The Best Concealed Carry Holsters

Our Favorite Concealed Carry Holsters

When you are searching for the best concealed carry holster, the question is not simple nor should it be taken lightly.

Once you have decided that concealed carry is what you will be doing, the right holster is going to make a big difference.

There is a wide variety of options on today’s market.

Some of these are better than others.

The old adage that says, “you get what you pay for” should not be forgotten.

This is an important thing to keep in mind when you are shopping for holsters.

Not only will you want to get a good deal, but it should be something safe, practical and highly-durable. 

Things To Consider

Why is the right concealed carry holster so important? Because a good holster is supposed to cover a variety of tasks.

The right concealed carry holster will: 

-Protect and hold the firearm
-Prevent accidental discharge
-Provide quick access
-Prevent a grab for the gun
-Conceal well

SAFETY

The most important thing to consider when you are choosing the right concealed carry holster is safety. It is imperative to not cause harm to yourself or anyone in the vicinity.

If you are not familiar with the four primary rules of gun safety, we would like to review them one more time. 

  1. 1
    Treat every gun as if it were loaded
  2. 2
    Never point a gun at anything you’re not prepared to destroy
  3. 3
    Keep your finger off trigger until the decision to fire is made
  4. 4
    Know your target and what’s beyond it

All of these rules are equally important, but when it comes to choosing the right holster for you, the third rule is the one we will focus on today.

You need to keep your finger off the trigger as you draw, and you will not want the trigger to get caught on anything when it is being drawn or while it is in the holster.

There are many things that can catch the trigger as it is being drawn or when it is in the holster and this can lead to an accidental and potentially lethal discharge.

The most important thing to remember is that the gun must be clear of all objects, including fingers when it is being drawn and holstered. 

What Makes a Good Concealed Carry Holster?

As we discussed earlier, not all holsters are good holsters. Some are not ideal for concealed carry and some are simply not safe at all.

Here are some of the most important things to consider when you are choosing a concealed carry holster that is right for you.

A good holster will:

-Cover the trigger
-Be made from a durable material
-Feature optimal retention
-Conceal the firearm well
-Allow you to get a good grip on the gun
-Protect the gun 

Types Of Concealed Carry Holsters to Consider

There are a variety of different concealed carry holsters and you will find a few choice examples in our top picks.

-IWB (inside waistband)
-Ankle holsters
-OWB (over waistband)
-Belly bands
-Pocket holsters
-Shoulder holsters

galco combat master with gun in it

Products manufactured by Galco are always hard to beat and this goes double for the impressive Combat Master Belt Holster.

This option has a unique design perk that flattens itself against the body while being worn. Even still, it provides great access to the handgun.

It is tough as iron and the impressive steerhide can be expected to last for the foreseeable future. Better still it is a good looking option as well.

Features

-Thin and compact making OWB carry easy
-Firm but useable retention
-Premium saddle leather
-Built for semiautomatic pistols and double action revolver
-Made in USA

Pros

  • Provides excellent accessibility while still providing security
  • The best fit and finish of any leather holster
  • You won't find a better quality materials, workmanship or fit holster

Cons

  • May take you a little time to break in
Cya supply inside waist band holster with gun

This top-of-the-line holster can be obtained at a decent price. The best thing about this option is that it draws smoothly and re-holsters the same.

It is also made of top-quality durable materials and has an adjustable retention.

Features

-Satisfaction guarantee
-Made from Boltaron
-Less friction
-Made in USA
-Adjustable cant

Pros

  • Belt clip is sturdy and wide
  • Slim
  • Excellent Concealment 
  • Lightweight 

Cons

  • Drawing moves the holster
women in red shirt wearing the comforttac belly band

This impressive belly-band holster is made of top-quality neoprene instead of the traditional elastic.

Neoprene is far softer on the skin and holds the gun with improved strength.

These belly-bands can be worn under clothes choices that will not allow for the typical belt holster — even yoga pants.

Features

-One-size- fits- most design
-Good for compact, sub-compact, and even full-sized firearms
-Versatile
-Pocket for spare mag
-Retention strap optional
-Affordable
-No print

Pros

  • Works well even for small females
  • Comfortable
  • Holds gun in place perfectly
  • Works with skinny jeans

Cons

  • Mag pouch pushes the magazines out when in the bending position
product shot of the blackhawk serpa

When it comes to innovative designs with impressive perks, the Blackhawk SERPA Concealment Holster is the option to choose.

Featuring the patented-SERPA Auto-Lock this impressive option delivers security when cradling your handgun.

It is also kept in the proper position at all times for a quick draw at any moment. 

Features

-SERPA auto-lock and release system
-Audible click for reupholstering
-Reinforces a full grip
-Belt loop and perfect paddle platforms

Pros

  • Fits great
  • Adjustable cant 
  • Durable 
  • Holds gun securely in place

Cons

  • Belt clip can be hard to fasten and release

Final Thoughts / Conclusion

Having the right concealed holster makes all the difference for your comfort and safety. 

It does not matter which type of holster that you prefer, whichever you choose, you need to make sure you take with you to the range and practice drawing and re-holster until master the movement.

Which is the best one for you, well ultimately that is up to personal preference, and it often takes trying a few till you find the one that suits you best.

There are a lot of different options to choose from, the ones we listed here are our favorites.  We think you will like them too.