the specific accessory you plan on using on your pistol. Since there are thousands of gun/ gear combinations you can use it is unlikely that you will be able to find what you are looking for without a custom order unless your setup is popular with military and law enforcement.


How do I prevent my holster screws from backing out?

Once you are happy with the retention and ride height your holster provides you can use either blue lock-tite or clear nail polish to keep the screws secured.


How do I clean my nylon/Kydex holster?

A gentle hand wash with a couple drops of dish soap is all you need to keep your holster clean. Air dry when you are finished.


How do I clean my leather holster?

Any leather cleaner/ polish will work with your leather holsters. If they get very dirty be careful with using excess water to clean them though. Allow to air dry when you are done.


Summary & Final Thoughts

Time to wrap things up. Belt holsters are a popular, customizable, and comfortable carry option. There are a lot of products on the market and you can have the pistol either inside or outside of the waistband.

There are pros and cons to each of these carry styles and each has a time and place. The biggest thing to consider is going to be how you plan on using the holster for day-to-day activities and go from there.

All things considered, if I could only have one of the holsters listed here today I would probably pick up the Concealment Express IWB. With all the benefits this product has to offer it is a very solid choice.

Don’t take my word for it, click the amazon link to see the thousands of other people with great things to say about it.

If you really want to go with the outside the waistband option then the Safariland 7379 is the one for you.

I hope that you found this article informative and it was able to help you decide what belt holster is right for you. Until next time this is Tyson signing off.

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