Holster Review Page
I am writing this page to list the gun
holsters that I've used, and my opinion on them all. I
hope that it is useful :-) Please click on any image to
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This is my favorite holster so far. It's an outside waistband (OWB) holster specifically for the Glock 19, which is my favorite gun. When worn at the 3 o'clock position, it seems to hide a gun very nicely, as shown:
The advantages this holster gives me is a fast draw and confidence that the gun won't fall out. This holster uses retention pressure (i.e. physically resists) to keep the gun in place. Sadly, this holster is only sold locally, as it's not listed on Cobra's website. The product is legit. It was only $30-$40 if I remember correctly. The only disadvantage is that this holster's snaps can't stand up to regular abuse, so I find myself carefully inserting my belt into the holster rather than snapping and unsnapping it.
As with the King Tuk holster (below), the gun won't come out of the holster if you do somersaults, but if your shirt rides up while you do somersaults, then you will reveal your gun. This is something to think about.
This holster is not as good with concealment, due to being on the outside of the waistband, but drawing from it is lightening fast. So with my Glock 19 I had to wear XL t-shirts to use this holster, rather than Large size shirts that fit me properly.
This was the first inside waistband (IWB) holster I've owned or tried. A friend of mine told me about them. The MIC Holster fits over the trigger guard with a tether so you can stuff it in your pants. I will say, first of all, that this holster actually does a really good job with concealment. It's not fun with a firearm with a rough textured frame and/or front bottom rail (like my Glock 19 Generation 4), but with a gun that doesn't have these features, like a Glock 43, it's much more comfortable. Drawing isn't painful, but practicing drawing (with a rough textured frame) over time creates a rash. In the appendix carry position, there are times in various seating positions that the gun's barrel digs into your pelvis. But one can put the gun in a more 3 o'clock position and this usually remedies most problems. When driving, I am tempted (if I started off) to move the gun to a position that I could actually draw from, which would mean repositioning in the car. If I start off in the 3 o'clock position, I don't have to reposition in the car. I like this holster for its concealment and its flexibility. I bought the Glock 43 recently, and this was one of the few holsters that was in stock (good job GlockTech!), and it works great. I can't use this for pocket carry, however, without sewing a D ring into the bottom of my pocket, because there would be a very obvious long black line (whether the standard lanyard or the Versa Cord [tm]). So if I wanted to pay the money to modify my pants, it could be used in a standard or cargo pocket.
Another advantage of this holster is that it's only around $20. The MIC holster is easily the best holster available in terms of flexibility, price, versatility, durability, and concealability, and I would recommend it as a person's first holster.
Now one distinct advantage comes when I use my 5.11 tactical pants: there's a convenient little D ring on these pants that I can use to secure my MIC holster's cord to. Usually I'd be securing it to my belt. This is a huge advantage to any gun you carry: it's not attached to your belt.
Shirt size that I have to wear with this holster depends more on the gun than the holster. With the Glock 19, I have to wear eXtra Large (XL) shirts (or the 5.11 tactical shirts in Large size, since they flare out more towards the sides), even though my body fits a Large (L). With the Glock 43, I can wear Large size shirts like normal.
Also, when jogging, I've used the MIC holster with a belt added under my gym clothes to conceal my wife's Walther PK380 or even my Glock 19. Notice in the pictures below that there's a slight bulge where the gun is: I've found in practice, if I don't have my gun that far towards my right hip, the bulge isn't noticeable, and I can jog without revealing that I'm carrying.
The disadvantage of this holster is that it will not keep the gun from moving if you get physically active. It will mostly stay in place while jogging (mainly due to the gun's texture against your bare skin, not the holster), but don't even think of wrestling, brawling, doing somersaults, or anything like that with this holster, as gravity will pull this holster out of your waistline. So it's not so much that it becomes unsafe, for the MIC holster holds the gun very well. It's more that the gun will move which may result in printing. I've walked around before (at home) with a chambered firearm and the MIC holster attached but not in my waistline, dangling from my pants, because i trust it will hold the gun. However, it would be a bad thing for this holster to come out of your pants in public and flop around outside your pants for everyone to see. So keep that in mind: no acrobatics or wrestling with this holster.
And here's with the Glock 43. Note that I have (like above) the instructor belt and MIC holster together. I can jog and no one can tell I have the gun with me.
The Galco KingTuk holster, while a pain in the rear from a newbie's standpoint, conceals very well, and gives me cool points with the wife. The slick back on the leather, when I am wearing a white t-shirt underneath, makes my pants feel like they're sliding off, which is a very annoying sensation, but otherwise this holster works as advertised and is comfortable. These pictures are with it in the 4-5 o'clock position and my Glock 19. I have since started wearing it in as close to the 3 o'clock position (due to my body shape lending itself to concealing better at this position). Hopefully, Lord-willing, I will soon get the model for the Glock 43, which should be even easier to hide than my Glock 19.
This is all about tucking in the shirt. If you don't plan to tuck in your shirt, this holster is still very good, but in my opinion it's not worth the pain in the rear to do so.
Note that this holster comes with what looks like buckles that grab your belt. I prefer the C-clips (you can buy them as replacement clips from Galco), as they hold more securely while also being less noticeable.
The advantage to this holster is that you can do many things and the gun will usually not come out of the holster. And since it's inside your waistband, you won't reveal your gun unless your shirt either comes untucked and moves, or if you're no tucking it, if your shirt moves away from the gun. So if you did somersaults, your shirt will probably ride up, revealing the gun, but the gun won't come out. Shirt ride-up is something to think about with any inside or outside waistband holster, so keep that in mind.
With this holster for the Glock 19, I have to wear XL shirts, due to the size of the gun. However, with the Glock 43, hopefully this holster won't require that of me.