Aggregating data, utilizing first hand experience, additionally leveraging other experienced shooters testing, reviews etc., here we’ve narrowed down what we consider the best Glock holsters available.
As is customary, we are obligated to remind readers, notwithstanding the claims found in some manufacturer promotional literature, we ourselves stop short of guaranteeing any one holster as perfect for each and every shooter. What we can, and we pray achieve however, is narrow down the margins for error.
Here we aim to give the unadulterated pros of the best holsters, but also the potential cons, which holster makers are unlikely to mention. This is important as, just as there is no one holster fits all people, or all situations, fundamentally, there is no one holster with absolutely no con points or particular limitations.
Part of choosing the best holster for you and your needs consequently, is choosing which of these cons / limitations you deem manageable and something you can live / deal with.
So, join me in surveying some of the best Glock holsters available, worthy of your hard earned cash, representing holsters across the spectrum of carry modes, pistol size, and price tag, among other factors.
Just before we do however, and at the risk of overstating the blindingly obvious, always approach the question of which holster selection on the strict understanding that whichever holster one procures, it must be either model specific for the actual Glock you own, or at the very least, recommended by the manufacturer as being compatible with your specific model of Glock.
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Our Top Pick: Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5
Our Best Pick holster for Glock handguns is the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster, an inside the waistband holster intended primarily for Concealment (CCW) wear, typically worn at the 4 ~ 5 o’clock position.
Why it’s our favorite
Alien Gear’s Cloak Tuck 3.5 is the product of a design process, (though pretty much a classic from it’s inception), refined gradually over the years, AG taking the rare course of action, of actually listening to their customers, and masterfully implementing suggested improvements.
The resulting 3.5 holster offers a host of tangible features, of which some being.. excellent concealment, no break-in period required, and famously, unsurpassed comfort under the most demanding conditions.
Small Point Of Concern
As touched on earlier, no one holster is a perfect match for all Glock owners. In the Cloak Tuck 3.5’s case, there is the potential, (arguably, in common with any IWB holster), of obstruction of the holster when attempting to draw or re-holster the sidearm.
Given the holster’s plus points.. excellent comfort, concealment, etc., we’d recommend trying on the 3.5 in the flesh to determine if there’s any issue in your own case.
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This author has been shooting circa 12 years, albeit principally with the military, which also formed my introduction to handguns. Accordingly my experience is limited to full size semi automatic pistols rather than compacts, sub compacts, wheel guns etc.
Couple Things to Remember
While most folks will readily accept the merit of learning from our own mistakes… learning from others experiences (successes, as well as mistakes), offers a better approach, saving you time, money, finger & knuckle skin, (or worse injury) etc.
With this in mind, our strategy is to augment any author’s experience, utilizing input & experience from other shooters from a broad range of disciplines & backgrounds. Where we suggest models, e.g. for particular carry mode, this is based on our own testing of the item as first preference, or in the event of that not being the case, at the very least, hundreds of hours analyzing input from other shooters findings with the specific holster in question.
Who Should (and Shouldn’t) Buy Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5
Comfortably conceal carrying a sub compact like a Glock 26, 27, 30, 43 or compact 19, 23, 32, presents no major challenges, for most reasonably well designed CCW purpose holsters.
Once one enters the realm of full size service pistols however, Glock 17, 22, 20, 21, etc., this proposition does become more of a hurdle, and the practicalities of a pistol made of so much real estate, demands fine tuning (to facilitate concealment / optimal functionality) particularly vis a vis ride height, cant angle, secure repositioning of the holster.
Even with the bespoke flexibility / control afforded to the user within these parameters, for some, their physique may constitute a (practically) insurmountable limitation. Consequently, again, one needs to try the holster on with the intended weapon and see how well it works or doesn’t, for your needs and requirements.
If one needs to conceal carry a sub compact / compact Glock, and will spend the greater part of the time on your feet, this holster should figure near the top of the list for most people. For those who the aim to concealed carry a full size pistol, this holster may work well for you too, albeit the need to try on in the flesh becomes that bit more critical.
Obvious statement time again, if in testing the holster on with your Glock 20, you find it prints to an intolerable level, then you need to consider another option, (e.g. appendix carry holster solutions). Lastly, I would suggest, if concealment is not of primary importance, the 3.0 might not necessarily be the optimal solution, and you may wish to consider e.g. OWB holster options.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Will this holster fit my Glock?
All holsters listed here are designed to provide a Glock model-compatible / Glock model-specific fit, further:
Alien Gear Holsters Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster, (IWB), provides Glock model-specific fit.
The Concealment Express IWB Kydex (IWB/ AIWB) depending on model of Glock provides either a Glock model-compatible or Glock model-specific fit
The Blackhawk SERPA CQC Concealment Holster (OWB) provides Glock model-specific fit.
The Galco Miami Classic II (Shoulder) provides Glock model-compatible fit.
For CCW use, how well does this holster conceal?
Precise results vary based on model of Glock carried, YMMV, but as a guide..
Alien Gear Holsters Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster, (IWB) following standard CCW practice of wearing generously sized, dark colored, un-tucked shirts etc., concealment performance is generally very good. Tucking in more liable to cause some printing, as always YMMV.
The Concealment Express IWB Kydex (IWB/ AIWB) worn in appendix, no cant, virtually no printing with full size Glock achievable. Worn in 5 o’clock, with FBI cant, some concealability, but more liable to print slightly.
The Blackhawk SERPA CQC Concealment Holster (OWB) some printing unavoidable, but still workable.
The Galco Miami Classic II (Shoulder) excellent concealment achievable, clothing choice dependent. Wearing thin shirts will print, albeit with thicker or lined shirts, jackets, superb concealability achievable for majority of users.
How long does this holster take to break-in?
Alien Gear Holsters Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster, (IWB) essentially is ready to use immediately, with no required break-in period.
The Concealment Express IWB Kydex (IWB/ AIWB) again, no break-in period required, works and wears comfortably from time of purchase.
The Blackhawk SERPA CQC Concealment Holster (OWB) no break-in period required.
The Galco Miami Classic II (Shoulder) Breaking-in holster a necessity prior to live use in the field, can be broken-in over around 3 to 4 days.
Wrapping It Up
Our final thoughts on Glock Holsters – Choosing The Best Holster For Your Glock..
As the owner of a Glock handgun, consciously or not, you declare yourself to hold certain principles and values, subliminally and explicitly.
At times, it feels like everyone has developed their own opinion on Glocks, but notwithstanding anything folks say on the subject, no one can deny Glock engineering and robustness, enabling them to weather all kinds of punishment lesser pistols cannot cope with.
Equally, it is this renowned reliability, which is fundamental to why Glocks have become the most popular handgun with Law Enforcement, Government agencies, militaries, security workers etc. right around the world.
Our Final Choice
We chose the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 as our top pick based on the combination of it’s performance in terms of comfort, when carrying any model of Glock, up to and including full size models, and equally, it’s IWB merits, providing excellent concealability should you require such, e.g. for CCW / EDC use.
Lastly, Alien Gear’s built-in 30 day test drive, (part of the Alien Gear Iron Clad Triple Guarantee) means, effectively, anyone can try it out, and arrive at their own informed decision, how good a match it is for them, their Glock, and their pattern of movement / requirements.
If nothing else you can see what all the fuss is about and why Cloak Tuck owners, having tried them out for the better part of a month, overwhelmingly tend to stick with their purchase never look back at other holsters again.