If you’ve got a Kahr pistol, it’s worth investing in a good holster to carry it in. Kahr’s reputation for innovative design, using the most high-tech materials, is well founded, and you should look for a holster that is as advanced as your gun.
Getting a good holster, however, is harder than it sounds. Recent advances in holster technology, added to the range of carrying styles that have developed over the years, mean that there is now a bewildering array of holsters to choose from.
That’s where we come in. After reading hundreds of reviews, talking to loads of experts on Kahr holsters, and traweling through seemingly endless forums full of people discussing the pros and cons of various holsters, I think I finally know which holster you should buy for your Kahr.
It’s the Badger Concealment Kahr Arms IWB Holster. This is one of the lightest, thinnest concealment holsters we’ve ever tested, and as a result is a great choice for those who want to carry their Kahr pistol concealed. In my experience, people generally choose Kahr pistols because of their lightweight design, and this holster is therefore a perfect fit for most Kahr weapons.
Let’s start with the basics. This holster fits every model of Kahr we tested really well. It is clear that it is custom molded for each Kahr variant it is available for, and this means that it encases each weapon really well. It offers just the right level of grip on your gun – tight enough for it to feel secure, whilst also being loose enough to allow for a really fast draw, if your technique is correct.
Added to this, this holster also offers adjustable retention screws. This is great if you are setting up your pistol for competition, but also has other advantages. If you do a lot of physical activity whilst your gun is in the holster, you can set up this holster to have a slightly tighter grip on your weapon, with the extra peace of mind which that brings.
Having advanced features like this on a concealment holster is amazing, as such features are normally reserved for much more expensive, bulky holsters.
In short, this holster contains all the features you would expect in a premium item, whilst also giving a superior level of concealment. If you’ve invested in a Kahr for its lightweight design and slim profile, and like to carry your pistol concealed, this is the holster to go for.
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Our Review Process
Our review process if designed to sort the best holsters available from the huge variety of holsters now available. It used to be easy to choose the “best” holster for your Kahr, because for a lot of models there was only one holster available. The situation today is very different, and every year new holsters come out that offer new features that are supposedly huge advances.
This is sometimes the case, of course, but sometimes new features can actually hinder the actual usage of a holster. To our mind, there is only one way to find out what the best holsters are – talking to the people who actually use them, and then testing them ourselves.
For this review, I read hundreds of other reviews of Kahr holsters, and where a person seemed particularly happy or angry about a holster I contacted them for more information. What emerged was a complex picture – sometimes, a holster that was loved by most people had a fatal flaw that rendered it completely useless for a particular purpose.
After talking to a lot of people who take their Kahr holsters very seriously, we ordered a batch to test ourselves. We don’t feel comfortable recommending a holster until we have thoroughly tested it first hand, and so for this review we ordered the ten holsters that we thought looked the best.
After testing each and every one, both on the range and by carrying a Kahr around all day, we were finally able to make our recommendations.
The Badger Concealment Kahr Arms IWB Holster: Is It For You?
I think so. For most Kahr owners, most of the time, this holster offers all the features you will ever need. Of particular note is the fact that it is incredibly lightweight and has a slim profile, so if you are looking for superior concealment this is a great choice of holster.
That said, there are a few groups of gun owners for whom I would not recommend this holster. First and foremost, in my opinion you should be an experienced gun owner before looking to get a holster of this type.
The lightweight, extremely compact construction comes at a price, in this case meaning that this holster does not protect you or your weapon as fully as some others on the market. With this kind of minimal holster, the risk of accidental discharge is increased unless you really know what you are doing, and for this reason I would say that if you are new to your Kahr pistol you should look for a holster that totally encloses your weapon.
Secondly, this is an inside waist band (IWB) holster. One of the joys of writing these reviews is that I get to hear the IWB vs. OWB debate every time I recommend a holster. I know that a lot of people much prefer OWB holsters, because they offer a few extra features (adjustable ride height, notably) that IWB items cannot.
If that sound like you, then this holster is not the one to go for. That said, for most of us who carry a concealed weapon, there are great advantages of an IWB holster – notably, that they can significantly reduce printing and make concealment a good deal easier.
Lastly, the lack of a locking mechanism on this holster could be a problem for some professional users. If you are using your Kahr professionally, you already know this, but for the rest of us it is perhaps worth a reminder that with this kind of holster it is possible for an attacker to – just about – grab a gun from your holster.
Therefore, if you think you are going to be in dangerous situations a lot, this is not the best holster for you.
I don’t, of course, mean to be overly negative about this holster – it is my recommendation for the best holster for Kahr pistols for a reason, after all! If you are looking for a holster that will allow you to carry your Kahr in the deepest concealment, and one that is very comfortable whilst doing so, this is a great holster.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will these holsters fit my Kahr?
This is a very difficult question to answer, because of the numerous variants Kahr pistols come in. The best approach, to my mind, is to phone the manufacturer of the holster you want to buy, and check directly. This is especially true if you have an unusual gun, or have fitted aftermarket accessories.
- How are these holsters in terms of concealment?
I’ve priortized concealment in this review, because I think that is what most Kahr owners are looking for. Whilst the R&R holster above, being an OWB item, is a little more difficult to conceal, with all the other holsters above you can be sure that no-one will know you are packing.
- What size belt do I need?
This is a perennial question – there is almost as much discussion about gun belts as there is about holsters. In general, I think a 1.5” belt is the best option, and all the holsters above (excluding the belly band holster, obviously!) will fit a gun belt like this.
No review, and no reviewer can recommend a holster that fits everyone’s needs. Some people have specific requirements that mean that any holster I recommend will never suit their needs. That said, all of the holsters I have reviewed above are great in their own way, each offering great value for its price point.
Unfortunately, however, there has to be a winner, and today it is the Badger Concealment Kahr Arms IWB Holster. This is an incredibly lightweight holster that offers some of the best concealment properties we have seen, whilst also keeping your Kahr pretty secure in most circumstances.
It’s compact design also offers great advantages in terms of comfort. If you are wearing your Kahr all day, especially in an IWB configuration, some holsters can feel quite bulky. There is no such problem here – the slim profile means that you will hardly know you are wearing your pistol, and nor will anyone else! This is especially true if you are lucky enough to live in a hot part of the country, where bulky holsters can quickly descend into a sweaty, slick mess on hot days.
Every part of this holster is well made, and I’m confident that it will provide many years of reliable service. The belt clip, which is often the first place to look to assess the build quality of this kind of IWB holster, is thick, well-made, and holds the holster in place very well. The polymer moulding is clearly designed specifically for every variant of Kahr pistol this holster is available for, and as a result fits each like a glove.
This tight fit, combined with the adjustable retention screws, means that weapon retention on this holster is second to none. Even when doing quite strenuous physical activity, your Kahr is held securely, greatly reducing the possibility of it becoming dislodged from your holster. The adjustable retention here also means that you can set up the holster precisely how you want it, whether for competition shooting or self defense.
All in all, this is a great holster with a compact design that offers superior concealment. It does this whilst also offering great weapon retention, which is a feat in itself. If you are looking for a holster for your Kahr pistol that you can carry all day, you could do much worse than giving this Badger Concealment holster a look.