Glock 17 Holster – We Pick Our Favorite!
When choosing a Glock 17 holster, you need to make sure you pick a holster that fits your needs. So let's first look at the Glock 17 as a pistol, and think about how it is likely to be used.
Weapon Size and Weight:
The Glock 17 Gen4 has the following measurements:
- Length: 202 mm / 7.95 in.
- Barrel Length: 114 mm / 4.48 in.
- Width: 30.00 mm / 1.18 in.
- Height: 138 mm / 5.43 in.
- Weight: 710 g / 25.06 oz.
From the above dimensions, you can see that the Glock 17 can be classed as a medium sized handgun. As such most holster types should be possible for this handgun.As it is not too big, the Glock 17 will be popular for people wanting to carry concealed. If you want to go the concealed carry route IWB holster will be good choices. You could probably even go for an ankle holster if you wanted to.
Looking At 5 Glock 17 HOLSTER Choices
To be able to really find the best holster for the Glock 17, we need to take a closer look at some of the options to get an idea of how well the holsters fit the Glock, how affordable they are and whether they would be comfortable to wear.
Fobus Standard Holster RH Paddle Price
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If you want a low maintenance holster that is easy to clean, Fobus holsters are a good option for you to consider. This is thanks to the injection molding and high-tech high density plastics that these holsters are made from. However, if you decide to go with a leather holster you will need to break it in first and often requires a degree of maintenance over the duration of its lifetime.
This particular holster from Fobus is an Outside-the-Waistaband (OWB) holster, comes with a rubberized paddle and has a steel reinforced rivet attachment system.
As you would expect from a really good OWB holster, good gun retention is a feature of this holster. It gives you a nice "snap" when you holster your weapon, so you can know that it is secured.
If you like a holster that can be adjusted, then you will like that you can play around with the retention of this holster to suit your liking, using the retention screw. So now you can adjust the retention to get a nice balance between a secure "snug" carry and ease of draw. Practical tip - you may want to completely back out the retention screw, then tightening the screw back in to the position best for you.
As you can imagine, drawing your weapon from this holster might take some getting used to, due to the retention system. To allow for a nice smooth draw, some folks coat the lining of the holster (as well as the trigger guard) with silicone.
Although you can adjust the retention of this holster, you cannot adjust the cant, which is around 5 to 10 degrees. Some folks really do not like this about the Fobus holster.
Another popular feature of this holster is the paddle, which helps that you do not need to take off your belt to attach or detach your holster. This is a great design feature if you have to take off and put on your holster often during the day (example if you have to get in and out of a car often). The paddle also fits nicely over belt loops, which means no frustrations with belt loops messing with the right position of your holster. Lastly, the paddle has nice retention tabs to grip your waistband and belt, which will help prevent your holster from popping out.
If you want to carry concealed, this is probably not the best Glock 17 holster option for you. This is due to the bulkiness of the holster and paddle, which will leave a clear print. However if you want a really comfortable holster that is not too expensive, and open carry is an option for you, you should really consider this holster.
Safariland ALS Concealment Paddle Holster
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This Glock 17 holster is made from injection molded plastic, with a suede lining that protects your gun sights and finish. This is another Glock 17 holster that boasts an automatic locking system which holds your pistol securely in the holster. The ALS is deactivated by simply using your thumb when you obtain shooting grip. We felt this had the smoothest draw of all of the holsters that feature some sort of lock to retain a pistol.
It comes with both paddle attachment and belt loop. The paddle is made from the same injection molded plastic as the holster, and the belt loop fits belt widths from 1.5 inch to 1.75 inch. Cant is adjustable to 3 positions (neutral, forward and reverse). This holster is a great fit for the Glock 17, and using the paddle attachment allows the holster to be sucked into the body tightly, making it a quite concealable holster, as well as a comfortable holster. As with all OWB (outside the waistband) holsters, you will need a jacket or longline shirt to conceal your weapon effectively.
The only minor gripe with this Glock 17 holster is that it is rather difficult getting it on and off. This does make the holster very secure on your belt or waistband however – no worries about the holster falling off, or being tugged off when drawing your weapon.
Gould & Goodrich 890-G17 Concealment Inside Trouser Holster
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Gould & Goodrich are well known for their leather holsters. This holster is designed to be worn IWB, so is ideal for those folks wanting to carry concealed. It has a clip and belt loop so that you can carry it to your preference, it also means you can carry it both clipped to your pants and on your belt for extra sturdiness. The clip is quite stiff though, so you can carry it without a belt if you wanted to.
With the holster being specifically moulded to fit a Glock 17, the fit is really good and will keep your weapon secure even when you are moving around excessively. There is no retention strap though, which makes for a quick and easy draw...but of course it also means the weapon is not as secure as a holster that does have a retention strap.
Overall this is a comfortable and well made holster that is ideal for concealed carry. It is not too expensive (very affordable for a quality leather holster in fact) and will give you good value for your money.
OutBags OB-16SC Nylon OWB Belt Gun Holster with Mag Pouch
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If you just want an inexpensive no frills holster, then this holster from Outbags is a good option. It is made from 600 Denier Nylon, which is durable and sturdy without being too expensive. Of course it does not look as nice and stylish as a leather holster or as "tacti-cool" as a high-density plastics holster.
Overall it is a very practical holster, coming in left hand as well as right hand options. It has the usual adjustable thumb break, belt loop and steel belt clip. It also has a magazine pouch so you can carry extra ammo. The steel clip is removable if you want to carry the holster mounted onto your belt or waistband, via the belt loop. If you want a secure carry, using the belt loop method might be a better option.
This holster has been designed to be carried close to your body. The webbed spine of the holster helps to shape the holster to your body. One design flaw might be the valcro, which can be annoying when you move the holster. Some folks have also complained that the steel clip is not very sturdy at all.
Another design flaw seems to be that the holster covers the top inch of the of the pistol, resulting in you not being able to grip the holster until it has been removed from the holster. This can be a serious problem in a self-defence situation where you might need to draw your weapon quickly. However, for a holster to keep your weapon in for trips to the shooting range, this is a really good option as it is sturdy yet inexpensive.
Blackhawk! SERPA Concealment Holster
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If you want a serious Glock 17 holster, then you have found it in this BlackHack holster! What makes BlackHawk holsters really popular is the unique SERPA Auto Lock Release system. It really helps to keep your weapon secure. It gives you a "click" sound when you holster your weapon, so you know that it is locked in. It also has a good release system to help make drawing your weapon smooth and fast (although you will have probably have to practise a bit to get it right!).
Different from the Fobus holster for which you cannot adjust the cant, the BlackHack holster's cant is adjustable. You can adjust it to three positions, namely forward, vertical and backwards.
Another nice feature of this holster is the modular design, which allows it to fit other configurations. The makes the holster very customizable!
This is modern holster made from modern carbon fibre materials. If you are looking for a concealed carry holster, then this is not the answer for you, as this is Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) holster, which is designed specifically to allow for rapid weapon draw.
Similar to the Fobus holster, this holster comes with a paddle and belt loop for comfortable carry. The paddle is great if you have to carry your weapon for long periods of time, as it distributes the weight of the pistol evenly. This helps to reduce strain on your waistband and belt.
This is a really good option to consider if you need to carry your weapon for long periods of time, and plan to carry it OWB.
Which Glock 17 HOLSTER OPTION IS THE BEST?
We have now looked closer at 5 holsters, but how do they compare to each other?
The Fobus Standard Holster is an affordable holster with some really nice features. It is made from modern injection molding, which results in a sturdy and low maintenance holster. Thanks to the paddle that it comes with, it is a really comfortable holster to wear. The negatives for this holster is that you cannot adjust the cant of the holster, and you will need to practise drawing your weapon to make sure you can do it quickly and smoothly.
The Safariland ALS Concealment Paddle Holster is another Glock 17 holster that is made from injection molding. However this holster has nice suede lining to protect your weapon from scratches. While you are not able to adjust the cant of the Fobus, you can with this holster. It has a good retention system for secure carry, but it still allows for quick and smooth drawing of your weapon. If you want to carry concealed, this is probably the best option of the injection molded holsters.
The Gould & Goodrich leather holster looks good and feels good! Ideal holster for concealed carry and should give you plenty of carrying service. As it is a IWB holster there is not much in terms of being able to adjust the cant etc (but that is of course we won't expect that from an IWB holster anyway).
The OutBag Nylon holster is an affordable but sturdy holster. It does not have the fancy retention systems that the other holster have, but has a basic thumb break to keep your weapon securely in place. Carry is also comfortable due to the webbed spine, however the valcro might be a problem if the holster moves around. This holster is not the best in terms of quick draw though, and the other holsters are probably a lot more comfortable to wear over long periods. This is a good option if you just want a holster to carry your pistol in to the gun range.
The Blackhawk! SERPA Concealment Holster is a carbon fiber Glock 17 holster which has an adjustable cant (3 positions). It is also the most customisable holster on our list, so if you want a holster that you can configure in many ways to suit, this is ideal. Also, for an OWB holster, this Glock 17 holster conceals well, but it does ride low.
Which holster would we choose?
If we were looking for a concealed carry holster, then we would go with the only truly concealable holster on our list, namely the Gould & Goodrich IWB holster. We like the look and feel of a leather holster, and this holster is also really well made with a very affordable price.
If we were to go with a OWB type of holster, we would likely go for the Fobus holster. The Fobus, Blackhawk! and Safariland holsters are somewhat similar, so for us it would come down to price. The Fobus holster comes in at a very affordable price while still offering the modern materials, locking systems and retention qualities that the other holsters offer.
WHAT IS YOUR OPINION – WHAT IS THE TOP Glock 17 HOLSTER OPTION?
Above we listed only 5 possible holsters to fit the Glock 17. Of course there are many other holsters that are also great, and would be excellent choices. If you have used another holster for your Glock 17 and thought it was great, let us know about it by commenting in the comments section below.