The Ruger Firebird MQR holster from Allen features the quick-releasing Fidlock SNAP magnetic closure, which provides confident security while still allowing for a lightning-fast drawstroke. To open, simply slide the magnetic quick release (MQR) in the direction you naturally draw, allowing you to release the holster and draw your firearm in one smooth motion. To close, the fastener automatically locks back into place from any angle once the magnet is close enough to attract the other half of the SNAP, so there’s no struggling to lock the buckle. The holster has an adjustable strap and a durable belt loop that fits belts up to 2 inches wide.
Leather is no longer an expensive luxury. BlackHawk is now offering a line of Premium leather holsters, with the 3-Slot Pancake being its first offering. It brings a classic look and custom feel at an exceptional value. Made from world-renowned Italian leather, this holster is hand-formed and finished. It’s currently available in antiqued or burnished brown for a wide variety of handguns.
With the Ultimate Carry Belt, you can enjoy the convenience of changing your belt range up to 6 inches without having to unbuckle thanks to the fast-release lever. This is perfect for tightening your belt after removing inside-the-waistband (IWB) gear. The heavy-duty ratcheting system adjusts in quarter-inch increments and boasts ultra-strong reinforced polymer teeth, yielding an amazing 1,300-pound tensile strength rating. Both leather and heavy-duty nylon versions are available.
The original Klipt holster has been upgraded with advanced features to increase its concealability and all-day comfort. The Low-Profile Concealment Attachment eliminates the potential for printing by slightly changing the angle of your firearm grip inward, towards your body. The positive-lock triggerguard audibly clicks, signaling that your holster is secured in place, while the retention is adjustable so you can customize the holster to fit your preferences. The Ultimate Klipt is precision-molded from highly durable polymers, with dual sweat guards to withstand tough use while maintaining maximum comfort.
The Trigger Shield from CB Kydex Holsters consists of a single piece of Kydex that shrouds the triggerguard and two rivets toward the muzzle. This barebones safeguard is best suited for purse carry or minimalist IWB carry. The two rivets, placed 0.5 inches apart, can serve to attach paracord or a reversible belt clip. The paracord allows you to mount the Trigger Shield to a stable object, such as your belt, purse or nightstand, so the Trigger Shield breaks away from the pistol when drawn.
This is a clipless holster that clings wherever you stick it. No belt clip is necessary. The non-slip holster utilizes friction to stay in place. Clinger Holsters claims that you won’t not find a more comfortable holster. The Comfort Cling has a gel-like core that completely dissipates the sharp edges of your gun. It works as an IWB or pocket holster. You can also use it to stow your handgun in a glovebox or safe as well. The trigger will be safely covered.
This outside-the-waistband (OWB) holster pulls your pistol close to the body for excellent concealment. The V2 Ultra-Conceal OWB uses the same patent-pending “Cling Tab” technology as the No Print Wonder holster. The Cling Tab pulls the grip close to the body while the Flex Tab allows the holster to flex around your waist delivering the closest concealment possible. It can also be converted from OWB to IWB carry.
The Bedside Matters from DeSantis is an ambidextrous mattress holster that keeps your personal firearm close at hand while you’re in bed. The upper component slides between the mattress and box spring and is made of DeSantis’ very sticky Superfly material. The holster component will fit most small, medium and large handguns, and there is an additional loop for your flashlight.
The Option 4 is a comfortable, flexible and breathable belly-band holster system that offers numerous ways to carry small to medium pistols and revolvers. Your weapon (or weapons) can be carried in a neutral or forward cant low on your hips. It’s currently only available in black.
The APN43 appendix holster, specifically designed for the Glock 43, offers adjustable passive retention in an exceedingly comfortable and concealable design. It features a unique, removable “comfort lever” that draws your firearm closer to your body to reduce printing while also ensuring all-day “wearability.” The APN43 also includes many other notable features, such as a detachable sweat guard and a belt clip that is both ambidextrous and adjustable for cant.
The Universal IWB LaserTuck is an inventive and highly versatile holster designed to fit single- stack subcompact pistols with lights or lasers. It includes a number of highly sought-after features, such as a propriety barrel stop that allows for a customized pistol ride height, an adjustable belt clip that allows for three holster ride-height and cant options, an internal spring that stabilizes your pistol in the holster, a flexible combat-cut sweat guard and a non-collapsing holster shell that makes for effortless single-handed reholstering.
Combining some of the best features of the Ankle Glove and BlakGuard, the Ankle Guard is a huge step forward in ankle carry. Twin tension units allow you to adjust the retention to balance safety with speed, while a tension-locking unit secures the handgun at the triggerguard. The trench-style sight rail easily accommodates virtually all iron sights. The front of the Ankle Guard is cut low and allows use of most carry-style optics. The neoprene ankle cuff is padded with genuine sheepskin and secured with Velcro. A D-ring allows attachment of the optional calf strap. The cuff fits ankles up to 13 inches in circumference.
Following on Galco’s wildly successful KingTuk series, the new ExtremeTuk features a broad cowhide backing plate combined with a full-length Kydex holster pocket. This design provides the comfort of smooth leather and the speed and durability of Kydex. The ExtremeTuk’s mild forward cant also eases the draw while helping conceal larger pistols. The ExtremeTuk comes with two types of interchangeable tuckable clips: traditional clips that go over the belt and Ultimate Stealth clips that fit on the waistband, under or behind a belt.
Building on the hybrid design of the KingTuk and TacSlide holsters, Galco added quick-on/off belt loops to create the new Quick Slide. The flexible, steerhide-lined back plate complements the rigid Kydex holster pocket, providing not only the comfort gun carriers want, but the performance and durability they expect from Galco. The Quick Slide’s near-neutral cant and open top make drawing and holstering fast and simple, while a passive retention device located at the triggerguard provides for security. Mounting to the belt via two widely spaced snap loops, the Quick Slide pulls in tight to the body to provide excellent concealment without unnecessary bulk.
Improved for 2018, the Galco Tuck-N-Go is constructed of premium center-cut steerhide. Its open top allows for a fast draw once the concealing garment is swept up and away, and the mouth is also reinforced for easy reholstering. The improved Tuck-N-Go’s belt clips are adjustable for cant, making it suitable for the strong-side, crossdraw or appendix carry. The ambidextrous Tuck-N-Go is supplied with both traditional clips and Ultimate Stealth clips.
The new Kaos Fusion is a high-guard appendix-carry holster. It is an enhanced version of the Stealth line that provides users a more comfortable way of carrying in the appendix position as well as 3, 4 or 5 o’clock positions. This holster is fully ambidextrous with a high guard all the way around. Soft loop struts are included, allowing the user to adjust the ride height, belt loop size, switch sides or even tuck the entire rig.
Ultra-thin and flexible, these holsters are lightweight yet very durable for everyday wear. The hard-shell SafariLaminate construction ensures sturdiness, and they’re designed to maintain their shape indefinitely. The Model 17 has a spring-steel belt clip so it can be securely anchored to belts and trousers, while the Model 17T features a cant-adjustable J-hook attachment that makes it tuckable, further minimizing visibility. Further, the deep contouring in the triggerguard provides a detent that helps retain the handgun for a secure fit. Both models fit belts up to 1.75 inches wide.
Designed for pistols with mounted lights and lasers, the Model 557’s low profile makes it highly concealable, and its wide design allows for even weight distribution for comfortable carry. The ejection port detent secures the gun once fully seated in the holster. The gun can then be easily drawn by pulling through the detent. Constructed of heavy-duty hard-shell SafariLaminate material, it fits securely on belts 1.5 to 1.75 inches wide. It’s currently available for a number of semi-autos with various rail-mounted accessories.
The P17 holster, when closed, will provide continuous protection from environmental conditions and submersion. The P17 may be submerged in both fresh and salt water. The unit has an oleophobic membrane for pressure equalization with the atmosphere to ensure the unit opens easily after descending from altitude or disembarking a plane. It is this breathable, pressure-adjusting membrane that allows gases (but not liquids) to pass and limits the submersion depth to 10 feet. The unit is also secured by one belt support at two control points to distribute the load and limit belt stress. In addition, two leg straps control the lower section. When the P17 is closed, included desiccant packs will remove moisture from the air trapped inside the case.
Sticky Holsters allow you to deploy and adjust your firearm in seconds. There are no bulky clips or straps to get in the way. These lightweight holsters weigh less than 3 ounces, and the closed-end design keeps lint and dust out while keeping gun oil off of you. Body heat and use conforms the holster to your gun, so its fit will continue to improve with use. These are IWB holsters, and the smaller sizes can work as pocket rigs. The construction of the holster uses the pressure from your clothing waistband to secure both the holster and the gun.
The Caliber Elite Parka offers superior functionality and weather protection in a stylish design ideal for everyday concealed carry. With its insulated lining and four-way-stretch poly fabric, UnderTech recommends the Caliber Elite for cold weather, daily wear, travel, outdoor adventures and more. Featuring six pockets to securely store and organize all of your gadgets and daily essentials, including a firearm pocket, you will feel ready and prepared. The adjustable and detachable hood can be zipped off and stored in one of the pockets, as the water-resistant fabric will help keep you protected on those unpredictable fall and spring days.
UnderTech Undercover’s Zip Pocket Leggings feature two holsters as well as two zippered pockets for stylish functionality. The unique waistband offers comfortable mid-weight compression. UnderTech also added accent cover stitching down the front, giving these leggings a high-fashion look. Made from four-way-stretch Supplex jersey fabric, these leggings are designed to look great on all body types. Available in both black and Army green, the Zip Pocket Leggings can be worn for virtually any occasion.
The Urban Carry G2 is a uniquely designed holster to comfortably carry your concealed firearm with any outfit in nearly any situation. Proudly made in the U.S., the Urban Carry G2 is crafted with saddle-grade leather, and its patented design keeps your firearm below your waistline. This allows for natural movement throughout the day without the pain of a firearm digging into your stomach or leg. With the gun holstered below the waistline, there is no need for you to “dress around your gun.” Wearing normal-fitting pants, shorts or slacks with your regular or even fitted shirts will not expose any part of the firearm.
This timeless leather purse will keep your firearm concealed and close at hand. The Urban Carry Satchel is an elegant leather handbag with clean details and a minimalistic style that will age beautifully. Individually crafted and stitched from leather, this purse features a security cable discreetly sewn into the shoulder strap for reinforcement to prevent a “slash and grab.” A small interior pocket keeps your essentials accessible, and the cowhide interior holster will hold most carry firearms. The easy-access magnetic flap keeps the firearm concealed until needed.
Ever since we started carrying guns, we’ve essentially utilized holsters in some form or another to aid in carrying them. In today’s market, concealed carry is a way of life. Every firearms manufacturer has made concealed carry a very large part of their pistol lineup this year.
With all these new concealed-carry-sized handguns flooding the market, everyone is searching for the best solution to their particular situation when it comes to the carrying portion of concealed carry. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of some of the best handgun holsters on the market.
This article is from the July/August 2018 issue of Combat Handguns Magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com.
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Allen Firebird MQR
BlackHawk Leather 3-Slot Pancake
Blade-Tech Ultimate Klipt
Blade-Tech Ultimate Carry Belt
CBKydex Trigger Shield
Clinger Comfort Cling
Clinger V2 Ultra-Conceal OWB
DeSantis Bedside Matters
DeSantis Option 4
Fobus Universal IWB LaserTuck
Galco Ankle Guard
Galco Quick Slide
Safariland Model 17 & 17T
Safariland Model 557
Seahorse P17 Waterproof Holster
Sticky Holsters SM, MD & LG
UnderTech UnderCover Caliber Elite Parka
UnderTech UnderCover Zip Pocket Leggings
Urban Carry G2
Urban Carry Satchel Concealed Purse
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