Gun Goals https://gungoals.com A Blog for Gun Enthusiasts Sun, 14 Apr 2019 17:01:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 https://gungoals.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/cropped-gungoals-icon-32x32.png Gun Goals https://gungoals.com 32 32 How To Wear An Ankle Holster With Jeans https://gungoals.com/how-to-wear-an-ankle-holster-with-jeans/ Fri, 12 Apr 2019 14:23:24 +0000 https://gungoals.com/?p=502792 If you’ve ever watched an action movie or a spy thriller, you’ve probably seen the hero draw a weapon from his ankle holster. Have you ever wondered if anyone in the real world actually conceals a weapon that way? Believe it or not, ankle carry isn’t just for spies and villains. In this article, we’ll describe how to wear an ...

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If you’ve ever watched an action movie or a spy thriller, you’ve probably seen the hero draw a weapon from his ankle holster. Have you ever wondered if anyone in the real world actually conceals a weapon that way? Believe it or not, ankle carry isn’t just for spies and villains. In this article, we’ll describe how to wear an ankle holster with jeans and by the end, you’ll feel confident enough to try it for yourself.

how to wear an ankle holster with jeans

ANKLE CARRYING BASICS

To successfully carry a weapon at your ankle, you’ll need to purchase a quality holster with adequate retention to keep your gun secured until you decide to draw. Pair your holster with bootcut jeans to eliminate printing. Skinny jeans won’t fit over the weapon, and pants that are too wide at the bottom may get in the way of an efficient draw.

The gun you choose should be a compact or a subcompact. Full-sized guns will be difficult to conceal and could be too heavy and uncomfortable to wear all day.

The last step is to practice your draw. Ankle holsters are a bit more challenging to access than drawing from your waistband, so they require practice to become efficient.

WHY CHOOSE JEANS FOR ANKLE CARRY?

Jeans are probably the best type of pants for concealing an ankle holster. They’re thick enough to completely conceal your weapon with no printing. They’re also sturdy so you can pull them up in one seamless motion when you need to draw.

Bootcut pants will work better than other styles of jeans because the size of the ankle opening is ideal. It’s loose enough to effortlessly cover the weapon, but not so loose that there’s excess fabric getting in your way.

Jeans are superior to lighter fabrics because loose, clingy fabrics can show the imprint of your gun and can sometimes get tangled in the top of the holster. However, any thickly woven materials like khakis or wool dress pants are good options for carrying at your ankle.

OTHER ATTIRE CONSIDERATIONS

To make ankle carry more comfortable, consider wearing tall socks. Even the most breathable, comfortable holster can irritate your skin after a full day of wear. If you pair the socks with ankle-height boots, your holster will sit above your ankle bone rather than pressing against it all day.

You might also consider choosing boots and socks that match the color of your holster. If your pant leg rides up when you sit, the holster will blend right in with your socks and shoes so no one will know you’re carrying a weapon.

ANKLE HOLSTER CONSIDERATIONS

Ankle holsters come in multiple styles. There are single strap holsters that simply wrap around your ankle or double strap holsters that wrap around your calf as well. Ankle holsters are often made from soft, breathable materials like neoprene or nylon.

Whichever style of holster you choose, it should fit snugly to your ankle. If you ever need to flee a situation, you want your weapon to be secure against your leg so it doesn’t hinder your escape. A good fit also reduces friction and chaffing from the holster.

The holster you choose should be as minimal as possible to enhance concealment. Even thick, sturdy jeans won’t hide a full-size gun with a bulky holster.

PRACTICE YOUR DRAW

The creator of this video gives a brief but thorough overview of concealing a weapon at your ankle. He also shows how to draw from your holster. With some practice, you may be able to draw your weapon in under three seconds like him. Check it out:

WHY CHOOSE ANKLE CARRY?

Carrying a gun at your ankle isn’t just for movie characters and marines. Many military and police officers use an ankle holster to carry a backup weapon. Despite the draw being slower than from a waistband holster, especially when standing, there are definite advantages to carrying at your ankle.

Carrying a second weapon gives you the versatility to draw whether you’re seated or standing. It also gives you a backup option if your primary weapon malfunctions or runs out of ammunition.

Ankle holsters require less wardrobe modification than waistband holsters. You don’t need to size up the waistband of your pants, wear long shirts and jackets, or purchase extra accessories like a gun belt to use an ankle holster.

One major advantage of concealing at your ankle is that you can easily draw from a crouch in an emergency. If you find yourself needing to take cover, drawing from your waistband can be a challenge. It’s also easier to draw from your ankle if you’re seated in your car or in a restaurant.

DRAWBACKS OF ANKLE CARRY

Although wearing an ankle holster doesn’t require much wardrobe adjustment, it does require that you wear pants to conceal your weapon. Long skirts aren’t a great idea with an ankle holster because as they float around, it’s possible that the material will get caught on the holster and reveal your weapon.

Not only does it take more time to draw from an ankle holster compared to a waistband holster, but the situations in which you can access the weapon at your ankle are also limited. If an attacker is in close proximity to you, you won’t be able to reach down for your weapon. In face-to-face confrontations, waistband carry is superior. However, drawing from your ankle is a great option if you hear shooting nearby and you have the time and space to crouch and access your gun.

Unfortunately, your favorite full-size gun simply won’t work for ankle carry unless you’re built like a giant. Full-sized pistols are large and heavy and will be extremely difficult to conceal. They also have the potential to limit your mobility if you need to flee. In an emergency, you don’t want to be tripping over your weapon or smashing your other ankle with the 1911 you just had to carry in an ankle holster.

CONCLUSION

Choosing to carry a weapon at your ankle is a great option for a primary or backup weapon. Concealment is quite easy and requires less specialized clothing and accessories. I’m sure you already have a great pair of bootcut pants in your closet, so pull them out and give it a go now that you know how to wear an ankle holster with jeans. 

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How To Make A Leg Holster https://gungoals.com/how-to-make-a-leg-holster/ Fri, 12 Apr 2019 14:14:15 +0000 https://gungoals.com/?p=502786 Once you’ve decided to carry a weapon for protection, you’ll probably want to test out a few different carrying positions. Comfort is an important factor in holster selection, especially if you spend a lot of time driving each day. Carrying inside the waistband (IWB) is common for many people, but drawing from an IWB holster can be difficult when you’re ...

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Once you’ve decided to carry a weapon for protection, you’ll probably want to test out a few different carrying positions. Comfort is an important factor in holster selection, especially if you spend a lot of time driving each day. Carrying inside the waistband (IWB) is common for many people, but drawing from an IWB holster can be difficult when you’re seated.

Whether you want a solution for while you’re driving or just want to test out a different way to carry your gun, follow our guide to learn how to make a leg holster. With just a few materials, some of which you may already have on hand, you’ll be wearing your leg holster in no time.

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MATERIALS

If you have a few spare minutes, you can easily convert a waistband holster into a leg holster. Chances are you already have some of the materials you’ll need. To make your own leg holster, gather the following items:

  • Gun belt – If you don’t already own a high-quality gun belt, consider purchasing one like this leather belt from Relentless Tactical. Fashion belts aren’t sturdy enough to support a holster and gun without sagging, so you should consider investing in a good gun belt.
  • 2 to 3 adjustable nylon belts with a buckle – You can choose to have either one or two nylon belts wrapped around your thigh, and then you’ll need one more to attach the thigh holster to your gun belt. This nylon belt from JASGOOD is a quality, affordable option for this project.
  • A pre-curved holster – A holster that’s slightly curved will be more comfortable than a straight-edged one. 1791 makes a great leather option, but feel free to choose any holster you like. Also, consider using a holster with two belt loops so it’ll sit tight to your leg.
  • Scissors – You’ll trim the nylon belts once you get them sized correctly, so have a sharp pair of scissors on hand.

HOW TO MAKE A LEG HOLSTER: STEP-BY-STEP

Step 1) Create Your Thigh Strap

With your empty holster laying in front of you, thread one of the nylon belts through the belt loop(s). We’ll refer to this belt as the horizontal belt throughout the remainder of the guide. You could use a holster with a clip in a pinch, but loops will be more secure when you’re moving.

One belt will be adequate to anchor the holster to your leg, but two would make it even more secure if you’re in a situation where you’ll be moving around quite a bit.

To add a second belt, simply repeat the first step and thread the second horizontal belt right on top of the first.

Step 2) Attach the Horizontal Belts to Your Leg

Whether you’re using one horizontal belt or two, wrap the belt(s) around your thigh. If you’re using two belts, wrap one of them high on your thigh and the other low.

You want to be sure that you attach the holster at a height you can easily reach. Let your hand hang loosely at your side and place the holster where your hand naturally rests on your outer thigh. Tighten the belt(s) to be secure but comfortable.

3) Trim the Horizontal Nylon Belt(s)

Once you’ve secured the nylon belt(s) to your thigh, cut the excess material off the belt(s). You’ll want to leave a little bit, maybe an inch or two, at the end to make sure you have something to grip each time you cinch your holster onto your leg.

It’s not required that you cut off the excess, but we strongly recommend it. You could tuck the extra length under the tightened belt(s), but it may come loose and interfere with your draw.

4) Put Your Gun Belt On

Thread your gun belt through the belt loops on your pants, but don’t tighten it yet.

5) Attach the Vertical Nylon Belt

We’ll use the last nylon belt to attach the thigh holster to your gun belt. We’ll refer to this belt as the vertical belt throughout the remainder of the guide.

Loop your vertical belt over the top of your gun belt. Keep going with the vertical belt and thread it around the horizontal nylon belt(s) at your thigh. Then, tighten and clasp the vertical belt.

At this point, you can cinch your gun belt around your waist.

6) Trim the Vertical Nylon Belt

Test the position of the holster on your outer thigh. Does it still sit right where your hand rests when you relax it at your side? Put an unloaded gun in the holster and practice drawing and holstering it. Does it feel natural, or are you stretching to reach the holster? Adjust the height as needed by tightening or loosening the vertical belt.

When you’re sure you like where the holster sits on your leg, trim any excess material off of the vertical belt. Be sure to leave an extra inch or two so you have something to grip when you pull it tight in the future.

Congratulations! You’ve just made your own leg holster. None of the pieces are permanently attached to each other, so you can deconstruct and reconstruct your leg holster as needed.

RELATED QUESTIONS

What do I do if I don’t have a holster yet? If you don’t currently own a holster, don’t worry! You can 100% DIY this project by making the holster portion out of duct tape. Follow our duct tape holster guide to see how.

Can I wear a holster on each leg? You sure can! If you own a high-quality gun belt, it should be able to support the weight of two holsters.

What kind of guns can I carry in a leg holster? The belts you used for this project can easily be taken off of one holster and added to another, so you can use this guide for any holster and gun combination you’d like.

Where can I wear my leg holster? Check your state’s laws about open carry before you wear this holster out of the house.

CONCLUSION

Whether you want to wear a leg holster for comfort or just because it looks neat, we hope you enjoyed our guide on how to make a leg holster. Having versatility in how you carry a weapon will ensure that no matter the situation, you’ll have a way to protect yourself.

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How To Break In A New Holster https://gungoals.com/how-to-break-in-a-new-holster/ Fri, 12 Apr 2019 13:59:42 +0000 https://gungoals.com/?p=502778 Have you bought a new holster, but you’re not happy with how it fits? Did you check that you bought the right size holster for your gun, but it’s still way too tight? Are you surprised by how stiff your new holster is but you don’t how to fix it? Gun Goals is back to answer your questions and teach ...

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Have you bought a new holster, but you’re not happy with how it fits? Did you check that you bought the right size holster for your gun, but it’s still way too tight? Are you surprised by how stiff your new holster is but you don’t how to fix it?

Gun Goals is back to answer your questions and teach you how to break in a new holster. There are different methods for doing so, and we’ll cover them all for you.

Breaking in a new holster comes down to making sure the holster mold fits the pistols tightly but not so tight it’s hard to draw. This is done by working the material so that it stretches out to the proper form. The three most common ways to do this are to work it with your hands, use wax paper, or the plastic bag method. It’s also worthwhile to make sure all the securing parts and retention mechanisms are also worked properly.

Read on for more details on how to break in a new holster and breakdowns of the three main methods.

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WHY BREAK IN A NEW HOLSTER?

When holsters are made they are molded to the specific shape of the gun they’re built for. This means that they should be a perfect fit.

But as the holster sits and dries from the molding process, it shrinks to some degree. Leather holsters especially shrink dramatically. Some owners think they’ve bought the wrong holster because the fit is so tight.

It’s probably not the holster. It just needs to be broken in.

Holsters that are too tight can damage the finish on your gun and present dangers in emergency situations. If the gun fits too tightly, forcing it into the holster repeatedly wears on the gun.

Even if you manage to get the gun in, drawing the gun becomes very difficult. Something you definitely don’t want if you need a quick draw.

Pro-tip: If your new holster comes with a tension screw, loosen the retention a little to see if that helps. You’re still probably going to have to do some breaking in, but this makes it easier at the start.

HAND-WORKING METHOD FOR BREAKING IN HOLSTERS

Of the three methods for breaking in a new holster, the hand-working method takes the most work but is the easiest on your holster. All you need to do this is time and energy.

Doing this method is very easy. All you need to is sit down in front of the TV and watch your favorite evening shows.

As you sit and watch, work the leather by pulling firmly on the holster to open the space where your gun goes. Pull with your fingers and tug with your whole hands as well.

Over time, the holster opens up and stretches. Check on the space by fitting your gun inside until it goes in with slight effort. You don’t want it to go in too easy, or it may fall out.

This works because of the fibers in holsters. They gain elasticity as they heat from the friction of your hands. As you pull over time, the fibers are trained to go where you want them to.

WAX PAPER METHOD FOR BREAKING IN HOLSTERS

The next two methods are similar. The wax paper method is used by most people looking for a quick and easy method using common household items.

First, wrap the barrel and body (not the handle) with 2-3 layers of wax paper. Then force the gun in and out of the holster three times. Leave gun and paper in the holster overnight.

The next morning, remove the gun and wax paper and check the fit of the gun. If it fits a little tight, that’s perfect. You want the gun to stay in place but be easily drawn.

The reason this works is that the initial friction caused by rubbing the wax paper on the holster heats up the fibers. Leaving the gun takes those flexible fibers and forms them better to the size of your gun. The extra thickness provided by the paper keeps the holster from shrinking too small.

Warning! Don’t wrap the gun with too many layers of wax paper. If you stretch the holster out too far, it doesn’t shrink back easily. You could ruin your gun if you’re not careful.

PLASTIC BAG METHOD FOR BREAKING IN HOLSTERS

The plastic bag method is commonly recommended by the manufacturer of holsters. The method is similar to the wax paper method, but it uses a plastic sandwich bag.

Place your gun—except the grip— into the sandwich bag and insert into the gun. For this method, you don’t need to reinsert the gun, just put it in once. Leave it in overnight.

The next day, pull the gun out and remove the bag. Check the fit of the handgun in the holster. Remember, you’re looking for that sweet spot of just a little tight.

The reasons this is preferred by some to the wax paper method are as follows:

  • A plastic bag protects the finish better.
  • The thickness of the plastic bag isn’t going to stretch the holster out too far.
  • Just inserting the bag won’t wear on the holster.

Pro-tip: If the holster isn’t right after one night, leave it for the next night as well. You aren’t going to overstretch the holster with the plastic bag. It may just take some time.

BREAKING IN THE MECHANISMS

Holsters can also come with some extra features that need to be broken in. The two big ones you should watch out for are retention straps and belt clips.

Retention straps help to hold the gun in place and prevent holster grabs if someone gets in close quarters. Sometimes fresh holsters come with straps that don’t fit over the butt of the gun. Before you go and write an angry review, try to break it in yourself.

Place your gun in the holster and firmly pull on the strap to lengthen it. Working it repeatedly increases the heat through friction and lengthens the fibers. Take care not to bend or fold the material because it could break.

If the holster has a belt clip, it can be painfully tight to attach to your belt. To loosen it up enough to use a little easier, insert thick cards between your belt and the clip. In time, it adjusts to being easier to handle.

Warning! Don’t put too many extending cards in. Like the rest of the holster, take it slow and adjust little by little until it’s exactly where you want it to be.

CONCLUSION

We hope enjoyed reading about how to break in a new holster. It’s an important step to take that many people forget about. Now that you know how, go out and by your new holster with confidence!

Have fun, and keep on shooting!

If you enjoyed this article, you may also like the 5 best small of back holsters.

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How To Wear A Pancake Holster https://gungoals.com/how-to-wear-a-pancake-holster/ Fri, 12 Apr 2019 13:41:05 +0000 https://gungoals.com/?p=502773 Are you sick of the standard clip or belt-loop holsters? Do you find yourself fumbling around trying to reholster your weapon? Have you ever been afraid of your concealed OWB holster being seen? The pancake holster is a style that still wears like a normal holster but offers some unique features. If you go and buy one, you may be ...

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Are you sick of the standard clip or belt-loop holsters? Do you find yourself fumbling around trying to reholster your weapon? Have you ever been afraid of your concealed OWB holster being seen?

The pancake holster is a style that still wears like a normal holster but offers some unique features. If you go and buy one, you may be wondering exactly how to wear a pancake holster. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

To wear a pancake holster properly, you need to make sure you buy the right size for your gun, keep it tight to your body, and dress for your preferred style of carry. The right size holster keeps your gun in place with good retention. By keeping it tight to your body, the pancake holster offers extra comfort and leverage for everyday wear. Dressing the correct way can make sure the holster is concealed and/or easily-accessible in case of emergencies.

Read on for more detailed information on pancake holsters.

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WHAT IS A PANCAKE HOLSTER?

We’ve mentioned the pancake holster, but do you know what a pancake holster is? In order to better understand why you might choose one or how to wear it, you may find it helpful to know more about pancake holster.

This special type of holster was designed by Roy Baker 60 years to hold your gun closer to your body than the standard holster. This increases its comfort level and concealment ability.

There are two main features of the pancake holster: 1) Two pieces of material creates a flat shape to hold the gun in place. This is where the “pancake” name comes from. 2) The belt slots the holster attaches to the belt with.

Most holsters use a flat piece of material in combination with a piece that’s molded to the gun’s shape. While this gives good retention and makes it easy to draw the weapon, it makes the holster harder more uncomfortable. This is the strength of the pancake holster.

HOW THE HOLSTER ATTACHES

Pancake holsters by two or three belt slots with three belt slots being the most common. Belt slots are different from belt loops because they allow less wiggle room for the holster and hold the holster tighter to your body.

If the pancake holster has three or more belt slots, the holster has different configurations it can be worn with. This lets you choose the cant—angle the gun rides—that you prefer. It also lets the holster be worn from different draw positions and makes strong-side draws or cross-draws simple.

When you wear a pancake holster, try it out in different positions. Drawing should be a natural motion. In an emergency, you don’t want to be fumbling for your gun, so be sure you’re happy with its cant and position.

PICKING FOR THE RIGHT SIZE

Since pancake holsters have been around for six decades, there is a holster for your specific gun; you just have to look for it.

When shopping for a pancake holster, look for the specs and features of the holster. The company should be advertising which specific guns or gun sizes fit best.

While some pancake holsters can come with a thumb guard retention, it’s not that common. Most of the time, it’s only friction that’s holding your gun in place. This makes it extra important to find the best size.

Imagine you’re walking in the grocery store parking lot when some lady’s cart starts to roll away. You, being the kind soul you are, run after it to grab it. But the jostling from running loosens your pistol out of your oversized pancake holster, and the gun falls onto the ground.

Or worse! Imagine there is a shooting situation, and you need to draw your gun. When you go to draw, the too-small holster causes the gun to get stuck for a split-second too long.

These can be avoided if you find the right sized holster. Take the time to double check. It’s worth it.

DRESSING FOR THE RIGHT CARRY

If you’ve picked the right pancake holster for your gun and gotten it attached to your belt how you want, your next step is to dress for the holster. This boils down to two main considerations.

Gun Belt – The belt slot way of securing to your body requires a top-notch belt. I recommend a gun belt at the width described by your specific pancake holster. Most gun belts come in at 1.5 inches.

Regular belts won’t cut it. Even with a thick leather belt, you’re going to find that the extra weight wears it down quickly. This cause the holster to flop around more causing a potentially uncomfortable and even dangerous situation.

Related reading: How to Wear a Gun Belt

Coverage – Pancake holsters can be easily concealed because of how close they cling to your body shape. If the holster is like most pancake holsters, it rests on the outside of your waistband. To conceal this, you’re going to need a coat, sweater, or long T-shirt to provide concealment.

Take care not to pick clothing too long or baggy. Sometimes this actually draws attention to you and makes some people think that you’re carrying. Choose natural looking clothing that rests farther than the holster.

As always when carrying, be careful that the clothing will not get in your way when drawing. In an emergency, every second counts.

WHO SHOULD WEAR A PANCAKE HOLSTER?

Anyone can wear a pancake holster with success, but there are some specific situations or types of people that may want to check them out in particular. This may be for you if you:

  • Are sick of heavy holsters that hang off the belt
  • Have pain at the hip joints or lower back
  • Have a larger abdomen
  • Are looking for a low-profile holster that is easy to conceal
  • Don’t want to mess with belt clips

CONCLUSION

Now you know how to wear a pancake holster. Pick one that is right for your size of handgun, wear it at the angle and position you prefer, and dress in a way that works with the holster.

They work for everyone but especially those listed above. There’s a reason this style has been around for 60 years: it just works.

Have fun, and keep on shooting!

If you enjoyed reading this article, you may also enjoy our 5 Best 1911 Leather Holsters.

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Best IWB Holster for XDS https://gungoals.com/best-iwb-holster-for-xds/ Fri, 12 Apr 2019 13:30:36 +0000 https://gungoals.com/?p=502767 The Springfield XDS 9 mm is a popular compact pistol for concealment and defense. It packs accurate firepower with an easily concealed size. But none of that matters if the holster you’re using sticks out like a sore thumb. This is why most folks opt to use an inside the waistband (IWB) for maximum concealment. Which holsters are worth the price? ...

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The Springfield XDS 9 mm is a popular compact pistol for concealment and defense. It packs accurate firepower with an easily concealed size.

But none of that matters if the holster you’re using sticks out like a sore thumb. This is why most folks opt to use an inside the waistband (IWB) for maximum concealment.

Which holsters are worth the price? Our review breaks it down for you, so you can find the best IWB holster for XDS and your needs.

FEATURES OF IWB HOLSTERS

As you read our reviews below, you need to know what to look for and what you need. IWB holsters have many of the same features as other holsters, but there are some specific things you should be aware of.

Read on to find out more.

CONCEALMENT

People don’t pick IWBs because they’re comfortable; they pick them because they are very easy to conceal. When the holster slides in between your pants and body, you can completely conceal it with a shirt. Worn properly, you can even wear a dress shirt tucked in, and the only thing that’s visible is the clip or loop connecting the holster to your belt.

All IWBs offer great concealment potential but some more so than others. Some IWBs still can be seen to a small degree if someone knows where to look. If concealment is an important factor for you, pay attention closely when our breakdowns discuss this.

DRAW SPEED

When you choose to carry a gun, you’re taking on the responsibility of being a first responder. If there was a shooting situation, you’d want to be able to respond quickly. While most holsters all can be drawn quickly, every second counts in an emergency.

IWB holsters, in particular, have the danger of getting blocked by your clothing. It often takes an extra micro-second to pull your shirt or coat out of the way before you draw. This can’t be avoided when you wear IWB, but you don’t need a holster that also slows the draw speed more.

There are a couple of factors that play into draw speed. In general, you can draw faster if more of the grip and slide are available to hold on to as you draw. The angle and position of the holster can affect your draw speed as well.

Related Reading: Drawing from concealed carry

RETENTION

Retention refers to how tightly the gun is held in the holster. Higher retention levels keep the gun in place and lower the risk of your gun slipping out. The downside to this is that it requires more effort to draw the gun.

In addition to the normal retention holsters offer, there can also be mechanical retention added such as straps, button, and clips. These prevent holster grabs and secure the gun even farther. However, they can drastically cut down on draw speed.

In general, IWB holsters avoid adding mechanical retention or use only one type designed for easy use. This is because the holsters are already more inconvenient to get to.

It’s up to you what you want and what you’re worried about. Keep this in mind when you read the reviews below.

COMFORT

Even if you invest hundreds of dollars into a holster that fits your gun perfectly, you’re never going to wear it if it pokes you in the side all day. As you read, notice our descriptions of the products on our top 5 list when they cover comfort.

Not every holster is comfortable for every body type. Here are some general rules that you can follow to find a comfortable holster:

  • The holster should ride close to the body.
  • When in the holster, the gun shouldn’t ride so high that it pokes your hip bone or back depending on your wear.
  • The holster shouldn’t ride too low below the belt line.
  • As you move, the holster shouldn’t flop around.
  • Leather and nylon are more comfortable to feel.
  • Lower thickness holsters are less noticed by you during your normal day.

Related Reading: How to wear a gun belt

MATERIAL

Holsters typically come 4 types of materials. Each one has its pros and cons. Read on and decide which is best for you.

Leather – Leather holsters are the classic material. They usually cost more but are comfortable, durable, and soft on the gun.

Synthetic – Plastic materials, Kydex being the most popular, provide great retention and durability at a more affordable price than leather. They tend to be more uncomfortable and harder on the gun.

Hybrid – Usually, a hybrid holster uses a leather backing with a synthetic molded shell. By using both, they try to get the best of both worlds.

Nylon – Nylon holsters are very affordable, but it comes at the sacrifice of quality. These holsters are soft to feel, but they flop around and don’t last long. Pick this if you want, but I recommend the other three for holsters.

Related Reading: Gun holster material guide

PRICE

Don’t lie to yourself about how important price is for your purchase. If you can’t afford the holster of your dreams, look at the features above once more and decide what’s important to you.

Our top 5 list of holsters for the XDS ranges over different prices, but all of them are good quality.

REVIEW OF THE BEST IWB HOLSTER FOR XDS

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Below, we break down each of our favorite IWB holsters for Springfield XDS. By looking at the manufacturer’s specs and actual experience of using the product, you can trust that the information we give you is correct. Read on to find the best holster for you.

RELENTLESS TACTICAL THE DEFENDER LEATHER IWB HOLSTER FOR SPRINGFIELD XDS

Relentless Tactical The Defender Leather IWB Holster - Made...
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  • BACKED BY RELENTLESS TACTICAL'S LIFETIME WARRANTY! Carry the best IWB Holster on Amazon with confidence for the rest of your life. With quality American Made construction comes great durability. That...
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  • SAY NO TO CHEAP NYLON HOLSTERS! Why settle for inferior nylon or imitation leather when you can have a Genuine Made in the USA Bullhide leather holster with our complete Lifetime Warranty?
  • DESIGNED FOR OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE AND MAXIMUM COMFORT! Sturdy dependable and form-fitted for easy effective concealment and quick reliable access.

Relentless Tactical made this medium-priced leather holster for compact pistols like the XDS. The leather is made by American craftsman using bullhide leather. As with most leather, this means they’re going for durability and smooth feel.

This holster comes with a lifetime warranty. Your holster slides inside the waistband and attaches to your belt with a metal clip. The dark-colored clip is meant to be discreet because it is the only part of the holster that may be visible when the gun is concealed.

The Defender holster uses little material to keep it as low profile as possible. It comes in three colors in both right and left-handed varieties. You can pick from Midnight Black, Whiskey Barrel Brown, and Charred Oak colors.

The user experience can be boiled down to this:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Good quality leather
  • Affordable for the high-quality of the holster
  • Durable over long periods of wear
  • Can be worn comfortably in different carry positions

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Holster may cover too much of the grip making it a little harder to draw
  • Metal clip gets caught and bends easily

CONCEALMENT EXPRESS IWB KYDEX HOLSTER

Concealment Express IWB KYDEX Holster: fits Springfield XD-S...
  • Fits: Springfield XD-S 3.3" 9MM/40SW/45ACP - Carry: Appendix, Hip, Cross Draw, Palm-In Back - **For Palm-Out Back / OWB Carry - Select Opposite Draw Hand**
  • Type: IWB - Inside The Waistband - Easily Adjustable Retention Pressure & Carry Angle (Cant) 0-15 Degrees with Phillips Screwdriver (No Special Tools Needed!)
  • Material: .08" KYDEX for a Perfect Custom Molded Fit - Weight: Only 2.5 oz. - Standard Belt Clip: 1.5" ABS
  • Posi 'Click' Audible Retention Lock System - Integrated Full Length Sweat Guard - Black Oxide Treated Hardware w/Threadlock
  • 100% Hand Made in the USA - Unconditional Lifetime Warranty - Absolute Satisfaction Guaranteed

Concealment express made this affordable IWB holster specifically for the Springfield XDS 3.3”. With the Kydex material, you can expect a holster that is durable and resistant to damage from water and the elements.

Adaptability is the name of the game with this holster. The retention adjustment allows you to pick the tension that you prefer in your holsters.

On top of that, there are adjustments available to the cant of the holster. This lets you choose exactly how to wear your gun. Because of these adjustments, you can wear the holster in the following ways:

  • Appendix
  • Hip
  • Cross Draw
  • Palm-in back
  • Palm-out back

The molded synthetic keeps the gun in tightly, but the holster also comes with a Posi-click audible retention system. Special chemical treatment of the material prevents damage from sweat as you tuck the holster against your body.

Concealment Express offers an unconditional lifetime warranty for their holster. The holster comes in two colors: black and carbon fiber black.

Customers have this to say about the product:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Love the adjustable cant
  • Retention is perfect for the XDS
  • Kydex is soft on the gun but tough enough to last
  • Comfortable to wear

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Tension screw may scratch your slide

CYA SUPPLY CO. IWB HOLSTER

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CYA Supply Co. IWB Holster Fits: Springfield XD-S 3.3" 9mm /...
  • Fits only: SpringField XD-S 3.3" 9mm / .40S&W / .45ACP Single Stack - No Light/Laser Attachments (Right Hand Draw Only)
  • IWB Holster - Inside The Waistband - Easily Adjustable Retention Pressure & Carry Angle (Cant) 0-15 Degrees
  • 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.

CYA Supply Co. built an affordable IWB holster meant for the Springfield XDS. As such, it’s designed to fit with great retention for the pistol.

Made of Boltaron, the IWB slips into your pants and clips on your belt with a secure synthetic clip. The holster comes with a sweat guard along where the slide of your gun goes to protect the gun from the moisture of your body.

Like many synthetic holsters, CYA adds a posi-click audible retention system to this holster. The retention system prevents holster grabs and keeps the gun securely in place as you move throughout the day.

This particular model is right-handed and comes in five different colors: black, carbon fiber, flat dark earth, OD green, and teal blue. The holster also has screws that adjust the cant for customization in how you carry.

Everything is made in the USA by this veteran-owned company. They also offer a lifetime warranty on the holster in case something breaks or is defective.

After talking to users, we noticed the following points:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Easy to conceal
  • Adjustable and comfortable
  • Gentle on the gun
  • Design allows for coverage of trigger guard but easy draw

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • May be uncomfortable for small of back carry

BLACK ARCH SPRINGFIELD XDS IWB HYBRID HOLSTER

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Black Arch Springfield XD-S 3.3 Right-handed IWB Hybrid...
  • Genuine Suede - Our Variable Stiffness Backer, or VSB, features a durable leather face, a polymer stiffening insert, and a soft suede backing. This combination creates a sweat proof barrier between...
  • Adjustable Retention - With adjustment screws all around the holster, you can hand tune the draw weight to fit exactly what you want for your specific situation.
  • Customized Carrying - Adjust the height and angle your holster rides at for the perfect position for both concealability and comfort.
  • Streamlined Design - By making each backer a custom fit for the the gun, we`ve made the ACE-1 more streamlined than ever before!
  • Right Handed - Designed to be worn inside the waistband from the 3-5 o` €clock positions for a right handed shooter

When a company chooses to build a hybrid holster you can expect the holster to merge the comfort of a softer material with the retention and durability of a synthetic holster. Black Arch succeeds with this more expensive IWB holster designed specifically for the Springfield XDS.

The backing material used in this holster is the company’s Variable Stiffness Backer. It’s made from a durable leather layer, polymer insert for stiffness, and a gentle suede layer. The triple-layered backing that rides against your skin balances comfort with moisture protection.

Black Arch made this with the XDS in mind but with complete customization when it comes to wearing the holster. The retention is adjustable to meet your preference through an easy-to-use tension screw. For wearing preference, the holster’s cant and ride height can be adjusted which lets all but guarantees that this holster can be comfortable to anyone.

This holster only comes in a right and left-handed variety. The holster secures to your belt with two metal clips that keep the holster in place as you move.

With a streamlined design, Black Arch makes sure this holster is easy to conceal and draw. When the XDS is holstered, the trigger guard is completely covered while still allowing easy access to the grip for drawing.

Here’s what the customers have to say:

Positives Recap for This Product:

  • Very comfortable ride
  • Easy to conceal
  • Quality, durable material
  • Fits XDS snugly
  • Adjustable to fit many body types

Negatives Recap for This Product:

  • May not sit securely with a lot of moving
  • The leather is abrasive on the skin

ALIEN GEARS HOLSTER CLOAK TUCK 3.5 IWB HOLSTER

Alien Gear holsters Springfield XDs 3.3 Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB...
  • Adjustable ride height, cant and retention
  • Sweat-wicking, breathable neoprene backing
  • Custom-molded retention shell for superior fit
  • Lifetime warranty and 30 day trial period
  • Made with pride in the USA

Alien Gear made their more expensive IWB holster a hybrid model. The polymer shell is molded to fit the pistol of the specific size you order including the popular Springfield XDS. The neoprene backing pulls the sweat away from your body and protects the gun from moisture damage.

With right and left-handed models and fully adjustable cant and ride height screws, you’re going to find some way this holster fits comfortably. Alien Gear believe in this product so much they offer a lifetime warranty and 30-day trial period.

The edges of the holster are bound with fabric for comfort against the skin, and the twin layers of spring steel and woven ballistic nylon give the holster enough toughness to fit securely while still offering the flexibility needed to fit to your shape.

With two plastic clips securing the holster to your belt, it’s not going to slip out easily. This product is made in the USA.

Common pros and cons around this holster include:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Comfortable to wear with different body types
  • Good retention and draw speed
  • Very adjustable
  • Easy to conceal

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Clips are strong but hard to use
  • Adjusting screws come loose over time

CONCLUSION

We hope you enjoyed reading about our top 5 best IWB holsters for XDS. Any of these is a great choice; we don’t pick sub-par products to show you.

I recommend—if you can swing the cash—to go for the Black Arch hybrid holster. The reviews and features make this holster stand out above the rest for customization and ride choice.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for something a little simpler and affordable, Relentless Tactical’s holster gets the job done with great value for the price.

Whatever, you decide to make sure you understand what you’re looking for by reading about the features in the earlier section. Now you can go and buy with confidence.

Have fun, and keep on shooting!

If you enjoyed reading this article, you may also enjoy the best gun belts for IWB.

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How To Conceal OWB Holsters https://gungoals.com/how-to-conceal-owb-holsters/ Fri, 05 Apr 2019 15:48:31 +0000 https://gungoals.com/?p=502761 There are numerous ways to conceal a firearm, but one of the most popular is with an inside the waistband (IWB) holster. Compared to other methods, IWB concealment is pretty easy to achieve. However, outside the waistband, or OWB, concealment isn’t difficult either. In this article, we’ll give you some tips and tricks to show you how to conceal an ...

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There are numerous ways to conceal a firearm, but one of the most popular is with an inside the waistband (IWB) holster. Compared to other methods, IWB concealment is pretty easy to achieve. However, outside the waistband, or OWB, concealment isn’t difficult either. In this article, we’ll give you some tips and tricks to show you how to conceal an OWB holster, and then tell you why it might be even better than IWB concealment.

how to conceal owb holster

QUICK STEPS FOR CONCEALED OWB HOLSTERS

If you want to use an OWB holster for concealed carry, follow these simple steps:

  1. Choose a carrying location that’s comfortable & where you can hide the bulk of the gun and holster.
  2. Get a holster that sits tight and preferably high against your waist.
  3. Purchase a high-quality gun belt.
  4. Choose a shirt or outer garment that’s long enough to conceal the holster.

Once you’ve done the above, you’ll be able to successfully conceal your weapon. Now let’s discuss each of the above steps in more detail below.

WHERE SHOULD YOU CARRY?

You’ve probably seen characters in movies and on TV carrying a holster at their hip. This is a great option for open carrying, but not necessarily the easiest way to conceal a weapon.

With the holster at your hip, you create considerable bulk that looks very unnatural. Now, we know that the bulk of a gun is never “natural”, but stick with us.

If you position your holster in a spot where your body naturally curves inward, like at your appendix or kidney, you’ll have an easier time concealing your weapon.

CONCEALING GEAR

The first piece of gear you’ll want to purchase for any type of concealed carry is a good holster. The holster should be a good fit for your weapon and should have some form of retention, either a strap, a button, or a snug fit to ensure that your weapon stays put until you decide to draw it.

You might also consider getting a holster with a forward cant, also called an FBI cant. The cant of a holster refers to its forward or backward angle. Some holsters hold a gun vertically, but a holster with a forward cant allows for an easier draw for many shooters. The angle is more natural and puts you into a defensive position better than a vertical draw.

Also consider the ride of your holster, or how high it sits on your belt. The higher the ride, the easier it will be to conceal. If the end of your barrel sits just slightly under the bottom of your belt, you’ll have a much easier time concealing it than if the barrel extends to the bottom of your pocket.

The slimmer your holster is the better. You certainly want a sturdy, well-made holster, but try to find one without unnecessary bulk. It should also fit tight to your body. Some holsters even come pre-curved to sit snugly against the natural curve of your waist. You’re not a lego person, so your holster shouldn’t be designed to fit one.

Another important piece of gear for concealed carry is a good gun belt. Regular fashion belts, no matter how expensive, can sag under the weight of your holster and gun. This is a dead giveaway that you’re carrying a weapon. Gun belts come with strong cores that keep your gun riding high.

A final consideration is the type of weapon you’re trying to conceal. While it’s possible to conceal basically any pistol, smaller weapons are easier to hide. If you want to be the most inconspicuous shooter in the world, choose a gun with a single-stack magazine and a shorter barrel.

CONCEALING CLOTHING

Choosing the right clothing will go a long way in keeping your weapon concealed. With OWB concealment, you’ll need something that’s long enough to cover the entirety of your holster. This is why you should consider a holster that rides high and has a forward cant.

Wearing a jacket or coat of some sort is a popular way to conceal. High-ride holsters can be concealed relatively easily with a shirt, but mid and low-ride holsters will require some sort of coat or jacket. Your outerwear should fit a little loose to reduce printing. (Printing is when the outline of your gun shows through your clothing.)

Suit jackets are a great option for OWB carry, but be careful about where the vents are located or you’ll give yourself away. If you carry at your kidney, choose a jacket with vents on the sides. If you carry at your hip, choose a jacket with vents in the back.

If your body can accommodate purchasing tall shirts rather than regular, they’re a great option for OWB concealment. Tall shirts typically have an extra inch or two of length at the bottom, giving you more fabric to drape over your holster. Also, consider shirts with a straight bottom hem rather than the curved hem of a dress shirt.

For ladies, consider wearing an A-line shirt that’s longer in the back to help conceal at your kidney and pair it with a camisole to reduce printing.

Even when it’s too warm outside for a jacket, it’s possible to conceal an OWB holster. Choose button-up short sleeve shirts with a thicker Oxford weave or a sturdy polo shirt over light, clingy athletic-wear shirts that will print more.

WHY CHOOSE OWB FOR CONCEALING

People often choose IWB holsters for concealment because they tuck neatly into your waistband and are easily covered by a shirt, but there are some definite advantages to OWB holsters.

First, OWB holsters are more comfortable for many gun owners than IWB holsters. You don’t need to buy larger pants to wear an OWB holster and you’ll never have a gun barrel poking you when you sit or bend down.

Another benefit of OWB holsters is that it’s easier to draw your weapon if it isn’t tucked into your pants. This particular benefit is enough for many people to choose to carry OWB, despite it being a little more difficult to keep concealed.

CONCLUSION

Concealing an OWB holster isn’t as challenging as it may seem. If you have a holster that sits tight to your body and you wear a gun belt that won’t sag, it’ll be easier to cover your weapon with your clothing. Choose jackets with a little extra room or shirts with extra length made from thicker fabrics and you’ll be golden. With our easy tips and tricks, we hope you now feel comfortable with how to conceal an OWB holster.

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How To Make A Concealed Carry Holster https://gungoals.com/how-to-make-a-concealed-carry-holster/ Fri, 05 Apr 2019 15:32:19 +0000 https://gungoals.com/?p=502754 Are you traveling somewhere dangerous where you want the extra protection of a concealed handgun? Do you want to carry concealed but don’t want to drop the cash to get a holster? You don’t have to pay $30-100+ to get a concealed carry holster that works. Read this guide to find out one of the quickest and cheapest ways on ...

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Are you traveling somewhere dangerous where you want the extra protection of a concealed handgun? Do you want to carry concealed but don’t want to drop the cash to get a holster? You don’t have to pay $30-100+ to get a concealed carry holster that works.

Read this guide to find out one of the quickest and cheapest ways on how to make a concealed carry holster that works for you. If you need one in a pinch, our guide can help.

how to make a concealed carry holster

ITEMS NEEDED TO MAKE A CONCEALED CARRY HOLSTER

Coat Hanger – Chances are you already have one of these in your closet. Don’t go through the effort of buying another coat hanger if you already have one. However, the hanger must be metal and the thicker, the better. 

Wire Cutters – The wire cutter you use needs to be able to cut through the metal hanger. If you’re handy around the house, you probably already have one. If you need to buy one, we recommend the BOENFU brand because it can be used in many situations.

Pliers – The pliers are used to bend the hanger into the shape discussed below. You probably have one of these as well, but make sure your pliers aren’t the cutting kind. We recommend serrated jaws for a firm grip.

Duct Tape – You know what they say, “If it can’t be fixed with duct tape, you aren’t using enough duct tape.” No at-home project would be complete without a little duct tape. Gorilla makes the classic, durable tape most people use.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Read on to learn how to make a concealed carry holster. Be sure to follow the directions carefully. We all know how dangerous firearms can be if used carelessly. If you read carefully and watch the video, you’ll be fine.

1) CUT THE HOOK

Grab your wire cutters and get ready to cut off the hook of the hanger. When you cut, go down about two inches from each side where the ends of the hanger meet at the base of the hook. Make sure you squeeze the cutters firmly; you want a clean cut.

2) BEND THE HANGER STRAIGHT AND FOLD IN HALF

Take the hanger and straighten it out with your hands. After that, fold the length of the metal in half. You may not need to use any pliers at this point, but if the metal is thicker than the average hanger, pliers can help apply better pressure.

3) BEND THE FOLDED END

For this step, you need your pliers. Use the tool to bend the folded end one inch. The metal should end up in a “U” shape with the rest of the hanger. Make sure the fold follows the two parallel metal lines you created with Step 2.

4) MEASURE THE BARREL LENGTH

From the edge of the bend in the hanger, measure the length of the barrel and fold again using your pliers. This bend should go in the opposite direction of Step 3. Your end product is an “S” shape with one end being a one-inch bend, a barrel length in the middle, and the rest of the hanger on the end.

5) REMOVE EXTRA WIRE AND TAPE

Measuring the barrel again, this time use your wire cutters to remove the extra wire from the long end of the hanger. You should now have a one-inch bend, barrel length in the middle, and barrel-length end.

Take your duct tape and go around the cut end of the wire 3-4 times. This protects your gun barrel from being scratched by the cut metal.

6) ASSEMBLE AND WEAR

To use your homemade concealed carry holster, insert the taped end of the wire into the barrel of your gun. Turn the gun so it rides perpendicular to the direction of the bends.

Insert the hanger into the waistband of your pants with the one-inch bend looping over your belt. The gun goes between your pants and body. It’s held in place by the wire which is now attached to your pants.

For extra security, add another bend to loop around your belt. This gives your DIY holster better draw speed because the wire is guaranteed to stay in place.

Congrats! You made your concealed carry holster!

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Am I allowed to conceal carry? – Most states recognize concealed carry as a constitutional right, but some states also require a permit to do so. State laws vary and change over time. Check with your state police for the most up-to-date information.

You may also want to check out this comprehensive list of concealed carry states and their laws. Keep in mind, if you’re traveling between states you need to be aware of the state’s laws. Otherwise, you are liable.

Why would I want to carry concealed? – There are several reasons to concealed carry. Ultimately, it’s up to you why you do so, but being able to explain your reasons can help to make carrying a handgun less feared.

Reasons include:

  • Being prepared to defend yourself and others in an emergency
  • Wanting to carry but not make others uncomfortable
  • Avoid being a target in a violent situation
  • You live or travel in a dangerous area
  • You want to practice your rights, so they don’t disappear

How should I dress for concealed carry? – With the concealed carry holster we just made, the hanger clip is going to be visible over your belt. Cover it with a sweater, jacket, or coat to make it completely concealed. Be careful, though. Choosing obvious clothing may make people guess you’re carrying.

Related Reading: How to Dress For Concealed Carry

CONCLUSION

Thank you for reading our tutorial on how to make a concealed carry holster. Using common materials and tools around the house, you can make your own holster in under five minutes.  Remember to check the laws in your state before carrying, but enjoy feeling safer for doing so.

Have fun, and keep on shooting!

A holster doesn’t have to break the bank, but if you want to buy one for long-term use, check out our list of the 5 best 1911 concealed carry holsters.

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Best IWB Holster For Walther PPS M2 https://gungoals.com/best-iwb-holster-for-walther-pps-m2/ Fri, 05 Apr 2019 15:03:16 +0000 https://gungoals.com/?p=502746 Walther specifically designed their PPS M2 to be a great concealed carry weapon. In this article, we’re going to go over some of the features of the gun that make it ideal for inside the waistband (IWB) concealed carry and then we’ll review five different holsters so you can select the best IWB holster for the Walther PPS M2. WALTHER ...

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Walther specifically designed their PPS M2 to be a great concealed carry weapon. In this article, we’re going to go over some of the features of the gun that make it ideal for inside the waistband (IWB) concealed carry and then we’ll review five different holsters so you can select the best IWB holster for the Walther PPS M2.

WALTHER PPS M2 OVERVIEW

The Walther PPS M2 is a great option for concealed carry, especially if you’re not inclined to carry a full-sized pistol. At just 21.1 ounces unloaded, 1 inch wide, and 6.3 inches long, this gun was designed with concealment in mind.

Don’t be fooled by the small package, though. This gun is chambered for 9mm bullets, so it packs the power you’d want in an emergency situation. The PPS M2 comes with three different magazine options, 6, 7, or 8 bullets, to fit any hand size.

The trigger takes just 6.1 pounds of pressure to fire and has a very short travel, only 0.2 inches. These trigger features aid in rapid fire and improved accuracy, both of which are ideal in a concealment weapon.

Safety features of this firearm include:

  • An internal striker so there’s no hammer to unintentionally cock.
  • A cocking indicator so you can easily see if your gun is primed to fire.
  • A trigger safety.
  • A loaded chamber viewport so you can see the cartridge rim if you have a bullet chambered.

This firearm is a great option for smaller-framed people who struggle to conceal a full-sized gun, as well as those who simply prefer to carry a compact weapon.

For a thorough review of the Walther PPS M2 and to see it in action, check out this video:

IWB HOLSTER CONSIDERATIONS

IWB holsters are a great option for concealment, which is why they’re so popular. One drawback with IWB carrying is that with full-sized pistols you usually need to size up the waistband of your pants. However, with a compact gun like the PPS M2 and a streamlined holster, you may not need to size up.

When looking for an IWB holster, consider the position where you’d like to carry. Some holsters are adjustable so you can carry in various positions such as at your kidney or your appendix, while others are specifically designed for a single carrying position or side of the body.

A quality holster, whether IWB, OWB, or any other type, should have some sort of retention to keep the gun holstered until you’re ready to draw. Depending on the holster, this may be a button-down strap, a button you depress to release, or just a tight fit from either well-formed leather or custom-formed Kydex.

The ease of draw is a very important consideration in choosing a holster. The position where you carry should facilitate a seamless draw, and you should be able to release the retention without a struggle.

The ease of concealment is a major factor in selecting an IWB holster. The main purpose of carrying a weapon inside your waistband rather than out is concealment, so the holster you choose should fit your body type in a way that keeps your weapon hidden.

Comfort is also important, especially when you’re carrying IWB. Having a gun tucked tightly against your body can be very uncomfortable if you don’t have the right holster. If parts of the holster dig into your body, you’re more likely to leave it at home rather than carry it.

OTHER GEAR

One other piece of equipment you should consider purchasing is a high-quality gun belt. Regular belts can sag under the weight of a gun and holster. Not only can this be uncomfortable, but it’s more difficult to conceal a low-hanging holster.

A sagging holster can also hinder your ability to draw your weapon in an emergency. Check out our guide on the best gun belts for IWB holsters to help you choose the right one to suit your needs.

REVIEW OF THE BEST IWB HOLSTER FOR THE WALTHER PPS M2

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Four of the five holsters we’ll review are made from hard, thermoplastic materials and the other is made of leather. All five of the holsters attach to your belt with a clip, which makes them adjustable to a variety of carrying positions. They all also meet our basic safety requirements of adequate retention and a trigger guard. Read on to decide which of the holsters is right for you.

CYA SUPPLY CO. IWB HOLSTER

CYA Supply Co. IWB Holster Fits: Walther PPS M2-9mm -...
  • Fits only: Walther PPS M2 - 9mm - No Light/Laser Attachments (Right Hand Draw Only)
  • IWB Holster - Inside The Waistband - Easily Adjustable Retention Pressure & Carry Angle (Cant) 0-15 Degrees
  • 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.

The CYA Supply Co. IWB holster is made from a thermoplastic called Boltaron. It’s sized perfectly for the Walther PPS M2 but is only suitable for a right-hand draw. If your PPS M2 has a light or laser attachment, it will not fit into this holster.

According to CYA Supply Co., the Boltaron material they used for the holster is superior to the Kydex used in most hard holsters. It’s a harder material and is more impact resistant than Kydex, and is less likely to warp in high temperatures, making it a more durable, long-lasting holster than its competitors.

The holster is slightly recessed compared to most thermoplastic holsters, so your draw and re-holstering will be smoother. This will leave less wear and tear on your gun over time. It does audibly click when it’s in place, so you can be assured that it provides adequate retention.

The cant of the holster can be adjusted from 0 to 15 degrees with a hex wrench, included with the holster. The hex wrench can also adjust the retention screws on the holster for a custom fit.

Positives recap for this product:

  • Boltaron material is highly durable and less likely to scuff your gun.
  • Slightly recessed fit for less wear and tear on your gun.
  • Adjustable cant and retention with the provided hex wrench.

Negatives recap for this product

  • Not suitable for left-handed shooters.
  • Some reviewers complained that the clip was a little too snug on their gun belts.

FIERCE DEFENDER IWB KYDEX HOLSTER – “THE WINTER WARRIOR SERIES”

Fierce Defender IWB Kydex Holster Walther PPS M2 The Winter...
  • Thick .08 Kydex material that is strong, durable, and molded specifically for your weapon
  • Fully covers trigger and backside of gun, providing safety and protection from sweat
  • Adjustable Retention so you can get the perfect fit
  • Flared opening allows for easy re-holstering
  • Adjustable Cant - 0 to 15 Degrees

The Fierce Defender holster is made from Kydex, a hard thermoplastic, so it’s precisely molded to fit the Walter PPS M2. The holster covers the trigger for a safe carry.

The frame of the holster is generously sized on the back-side to cover the entire slide of the fun. This protects your gun from sweat and maintains the finish.

The opening of the holster is slightly flared to help with quick holstering and drawing. Owners have really favored this design choice because they don’t feel like they have to slam their weapon down to get it to click, nor do they have to yank with excessive force to draw. However, it still holds your firearm snugly, providing adequate retention.

The Fierce Defender has adjustable cant and retention like the CYA Supply Co. holster and is also only available for right-hand shooters.

The edges of the holster are well rounded for comfort, so you won’t have to worry about it digging into your body or abrading your skin as you move around. It’s also light-weight, so it’ll be comfortable to carry and easy to conceal.

Positives recap for this product:

  •  The opening is slightly flared for easy drawing and holstering.
  • Adjustable cant and retention.
  • Light-weight and comfortable to wear.

Negatives recap for this product:

  • Not suitable for left-handed shooters.

CONCEALMENT EXPRESS IWB KYDEX HOLSTER

Concealment Express IWB KYDEX Holster: fits Walther PPS -...
  • Fits: Walther PPS M1/M2 - Carry: Appendix, Hip, Cross Draw, Palm-In Back - **For Palm-Out Back / OWB Carry - Select Opposite Draw Hand**
  • Type: IWB - Inside The Waistband - Easily Adjustable Retention Pressure & Carry Angle (Cant) 0-15 Degrees with Phillips Screwdriver (No Special Tools Needed!)
  • Material: .08" KYDEX for a Perfect Custom Molded Fit - Weight: Only 2.5 oz. - Standard Belt Clip: 1.5" ABS
  • Posi 'Click' Audible Retention Lock System - Integrated Full Length Sweat Guard - Black Oxide Treated Hardware w/Threadlock
  • 100% Hand Made in the USA - Unconditional Lifetime Warranty - Absolute Satisfaction Guaranteed

The Concealment Express IWB holster is made from Kydex like the Fierce Defender. Like the other two holsters we’ve reviewed, it features an adjustable cant and retention. Unlike the CYA Supply Co. holster, it requires only a Phillips screwdriver to adjust.

This is the first holster on our list that can be ordered in either a left or right-hand option. This is great not only for left-handed shooters but is also appealing to those who like to conceal at their weak-side appendix for a crossbody draw.

The company keeps its holster designs simple, so this holster weighs in at a mere 2.5 ounces. It’s comfortable for everyday wear and the minimalist design makes it easier to conceal because it causes little to no printing.

Like both the CYA Supply Co. and the Fierce Defender, the Concealment Express features an elongated body-side to protect your weapon from sweat and scratches. However, unlike the Fierce Defender, the edges of this holster are not as rounded or smoothed. For some people, this may make it a little less comfortable to wear without an undershirt between the holster and your skin.

Positives recap for this product:

  • Cant and retention are adjustable with a Phillips screwdriver.
  • Slim, minimal design for a light but durable holster.
  • The holster comes in both left and right-hand varieties.

Negatives recap for this product:

  • The edges of the holster aren’t as rounded as other options, so it may be less comfortable.

BARSONY NEW BROWN LEATHER TUCKABLE IWB HOLSTER

Barsony New Brown Leather Tuckable IWB Holster for Walther...
  • Precision stitching; lightweight; made from premium cowhide leather.
  • Perfect for concealment without jacket. Tuck your shirt in between the belt clip and holster for ultimate concealment.
  • Accepts belts up to 1 3/4" width.
  • The picture shows a right hand draw- strongside (right side) holster.

The Barsony holster is the only leather holster on our list. It is also the first tuckable option we’ve featured, which means this holster can be worn with casual attire or business attire. It can truly be an everyday carry holster for those whose job requires them to dress up.

Like the Concealment Express holster, the Barsony comes in a left and a right-hand option, making it suitable for any shooter in any IWB concealment position. Like the other three holsters, the Barsony has a sweat shield to protect your gun.

Leather holsters typically require a break-in period to mold perfectly to your firearm. To streamline this process, Barsony offers holsters in seven different sizes. However, some Barsony owners complained that the sizes are not specific enough for their gun so the holster they selected ended up being too large. This can be a safety issue if the holster isn’t snug enough to provide adequate retention.

Many gun owners prefer leather holsters over thermoplastic holsters because they’re more comfortable against the skin, especially for inside the waistband carrying. With regular use, the leather will continue to break in and soften even further.

Positives recap for this product:

  • The leather is very comfortable for IWB carry.
  • The holster is tuckable, so it can be worn with any type of attire.
  • The holster comes in both left and right-hand varieties.

Negatives recap for this product:

  • The sizing isn’t as customized as the thermoplastics, so it may be a bit big for some gun models.

ALIEN GEAR CLOAK TUCK HOLSTER

Alien Gear holsters Walther PPS M2 Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB...
  • Adjustable ride height, cant and retention
  • Sweat-wicking, breathable neoprene backing
  • Custom-molded retention shell for superior fit
  • Lifetime warranty and 30 day trial period
  • Made with pride in the USA

Alien Gear has a reputation for high-quality holsters and their prices reflect that, making the Cloak the most expensive IWB holster on our list. Like the Barsony and Concealment Express, the Cloak is available in both left and right-hand models so it can be worn in a variety of locations.

The Cloak is the only pancake-style holster on our list. The backing, which sits against your body, is made from a strong but slightly flexible material. It also features Alien Gear’s CoolVent neoprene which is designed to wick moisture from the body and provide the wearer with some cushioning.

The edges of the Cloak are covered in fabric for extremely comfortable wear. People of all shapes and sizes have found this holster to be comfortable. The retention side of the holster is a custom-fit hardshell.

The retention and cant of the Alien Gear are both adjustable, as well as the height of the belt clips. Not only does this holster prioritize comfort, but it also allows for a great deal of fit customization.

Positives recap for this product:

  • CoolVent neoprene material is breathable.
  • Holster backing is made from a strong but flexible material with covered edges for comfort.
  • Adjustable retention, cant, and clips.

Negatives recap for this product:

  • It’s the most expensive holster on our list.
  • Some owners have complained that the belt clips are a little too tight.

CONCLUSION

Walther has gone above and beyond to craft the PPS M2 into an exceptional weapon for concealment, so this gun deserves a great holster. Whether you prefer thermoplastic, leather, or pancake-style, you’re sure to have found the best IWB holster for the Walther PPS M2 on our list.

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5 Best Small Of Back Holsters https://gungoals.com/best-small-of-back-holster/ Fri, 05 Apr 2019 14:29:18 +0000 https://gungoals.com/?p=502739 There are a lot of different ways to carry, and we all have our favorite. There are always different ways you can choose to fit your style and body. The small of back carry is one of the most forgotten but still common options to carry. However, not all holsters work well with this type of carry. Lucky for you, ...

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There are a lot of different ways to carry, and we all have our favorite. There are always different ways you can choose to fit your style and body. The small of back carry is one of the most forgotten but still common options to carry.

However, not all holsters work well with this type of carry. Lucky for you, we’ve created a list of the 5 best small of back holsters. 

PROS AND CONS OF SMALL OF BACK CARRY

There are people out there who dislike small of back (SOB) carry and those who love it. Ultimately, you can do what you want, but it’s worthwhile to look at both sides before you decide.

Pros of SOB Carry

  • Easy to conceal when wearing an open coat such as a suit
  • Stays out of the way while walking and moving
  • Good choice for a small backup gun

Cons of SOB Carry

  • Can get in the way when sitting down
  • Can aggravate preexisting back pain

If you decide you want to SOB carry, rest assured that our review in this article can help you find a holster that works for you.

FEATURES OF SOB HOLSTERS

When searching for the right SOB holster, it’s always good to know what you’re looking for. Reading about the features below can help you make the best choice, so you don’t end up with a holster you’re never going to wear. That’s just a waste of money, and we don’t want you to do that.

Related Reading: How to Pick a Concealed Carry Holster

DRAW SPEED/EASY ACCESS

When you choose to carry, you’re taking on the responsibility of being ready in case of an emergency. You’re willing to step up and do what needs to be done. But is your holster going to let you?

With an SOB holster, draw speed and access are extra important. It takes extra effort to bring your arm around and draw from behind your back.

This draw time can be made worse if the holster blocks your drawing ability. This can be done by having too much material around the grip or having too tight of retention.

Another thing to watch out for is where the holster sits. If the holster can’t be reached easily, then your draw speed is going to suffer even more.

MATERIAL/DURABILITY

Durability, or how long a holster can last, is dependent on two factors: craftsmanship and material. If you’re dropping the cash for a holster, you want one that lasts over time and doesn’t get damaged from repeated use.

Holsters typically come in four types of materials:

Leather – This material usually costs more but it looks great and lasts a long time. It takes some wearing in at first, but it’s comfortable once broken in.

Synthetic – A polymer, usually Kydex, holster often has great retention and is resistant to weather and damage. The stiffer plastic material is not as comfortable, but it is typically cheaper.

Hybrid – These holsters often combine elements of leather and synthetic. They may cost more, but they try to get the best of both worlds.

Nylon – This material is soft and inexpensive. When double-stitched, they can hold up decently well but are usually considered a budget option.

CANT/ORIENTATION

When it comes to SOB carry, the cant or angle of the handgun is important. Depending on your own drawing habits and body type, some angles actually make it dangerous to carry.

There are special considerations to think about when drawing from the small of your back. If you’re wearing it at an angle, it’s easier to draw but more likely to slip out and vice versa.

Also, depending on your dominant hand, make sure you pick the correct orientation to match you. It’d be a shame to get an awesome holster only to return it when you can’t draw it because you’re a lefty.

Related Reading: Small of the Back Carry

COMFORT

Small of back carry already has a tendency to cause back problems if you don’t wear it correctly or if you already have back pain. Choosing a cheap holster may only make that worse.

Pay close attention if you think you’re at risk for back pain as you read the reviews. We make sure to point out features and reviews about the holster’s comfort level.

RETENTION

Imagine you drop your keys as you’re walking into a building. When you bend over to pick them up, are you afraid your handgun may slip out?

If the holster has good retention, this isn’t a concern. Check the reviews to make sure the retention is enough to hold the gun throughout the normal moving of the day.

PRICE

Holsters don’t have to cost a lot, but some of them out there can break the bank. Check out the cost level for each holster on our list to see what’s a good choice for your budget. High-quality holsters typically range from $30-100.

REVIEW OF BEST SMALL OF BACK HOLSTERS

best small of back holster

Keep these features in mind as you read our breakdown of the 5 best small of back holsters. The reviews tell you about the design of the holster as well as actual user experience with the product.

DESANTIS SMALL OF BACK HOLSTER FOR GLOCK 26/27/23

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Desantis Small of Back Holster For Glock 26/27/33 Right Hand...
  • Small of back holster
  • Carried in the "butt up" position
  • Adjustable tension device

Desantis made an above average priced leather holster specifically for the SOB carry. Made completely in the United States, this holster loops through belts up to 1.5” thick.

Like most SOB holsters, this one is meant to be worn butt-up for safety. It also helps the holster be more easily accessed in an emergency.

The gun rides at a strong cant for quick drawing ability, and the adjustable retention keeps the gun in place as you move throughout your normal day. A tension screw adjusts the retention with a Phillips screwdriver.

This holster comes in tan and is right hand oriented. If you’re left-handed, look somewhere else on this list.

Keep in mind this holster is designed for Glock 26/27/23. Other models may fit well, but it’s not guaranteed.

Customers have this to say:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Comfortable leather
  • Quick draw
  • Fits Glock models listed tightly
  • Easily concealed

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Difficult to attach to belt

GOULD & GOODRICH G&G BACK HOLSTER 806

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

This Gould & Goodrich back holster may stretch your budget, but it comes with some useful features. It’s designed to conceal easily and stand the test of time with its high-quality Gold Line leather.

The back holster is designed to fit the Glock 17, 19, 22, 23, 31, 32, 36, and it comes in right and left-handed models. There’s also an option for several SIG models.

The holster fits up to a 1.5” belt with an adjustable tension screw to make sure the retention is just how you like it.

Here’s what users’ experience boils down to:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Nice leather
  • Tight retention
  • Easy access, draw, and reholstering
  • High-quality craftsmanship

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • The outline may be visible through certain clothing
  • Difficult to get on and off a belt

FREEDOM TACTICAL MAGNETIC RETENTION COMFORTABLE BELLYBAND STYLE GUN HOLSTER

FreedomTactical Magnetic Belly Band Comfortable Concealed...
  • UNIQUE DESIGN FOR MAX COMFORT: Smooth nylon-plastic flexes to fit contour of back and spreads pressure evenly to eliminate pressure points ** Gun never touches skin ** Comfortable when seated in chair...
  • MAGNETIC RETENTION: Strong neodymium magnets hold gun in place ** Gun only comes out from sustained horizontal pull during draw ** Will never accidently release from sudden impact or jarring ** Draw...
  • COMPLETE CONCEALMENT AND SAFETY: Gun disappears into recess of lower back under any basic shirt ** Gun stays in uncommon position which helps avoid detection ** Draw motion looks similar to pulling...
  • FULL MOBILITY: Allows full unrestricted range of movement and mobility during standing, sitting, jogging, sprinting, or jumping ** Limited stretch elastic bands will automatically adjust to fit in...
  • FITS MOST GUNS: Excellent fit for all Glocks and similar fullsize, compact, and subcompact polymer-framed semi-autos with streamlined controls ** NOT RECOMMENDED for heavy, metal frame guns or guns...

The bellyband style of holster is a special kind of SOB that carries the gun in an elastic band that stretched around your abdomen. Freedom Tactical has done a lot to make this affordable holster the most unique holster on our list.

The adjustable and easy-to-clip-on band can fit stomachs from 22-50 inches. Because the band spreads the weight and pressure evenly, your chances of back pain decrease.

As the gun rides in the curve of your lower back, it’s easily concealed. This model is right-hand only, and the gun rides butt-up and horizontally. If this doesn’t work for you, you may want to check out another holster.

Another benefit of the band is that by holding the gun slightly higher than other SOB holsters you can wear this while sitting more easily.

One of the impressive additions to this holster is the magnetic retention. A neodymium magnet holds the pistol in place and prevents holster grabs. The magnetic is only released when you draw horizontal with sustained effort.

This holster is designed by Freedom Tactical to fit many Glocks and Smith & Wessons. The company also claims that it fits most full-sized, compact, and subcompact pistols. They do NOT recommend using this with revolvers.

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Easy draw
  • Strong magnetic retention
  • Stays stable in the car and while running

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • No consistent critiques were found

PRO-TECH OUTDOORS CONCEALED IWB HOLSTER

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Pro-Tech Outdoors Concealed In the Pants/waistband Holster...
  • For right or left hand, metal clip can change sides
  • Stitched with strong bonded nylon
  • Double stitched at pressure points
  • Edges turned under to prevent fraying
  • has a 30 day money back guarantee

Pro-Tech Outdoors opted for making a nylon SOB holster. Normally, you won’t find one like this on a top 5 list, but the very affordable price combined with the features added into this holster is why it made the cut.

Pro-Tech double stitched the strong-bonded nylon to help make it stiffer and more durable. By turning the edges under, this holster is designed to avoid fraying. On top of this, the company offers a 30-day money back guarantee just in case.

The holster is low profile for easy concealment and rides vertically as it attaches inside your waistband. The strong metal clip secures to your belt, but the clip can be removed and fastened to the other side making this a right and left-handed model.

For the price you pay, you end up getting quite a bit. This holster is built to fit most Glocks and may hold other pistols of comparable size.

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Fits pistol tightly
  • Holster is tough and durable
  • Well-concealed
  • Easy draw and accessibility

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Sight may get caught when drawing on some models
  • Hard to clip holster to your belt

ADVANCED PERFORMANCE SHOOTING HOLSTERS ASOB (BLACK)

Advanced Performance Shooting Holsters ASOB (Almost Small of...
  • 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 made this almost-small-of-back (ASOB) holster to get the best of all worlds. Like an SOB holster, it’s easily concealed and out of the way. As with OWB, this holster provides quick access and comfort.

The ASOB holster is made from Kydex, the most common and strongest synthetic material for holsters. As such, it’s molded to fit most pistols for strong retention without sacrificing draw speed.

Advanced Performance backs up their medium-priced holster with a lifetime warranty. This holster comes in both right and left-hand orientations, but aren’t meant to fit pistols with red dot optics.

They kept law enforcement and military in mind as they designed the ASOB holster. The USA-made product balances concealment, durability, retention, and draw speed while avoiding pressure on the spine and lower back as with most SOB holsters.

Check out what customers say:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Great retention
  • Rides close to body and comfortable
  • Out of the way and easy to conceal
  • Durable material

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • No consistent critiques were found

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What kind of handgun should I wear with a SOB holster? – Actually, there is no right answer to this one. If your holster takes a full-size pistol and you want to carry one, go for it!

I advise you to remember that the more weight you carry, the greater the chance of back strain. If that worries you, opt for a smaller size.

How do I draw from SOB? – Depending on your holster, you may be drawing from a horizontal or vertical position. Either way, make sure you grip the gun firmly as you draw and keep the muzzle pointed away from your body as you bring it to the target.

As always, spend time practicing drawing and reholstering. It protects you and those around you.

CONCLUSION

We hope you enjoyed our review of the 5 best small of back holsters. Each one is unique from the other, so you need to think about what you’re looking for.

If you’re right-handed, the Freedom Tactical bellyband holster combines every feature you could want in a good balance. But if you’re a lefty, it’s unsafe to try to draw off-handed unless you have a lot of practice doing so.

On a budget? Go for the Pro-Tech IWB. It’s one of the best nylon holsters on the market.

Pick for your situation; these 5 will not disappoint you.

Have fun, and keep on shooting!

If you enjoyed reading this article, you may also like How to Conceal Carry in Dress Clothes.

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Best 1911 Leather Holster: Top 5 https://gungoals.com/best-1911-leather-holster/ Fri, 05 Apr 2019 14:12:31 +0000 https://gungoals.com/?p=502733 1911 pistols have been some of the most used for the past 100+ years since its adoption as the official handgun of the Armed Forces. Many people own and love them, maybe you already do. But a pistol’s usefulness is severely limited by using poor gear with it. A leather holster of good quality can make an excellent companion to ...

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1911 pistols have been some of the most used for the past 100+ years since its adoption as the official handgun of the Armed Forces. Many people own and love them, maybe you already do.

But a pistol’s usefulness is severely limited by using poor gear with it. A leather holster of good quality can make an excellent companion to your 1911, but there are hundreds out there.

Fortunately, we did the research and narrowed down the list to top 5 choices for the best 1911 leather holster. Read on to find out more.

FEATURES OF LEATHER HOLSTERS

As is usually the case when buying holsters, there are a lot of different things to keep in mind. As you read about the common features of leather holsters, ask yourself which is most important to you.

Our top 5 choices do well in all of these areas, but knowing what to look for helps you make the best purchasing decision for your needs.

Holster Types – The three most common types of holsters are over the waistband (OWB), inside the waistband (IWB), and shoulder holsters.

OWB are built for open carry and easy access but can get uncomfortable if not held tight to the body. IWB are made to conceal but can have slow draw speed. Shoulder holsters are unique and make for easy access, concealment, and extra magazines.

Related Reading: Pros and Cons of Shoulder Holsters

Durability – Buying a holster is an investment. You buy a holster to wear it, and you expect to last over time. Not all holsters excel in this area, but the holsters on our list do well here.

Draw Speed – The reason you are carrying is so you’re prepared in case of an emergency. In this kind of dire situation, you don’t want to struggle to draw your gun. A fast draw speed is key.

Fit – Leather holsters often rely on friction as their main source of retention. In other words, the gun is held in place by the tightness of the leather. The downside of this tightness is that the leather can wear and scratch your gun.

I know I’d be furious if my gun was scratched from a holster, especially if that gun once belonged to one of my relatives.

Related Reading: How to Soften a Leather Gun Holster

Style – If you’re going for leather, you are picking it because of its durable quality and its classic look. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to buy a holster that looks how you want it to (as long as the other features are met).

Everything else being equal, take a look at the pictures and the different styles to pick the one that looks best to you.

Comfort – A comfortable holster is one that you’re going to wear again and again. Getting one where the gun pokes you or the holster rides too low keeps you from carrying.

Price – Of course, you can get want the best holster with all the bells and whistles, but if it costs too much don’t get it. Our top 5 come in a range of prices, so check out what you can swing without getting in too much trouble at home.

ABOUT THE M1911 PISTOL

John Moses Browning was a legendary firearm inventor during the turn of the 20th century. In the early 1900s, he wanted to design a pistol better fitted for the needs of the United States Armed Forces at the time.

The military was looking for something with more stopping power than the .38 Long Colt that was used at the time but was also semi-automatic and durable. Browning’s model, later produced by Colt, met all of these requirements.

After undergoing a tough test, the M1911 pistol was adopted as the official gun of the US Armed Forces in March of 1911 (which is where the name comes from).

Since then, the 1911 has remained a top choice for handgun lovers over the past 100+ years. Although it was pulled from active service by the military in the 1980s, there are many service members who still prefer it.

Related Reading: A Brief History of the 1911 Pistol

REVIEW OF THE BEST 1911 LEATHER HOLSTERS

best 1911 leather holster

Next is our breakdown of the best 1911 leather holsters and their features. Think about what you need in a holster and compare that with the customer reviews to arrive at the purchase you can be happy with.

1791 GUNLEATHER 1911 OWB LEATHER GUN HOLSTER

1791 GUNLEATHER 1911 Holster, Right Hand OWB Leather Gun...
  • COMFORT & QUALITY: Upgrade your carry to the 1911 leather gun holster. Made with 100% American Steerhide Leather that is reinforced and double stitched providing a comfortable, durable, lightweight &...
  • CONCEALMENT & CONVENIENCE: 1791's 1911 holster is designed for concealment and convenience. Our easy to conceal OWB leather belt holster has a quick draw design making it the perfect belt holster for...
  • PROTECTION & CRAFTSMANSHIP: 1791 Gunleather's 1911 Belt Holster is hand crafted to protect both you and your firearm at all times. The hand molded exterior provides for superior retention, maximum...
  • CUSTOM FIT: This 1911 leather pistol holster is custom made for an exact fit. It fits both 4 and 5 inch barrels as well as belts up to 1 & 3/4 inches and the holster dimensions are Height = 8 inches...
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY: All 1791 products are backed by our lifetime warranty. We produce the finest leather gun holsters used by law enforcement, sportsmen, veterans and patriots around the world. We...

1791 made this holster specifically for the popular 1911 pistol. They designed the holster for 4 and 5-inch barrels, but it does not fit 1911s with rails or Commander size. If you have these, you need to look elsewhere.

The medium-priced OWB holster is low profile and easy to conceal. Its draw speed is smooth and quick despite its stiff retention which keeps the pistol securely in place.

1791’s craftsmen built the holster with reinforced, double-stitched leather for durability and style. It comes in 6 different colors for your preference but only in the right-hand variety. If you’re a lefty, you may want to look elsewhere.

The holster attached to your belt through belt loops. It fits up to a 1.75-inch gun belt for maximum security and comfort.

As with all 1791 Gunleather products, this holster comes with a lifetime warranty.

Customers have this to say about using the holster:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Durable, stiff leather
  • Fits most 1911 pistols like a glove
  • Comfortable and held close to your body
  • Looks great

Negatives recap for This Product

  • Extra stiff when first used
  • Loose fit for 4-inch barrels or smaller 1911s
  • Tight fit wears on the pistols over time

RELENTLESS TACTICAL THE DEFENDER LEATHER IWB HOLSTER

Relentless Tactical The Defender Leather IWB Holster - Fits...
  • GET THE CUSTOM MADE FEEL AND WORLD CLASS QUALITY WITHOUT SPENDING A FORTUNE! You don't have to wait months and spend hundreds to get a perfect fit. Why settle for a cheap nylon or imported leather...
  • BACKED BY RELENTLESS TACTICAL'S LIFETIME WARRANTY! Carry the best leather 1911 IWB Holster with confidence, for the rest of your life. With quality American Made construction comes great durability....
  • FITS MOST 1911 STYLE HANDGUNS WITH ANY BARREL LENGTH! Kimber, S & W, Colt, Remington, Browning, Ruger, Taurus, Sig Sauer and More! If it doesn't fit yours you can utilize our 100% Satisfaction...
  • HANDMADE BY AMERICAN CRAFTSMEN, FROM GENUINE USA BULLHIDE LEATHER! American made with American Pride, No synthetic materials or cheap, mass-market production
  • DESIGNED FOR OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE AND MAXIMUM COMFORT! Sturdy, dependable, and form-fitted for easy, effective concealment and quick, reliable access to your sidearm.

The Relentless Tactical IWB holster is an affordable model designed to fit most 1911 style handguns. They offer a lifetime warranty on their American-made product built with bull hide leather by their craftsmen.

The claim The Defender holster fits any barrel length of 1911 pistols including the following:

  • Kimber
  • Smith & Wesson
  • Colt
  • Remington
  • Browning
  • Ruger
  • Taurus
  • Sig Sauer

As an inside the waistband holster, it’s built to be low profile and easy to conceal. Despite its location IWB, Relentless Tactical wanted to make sure the holster is still easy to access with a quick draw speed in case of emergencies.

The holster attaches to your belt with a sturdy metal clip. With stiff leather molding and double stitching, the holster isn’t likely to lose its shape or come apart over time.

Even though it’s meant for concealed carry, the holster still looks great. It comes in three great colors in both right and left-hand varieties.

Here’s what actual users have to say about Relentless Tactical’s The Defender:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • High-quality leather
  • Strong holster clip
  • Affordable
  • Comfortable feel of the leather
  • Great retention

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Some types of sights may catch on the leather and tear it or get caught when drawing
  • Holster rides low

RELENTLESS TACTICAL THE ULTIMATE LEATHER GUN HOLSTER

Relentless Tactical The Ultimate Leather Gun Holster | 3...
  • PROUDLY HANDMADE IN THE USA! Made from genuine US cowhide leather.
  • VERSATILE 3 SLOT PANCAKE DESIGN! Use straight drop or butt forward cant. Wear strong-side, cross-draw or behind-the-hip comfortably.
  • SAY NO TO CHEAP NYLON HOLSTERS! Highest quality leather belt holster pleases even the most demanding gun owner.
  • EFFECTIVE CONCEALMENT WITH MAXIMUM COMFORT! Pre-curved to fit close to body while still providing easy access.
  • THE BEST LEATHER GUN HOLSTER ON AMAZON! FITS MOST 1911 STYLE HANDGUNS WITH ANY BARREL LENGTH! Kimber, S & W, Colt, Remington, Browning, Ruger, Taurus, Sig Sauer and More!

Where the earlier Relentless Tactical holster was designed for IWB and low-profile use, The Ultimate Leather Gun Holster is the company’s attempt at creating a customizable OWB holster.

This holster may cost more, but the 3-slot pancake style belt holster means that you can wear it in different ways depending on how you like to wear it. Wear it on your strong side straight up or butt-up for a cross draw. They claim it also works for behind-the-hip carry.

Like all Relentless Tactical leather products, the materials are assembled by their craftsman in America using American-made materials. The leather lasts a long time and is stiff enough to provide good retention without sacrificing draw speed.

The holster is curved to fit as close to your body as possible. An open muzzle style means that various muzzle lengths can fit in here. The manufacturer claims that The Ultimate Leather Gun Holster fits all 1911 type pistols.

It looks great but color options are limited to brown and black for right-handed models, and brown only for left-handed folks. Relentless Tactical offers a lifetime warranty for this holster, so you can return it if it breaks or you don’t like it.

The experience of customers boils down to the following points:

Positive Recap for This Product

  • Great quality leather for the price
  • Comfortable; rides close to your body
  • Looks great
  • American Made
  • 3-slot style lets you adjust how you carry

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Front sight gets caught as you draw
  • May be too tight on larger models; requires effort to draw

GALCO COMBAT MASTER BELT HOLSTER FOR 1911 5-INCH COLT, KIMBER, PARA, SPRINGFIELD

Galco Gunleather CM212 Combat Master Belt Holster for 1911...
  • Made using the finest materials
  • Used by law enforcement, military, and citizens alike
  • Tested for durability and quality
  • 1911 5-Inch Colt, Kimber, Para, Springfield

The Galco Combat Master Belt Holster is the most expensive on our list, but it’s very specifically designed for the 5-inch Colt, Kimber, Para, or Springfield. The leather is of premium quality and hand-molded to fit these models for optimal retention and draw speed.

Galco made this holster with a butt-forward cant to help conceal this OWB holster if you wanted but still allow for easy access. They test it for durability and quality, and the Combat Master is geared towards use by law enforcement, military, and citizens looking for a high-quality, tactical leather holster.

A belt up to 1.75” thick goes through the two slots for a close wear. This imported holster comes in tan and black in right and left-handed options.

Because this is specially designed for the 1911 models listed, make sure if you purchase this holster you’re using it with these models. A number of reviewers who left poor reviews complained it didn’t fit their gun when the company didn’t design this holster to do so. Use your head.

Galco users had this to say about their product (when using the holster with the correct 1911):

Positives Recap for This Product

  • High-quality, thick leather
  • No wear on the gun
  • Good concealment for an OWB
  • Lasts a long time
  • Great retention

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Gun may touch your body directly as you wear it
  • 1911 with rail may be too tight

XCH SIG SAUER P238/P938, S&W 1911, COLT 1911, COLT DEFENDER, COLT COMMANDER, SHOULDER GUN HOLSTER

XCH Sig Sauer P238/P938, S&W 1911, Colt 1911, Colt Defender,...
  • Fits 1911 type pistol, Colt Defender, Colt Commander, Sig Sauer P238/P938, Bersa Thunder .380 plus, subcompact handguns
  • Horizontal or vertical carry position. Ambidextrous, left/right handed. Removable magazine pouch can be used as OWB. Adjustable straps.
  • Made of high quality genuine leather, high durability . High quality workmanship.
  • 100% cowhide genuine leather.

XCH’s leather shoulder gun holster is designed for some of the most common 1911 types. Shoulder holsters are not as common to wear, but they offer some unique benefits including:

  • Even weight distribution
  • Discreet access by crossing arms
  • Usually, only one layer to go through when reaching for your gun
  • Carries extra ammo easily

The XCH medium-priced holster can be worn with a horizontal or vertical draw in right and left-handed style.  The leather used is high-quality and durable.

Some customers said they were able to take off the holster and extra mag from the shoulder strap and also wear it on their belt. This may make this the most flexible wear on our list.

Here are what users had to say about the XCH shoulder gun holster:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Fits 1911s nicely
  • Many wearing configurations
  • Comfortable feel of the leather
  • Well-crafted leather
  • Affordable over-the-shoulder

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Some adjustments are limited in their range
  • Made in Russia

CONCLUSION

A 1911 pistol is a great choice for anyone who wants to carry. The tried and true design has stood the test of time and only gotten better with newer technology.

The best 1911 leather holsters listed above can make your entire carrying set complete. Take our information on the quality of craftsmanship, comfort, fit, and price to find the best one for you.

If you have the money and one of the 1911 types listed, I recommend going for the Galco holster. It costs a lot, but there were no consistent complaints from the people who tried it with the right type of gun.

Otherwise, pick from your favorite style of holster. All the others may be great choices depending on what you’re looking for. Whatever you decide, rest easy knowing that any of these is a safe purchase.

Have fun, and keep on shooting!

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