COMPARISON TABLE OF GLOCK 19 HOLSTER OPTIONS
Glocks are a line of semi-automatic pistols created by Austrian company Glock Ges.m.b. H, and were initially designed for the United States law enforcement market. These polymer-framed pistols had a rough time at launch, as many people did not like the idea of ‘plastic guns’, deeming them to be not very durable or reliable. Add to that the worry that they would go undetected by metal detectors at airports, there was considerable resistance to these pistols at first. However, these guns have had somewhat of a Cinderella story, as they now command almost 65% of the market share for United States law enforcement agencies, as well as supplying a number of security agencies in other countries and national armed forces.
Due to demand from law enforcement agencies and the military for a smaller pistol, the Glock 19 was introduced in 1988 as a compact version of the popular Glock 17. Due to the reduced size and weight, the Glock 19 pistols have also become popular with the civilian market.
KEEP THIS IN MIND
When choosing a Glock 19 holster, keep in mind that all guns differ when it comes to size, weight and functionality. These are some important aspects you need to consider.
Weapon Size and Weight
The Glock 19 has the following measurements:
Length: 7.36 in (187 mm)
Barrel Length: 4.01 in (102mm)
Width: 1.18 in (30 mm)
Height: 4.99 in (127 mm)
Weight: 23.65 oz (670 g)
You can see from the above that the Glock 19 would fall into the medium size category of guns. Therefore, it is reasonably easy to conceal, although it is not a ‘mini gun, so some consideration regarding clothing and types of holsters need to be taken into account. Although it can be used in conjunction with a whole host of Glock 19 holsters, pocket holsters generally need to be avoided, as it would be difficult to conceal this pistol.
The Glock 19 has become popular world-wide for civilians concerned with self-defense. In the civilian market, the need to conceal your weapon is usually important. As these pistols are of medium size, concealment can be tricky. You can use IWB, OWB, shoulder and ankle holsters. Pocket holsters are unlikely to conceal a weapon of this size. However, the ability to get to your pistol and fast draw is also important. Shoulder holsters involve wearing a jacket for concealed carry, but a jacket will hamper the ease of draw and draw speed. Also, in warmer seasons or climates, concealing your weapon may become uncomfortable. Ankle holsters will also hamper draw speed. The best options are OWB holsters and IWB holsters.
OUR REVIEW OF 5 Glock 19 HOLSTERS
Below we look at 5 Glock 19 holsters that are available on Amazon. We look at the materials that the holsters are made from, the comfort of how it is worn, how it fits the Glock 19, and how easy it is to draw your weapon from the holster.
Fobus Standard Holster RH Paddle Price
The Fobus line of holsters all have the unique selling point of being made with injection molding and space age high-density plastics, which means they are completely maintenance free (leather holsters need to breath or sweat, and may need oiling). The Fobus Glock 19 holster, worn OWB (outside the waistband), boasts a steel reinforced rivet attachment system and a rubberized paddle.
Retention is very good, and you will hear a reassuring ‘snap’ when you put your pistol in, so you know it is secure. The retention is also adjustable, which means you can adjust to get just the right tension, to give the right balance between a snug fit and a smooth draw. We recommend backing the retention screw completely out and then tightening to desired retention for best results. Draw is smooth, but takes practice, as this Glock 19 holster is designed to retain your pistol at all times until you draw the pistol out in a smooth, even motion. Any hesitation, and you will find that you need to jerk your pistol quite hard to get it out. Some users have found that coating the inside lining of the holster, and especially the trigger guard, with silicone helps them achieve a smooth draw.
Cant is not adjustable, unfortunately, and is at around 5-10 degrees, which some users may find hindering. The paddle design is great as it means you don’t need to remove your belt to attach or detach the holster. Another great advantage is that this paddle fits right over belt loops, so no frustrations with belt loops interfering with the ‘perfect’ position of your holster. Also, the paddle has good retention tabs that grip your belt and waistband, ensuring the holster will not pop out. However, the real disadvantage of this paddle is that it is bulky and makes the whole holster stick out from your silhouette. It can be concealed, but you would need a longline jacket or long shirt (untucked). A perfect, inexpensive and yet comfortable Glock 19 holster for the range, or if open carry is permitted in your state.
Blackhawk! SERPA Concealment Holster
The Blackhawk range of holsters are known for their unique selling point; the SERPA Auto Lock release. This lock gives ultimate weapon security and retention, especially when you hear the audible ‘click’, and the release is placed exactly where you would expect it to be as you release and draw your pistol in one smooth action. But practice is recommended. There have been reports of accidental fire by novices using this holster when either drawing or reholstering. Cant is adjustable to 3 positions (forward, vertical and backwards) and all Blackhawk holsters are modular in design, which means they can fit other figurations, making this one of the most customisable Glock 19 holsters on our list.
This Glock 19 holster is made from carbon fiber, is worn OWB (outside the waistband), and is designed to allow rapid draw and target acquisition (called the ‘speed-cut design). It comes with a belt loop and paddle platform. We found that, for concealment, the paddle platform is best, as it hugs the holster closer to you. It’s also more comfortable to wear as it distributes the weight of your pistol more evenly and causes less strain on your belt and waistband. The belt loop attachment makes the holster fall away from your body, which makes concealability impractical. Despite the concealment benefits of the paddle, this holster rides quite low, so you will need either a longline jacket or a long shirt (untucked) for it to be concealed completely.
We found the holster slightly too big for the Glock 19, which causes some noise when carrying the pistol. However, it was comfortable to wear, and when it comes to configuring the perfect draw angle and other personalisation, this is a good Glock 19 holster.
Safariland Glock 19, 23 6378 ALS Concealment Paddle Holster
This Glock 19 holster is made from injection molded plastic, with a suede lining that protects your gun sights and finish. This is another Glock 19 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 19, 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 19 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.
BLACKHAWK! Inside-the-Pants Brown Holster with Clip
This is a leather Glock 19 holster, and is designed to be worn IWB (inside the waistband). Straight away, this holster will be more concealable than the previous holsters reviewed for this reason. It features an inner body which protects your shirt and skin from any sharp edges your pistol may have, as well as offering protection from external moisture. As with all leather holsters, fit will be tight at first until the leather has been ‘broken in’, but once this has been achieved, you will have a holster where draw is smooth whilst retention of your pistol is also good. Try leaving your pistol in the holster in a hot place for a couple of days. If it’s still too tight, you might want to do the same exercise with your gun wrapped in a plastic bag.
We found that concealing a Glock 19 with this holster exceptional, with the only issue being that the holster is only slightly bigger than the gun itself, which does mean that the gun may rub against your skin. You could try wearing this holster with two layers; a thin undershirt or vest so the pistol does not rub against skin directly, and a second shirt for concealment. However, you will find this holster completely breaks up the outline of your pistol, making it very concealable.
This Glock 19 holster comes with a metal clip attachment. However, we found this clip the main design fault of this holster. It does not hold very well, and you may find that sometimes the holster comes off when drawing. This may happen more often when the holster is still new, and draw is not as smooth as you would like it to be. Once this Glock 19 holster is fully broken in, this problem should ease. This holster is also about half an inch too long for the Glock 19. This does not affect retention however.
Fits Smith & Wesson M&p Sigma 9mm 40 V Side Holster Glock
This OWB Glock 19 holster is also known as ‘The Intimidator’, and is made from cordura ballistic nylon on the outside, with a nylon lining and foam padding on the inside to protect your pistol and keep moisture away. Unlike other holsters where you have to buy left or right handed versions, this is an ambidextrous Glock 19 holster, with a webbing loop behind the metal clip for your belt. It also has a plastic adjustable spring action thumb break. All of this create a secure Glock 19 holster, with good retention and draw. Durability was obviously key when the manufacturers created this holster; it is stitched with strong bonded nylon and is also double stitched at specific pressure points. It also has a handy magazine pouch. Concealability is close to zero, unless you wear a very thick jacket and never take it off! We get the feeling that this holster, with all the attention taken to make it so robust, is designed for use on the range, or out in the wilderness. If this is what you need in a Glock 19 holster, than this is a good option.
OUR TOP GLOCK 19 HOLSTER CHOICE
There are some great Glock 19 holster options available today. So which Glock 19 holster would we choose if we were looking for a holster to fit the Glock 19? Let us recap the top options available:
The Fobus Standard Holster is our cheapest Glock 19 holster on our list. It is made from injection molding and space age plastics, which means no maintenance, and fit is good for the Glock 19. It is comfortable to wear too. The main drawbacks is that draw needs to be practised to become smooth, there is no cant adjustment, and it is rather bulky, making concealability an issue.
The Blackhawk! SERPA Concealment Holster is a carbon fiber Glock 19 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 19 holster conceals well, but it does ride low. Drawbacks are that draw needs a lot of practice to ensure no accidental discharge, and this holster is too big for the Glock 19, which causes the pistol to rattle when wearing.
The Safariland Glock 19, 23 6378 ALS Concealment Paddle Holster is made from injection molded plastics with a suede lining. Cant can be adjusted in 3 positions, and draw is the smoothest out of all the holsters we tried using some sort of locking system for pistol retention, A great fit for the Glock 19, it is also surprisingly concealable for an OWB Glock 19 holster, and it feels very secure on your belt.
The BLACKHAWK! Inside-the-Pants Brown Holster is our most expensive Glock 19 holster on this list, and it stands to reason, being made from premium leather. It offers the most concealable option out of all of our holsters here, and draw is smooth, once the holster has had the chance to be broken in. There are issues with the metal clip not holding well. Fit is good for the Glock 19, despite a little too long.
The Fits Smith & Wesson M&p Sigma 9mm 40 V Side Holster is an inexpensive Glock 19 holster, made from cordura ballistic nylon with a nylon lining and foam padding. It is an ambidextrous holster which offers good retention and draw for the Glock 19, and is the most durable Glock 19 holster on our list. It also has a handy magazine pouch. Concealability is almost impossible, so this is a good option for those who use the Glock 19 on the range or in the great outdoors.
So which one would we choose?
There is no outright winner on our list. The best holster will be dependent on what your specific needs are. If concealability is your main criteria, then the Blackhawk Inside-the-Pants Brown Holster is your best bet – it would be very hard for someone to spot you carrying your Glock 19. However, we also loved the Safariland ALS Concealment Paddle Holster as we found it very concealable for an OWB holster. If concealability is not a criteria for you, you’ll be hard pushed to find a more robust holster than the Fits Smith & Wesson M&p Sigma Side Holster.
WHAT DO YOU THINK – WHAT IS THE BEST Glock 19 HOLSTER OPTION?
What do you think of the Glock 19 holster options we covered? Do you think there are better holsters for the Glock 19 out there that we did not list? If so, send us a message and tell us what holster you think is the ultimate Glock 19 holster!
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