Being the first 9mm polymer pistol for concealed carry, the Kel-Tec P-11 is a highly effective gun that comes in a small package. The great thing about them is they’re a fantastic sidearm and still inexpensive.
Because it is a compact firearm, it’s a great option for pocket carry or IWB. It is lightweight, which means you will hardly be able to feel it on you with the right holster. With that being said, what is the right Kel Tec P-11 holster?
I’m glad you asked! I’ll be going over a few different options for the P-11, but first I wanted to show you my favorite holster.
The Barsony Nylon Gun Inside the Waistband Holster is the best in my opinion, because it is specifically made to suit the needs of a compact/sub compact 9mm. Since the P-11 is just that, this IWB is a sturdy and reliable choice for it.
Before I go on to talk to you about the holster options, however, I wanted to discuss with you a bit about the cardinal rules of firearms and firearm safety.
Cardinal Rules of Firearm Safety
Everyone should know there are specific guidelines and rules to owning a gun. Does everyone know what those rules are and why they are, though? It’s important to be safe with your firearm, and in order to be you have to know the basic cardinal rules of the firearm universe.
Gun handling rules
1. Always act and treat any firearm as if it were loaded. No exceptions!
This means you should be safety checking it before and after setting it aside, before and after being handed one, and in all other situations. Until you have personally made sure it is not loaded, do not accept another person’s statement that it is unloaded.
Even if you know it’s unloaded, because perhaps you removed the magazine, there may still be a round in the chamber. It is always better to be overly cautious than flippant with this kind of thing.
2. Never point the muzzle of any gun at anything or anyone you do not intend to shoot.
If you are pointing it at another person, animal, or valuable possession or object that you do not intend to fire at, you are putting those things at risk. Negligent discharge may occur, though perhaps unlikely unless you’re violating the other cardinal rules. Nevertheless, you must treat every situation as if this were possible.
Find a safe place to point your firearm that will not be putting anyone in danger. Perhaps this is the corner of a room or away from everything. Just make sure you keep in mind there are people on the other side of walls in homes/apartments.
3. Keep your finger clear of the trigger and away from the trigger guard.
Often times, when someone holds a gun for the first time, they immediately go for the trigger. It’s a natural instinct, and something you have to train yourself against doing. When you are handling a firearm, take a second to purposefully place your finger on the gun frame or slide.
It is important to learn to avoid placing your finger on the trigger until you are ready to fire, even in high-stress situations. Do not ever depend on any safety mechanisms or devices.
4. Be absolutely sure of your target and aware of what surrounds it.
Like I mentioned briefly above, people can be on the other side of walls. Bullets can penetrate a wall or barrier and still travel a great distance.
Always make sure your target is clear of other people, making sure you’re certain no one is down range or headed that way. This means as far as you can see is as far as you should consider an area downrange.
In the case of self defense, be aware of your surroundings. Assess the situation, before and after you draw, and be as precise and accurate as possible. There are defensive gun training classes you can take that will aid in this area, and are important for your safety and experience with a firearm.
These four rules are the main ones you’ll hear and learn when it comes to firearms. There are, however, many other rules and guidelines out there, such as those specifically for the range, cleaning and caring for your gun, etc.
There are also the “ten commandments of gun safety,” which these four are a part of. The remaining rules are, generally, as follows:
- Guns should be unloaded when not in use
- Use the proper ammunition
- If your gun fails to to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care
- Always wear protection gear for your eyes and ears when shooting
- Be sure the firearm barrel is clear of obstruction before shooting
- Learn the operations and handling of your firearm
Of course, there is the additional rule that everyone should follow: shoot sober!
Top Choices for the Kel-Tec P-11
Moving on, let’s take a closer look at some top holster options for the P-11. These are all based on the specific make and model of the Kel-Tec P-11 so I hope you’re able to find something that matches your needs among them.
This suede holster is a comfortable and quality option. It is lightweight, thin, but protective of your pistol. It also has a barrier inside it to protect the gun from perspiration, which is highly beneficial and needed as an IWB.
- suede-like, ultra thin 4 layer laminate exterior
- Cordero nylon with precision stitching
- Internal moisture protective barrier
- Steel belt clip
- Strongside, crossdraw, or small of back carry option
- Fits firearm nicely
- Open at bottom (pro if your gun is longer)
- Soft and comfortable
- Sits well as IWB
- Easy to turn into OWB
- Open at bottom (may not be desired by some)
- Can be difficult to reholster gun
- Retention may be slightly loose
- Wear on interior may develop over time
This is another good holster, and works great for a P-11. It is a molded fit and a wonderful concealed carry holster. Keep in mind it only has the options for right handed.
- Paddle Holster style
- Passive retention
- Rubberized paddle
- Steel reinforced rivet
- Lifetime warranty
- Fits gun accurately
- Good retention
- No left handed option
- Tight fit at first (may loosen over time)
- No high-friction padding on back
I am partial to leather holsters at times, and this one is a great option. This IWB comes with a magazine pouch along with it, and is made from quality cowhide leather material that is long lasting.
- Cowhide leather material
- Mag pouch
- Various carry methods
- Metal clip
- Soft material
- Clip is strong
- Easy draw
- Quality material
- Material may fold in
- Can be harder to reholster
- Safety not covered all the way (can rub you over time)
- Mags may move in pouch
- Suede leather material
- Lifetime warranty
- Strong metal clip
- Fits well
- Quality material
- Conceals well
- Stiff at first
- Slightly bulky
Our Top Pick
In conclusion, while I do admire each of the above options, my top pick does remain the Barsony Nylon Gun Inside the Waistband Holster. It is thin but durable, comfortable, quality material, affordable, and all in all it fits the bill for the Kel-Tec P-11.
Suede like exterior helps anchor holster inside pants or skirt, dress. Ultra thin four-layer laminate that is no thicker than conventional suede leather holsters. Internal moisture barrier won't transmit perspiration to gun.Check Price
Of course, holsters are all entirely up to personal preference. While I like this one the most, you may end up choosing one of the other options. If you do, don’t feel bad or worry that you chose wrong. If you’ve done your research then there’s not much to go wrong on.
Whatever you choose, whether on this list or not, leave us a comment with your review of the holster! Let us know what you think, and tell us any of your own personal experience with the cardinal rules of gun safety.
I hope you’ve gained some valuable insight and information from this. Finding the right holster isn’t very hard, and as long as you look into everything and choose the best of quality, it is a great experience holstering your firearm for the first time.