The Top 4 Concealed Carry Holsters for the S&W SD9 VE

The Smith & Wesson SD9 VE is a well made, budget pistol. It’s inexpensive to buy and inexpensive to run.

They made this one an all around good gun. It’s good for fun on the range, open or concealed carry, or even for having an extra firearm in the house. This is a really good gun for first time users. It may be a little on the heavy side for summer time, shorts, undershirt, and flip flop weather, but for any other time you can carry this concealed with a light jacket or sweatshirt.

Thinking of carrying this gun is probably what has made you start wondering what the best holster is for the Smith & Wesson SD9 VE. I’ve done some research am I found the Blackhawk SERPA Sportster to be the best around.

It was designed for civilian carry or range use, but it still has their famous SERPA design. It’s a paddle mount and made of durable polymer. If you’re looking for a strong, reliable, and safe holster you can’t go wrong with this one.




Types of Holsters

There are different types of holsters for you to choose from. Some of the more popular options, which may or may not fit your needs, are:

  • Pancake Holsters
  • Paddle Holsters
  • Belt Clip Holsters
  • Hybrid Holster
  • Belly Bands
  • Shoulder Holsters
  • Pocket Holsters
  • Ankle Holsters

We’ll take a closer look at each one to help you make your choice.

Pancake Holsters

The pancake holster design is about 60 years old. It was designed to be worn close to the body on either the strong side or cross draw style, and have two or three belt slots.

For comfort, the larger your midsection, the better you will like the pancake holster. How you wear your pants determines comfort, as well. If you wear you pants low on your hip it will cause the holster to ride vertical.

If you wear your pants a bit higher your holster will be pulled in closer to your body. This helps with concealment. A good pancake holster holds the gun tight against your body.

Paddle Holsters

Paddle holsters are easy on and easy off. This is one of the nicest feature of a paddle holster. A paddle, or duckbill is attached to the back of the holster. The paddle is slid down over the waistband of your pants, pinching it between the holster and the paddle. They are comfortable to wear, unless you have a bigger midsection.

The ease of their on and off ability is also their biggest downfall. Since they are easy to take off the belt, gun grab could happen in a struggle.

Regarding paddle holsters, DeSantis said, “…paddle designs are more convenient, more comfortable, and more versatile, but they are meant to be a concealment holster and never to be exposed to an adversary’s eyes.”

Belt Clip Holsters

Belt clip holsters can be either outside the waistband (OWB) or inside the waistband (IWB). They usually have a metal clip that clips onto your belt. Some will have belt slides along with a clip for security.

Usually made from either leather or nylon, they can come with or without thumb straps.

Hybrid Holsters

Hybrid holsters have become very popular over the last several years. Hybrids combine polymer or kydex with leather. The pocket the gun sits in is made of hard plastic and the part that sits up against your body is soft leather.

Several companies make a “tuckable” hybrid, meaning they can be concealed beneath a tucked in shirt.

Belly Bands

A belly band is simply a large elastic band that goes around your midsection, and is secured by Velcro.

They have pockets that you can insert a gun and spare magazine into.

Belly bands are great for times that you may not have a belt to secure a hip holster to. Maybe as you jog in the morning and wear sweats so other types of holsters won’t work.

The belly band is considered deep concealment. One thing to keep in mind is the deeper the concealment, the harder it will be to get to your gun.

Shoulder Holsters

Shoulder holsters are not just for vice squad police officers who wear pastel t-shirts under a white jacket with white slacks. Remember Miami Vice? No matter how you feel about that show, the shoulder holster became a cultural icon and the rig Don Johnson wore became known as the Miami Classic.

If you wear a shirt, tie and sportcoat, a shoulder holster is a great set up for you. The harnesses go around each shoulder and your gun sits under one arm and extra magazines sit under the other, to balance out weight.

Pocket Holsters

A shoulder holster may not work for your attire or climate. OWB or IWB may not be comfortable for you. Whatever the reasons are, a lot of people are turning to pocket carry as their everyday concealed carry option.

Pocket holsters are best for compact and subcompact pistols and revolvers, yet some people carry a full size weapon in their pocket. They can fit in the front or rear pants pocket and even a jacket pocket. They conceal very well and are very convenient. What could be easier than putting your gun in a holster and slipping it into your pocket?

Ankle Holsters

Ankle carry, is usually for a backup firearm and one of smaller size. They are made from material similar to belly bands.

Carrying on the ankle means you will be walking around with extra weight on one ankle. You will need loose fitting pants and it will take extra time to draw.

Someone who spends time at a desk or in a car may like an ankle holster. Keep in mind that when you sit you have to watch for your pant leg to hike up and expose your gun.

Top Picks for Smith&Wesson SD9 VE Holster

1. Blackhawk SERPA Sportster

BlackHawk Serpa Sportster Paddle HolsterAs with all SERPA holsters, this holster has an audible click when you holster it. This lets you know the gun is secure. It’s still a smooth draw with the release button that you naturally push in the draw position.


  • Paddle mount
  • Durable polymer
  • SERPA technology


  • Fits SD9 VE perfectly
  • Adjustable cant
  • Secure retention
  • Smooth draw
  • Conceals with loose clothing


  • Bulky
  • Paddle may wear
  • Hard to take holster off
  • A little uncomfortable on skinny guys

2. Federal Holsterworks Holster With Mag Pouch

Hip Holster by Federal HolsterworksThis holster combines the ruggedness and stability of a belt holster with the convenience of a clip on. It has a polyslide sight channel, soft nylon lining, reinforced thumb strap, and a moisture resistant outside.


  • Ambidextrous
  • Extra mag pouch
  • Clip on/ belt loop combo
  • Reinforced thumb strap


  • Affordable
  • Made well
  • Fits SD9 VE perfectly
  • Keeps gun snug
  • affordable


  • Bulky
  • Difficult to conceal
  • Belt hook is a little thin

3. Fobus Standard Paddle Holster

Fobus CZ P-07 Evolution Paddle HolsterThe Fobus holster is maintenance free. There’s no need to oil it, it can be washed out with soap and water, and it doesn’t sweat.


  • Lifetime warranty
  • Steel reinforced rivets
  • Rubberized paddle
  • Lightweight


  • Very secure
  • Low profile
  • Conceals well
  • Good retention
  • Adjustable retention
  • Spreads the weight of the gun nicely


  • Not the best fit for the SD9 VE
  • Uncomfortable on bigger guys
  • Right handed only

4. Concealment Express IWB Holster

Concealment Express Kydex IWB HolsterThis IWB holster is designed with comfort and security in mind. It is worn inside the waistband and needs a long shirt to conceal.


  • Made in USA
  • Lifetime warranty
  • “Posi-Click” audible retention system
  • IWB
  • Adjustable waistband


  • Fits SD9 VE perfectly
  • Adjustable retention
  • Conceals well
  • Covers trigger


  • Can wear gun
  • Belt clip is a little flimsy
  • Right handed only

Final Thoughts

There is a reason why experienced gun users joke about a drawer full of holsters. There are different holsters types for different occasions, some holsters just won’t’ be comfortable for you and some just aren’t well made.

Our Pick
 BlackHawk Serpa Sportster Paddle Holster
Best Smith&Wesson SD9 VE HolsterBlackhawk SERPA Sportster

As with all SERPA holsters, this holster has an audible click when you holster it. This lets you know the gun is secure. It’s still a smooth draw with the release button that you naturally push in the draw position.

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With all the different types of holsters to choose from, different brands of holsters, and mixed reviews about each one, it can be quite a process to find a good holster. I think that may be something to keep in mind. It’s a journey and you will find the right one for you.

At the end of all the research I did, I feel the best holster for the Smith & Wesson SD9 VE is the Blackhawk SERPA Sportster. It offers some of the best features and Blackhawk is a reputable company who will stand behind their product.

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Chris Browning

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3 thoughts on “The Top 4 Concealed Carry Holsters for the S&W SD9 VE

  1. What model number of Serpa Sportster Holster? I have been looking all over for this “detailed information”, and no one seems to be able to provide it. If you can provide a Serpa model number to fit the S&W SD9VE, I would greatly appreciate it.

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