The ideal concealed carry holster should be comfortable to wear, affordable, resistant, reliable and manufactured from high-quality materials. Of course, it is not so easy to find a holster with all of the above at an incredible price but that is why we made this selection, after all, to help you find the most suitable holster for your needs and budget. In this article, you will find a good variety of holsters from affordable to expensive in order to cover most categories of customers.
We split this article into categories so you can jump at the one directly concerning you. Use the quick navigation tab above to do so. The categories, however, do not define whether a holster can only hold the described weapon type or more types. Many of these holsters can hold multiple types of weapons. So if you see a holster that we recommend for the Glock pistol do not think it will not fit your Smith and Wesson.
The terms concealed carry and open carry are not always defined in the same manner by everyone. For example, one holster might be designed for open carry but tucked under a large jacket or shirt, it may now be considered that you practice concealed carry. We tried to include mostly holsters that are specifically designed for concealed carry but you might see one or two that are for open carry or both. While this article concentrates on concealed carry holsters, it should be noted that we also included an open carry holster for those living in states that allow open carry. Without further ado let’s get to the concealed carry holsters which in our opinion are the best.
- 1 – Best Concealed Carry Holster (Overall) –
- 2 Blackhawk! SERPA Concealment Holster – Matte Finish
- 3 – Best Open Carry Holster for Glock-
- 4 Fobus Standard Holster RH Paddle GL2E2 Glock 17, 19, 22, 23, 31, 32, 34, 35 , Walther PK 380
- 5 -Best Leather Concealed Carry Holster-
- 6 OUTBAGS LOB3S-SHIELD (BROWN-RIGHT) Genuine Leather IWB Conceal Carry Gun Holster for Smith & Wesson M&P SHIELD 9mm / 40 S&W. Handcrafted in USA.
- 7 – Best Belly Band Concealed Carry Holster –
- 8 Ultimate Belly Band Holster for Concealed Carry | Black | Fits Gun Smith and Wesson Bodyguard, Glock 19, 17, 42, 43, P238, Ruger LCP, LCR, and Similar Sized Guns | For Men and Women | Right Hand Draw
- 9 – Best Affordable Concealed Carry Holster –
- 10 Fobus Standard Holster RH Paddle KM3 All Kimber 3″, 4″, 5″ All 1911’s
- 11 -Editor’s Choice-
- 12 The Ultimate Suede Leather IWB Holster – Made in USA – Fits S&W M&P Shield – GLOCK 17 19 22 23 32 33 / Springfield XD & XDS / Walther P99 & All Similar Handguns – Right Handed
- 13 – Best Buy Concealed Carry Holster –
- 14 S&W M&P Shield 9/40 IWB Holster Veteran Owned Company – Made in USA – Murica – Made from Boltaron Better Than Kydex!
- 15 – Best Quality Concealed Carry Holster –
- 16 Galco Combat Master Belt Holster for 1911 5-Inch Colt, Kimber, Para, Springfield (Tan, Right-hand)
- 17 – Best Holster for the Money –
- 18 Glock, Springfield XD, Ruger, Beretta, S&W, Taurus CCW IWB Premium Buffalo Leather Gun Holster – RIGHT HANDED
– Best Concealed Carry Holster (Overall) –
The first on our list is the Blackhawk! Serpa Concealed Cary Holster. This is one of the best holsters we could find in this price range for lots of reasons. First of all, it comes with a very well-designed release and lock system. Since many people complained that they had their guns drawn by the very individuals from whom they should have protected themselves, the holster only releases the weapon at the press of the dedicated release button. After some initial practice, you will see that the release can be done very fast and putting the gun back into the holster is pretty easy. So the ease of use is definitely a plus but what else is there to make this holster the best?
Other great points include the comfort it offers for everyday wear and the large variety of supported weapons. It can be used with most Glocks, a lot of Springfields, Walthers, Smith and Wessons and so on. Be sure to select your size before buying.
I have seen people using this holster for more than 2 or 3 years, so quality is definitely not a concern. Ultimately, if you want a quality holster for concealed carry that is easy to use, comfortable and comes at a good price then I would highly recommend the Blackhawk! SERPA.
– Best Open Carry Holster for Glock-
If your state allows open carry then this is the perfect open carry holster for Glocks.
While we consider this holster ideal for Glocks, this doesn’t mean it cannot be used with other weapons. The Fobus Holster with RH Paddle is one very appreciated holster around the US. This is mainly due to the straight forward build from one piece, ease of use, the basically inexistent maintenance costs and of course, reasonable price.
Take into consideration that this holster is for right handed people only. If you want a holster that comes in both the left-handed and right-handed versions, check the Blackhawk! holster from above.
In a nutshell, the most important features are the following:
- Adjustable retention
- Lightweight and stealthy build
- Low profile rubberized paddle
- Rivet attachment system with steel reinforcement
- Protective Sight Channel
The only thing that is quite unpleasant is that the angle of the gun cannot be adjusted. Other than that I do not consider you can find a better open carry holster in terms of quality, reliability, and comfort for this price.
-Best Leather Concealed Carry Holster-
OUTBAGS LOB3S-SHIELD (BROWN-RIGHT) Genuine Leather IWB Conceal Carry Gun Holster for Smith & Wesson M&P SHIELD 9mm / 40 S&W. Handcrafted in USA.
This is the ideal leather holster if you want great quality at low prices. Manufactured in the USA from genuine leather this holster is reliable, comfortable and safe.
What I personally like about this holster is that it covers the trigger of the gun at all times due to an intelligently designed form factor thus making it relatively impossible to shoot yourself or for others to do the same. Also, you can flip the safety without pulling the gun out of the holster.
While it might work with some similar sized weapons, this holster is specifically made for the Smith and Wesson Shield 9mm. Some say that it can fit their Glocks but I wouldn’t recommend it for other weapons unless you have a gun that is very similar to the Smith and Wesson Shield.
These are the most notable features:
- Snug fit
- US Manufacturing from Genuine Leather
- Great gun retention
- Belt Clip
- Designed for carry inside the waistband
Overall this is a great leather holster for the money.
– Best Belly Band Concealed Carry Holster –
Ultimate Belly Band Holster for Concealed Carry | Black | Fits Gun Smith and Wesson Bodyguard, Glock 19, 17, 42, 43, P238, Ruger LCP, LCR, and Similar Sized Guns | For Men and Women | Right Hand Draw
If you are in the market specifically looking for a belly band holster or just want a new way of carrying your weapon because you had enough of classic holsters, either way, this belly band holster can make your life easier and one day it might even indirectly save your life.
It comes with many advantages over classic holsters one being the flexibility. And by flexibility, I mean that you will be able to wear whatever you want.
Here are some of its features:
- Fits a large variety of weapons, including Glock, M&P Shield, Walther, Beretta, Spring Field and more
- Very comfortable to wear
- Perfect fit for both women and men with a waist diameter below 46 inches
- Magazine pocket
- Made from neoprene
Considering the price, I would say that this is one of the best belly band holsters for concealed carry on the market. It is comfortable, it fits a large variety of weapons, it doesn’t force you to wear only certain types of clothes, and it offers great freedom and flexibility. What else would you want from a belly holster?
– Best Affordable Concealed Carry Holster –
Fobus is already pretty famous among holster manufacturers as being a brand that sells quality and value for the money. I still haven’t seen a Fobus holster that doesn’t meet the quality expectations.
This is one of those holsters that you do not have to clean all the time. Most of the times you can simply wash it and it will look like new. This is yet another plus if you do not want to spend money on oil and other maintenance materials. And considering how affordable it is, after a long period of use you can easily buy a new one.
- Right Handed Holster
- Comfortable to wear
- Fast draw thanks to the small contact surface between the weapon and the holster
- Rubberized Paddle Attachment
It is, however, important to note that you will have to wear clothes that cover the gun entirely to be considered concealed carry. If your state allows open carry then you do not have to worry about this aspect.
The Ultimate Suede Leather IWB Holster – Made in USA – Fits S&W M&P Shield – GLOCK 17 19 22 23 32 33 / Springfield XD & XDS / Walther P99 & All Similar Handguns – Right Handed
If I would have to pick a favorite among these holsters, it would have to be this one. It is made of high-quality, it is very comfortable and it is not a mass manufactured product like other plastic holsters, and the icing on the cake is that it is manufactured in the USA with genuine Suede Leather.
- Fits a large variety of weapons including most Glocks, Smith and Wesson, Sig Sauer, Kimber and more
- Made from Genuine Suede Leather
- Easy to attach to any belt
- Good weapon retention
- Strong and secure belt clip
Suede Leather is often considered to leave stains on the clothes although I found that it is not the case with this one at least for what other people say who wore this holster longer periods of time. Of course, this might vary from person to person and how the holster is handled.
This is a really great concealed carry holster that can make a difference in your everyday life. I strongly recommend it if you want quality, value for the money and comfort from your next holster.
– Best Buy Concealed Carry Holster –
S&W M&P Shield 9/40 IWB Holster Veteran Owned Company – Made in USA – Murica – Made from Boltaron Better Than Kydex!
Another product on our list, the CYA concealed carry holster is yet another great pick if you want a reliable yet simple and quality holster. This holster, however, comes with some features that distinguish it from the competition.
One of those features would be that this holster has an adjustable angle cant. Many holsters do not allow angle adjustments but this one does and to make things even better it is fully adjustable to any angle you want, you’re not limited to a range.
This is also a great holster for carry inside the waistband or most commonly known as appendix carry. Actually this is more or less what it was designed for.
- Small contact surface between holster and weapon, resulting in faster draws of the gun
- Adjustable retention
- High-quality build and materials
- Made in the USA
- Clip Attachment System
This is one of those very appreciate holsters. I wouldn’t say it is the absolute best, but it is definitely one of the best concealed carry holsters I have curently found on the market.
– Best Quality Concealed Carry Holster –
If you want better quality than most other holsters in this price range, you will find the Galco Combat holster to be quite a great pick. It is made of premium quality leather that is held together by fine double seams.
- Very snug
- Made in the USA
- Good retention
- Easy to draw weapon thanks to intelligently designed form factor
This holster is for those who prefer quality over anything else. The manufacturing is top-notch, the design is great and the materials are premium. Generally speaking, I would say this is one of the best concealed carry holsters in terms of quality and reliability.
– Best Holster for the Money –
For a holster this affordable, it is pretty surprising how quality the materials are. The overall everyday experience with this holster is great. It offers good retention, it is easy to attach to any belt and it supports many types of weapons.
- Soft leather
- Quality manufacturing and materials
- Affordable and comfortable to wear
- One of the best values for the money I have seen on a leather holster
- Can be carried both on the outside and inside the waistband
Another very good thing about this holster is the comfort that it offers. I would definitely say it is one of the best concealed carry holsters in this price range.