So, you’re in the market to find a concealed carry holster for your Glock 23. This means you’ve already decided you want to carry your Glock concealed. You’re following all the laws in your state regarding concealed carry. Now you’re in the market for the perfect Glock 23 holster.
The best Glock 23 concealed carry holster is IWB Kydex Holster by Concealment Express. This is a molded to fit polymer inside the waistband (IWB) concealment holster.
It offers adjustable passive retention as well as customizable cant (carry angle). It’s available in both Kydex and carbon fiber, and comes with a lifetime warranty.
This video review discusses the inside the waistband (IWB) holster by Concealment Express. Though he talks about the Glock 26, 27, and 33, the features are the same as the holster for the Glock 23. What to Consider Before Buying
There are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind before purchasing a concealment holster for your Glock 23.
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When searching online for holsters, there are a few words and abbreviations you need to be familiar with.
We’ve already touched on a couple styles of holsters, so let’s take a look at some we haven’t talked about yet.
Now let’s take a look at some specific holsters on the market today for the Glock 23. We’ll look in detail at some of the pros and cons for each one.
This is a suede leather holster intended to be worn inside the waistband (IWB). A sturdy metal clip secures the holster to your pants. The holster is open-ended, making it capable of handling different barrel lengths.
The Ultimate holster does not have any retention features, because it relies on tension from your pants to secure the firearm. If you are an active person, this might not be a good choice.
Because the Ultimate doesn’t have a high rise on the contact side, parts of your pistol will likely rest against your skin, causing potential issues of corrosion from sweat.
This holster is designed to enhance concealment, yet make drawing your pistol in an emergency quickly and easily. Because it’s made of soft leather, the Ultimate may collapse, making re-holstering difficult. It is not ambidextrous.
The inside the waistband (IWB) Concealed Carry holster from Hidden Hybrid is a unique design. The holster on the contact side is made of leather, while the front skin is molded Kydex polymer. This holster can also be worn outside the waistband (OWB) using belt slide slots.
This holster can be adjusted for cant (carry angle) when worn IWB and also for carry height, but not when using the belt slots. It also offers user-adjustable retention screws to guarantee your firearm is secure in the holster. There are no retention straps or buttons to interfere with a smooth draw.
Some shooters don’t like holsters made of Kydex, citing that it can be abrasive and cause wear marks on your pistol’s finish. This is an open-ended holster, so you don’t have to worry about barrel length. But, it’s not ambidextrous, so make sure you order the right side.
This inside the waistband (IWB) Glock holster is made of molded Kydex and features a full sweat guard on the skin side. It comes with a sturdy polymer clip to secure it to your pants.
The holster offers adjustable passive retention, giving you an audible ‘click’ when the pistol is securely inserted. But, the cant (carry angle) is not adjustable on this holster, sitting at a standard 15-degree FBI angle.
This holster is the lightest holster on the market at 3 ounces. It is designed for specific firearms, and is not ambidextrous, so make sure you order the right one if you purchase online.
This is a molded Kydex polymer or carbon fiber holster designed to fit inside the waistband (IWB). Because it’s molded for specific firearms, the retention is excellent.
It offers an adjustment screw for the retention, giving the user the option to tighten or loose as needed. It also has an adjustable cant (carry angle) and fits belts up to 1.5 inches.
There is no active retention features; instead, you’ll get the audible ‘click’ sound when the pistol is properly holstered.
You can choose from either Kydex-T polymer or carbon fiber material for this holster. Some gun owners don’t care for Kydex, claiming it might mar the finish on the handgun.
This classic belly band-style neoprene holster is an extremely affordable option. The open-bottomed holster, designed with the right size and stretch to accommodate up to a 45” waistline, is durable and closes with Velcro for a customizable fit for men and women of most sizes. This adjustable belly band holster fits compact and subcompact pistols, revolvers, and more, with a bonus elastic spare pocket, both pockets equipped with active retention elastic straps for a safe and subtle (but two-handed) concealment.
Slim neoprene and elastic sits flat and can be worn comfortably inside or out of the waistband, adjusted to your preferred cant and your dominant hand. The gun pocket has two openings for either left or right-hand draw- this holster is a great option if it’s shared between multiple people!
The flat, strong, non-toxic neoprene is safe enough to be worn on bare skin and is compact enough to not print even under tight workout clothes or workwear- great for women who jog, walk, or bike alone. For versatility and affordability, this handgun holster is great for everyday or tactical situations- place bear mace or a spare mag in the extra pocket for a weekend hunt, or ensure you don’t lose your phone or wallet with the convenient elastic strap.
If you’re going to carry concealed, you want the best holster you can find for your Glock 23. The perfect holster will have most or all of the features you feel are most important. What you choose in a holster will depend on your personal lifestyle and the particular situations you’re likely to find yourself in.
The IWB Kydex Holster by Concealment Express is the best, most versatile holster for a Glock 23. It offers features such as adjustable retention, custom cant (carry angle), and a slim profile to ensure concealment. There are no retention straps or buttons to slow down your draw in an emergency, and the holster doesn’t collapse, making re-holstering easy.
For the price of concealment holsters, you can’t go wrong with the IWB Kydex Holster. Concealment Express offers a lifetime guarantee, backing up their tough and enduring product. In the middle of the price ranges, this holster is an excellent buy.
3 thoughts on “Glock 23 Concealed Carry IWB Holster Complete Guide [2023 Review]”
don’t believe that the Vedder holster, with the metal clip & the elimination monthly requirement(no oil) and the addition of a 90 deg cant makes this a better holster? Makes it a better holster, I’ve both because I asked if Concealment Express would consider replacing/switching?? And I never heard anything! This is a FYI, I wasn’t trying to “Belittle/Downgrade ” Concealment Express, product I was just trying to make it better! I hope my comment is taken only as a product improvement, I say all of this because of your quick turn around time! And i’d like to order some replacement rubber washers preferably the better stiffer ones.
Thanks for letting me know, Rene. I’ll reach out to the team at CE and see if they have any thoughts, which I’ll post here.
I was caught off gaurd that I didn’t notice Clinger Holsters make it on the list here. https://clingerholsters.com/glock-23-holsters/