Paddle? Shoulder? Leg? Essential Guide to the Best Glock 23 Holsters

The Glock 23 is one of the most common guns that officers carry. It is optimal for concealed carrying due to its minimum weight while remaining to have a high calibre.

It’s durable and reliable, so you’d definitely want the right holster to live up to its standards too.

Personally, the BlackHawk Serpa Sportster Paddle Holster is my pick as the best Glock 23 holster. It is extremely durable and offers great retention and concealment.

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Different Types of Holsters and Their Traits

Paddle or Pancake Holsters

S&W Two Slot Leather Pancake Holster by Azula Gun HolstersThese are the two primary forms of holsters. Paddle holsters are shells attached to a backing material.

The shells can be made from Kydex or Boltaron and the construction and mounting to the paddle-shaped backing depends on the manufacturers.

Pancake holsters, on the other hand, are two pieces of material that are joined together, forming a pocket in the middle where you will put your gun in.

Leather is the common material for this type of holsters and can be shaped nondescriptly or tailor made for a specific gun.

Hip Holster

Outside the Waistband (OWB) HolstersHolsters are named for where you wear them on your body and the hip holsters are the most common of all.

You can choose between wearing it inside or outside your waistband (IWB or OWB).

They have been the oldest type of holsters are they are easy to conceal and the easiest to reach (not when you’re seated though).

Using a hip holster may mean that you should get a gun belt which is stronger than normal belt to withstand the weight of the holster.

Shoulder Holster

Brown Shoulder HolstersYou can wear shoulder holsters horizontally or vertically depending on the type of gun you own.

These are pretty easy to access, but concealment is another problem as these are more visible than hip holsters.

You will have to wear a jacket or an overcoat to successfully conceal these holsters.

Re-holstering is also something that you should take into consideration when choosing the right holster for you. Shoulder holsters can give you a bit of a problem in that area, though.

Leg or Ankle Holsters

Black Ankle HolstersLeg holsters are attached to the thigh and are accessible through all sorts of positions.

Concealment would require a closed full length jacket, which can be quite a hassle.

Ankle holsters are some of the most concealable holsters out there, unless you’re wearing shorts or a skirt.

The downside to using these is that you can’t run properly and your weapon cannot be drawn quickly (unless you’re kneeling on the leg opposite where the holster is strapped).

Small firearms are the best for ankle holsters so they’re pretty great for backup weapons.

What Is The Best Holster for Glock 23?

1. BlackHawk Serpa Sportster Paddle Holster

BlackHawk Serpa Sportster Paddle HolsterThis is made for different models of Glocks, with the Glock 23 being one of them. It has a SERPA Auto-Lock retention system.

The release button is positioned so that your trigger finger will be in position once you draw your gun.

It is made of a strong polymer that is durable. It has an adjustable retention that has an audible lock when you re-holster your weapon.

– The angle and retention are both adjustable for this holster so you can customize it to whatever is more comfortable for you
– The SERPA Auto-lock system will ensure that your holster’s retention works well when you draw and re-holster your Glock 23
– The retention works well even when you’re on the move like running
– Serves its purpose very well for concealed carrying

– This holster can only be attached using a paddle platform so if you were looking for a holster that can be attached with a clip, then this may not be the choice for you
– If your hip shakes while walking then there may be some rattling sound from your gun in this holster
– Re-holstering may take some practice before you can do it efficiently with this holster

2. Concealment Express Holster Custom Molded Fit

This is an IWB kydex holster made for Glock 19, 32, and 23. It has a minimalist design for better concealment.

It also prevents moisture from getting to your Glock 23 and remains durable despite being lightweight. It remains very concealable inside your waistband no matter how you dress.

Concealment Express Holster Custom Molded FitPros:
– You can choose this holster whether you’re left or right handed as they make them both ways
– It remains secure to your waistband even when you’re moving around like walking, running, or even engaging in physical combat with your assailant
– Your Glock 23 will stay in place because of the retention and will remain locked in this holster securely
– The trigger is completely covered so there is no chance that your weapon will accidentally go off even when loaded
– The cant is adjustable for your comfort

– The belt clip is made of plastic.
– The edges of this holster are not rounded and can be a bit painful when in contact with your skin especially during movement
– The screws on the inside of the belt clip can scratch up your Glock 23
– The belt clip is quite big so the holster will move around quite a bit on your belt

3. Fobus Glock GL2E2

This Fobus holster is made for different Glock models, the Glock 23 included. It is lightweight and is attached by a low profile rubberized paddle. It has great retention and comfortable to use.

It also has a protective sight channel. It can withstand even the harshest elements and can be cleaned and washed with soap and water.

Fobus Glock GL2E2Pros:
– It is very easy to attach and detach from your belt so you don’t have to worry about any trouble in that area
– It’s so secure that your Glock 23 will not fall out when you sit or move around
– The muzzle end of this holster is open, so the length of your Glock 23 should be no problem at all

– This holster can be a bit tight for a Glock 23 even when the tension screw is loosened, which makes drawing and re-holstering quite a problem. The holster can sometimes come off your belt with the gun when you try to draw it
– This is only made for right handed people, there is no mention whether it is also made for lefties

4. Fierce Defender Inside Waistband Kydex Holster

This holster is made from thick .08 kydex material which ensures its strength and durability.

Your trigger and the backside of your gun are fully covered in this holster to prevent any accidents and also to keep your sweat from getting on to your weapon.

The retention can be adjusted to make sure that you are comfortable with the draw and re-holstering.

Fierce Defender Inside Waistband Kydex HolsterPros:
– This holster can be used for appendix, hip, side, and back carrying
– The cant is also adjustable from 0 to 15 degrees
– This is comfortable to wear and is really affordable for a holster of such high quality
– You can conceal your Glock 23 well with this holster and you will have a holster that is especially tailor made for your weapon
– This holster is made for both right and left handed people

– This is an inside the waistband (IWB) holster and has kydex edges that are quite sharp so it can be quite uncomfortable.
– The design of the belt clip can mean that the holster will come with the gun when you draw it, it can be solved by using a belt tail retainer strap to secure it to your belt
– It can scratch up their your Glock 23


My final verdict? Go for the BlackHawk Serpa Sportster Paddle Holster. All in all, it has the most promising qualities among all of the holsters that we looked at in this article.

It’s well known for its durability, offers great retention, concealment and does the job well for a reasonable price.

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Chris Browning

Hey everyone I'm Chris. Founder and editor at Gun News Daily. This site was originally started by my father who passed it on to me. Gun News Daily has been reporting on gun news and conservative politics since 2001. We are the original gun news source. Life-long Second Amendment Supporter.

3 thoughts on “Paddle? Shoulder? Leg? Essential Guide to the Best Glock 23 Holsters

  1. I have the Blackhawk Serpa, but the polymer paddle digs into my hip and causes pain and discomfort. I don’t always wear a belt so I slid it over my pant waistband. Is there a soft holster that can clip over my waistband with a soft leather clip for my Glock 23? Thank you

  2. Fobus with its smaller foam layered paddle is comfortable sitting, walking even driving. Retention is supplemented with a snap strap. One model works well with a light / laser.

  3. I tried the Alien Gear G19/23/32/38. While it holds my Glock 23 Gen 4 well as for being an IWB holster it is very bulky. The inside is padded but even the manufacturer suggests wearing an undershirt between you and the holster. Here in Florida, that can be uncomfortable most of the year. I think I will try the Blackhawk Serpa.

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