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12 January 2018 by Online Carry Training

Different type of holsters will offer you a different type of advantages, so you have to make sure you find the right model to suit your needs. The most important thing you should think about when you’re buying a conceal carry holster is when are you going to use it. If you plan on using it every day, you should buy a holster which will fit all your daily needs.

The following is a list of the most popular categories of concealed carry holsters with two editor’s picks for each category. This list is by no means complete. 


The main advantage of using an “inside the waistband” (IWB) holster is that it’s very easy to reach. You can wear the holster at your side or on your back, depending on the holster’s design and your preference, and drawing it can be done swiftly, without drawing unwanted attention to yourself.

Galco Triton IWB Holster

Constructed of Kydex, an exceptionally strong plastic and designed to have a 10 degree cant. Comes with belt clip.This is a light, thin holster with an open muzzle end and a raised sweat guard to protect your firearm from perspiration. Priced right at $52.

Alien Gear Cloak Tuck3.0

Constructed of a Thermoelastic polymer neoprene backing pad and spring-steel, which is softer than leather and better able to conform to the user’s body. Comes with interchangeable shells so you can use with different carry guns. The price is hard to beat at $46.


OWB, or Outside the Waist Band is when the gun/holster rests on the outside of your pants. It is usually anchored to you by the belt. This method of carry is a very comfortable method of carry because there generally isn’t anything poking you in the side and it affords you a better grip from the draw because it allows you to get the entire hand on it in the right position.

Blade Tech OWB Holster

Constructed of Kydex, which is cheaper than leather and easier to form as well as being more durable because it doesn’t stretch or wear out. This is a professional grade holster that comes with a wide variety of mounting options. Moderately affordable at $65.

Alien Gear Cloak Mod OWB Paddle Holster

Constructed of a high-drag thermos elastomer surface backed with a neoprene backplate.   and dedsigned with a spring steel flexplate for added retention. Comes with an adjustable cant and a belt slide or paddle attachment for easy on, easy off operation. Affordably priced at $50.


Shoulder holsters generally wrap around the shoulder.  The part that actually holds the gun usually sits on your support side’s rib cage.   These holsters are very comfortable, and they usually come with additional pouches in which you can store extra ammunition, among other things.

Galco Gunleather Shoulder Holster

This shoulder holster is considered best in class and has been so since 1970, when it was first introduced. The harness and ammuition carrier is constructed of fine gunleather and the harness is connected with special swivel connectors, which can be adjusted to horizontal or diagonal carry position. Designed for semi-automatic pistols. A legendary holster with a hefty price tag at $175.

Gould & Goodrich Gold Line Shoulder holster

The harness is constructed of high quality materials and is fully adjustable and has wid straps with a back swivel to allow straps to lay flat on the back. Features two magazine pouches for extra ammo. A decent value at $114.


Some SOB holsters are similar in design to IWB holster that we have talked about previously. With the main difference being that a SOB holster, for the most part, doesn’t have a hip plate, as it is not designed to be carried on the hip. It just slides right into your pants and uses a clip to attach to your belt.

Gould  & Goodrich Back holster

Construcuted of fine, durable leather. It’s comfortable, concealable with a well-designed and engineered holster that has an adjustable tension screw. Pricey but high quality at $75.

ActiveProGear SOB Holster

Constructed of waterproof foam and Nylon and designed with two belt loops so the holster rides close to your body. Available for right handed or left handed styles. Comes with a thumb activated retention strap. Affordably priced at $50.

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