Glock 19 Holsters – We Pick Our Favorite!
When picking a Glock 19 holster, you need to think about how you want to carry your weapon. Do you want to carry concealed or open? Do you need to carry your Glock 19 for long periods of time? What kind of budget do you have to spend on a holster? So before we jump into the 5 holster options for a Glock 19, let's first figure out how we will likely carry and use the firearm.
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)
Looking at the dimensions of the Glock 19, it is clear 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.
5 Glock 19 HOLSTERS REVIEWED
To choose a solid holster for the Glock 19, we need to take a detailed look at 5 of the top holster options available. We want to determine which holsters are best suited for concealed carry, how affordable each holster is and how well the holster will fit the Glock 19.
Fobus Standard Holster RH Paddle Price
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The Fobus holsters are well engineered holsters that are designed for military and law-enforcement use. These are serious holsters!
This holster is made from injection molding and space age high-density plastics. This results in a low maintenance holster that needs little to no upkeep. If you want to clean the holster, you just use some water and soap!
This holster is designed to be an Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) holster. So if you are looking to carry concealed, skip this holster and look at the other options on our list. Thanks to the paddle that this holster comes with, this is a comfortable holster for when you need to carry your weapon for long periods of time. The comfort is achieved as the weight of your pistol is distributed thanks to the paddle.
Typical of Fobus holsters, the retention of this holster is really good. The retention system makes a "snap" sound when you holster your pistol, so you know it is secured. The holster has a retention screw, which allows you to adjust the retention of the holster. We recommend that you adjust the screw when you get it from the factory, as Fobus holsters usually have that screw quite tight. You can adjust the retention to fit your personal likes and needs.
If you do struggle with too tight retention, some folks actually suggest coating the inside of the holster with some silicone. This should help you to have a quicker and smoother draw.
While you can adjust the retention, you cannot adjust the cant. This can be an issue for some folks who may have a specific carry position that they want for their holster.
If you are planning to take off and put back on your holster a number of times during the day, this holster helps with that. The paddle is designed to be removed or attached to your belt/waistband as needed. The paddle also has retention tabs to help make sure the holster does not accidentally pop out.
Blackhawk! SERPA Concealment Holster
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This holster, which is made from Carbon Fibre, is designed to be a OWB holster. So it is better suited for when you need to open carry, rather than concealed carry.
The BlackHawk holsters are great if you want a fitted holster with an advanced retention system. BlackHawk has a unique retention system called SERPA Auto Lock Release. It ensures that your weapon is secured when you holster it, while allowing for a quick and smooth draw. What we like, is the "click" sound that it makes when you holster your weapon. This way, you know that your weapon has been secured without having to fiddle around to check yourself.
You will probably have to practise a bit to get used to the SERPA Auto Lock Release, in order to be sure that you can draw your weapon quickly and smoothly.
What makes this perhaps a better choice than the Fobus holster, is the fact that you can adjust the cant of the BlackHawk holster. You can adjust it to three different positions, namely forward, vertical and backwards. The holster is also very customizable due to its modular design.
The belt loop and paddle platform that the holster comes with makes this holster very comfortable to wear. So for those of you needing to carry a weapon comfortably for a long period of time, you should really look at this holster.
Safariland Glock 19, 23 6378 ALS Concealment Paddle Holster
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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
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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
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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.
How Do the GLOCK 19 HOLSTER Options Compare?
There are some awesome Glock 19 holster options available to choose from. We listed 5 of those options above, but how to they compare to each other?
The Fobus Standard Holster is a good option if you want an affordable holster that fits the Glock 19 well. Being made from modern plastics, maintenance is easy for this holster while also providing a secure fit. The negatives for this holster is the fact that you cannot adjust the cant to your liking, and it is not well suited to concealed carry. It is a good option if you want to open carry for a long period of time.
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 holster is not just designed for the Glock 19 specifically, but can also fit a number of other pistols. Similar to the Fobus holster and BlackHawk holster, this holster is made from high-density plastics. However this holster has suede lining on the inside the make sure your gun does not get any scratches on in then you holster your firearm. You can adjust the cant and allows for a very smooth draw action. A possible option if you do decide to carry concealed.
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.
If we HAD to choose just one, which 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.
WHICH Glock 19 HOLSTER WOULD YOU BUY?
What do you think of the Glock 19 holster options we covered? Have you used any of them yourself before? If you have some thoughts on any of the holsters we described above, or would like to recommend a holster that you think is perfect for the Glock 19, please feel free to leave a comment in the comments section below.