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Top 10 Best Glock 19 Holsters for Comfort, Security, & Durability

When it comes to concealed carry, a good holster is equally important as your gun. And for Glock 19 users, sky’s the limit in terms of choosing which holster to use since your gun model is very popular.

That’s why we put together this ultimate guide where we discuss everything you need to know about choosing the best Glock 19 holster that will fit your budget and your needs.

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Holster Types
Top 10 Best Glock 19 Holsters
    1. Concealment Express IWB Glock Holster
    2. Tulster IWB Kydex Holster
    3. Glock Fierce Defender +1 Series
    4. Desantis Inside Heat
    5. Crossbreed SuperTuck
    6. Safariland 7378 7TS ALS
    7. Raven Concealment Perun
    8. 1719 Gunleather Glock 19 Holster
    9. Galco Miami Classic 2
    10. Alien Gear Shapeshift Appendix
Which Holster Material is the Best?
FAQs
Conclusion

Holster Types

Before we get into the different brands, it is important that you know the different holster types so you can better decide which one you’re most comfortable with.

Inside Waistband (IWB)

The Inside Waistband is best for open carry. With IWB, you place your gun between your underwear and pants. There are several IWB mounting options from spring clips to soft and hard belt loops.

Some even tuck their shirts into their trousers for a clean and neat appearance. The standard IWB position is placing your holster at the 3 to 4 o’clock area on your hip.

One of the main disadvantages of the IWB carry is that drawing can be difficult, given that the holster is tucked between your pants and your body. It is also uncomfortable to be seated for a long time or to do physical activities while you are wearing an IWB carry.

But if your goal is maximum concealment and to keep your gun as close to your body as possible, IWB is perfect for you.

 

Appendix (IWB)

Appendix carry is when you put your holster still in between your underwear and pants, but this time in the front portion of your waistband. The usual placement is halfway between your pocket and the pants’ button, typically close to the appendix – hence the name.

People who prefer the appendix carry say that the main benefits are convenience, concealment, and ease of access. It’s more convenient to seat both the holster and the gun in an appendix carry compared to the typical IWB.

Concealment is also easier since the natural drape of a shirt will cover your gun.

You also won’t have to worry about blowing concealment whenever you are bending forward. In terms of ease of access, drawing out a gun is easier when it’s located relatively in front compared to when it’s secured on your side just like in an IWB carry.

 

Outside Waistband (OWB)

OWB holsters are excellent when you have larger guns or if you prefer open carry.

This holster type is most commonly seen among police officers who need quick and easy access to their guns at all times.

OWB holsters are mounted either on the belt or between the belt and the body. Just like in IWB, the holster is also placed at the 3 o’clock to 4 o’clock area.

Firearms in OWB holsters are more difficult to conceal, unless you wear a big shirt, coat, or hoodie. Another disadvantage is that there are a lot of areas where open carry is illegal. You have to consider this limitation before opting for OWB.

But when allowed, OWB holsters are more comfortable to wear. Since it is not pressed against your skin, you won’t have to deal with the pressure when you’re seated down. It’s also easier to draw and return your gun in an OWB carry.

 

Shoulder

Shoulder holsters are perfect for those who are not comfortable with belt carry or those who require a shoulder holster.

This holster type is also perfect for people who are mostly seated (i.e. driving or traveling) throughout the day. When seated, firearms in a shoulder holster are more accessible and easier to draw than those mounted on belt holsters. Other advantages are ease of access and being able to carry your gun and spare ammo in one convenient package.

On the other hand, shoulder holsters have several advantages too. One of which is “sweeping”. When a user draws a gun, he/she has to draw for at least 180 degrees before finally aiming at the target – this is why some people feel that only trained individuals should wear shoulder holsters.

 

Pocket, Ankle, and Women-Specific Holsters

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Pocket and ankle holsters are also available, but they are usually too small for Glock 19s. Smaller guns, such as revolvers, work best with either pocket or ankle holsters.

Though women can also carry the previous holsters we’ve discussed, remember that those were designed with men in mind. Thus, they can be less functional and comfortable when worn by women. That’s why today, there are already holsters of all the above types designed specifically for women.

 

Top 10 Best Glock 19 Holsters

Now that you know the different holster types, let’s finally dive into the top 10 best Glock 19 holsters we’ve reviewed and picked for you. Each brand listed below has its own pros and cons to help you design which one best fits your needs.

IWB

1. Concealment Express IWB Glock Holster

There’s no such thing as perfection, but when it comes to Glock 19 holsters, the Concealment Express IWB glock holster is the closest we can get.

It is simple,  comfortable, safe, and very affordable. If you’re looking for a holster that’s complete with the features you need but still remains perfect for concealed carry, this one’s for you.

 

 

 

Features and Specs

  • Material: Kydex
  • Weight: 3 Oz.
  • Hand Orientation: Left and Right
  • Glock Gens: Gen 1 to Gen 5

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Safety Features
  • Claw Compatibility Mechanism
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Very Affordable

Cons

  • Some people do not prefer an exposed magazine release

 

2. Tulster IWB Kydex Holster


Tulster has very similar features to our number 1 pick, though this one has a better finish.

Its biggest benefit is that it has no sharp edges that you may need to sand down in the future.

You can have additional clip sizes and belt loops and there are also many colors for you to choose from. Tulster is the best premium IWB Kydex holster around.

Features and Specs

  • Material: Kydex
  • Hand Orientation: Left and Right
  • 5″ Quick Clip
  • Adjustable cant (angle) from 0-30 degrees
  • Adjustable positive retention point

Pros

  • Fast and easy to put on and take off
  • Audible click sound signals gun is fully holstered
  • Holster has full-sweat shield

Cons

  • Expensive

 

3. Glock Fierce Defender +1 Series

This appendix-style IWB holster gives a unique twist to the IWB carry position.

It incorporates a spare magazine slot into the holster. The extra magazine is positioned to point at the user’s nondominant hand, ensuring a quick and easy draw when needed.

This design does an excellent job in concealing both the gun and spare mag.

Features and Specs

  • Slot for spare magazine
  • Thick .08 Kydex material
  • Flared opening for easier reholstering
  • Adjustable retentions for both magazine and gun

Pros

  • Spare magazine slot
  • Dual clip design supports the holster better
  • Allows for easy and quick draw

Cons

  • Design can be bulky for some

 

4. Desantis Inside Heat


Our list would not be complete without including the classic leather holster.

This bare bones and minimal IWB holster is made from premium saddle leather. If you feel like the pokes of kydex holsters are too much, the Inside Heat is the one for you.

Its minimalist design is also perfect for people with small frames to effectively conceal their big Glock 19s.

 

Features and Specs

  • Material: Premium Saddle Leather
  • Hand Orientation: Available in Left or Right
  • Powder-coated Spring Clip

Pros

  • Reinforced top for easy reholstering
  • Precise molded contours give great retention
  • Comfortable and functional

Cons

  • Leather material needs to be broken in

 

5. Crossbreed SuperTuck

Our top pick among hybrid holsters in the Crossbreed SuperTuck.

This brand specializes in hybrid holsters, and this model is by far their best. The SuperTuck is hand-molded to perfectly fit Glock 19, among the other firearm variations the brand carries.

Its rear backing is made of black cowhide leather while the external shell is made of very strong molded Kydex.

Overall, the SuperTuck is soft to the skin while providing sturdy and reliable protection to your gun.

Features and Specs

  • Materials: Cowhide Leather and Molded Kydex
  • Hand Orientation: Right Hand
  • Fits Glock 17, 19, 22, 23 Frames

Pros

  • Very comfortable
  • Easy to put on and take off – no need to undo belt
  • Adjustable cant and ride height
  • Easy to wear even with tucked in shirt
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Can only be worn strongside IWB

 

OWB

6. Safariland 7378 7TS ALS

Safariland makes great holsters but the 7378 made it to our list for a variety of reasons.

First, it features a paddle and belt loop combo that allows you to quickly and easily wear or take off the holster without removing your gun bet.

Second, the holster is made of SafariSeven, the brand’s proprietary nylon bend material ensuring that the entire holster is non-abrasive to firearms.

Lastly, it has an active retention device that you can easily deactivate with your thumb before you draw.

Features and Specs

  • Material: Nylon blend
  • Hand Orientation: Available in Left or Right
  • ALS (Automatic Locking System)
  • Concealment Paddle and Belt Loop Combo

Pros

  • Weapon is secured once holstered
  • Quick draw once release is deactivated
  • Material is non-abrasive to firearms
  • Weather and temperature resistant
  • Dirt and moisture quickly clear

Cons

  • People with smaller frame may find this holster difficult to conceal

 

7. Raven Concealment Perun

The Perun is Raven Conealment’s flagship OWB holster.

It features a body-hugging design that allows maximum concealment. The holster is only slightly bigger than the pistol it carries.

This small size helps in concealment while also making the holster more comfortable if the user is seated.

Features and Specs

  • Adjustable cant
  • Three belt loops
  • Adjustable retention
  • Hand Orientation: Right and Left Hand

Pros

  • Adjustable for most shooters
  • Compatible with most up-to-date Glocks
  • One of the most concealable Glock 19 holsters in the market
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Some people don’t like the tightness of the gun to the body

 

8. 1719 Gunleather Glock 19 Holster

This Gunleather model is our top pick leather holster for the OWB carry.

The 1719 is perfect for those who want to complement their modern-looking gun with a classic leather holster.

It uses a pancake design that holds the holster tight to the body for maximum concealment.

This OWB belt holster will pull your firearm snug to your body, providing a comfortable and reliable carry all day long.

Features and Specs

  • Material: 100% American Steerhide Leather
  • Hand Orientation: Right
  • Reinforced and double stitching
  • Hand-molded exterior
  • Open-top design

Pros

  • Comfortable and lightweight leather holster
  • Easy and intuitive drawing
  • Keeps gun tight to the body
  • Provides maximum concealment

Cons

  • Cant and height are not adjustable
  • Takes 4 to 6 weeks to break in

 

SHOULDER

9. Galco Miami Classic 2

The Galco Miami Classic 2 has a highly adjustable design, dual carrier, wide weight-distributing straps, and pivoting harness.

All of these features make it one of the most comfortable and reliable shoulder holsters.

Features and Specs

  • Material: Premium Steerhide
  • 4-point Spider Harness
  • 1 1/2″ harness straps (max width)
  • Fully modular
  • Hand Orientation: Available in Left or Right

Pros

  • Faster and more natural grasp when reloading
  • Perfect fit and lasting comfort for all sizes and shapes
  • Allows easy movement
  • Pouch and other accessories can be swapped or added

Cons

  • Tie downs not included

 

APPENDIX

10. Alien Gear Shapeshift Appendix

The Alien Gear Shapeshift can be worn using both the appendix and IWB carry styles.

This is a hybrid holster made of neoprene at the back layer (to provide ventilation and comfort) and spring steel for a firm and durable core.

 

 

 

Features and Specs

  • Materials: Neoprene back layer and Spring Steel core
  • Adjustable retention
  • Full trigger guard protection
  • Toolless adjustment

Pros

  • Ventilated and moisture-wicking back layer
  • Adjustable cant and height
  • Holster has a firm but flexible spine
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Not suitable for people who dislike hybrid designs

 

How to Choose a Good Glock 19 Holster

A holster’s most basic purpose is obviously to hold your gun when you’re not using it.

But aside from that, it must also protect you, your gun, and the people around you; while remaining comfortable, convenient, and easy to use.

Now how does one holster achieve all of those requirements?

Here are the main qualities you must consider before you buy a holster:

 

Purpose

Is your gun for duty or for open-carry? Knowing why you have a gun in the first place will help you decide which holster to buy.

Concealed carry holsters are designed to reduce the imprint of your gun.

This means that your gun will cling tighter to your body and you can easily cover it with your shirt. These holsters’ goal is to stay unseen despite the usual movements you usually make. They are not easy to draw and are good with passive retention.

Firearms used for duty are best paired with open carry holsters.

This holster type often has an active retention feature which makes sure that no one – except the owner – can draw the gun and use it.

This feature prevents someone from stealing the gun and using it against the owner. Duty holsters must contain and retain the weapon safely, while making it quick and easy for the user to draw as the need arises.

 

Safety

Aside from your gun, your holster must protect you and the people around you.

Buy one that protects your firearm from accidental discharge and from being dropped. Make sure that it holds your gun securely and safely and keeps it in place no matter what position you’re in or what movements you make throughout the day.

The holster type you choose should also be whichever allows you to draw quickly and easily. Your gun would be no use if you can’t draw and shoot it faster than the enemy.

 

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Comfort

Just like anything you wear, try on the holster before you buy. And while you’re at it, imitate your usual motions and gestures.

Some holsters can press hard or rub against your skin. While this may not be a big deal early on, continuous use may cause bruises and irritation.

Remember to buy whatever feels right. Because if you’re not comfortable, you won’t wear it. You’ll end up buying a new one and spending more than your intended budget.

 

Protection

Your holster must protect your firearm from abrasions and bumps. In the product descriptions above, you may notice that holsters can be made of different materials (we’ll discuss this further later). It can be made of kydex, leather, or a combination of different materials – all of which offer good protection.

Hard materials provide plenty of protection against impact, but can cause abrasions and scuff on your gun. If you’re not worried about this, then you’re good to go.

But if you’d like to preserve the finish of your firearm, choose a holster that’s made of a softer material, or one that has soft material inside but a harder shell outside.

 

Tailor-made for Glock 19

Holsters can be generic or gun-specific. Generic holsters are okay – they are adjustable and capable of holding different gun models. However, they can’t hold one model perfectly and properly.

We talked about safety and protection earlier. And when it comes to firearms, a small slip or error can cause injuries or worse, lives. If budget is an issue, there are many Glock 19-specific holsters that are affordable. We’re sure you would not sacrifice another person’s well-being in exchange for a few dollars.

The key takeaway here is simple – safety is of utmost important. Only buy a holster made specifically for a Glock 19.

 

Retention

Retention simply means how good your holster can hold your gun inside.

In short, a gun won’t fall out of a good holster.

The go-to test for retention is to simply turn the holster upside down. If the gun stays in place, you’ve got a good holster. If it doesn’t, go get a new one.

Again, we go back to safety and why you should buy a Glock-19 specific holster only. Gun-specific holsters are typically made following the shape of the gun.

It has enough friction to keep the gun inside, even if you toss and turn it around. Aside from safety precautions, good retention is extremely important for situations of altercation. You would not want your gun to be knocked down easily and picked up by the enemy.

We have two kinds of retention – as initially discussed under the Purpose section above – passive and active.

Most holsters come with an active retention. It serves as the safety restraining device – usually in the form of a cover, thumb break, or manual strap – placed on top of the holster to ensure that your Glock 19 stays in place.

Passive retention is just the friction between the gun and the holster. It works great as a complement to an active retention for an additional safety precaution.

 

Concealment

A holster’s concealment determines how visible it is when you wear it. This is not necessarily a requirement for some people, but others find it important.

Concealment is beneficial as an element of surprise when responding to a threat. It also helps you avoid unfortunate situations where your handgun gets exposed and some people call law enforcement because they see someone with a gun.

Several factors affect concealment: gun type, holster material, wearer’s body frame and clothing type, etc. So if you want to conceal your weapon as much as you can, make sure that you try different holster types to know which one best fits your body and is easily hidden by the usual clothes you wear.

Be mindful, though, that concealment is illegal in some jurisdictions.

 

Trigger Coverage

We mentioned earlier that a good holster prevents accidental discharge. Yes, there are brands who don’t have this feature. But it is always safer to err on the side of caution. Better safe than sorry so go for a holster with a trigger cover.

 

Positive Grip

A positive grip means that you can easily and quickly draw your gun with one hand and be ready to shoot regardless of your position or even if you’re in close quarters.

A good holster makes positive grip as easy as possible, but you also have to train to ensure that you can execute this properly.

Which Holster Material is the Best?

Lastly, let’s talk about the different types of materials used in a holster.

 

Kydex

When most people hear “gun holster”, the image that comes into their mind is usually a holster made of a plastic-like material – or kydex.

It is more robust, durable, and affordable – making it a crowd favorite aside from leather.

This material is a sheet that is easy to mold and work with, and because of this, it has become one of the top materials used and trusted by holster manufacturers.

Kydex holsters are scratch-resistant, waterproof, have lower friction, and hold their shape better than other materials. Unlike leather, this material doesn’t break down through time. And on top of that, it allows the user to draw and re-holster the weapon quicker than other materials.

The main disadvantage of kydex is that it does not bend, which makes it less comfortable than leather holsters.

 

Leather

Everyone is familiar with the classic leather holsters.

It is one of the most common gun holster materials used for several decades – and for a good reason. It has been tried and tested and the expert leather crafters in this field have been producing high-quality works of art.

Leather can be used in different parts of a holster, from being the main or only component to just being a part of a hybrid holster.

Leather is naturally long lasting, holds the gun securely with a good fit, and – undeniably – it looks classy and great.

This material can be embossed and dyed and still look good. It is also quieter compared to other materials, which allows you to draw your gun as discreetly as possible. In terms of comfort, leather is not hard and feels lighter and more comfortable to wear.

Its main disadvantage, however, is that it can shrink or loosen its fit with continuous use over time. This material can also crack due to exposure to sunlight and high heat.

 

Synthetic

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Resting closer on the spectrum to kydex and leather, synthetics are the next most commonly used material for holsters.

They are typically made of special plastics that are exceptionally hard and sturdy. A synthetic holster has several great benefits:

  • It is harder than leather, which means it provides slightly more trigger protection and secure fit while still allowing a fast draw when the need arises.
  • It is tough and sturdy, impact resistant, scratch resistant, and waterproof.
  • Unlike leather, synthetic holsters don’t require break in periods.
  • It also does not lose fit or wear out over time just like leather.

Note that not all synthetic holsters have the same quality, so it is very important that you do your research well on which synthetic holster brand will best fit your needs.

 

Nylon

Nylon lies at the other end of the spectrum. While it is a great material for other products, it does not do well as a holster.

So if you see one, we suggest you look elsewhere. Nylon holsters are too pliable and soft to carry a firearm securely.

We are not saying it can’t be used at all as it will function well as a lining or something similar, but nylon should not be the main material of a holster since there are other better-suited materials available.

Though it is cheap, it is not safe, reliable, and durable.

 

 

Hybrid

The materials discussed above have their own strengths and weaknesses which is why hybrid holsters were born.

Leather and kydex are one of the most popular hybrids. Due to its soft nature, leather often makes up the inner lining and back portion of the holster while kydex serves as the outer shell to protect the firearm from bumps and scratches.

Another type of hybrid is synthetic and leather. Leather usually makes up the main component while synthetic is used in the holster interior.

If you can’t decide which material and benefits work best for you, then maybe going for a hybrid is your best option.

 

FAQs

1. How to Conceal Carry a Glock 19?

You need to accomplish two main steps:

  1. Get a concealed carry permit (if required in your jurisdiction)
  2. Choose one from the concealed carry holster we listed above

If this is your first time to conceal carry a Glock 19, you won’t go wrong with either our top 1 or 2 pick in this list: Concealment Express or Tulster IWB Kydex.

 

2. What Should be the Angle or Cant of the Holster?

There is no single right answer here because angles or cants are based on personal preferences. Most holsters have adjustable cant or angle, so the best way for you to know is to really try it for yourself and assess your level of comfort.

With that said, we recommend you try to start with the 0 degree cant first.

This way, the tip of the gun travels fast in case you need to draw and point your Glock 19 quickly. In terms of self-defense situations, every millisecond counts.

 

3. Difference Between Gen 3, Gen 4, and Gen 5 Glock Holsters?

None.

The shape of the Glock 19 has not really changed across the different generations. A Gen 4 looks just as much as Gen 3 and Gen 5. Having said this, any holster made for Glock 19 will fit on any of its generations.

 

ConclusionThanks to the popularity of Glock 19, there are so many holsters in the market for users like you to choose from. The main challenge now is sorting through the pile and finding one that perfectly matches your needs

In this article, we first talked about the different holster types since whatever you choose here will largely determine the brand you eventually buy.

The main thing to remember is that the holster type follows the type of carry you are most comfortable with. Whether it might be IWB, OWB, shoulder, pocket, or ankle, you need to determine your carry type first to make a better purchase decision.

Next is the run down of our top 10 best Glock 19 holsters. Look at the pros and cons to make a better comparison before you buy. We’ve also included some of the questions we frequently get to help answer some of your potential questions following the information we shared.

Lastly, we discussed features that make a good holster and the different materials typically used in a holster. These sections were meant to help you narrow down your list of options and help you really think of what features matter most to you.

Whichever holster you go with, make sure that you do drills for both drawing and holstering to foster muscle memory. And when the time comes that you will need to use you’re gun, you’ll be more than ready.

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