WomensHolsters.com is a site dedicated to ensuring that concealed carry is a comfortable and discrete experience. As we work to get more products available, we decided to put out an article for people looking for onbody carry options. For the purposes of this article, we chose a gender neutral position. Choosing a holster is a difficult process for even the most experienced shooters. Those new to Concealed Carry can often find it a bit daunting. There's an incredibly large selection of types to chose from, and even more different brands. For the purposes of offbody carry, we recommend taking a look at out site's purse and bag options here. In the next couple of months, we plan to release additional types for onbody and offboday carry options and are dedicated to spending the extra effort to primarily focus on women's concealed carry options. The range of choices in the market for onbody options range from the cheap and poor constructed to handcrafted collector's items. Our intention is to provide the best quality at the best price. Between these two extremes are a number of high quality options, and that is exactly what we intend to deliver to our customers. The list below was put together with the help of some friends and fellow veterans whose primary method of carry is onbody carry. For each category we have a "Site Choice" showing the one we recommend. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and we're sure we left or overlooked a number of people's favorites. Let's dive in:
IWB concealed carry holsters are a favorite for many. Let's jump in and take a look at some of the more popular brands, and a few that you're sure to come across.
We have owned or currently own holsters made of a number of different materials: Kydex, ABS plastic, nylon, etc. That said, we’ve always had a soft spot for leather due to it's durability, quality, and attractiveness. In our opinion there are few large holstermakers that do leather as well as DeSantis. The Desantis Cozy Partner In-WaistBand holster is versatile, rugged, comfortable and well-priced. It's on the top of our list of recommendations for people looking for an appropriately priced, quality concealed carry holster.
Kydex is a great holster material - strong, rugged and lasting. We appreciate Kydex in a number of holsters, but that's less applicable (for us) for IWB holsters. We find it can be uncomfortable when worn for extended periods of time due to the fact that it has no "give." If Kydex isn't a concern for you (and we know it isn't for a lot of people), consider this option. It's a great holster if you don't have the same issues with comfort we do. Now, before you go thinking it must be really uncomfortable, we have friends who swear by this holster. For it's popularity and solid construction, it must be considered.
We know what you're thinking, this looks vary similar to the Galco Triton - that's because it is. Both are fairly minimalistic and made from Kydex. Both cause us to whine about comfort and how the holster rubs against the hip. But... there are a few things the the Shield holster does have over the Galco. The key difference is that hardware used to mount the holster is better - it's also possible to interchange a clip with belt loop mounting. This may not seem like a huge difference, but the increased versatility is worth the slight increase in price over the Galco Triton.
Tuckable IWB concealed carries are interesting. Some people hate them and some people insist on them. We've used both and will continue to do so based on whether or not we'll be tucking in our shirt or if we may be taking a jacket along for the day. In any case, both IWB and Tuckable IWB have their place. Let's take a look.
This is a great IWB Concealed Holster as a first purchase or for an experienced shooter for three reasons. First: solid, comfortable construction - uses a neoprene backing that provides comfort and contours to the user's body. Second: price - one of the lower prices around for this level of quality. Third: versatility - interchangeable shells prevent you from needing to buy separate holsters for each handgun you own.
The Galco King Tuk needs to be mentioned on this list if for no other reason than because it has a cool name. Similar to the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3, it is part of the current wave of Kydex shell mounted on a softer padding. This setup is meant to be the best of both worlds, the strongest construction and the softest feel. This style is definitely growing in terms of market share.
Desanti's Sof-Tuk in-band holster is available in compact and regular sizes and specifically tailored to a number of different firearms. The holster provides for a comfortable concealed carry resulting from its suede leather construction. The single pin on the clip is the only real downside to this holster. If you're looking for comfort at a good price, this is a good choice. If you're a bit nervous about the single pin construction, we'd suggest looking elsewhere.
These two holsters are excellent bare-bones holsters for IWB concealed carry. The clip is non-adjustable, and the construction is very simple. These are comfortable, have two pin construction and are very low profile. This is a go-to style for a lot of first time purchasers.
The Blackhawk Serpa is on of the top sellers in the OWB market and for good reason. The solid construction and custom fit for each gun is high quality. We have personally owned some of our Glock 17s for three years. We've never had an issue and have recommended it to anyone we know looking for a reliable Outside WaistBand holster.
On a super-tight budget and just need something that will work? That's the part of the market the Barsony is aiming for. The design of these conceal carry holsters is nylon and foam. They typically aren't the best for concealment or for comfort, but they get the job done. This is a great first purchase for someone who is just getting into concealed carry weapons and isn't sure whether they want to do it for the long term.
New to the concealed firearm holster market, Blade-Tech has been climbing the ranks pretty quickly due to their expansive use of Kydex. Mentioned previously in this article, Kydek is popular due to durability and cost. It holds its form forever and if a concealed firearm fits it now, it will fit it until the Kydek holster is forceably broken. This model stands up to the test and is available in a number of variations.
A product highly-touted by professionals in security and law enforcement, this concealed carry shoulder holster is one of the best. Often seen as a variant one of the Safari ALS models, this holster has a great retention system that prevents the gun from sliding or moving during activity. The construction is top-notch and gear is highly durable. As a heftier individual, this is one we have had no issues with concealment or movement. It's a little more in price than some of the comparable holsters, but it's worth it to not worry about weapon slippage or sliding.
One of the standards in the conceal carry industry, it isn't surprising to see a Desantis setup in the mix. Desantis makes a variety of types and style with slight variation based on the gun model and some different materials. Like all shoulder holsters, it's a bit difficult to conceal and some people find it uncomfortable to have something between their arm and side.
By far the best characteristic of this model is the price. We think this may be the lowest reasonable quality shoulder carry holster on the market. It has a number of shortcomings, but if you're insistent on shoulder style concealment, the price is right. The adjustments on this are somewhat difficult for larger belly individuals. I'm not sure how it fits on a smaller body frame, but it seems like it is designed with a large shoulder to smaller torso ratio. Again, this is an OK setup and is serviceable for someone who really wants a shoulder rig.
Touted as one of the finest pieces of craftsmanship in the shoulder holster market, this is a rig that's been around in one variation or another for a while. The precursor to this model was introduced by Galco when Galco was primarily a leatherworks company. This setup his on the pricier end of the spectrum and seems to be almost a luxury model. If we owned something like this, we'd want to show it off. That makes things tough when it is meant for concealment.
Concealing guns in the small of the back is something we think some people have a born preference for. We know gun owners who refuse to conceal their firearms any other way. It's not our preferred method of concealment, but some people like chocolate and some like vanilla.
For all the new people looking for holsters, the SOB stands for small-of-back. We thought we should get that cleared up. The Galco SOB Holster is a personal favorite of ours. The holster is high-quality, conceals well and has a comfortable 40 degree up angle for ease of draw. It's compact, looks good and works well. That's two complimentary sentences in a row, so it's time to talk about the downside - it's on the higher end of pricing.
It's difficult for me to consider the Pro-Tech SOB has a true small-of-the-back gun holster. True, it can be worn in the small of the back, but it isn't angled for a typical rear grab. It seems more like an in waistband holster that can be used as an SOB holster. As a SBO holster, we're unimpressed. If you consider that it will be used as an IWB, it suddenly becomes much more reasonable. The price is reasonable and the construction includes vapor resistance and coating to prevent your gun from being exposed to excess moisture.
Then holster designed for the seated person. After sitting for a while any holster can become uncomfortable. Name after the Sky Marshals who remain seated for long periods of time, this beauty is designed for comfort when being seated for a considerable duration is a requirement. Well-constructed and with a good draw angle, this is definitely an SOB to consider.
In our opinion, this is the best belly band holster. This band has duel holsters, allowing for left or right hand draws. Additionally, this band has additional storage spaces that don't seem to clutter up the belt. It's difficult to describe, but you know it when you wear it. Some belts hold an extra item or two and go from serviceable to extremely uncomfortable. In the case of Galco's Belly Band, a flashlight and extra magazine can be added without too much discomfort.
Simple, sweet and cost appropriate. This was a very near "Site Choice" despite how different the two designs are. If you aren't looking for the bells and whistles, this is the concealed band for you. There's nothing fancy here, just a basic elastic band and decent concealment.
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