Kel Tec make an amazing range of pistols. Valued by many gun owners for their lightweight design, deadly accuracy and use of the latest technologies in weapon design, if you own one of these fine guns it is worth investing in a quality holster to carry it in.
This can be harder than it sounds, however. As Kel Tec pistols have become more and more popular, many holster manufacturers have brought out holsters for almost every Kel Tec pistol. This means that nowadays there is a bewildering variety of holsters available for almost any pistol you care to mention. Picking the perfect one is correspondingly difficult.
That’s where we come in. After reading hundreds of reviews, talking to loads of people who take their Kel Tec really seriously, and trawling 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 Kel Tec.
The DTOM Combination Pocket / IWB Holster is my choice. First and foremost, the convenience of being able to swap between pocket and IWB carry with this holster easily sets it apart from the majority of the competition. In addition, it offers superior concealment whilst not compromizing on the safety features you would expect from a good holster.
As long as your draw technique is correct, this holster also offers lightning-quick response. Unlike a lot of pocket holsters I’ve come across, the material this one is made of does not snag on the lining of your pockets, and as a result your gun comes out of your pocket smoothly, leaving the holster inside.
For a fabric holster, this is a great item because it offers a good level of protection against accidental discharge. The holster almost completely covers the trigger mechanism of your weapon, ensuring that the chances of you shooting yourself are reduced. It rivals some rigid-body Kydex holsters in terms of security, and this is one of the reasons this holster is used widely by law enforcement professionals.
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 Kel Tec pistol because you want advanced features in a lightweight design, you should expect the same from your holster, and this one delivers on all counts.
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First and foremost, for this type of review I read everything available about the holsters in question. Whilst the marketing materials of manufacturers tend to be full of inflated language and grandiose claims, the reviews of those people who actually own and use these holsters are strikingly honest.
It is these reviews that the current one is based on – I have read hundreds of reviews of holsters for Keltech pistols, and where someone seemed particularly passionate in their views, I contacted them for further information.
Having looked at all the holsters available for Keltech pistols, we then ordered a batch of them. Nothing can beat the experience gained from actually using these holsters, and we could never recommend a holster that we had not personally used.
Sometimes, what seems like a fully featured, high-end holster can actually be a pig to use, and without walking around for a day with it strapped to you there is no way to know this.
And so, through this process, we think we have arrived at the best four holsters for Keltech pistols. Each, in their own way, is a great holster, and which one is right for you depends on your particular requirements.
The DTOM Combination Pocket / IWB Holster – Is It For You?
I suspect so. For most Kel Tec owners, this holster offers the best combination of carrying styles, concealment, and protection. The ability to convert it easily from a pocket holster to an IWB one also gives it great advantages.
That said, there may be a few reasons why this holster is not perfect for you. First and most importantly, you should check that your particular gun fits in this holster. Whilst, in our tests, it fitted the Keltechs we use well, if you have an unusual variant you should make sure it fits – getting a poorly fitting holster is a great way to lose your gun, or to accidentally shoot yourself. Give the guys at DTOM a call, and I’m sure they’ll be happy to help.
Secondly, I know that buying a pocket holster can be a bit of a minefield. This is because, to state the obvious, everyone has different pockets, and a pocket holster that may be suitable for a hunting jacket is going to feel a bit bulky in a dressing gown.
When used as a pocket holster, I think that this holster is one of the best available, and of course you can also use it as an IWB holster. My point, however, is that if you are looking to get a pocket holster you should make sure that this one fits in your pockets correctly.
Lastly, note the lack of dedicated locking mechanisms on this holster. Whilst I know that, when carried IWB, your Keltech will be held in the holster by the pressure of your belt, I would not recommend this holster for inexperienced gun owners.
You need to be pretty confident on your carrying technique before getting a holster that doesn’t lock your gun, even when carrying IWB, and so if you are new to carrying your Keltech I recommend getting a holster with a locking system.
So, in short, if you want an OWB holster for your Kel Tec, or conversely one that is really tiny, this holster is not for you. For the rest of us, this holster makes a great partner for most Kel Tec pistols, and comes highly recommended.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will these holsters fit my Kel Tec pistol?
This is a very difficult question to answer, because of the numerous variants Kel Tec 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?
Some are good, some are bad. The Fierce Defender item, whilst being the best holster in many ways, actually offers the worst concealment. For most people, I think the DTOM holster offers a good level of concealment without being so small as to be dangerous.
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.
I know that no review can ever recommend a holster that is perfect for everyone, and every time I recommend a holster I get emails from people who despise the one that I choose. However, as always, I’ve tried to pick a holster that will suit the needs of most people, most of the time.
This is the reason why the DTOM Combination Pocket / IWB Holster is my choice. The convenience of being able to swap from IWB carry to pocket carry, on it’s own, marks this holster out as one of the best available for your Keltech. You can wear your weapon IWB whilst out and about during the day, and then tuck it into your pocket when you go to the bar in the evening. An amazingly, in both configurations this is one of the best holsters of its type we have tested.
I am always sceptical of nylon holsters, preferring the extra security afforded by Kydex or other polymer holsters. However, the nylon used here is much thicker than on your standard cheap nylon holster, and for that reason is not a problem in this holster. The people I spoke to for this review praised the longevity of the material, which they said had given them many years of service.
Lastly, the concealment offered by this holster is great. The padded nylon breaks up the outline of your weapon pretty well, even when you are wearing quite thin clothing, and is actually more comfortable to wear than many polymer holsters.
Kel Tec pistols (and some rifles like the sub 2000) are becoming increasingly sought after due to their price, comfort and reliability. In short, if you are looking for a superior holster for your Kel Tec pistol, this is a great one to go for. Offering all the advantages of both an IWB holster and a pocket holster, it excels in both configurations, and forms a great pairing with most Kel Tec pistols.