You’ve got a Glock 43 and now you want to know what’s the best Inside the Waistband (IWB) holster to use to carry your Glock. Look no further, because we’re going to break it down for you and give you several options to think about.
Our pick for the best IWB concealment holster for the Glock 43 is the IWB Holster by CYA Supply Co. This holster features adjustable passive retention, a thin profile, and adjustable cant (carry angle). It’s molded to fit the Glock 43 and made of durable Boltaron for superior and long-lasting quality. CYA offers a satisfaction guarantee.
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Things to Consider When Purchasing
There are a few things to consider when looking for a holster for your Glock 43. When you consider the items listed below, it will help you determine which holster is the best for your situation.
Whether you are right- or left-handed will make a difference when ordering a holster. Most holsters aren’t ambidextrous, meaning they can only be used on one side. When purchasing a holster, especially online, it’s important to look carefully at the listing to ensure you order the correct side.
Most Inside the Waistband (IWB) holsters don’t come with retention straps, though it’s not outside the realm of possibility. Usually, they rely on passive retention (firearm-specific molding) to keep the weapon secured. But, if you’re looking at using a belly band holster as an IWB concealment holster, these do come with additional retention straps.
If you plan to carry a concealed firearm, you’ll have to take into account your wardrobe choices. Most IWB holsters don’t ride low enough in the pants to completely conceal the pistol from view.
Adding long t-shirts, a sweater or hoodie, or a sport jacket can help to ensure concealment. Make sure you can guarantee concealment when you bend over or do other activity that might pull your shirt up.
Carrying concealed means you’re likely carrying for self-defense, or as a secondary backup weapon. In self-defense situations, you’ll want to make sure you can draw the weapon quickly in a drastic situation.
Since most IWB holsters don’t have additional retention straps or release buttons, the only thing to consider is your clothing slowing down your draw.
IWB Holster Basics
Let’s talk about some of the basics of the average Inside the Waistband (IWB) holster.
- Material — most IWB holsters are made of polymer, Kydex, or leather. However, the Pocket Holster by Sticky Holsters, which can also be used IWB, can be made of leather or nylon. Some shooters don’t prefer Kydex polymer, stating it has the potential to mar the pistol’s finish.
- Retention — IWB holsters usually have passive retention; the molded polymer itself holds the pistol in place. You should hear an audible ‘click’ when the weapon is properly holstered. With some holsters, you can adjust this retention.
- Cant — cant refers to carry angle. Many IWB holsters have an adjustable cant, so you can set up the holster to the best angle for you. Most of them range from 0 to 15 degrees (called FBI cant).
- Ride — this refers to the height of the holster. Some IWB holsters are adjustable for height, so you can control how deep your holster fits in your pants.
Features to Look For
Some features you might want to look for in an IWB holster for your Glock 43 include:
- Retention — you’ll want to look for a holster that offers adjustable retention. This ensures a good fit to your pistol.
- Adjustable cant (carry angle) — a holster with adjustable cant can be adjusted to be more comfortable for the wearer.
- Warranty — a satisfaction guarantee or other warranty is always a good thing to seek when buying a holster.
Specific IWB Holsters for Glock 43
Now you’ve learned the basics of IWB holsters, so let’s take a closer look at several different brands. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each one and list their available features. This will help you to decide which one might be best for your carry situation.
1. IWB or Pocket Holster by Sticky Holsters
The IWB or Pocket Holster is a small holster made of somewhat molded leather and without any clips. This holster relies on compression or friction to keep it in place. It’s one of few holsters that are ambidextrous and can be used on either side.
This holster can be easily slipped into your waistband, and has no bulky clips to attach to your pants. But, because of that, you have to be careful not to drop the holster when you’re in a restroom, because there’s nothing holding the holster to your pants.
The holster can also double as a pocket holster simply by slipping into your pocket, so you get two uses in one rig.
2. Profile Holster IWB by Tulster
The large clip secures the holster to your pants. This holster is not ambidextrous, so be sure to order the correct side.
The Profile Holster offers an adjustable retention screw, so you can tighten or loosen it to get the perfect fit for your firearm.
Setting it a little loose will improve draw speed. It also has an adjustable cant (carry angle). One of the screw holes on the clip is oblong in shape, allowing you to change the angle from 0 to 15 degrees (FBI cant).
This holster has a high rise on the skin side, protecting the slide from sweat and oils on your skin.
3. IWB Holster by CYA Supply Co.
The IWB holster by CYA is made of molded Boltaron, giving it high temperature and impact resistance.
Boltaron is superior to Kydex in both heat and impact resistance. It’s molded to specific firearms, and is not ambidextrous, so ensure you get the right one when ordering.
This holster features an adjustable cant (carry angle) from 0 to 15 degrees (FBI cant). A hex key, included with the holster, allows you to easily adjust the angle of carry. The holster has a thin profile to ensure concealment.
CYA offers a satisfaction guaranteed warranty on this holster.
4. IWB Kydex Holster by Concealment Express
This holster is made of molded Kydex and is specific to the Glock 43. It’s not ambidextrous, so make sure you select the right one when ordering.
The holster has a high rise on the skin side, protecting your slide from corrosion. It’s not ambidextrous, so be careful when ordering this holster.
The IWB Kydex Holster has passive retention, giving you an audible ‘click’ when the firearm is correctly holstered. This retention is adjustable, so you can customize it to get the perfect fit. It also offers an adjustable cant (carry angle) from 0 to 15 degrees (FBI cant).
Some shooters don’t like holsters made of Kydex, citing that this material can cause marring or damage to the finish on the firearm.
5. Elite Glock 43 IWB FOMI Holster by Multi Holsters
This holster offers different finishes: carbon fiber or polymer. The patented FOMI clip secures the holster to your waistband, yet is easy to remove. This holster is not ambidextrous, so make sure to order the correct side.
The Elite has a high rise on the skin side, protecting the slide from sweat or oils on your skin.
It also offers adjustable passive retention, so you can get the perfect fit and draw. You can also easily adjust the cant (carry angle) from 0 to 15 degrees (FBI cant) by adjusting the clip.
If you intend to carry your Glock 43 concealed, you need a great concealment holster. A good IWB holster should offer adjustable retention and cant (carry angle), and be made of material tough enough for everyday carry.
Our pick of the IWB Holster by CYA is an excellent choice. The holster offers adjustable passive retention, customizable cant (carry angle) from 0 to 15 degrees (FBI cant), and a satisfaction guarantee.
The IWB Holster is made of Boltaron, a polymer superior to Kydex in impact and heat resistance. This holster should give you many years of use with minimal wear.