COMPARING 10 M&P 45 HOLSTER OPTIONS
The table below compares 10 M&P 45 holster options according to material, ratings and price. To see any of the holsters below on Amazon.com, simply click on the holster’s image to take you to that holster’s product page.
M&P 45 – Measurements
When choosing an M&P 45 holster, points to consider are your pistol’s functionality, weight and size, as they will differ from one gun to another. The M&P 45 itself comes in 3 sizes (full, medium and compact), so keep the following in mind when purchasing a M&P 45 holster:
Weapon Size and Weight:
The M&P 45 full size has the following measurements:
Length: 7.75 in (197 mm)
Barrel Length: 4.5 in (114 mm)
Width: 1.2 in (30 mm)
Height: 5.5 in (140 mm)
Weight: 29.6 oz (839 g)
The M&P 45 medium size has the following measurements:
Length: 7.5 in (191 mm)
Barrel Length: 4 in (102 mm)
Width: 1.2 in (30 mm)
Height: 5.5 in (140 mm)
Weight: 27.7 oz (785 g)
The M&P 45 compact size has the following measurements:
Length: 7.125 in (181 mm)
Barrel Length: 4 in (102 mm)
Width: 1.2 in (30 mm)
Height: 4.8 in (122 mm)
Weight: 26.2 oz (743 g)
From the above dimensions, you can see that the M&P 45 full and medium sizes can be classed as medium to large size pistols, whilst the compact can be classed as small to medium.
The compact is much more easier to conceal and users can choose a wide range of holster types, from pocket holsters, ankle holsters, shoulder holsters, over the waistband (OWB) holsters, and inside the waistband (IWB) holsters. On the other hand, the medium and full size pistols would be very difficult to use with ankle and pocket holsters, and it is best to choose IWB, OWB and shoulder holsters.
The M&P 45 is aimed at the law enforcement market and the civilian self-defence market. To the average civilian, being able to conceal your gun is vital, as well as draw speed. The M&P 45 compact is quite a small size pistol and is easy to conceal.
For ease of draw and draw speed however, the ideal types of holsters would be pocket holsters, OWB holsters, and IWB holsters. Ankle holsters will hamper draw speed. With shoulder holsters, to conceal the gun you will need to wear a jacket.
But a jacket will hamper the ease of draw and draw speed. For the larger M&P 45 medium and full sized pistols, OWB holsters and pocket holsters will give you the ease of draw that you need, but concealing these larger weapons is more difficult. For the larger pistols, opt for IWB holsters.
REVIEW – 5 M&P 45 HOLSTER OPTIONS
We look at 5 of our favorite holsters for the M&P 45 in finer detail below. We examine how well the holster will fit the M&P 45, how much it cost and how good the comfort of the holster is when you have to wear it for long periods of time.
BlackHawk CQC SERPA Holster – Carbon Fiber
This M&P 45 holster is made from durable carbon fiber. It features Blackhawk’s patented SERPA Technology lock. This is a lock that means that this holster requires no thumb break to keep the gun in place. Instead, the lock automatically fires when the gun is placed into the holster, keeping it secure and safe from falling out.
When it comes to drawing your weapon, there is a lever situated where your trigger finger would naturally fall when unholstering. This means that unlocking and drawing the weapon can be achieved in one smooth action. This M&P 45 holster also comes with a paddle attachment as well as a belt loop, depending on preference. The belt loops feature swivel buckles which means greater flexibility.
Fit is perfect for the full size M&P 45, it’s slightly too large for the medium size, but you should be able to get away with it. It is far too large for the compact size. Main issues for this holster is that, as it is made from sturdy materials, bending over or sitting down can cause discomfort at the sides.
If you are planning on wearing this when you are likely to be sitting down for long periods, then this holster is not suitable. Also, it tends to ride low, so it can be difficult to conceal without a jacket or coat.
Fobus Standard Holster RH Paddle Lightweight 2oz, Low Profile Paddle Holster Right Handed. Rubberized paddle
This is an over the waistband M&P 45 holster made from injection molding and high density plastics. Fobus make a range of these holsters which are designed for maintenance free ownership. Unlike leather holsters, there is no break in period, need to oil, or allowing the holster to breath.
It also means that these holsters are incredibly light, at only 2 oz. This holster rides high, which means great concealment with a jacket. However, like most OWB holsters, it is difficult to conceal with just a t-shirt. There is a huge angled ridge on the back of the holster, which is quite clever in that the ridge catches on your belt or waistband, eliminating any chance of the holster being removed when the gun is unholstered.
Unholstering itself is simple; just twist the holster forward before pulling up. There is also an adjustable retaining screw, so a user can tighten or loosen the retention to suit their specific needs. This is a comfortable M&P 45 holster, with some users saying it is comfortable even when placed against skin. Regarding fit, this is a small holster and fits the M&P 45 compact perfectly.
It is too small for the medium size, although some may be able to use it if they twist the retention screw to completely loose. It is definitely too small for the full size M&P 45.
Outbags OB-30SC Nylon OWB Belt Gun Holster with Mag Pouch
This is a over the waistband M&P 45 holster made from 600 denier nylon, and comes with a handy magazine pouch, a removable steel belt clip allowing mount to waistband or belt, and a belt loop for those who require a more secure and permanent mount to belt.
It features a fully adjustable thumb break, which keeps the weapon secure as well as removing any delay when drawing your weapon. Most Outbags holsters have their webbed spine feature, which ensures that this holster will bend into a customised fit for each user. This makes these M&P 45 holster very comfortable to wear.
It is a snug fit for the M&P 45 compact and, with the velcro retention straps, can be adjusted for length and angle to suit the user. However, this holster is far too small for the M&P 45 full size and medium size.
FoxX Holsters Smith & Wesson M&P Compact 9 mm, 40, 45 In The Waist Band Hybrid Holster
This is hybrid, in the waistband M&P 45 holster made of premium leather and Kydez, a thermoplastic. It come with spring steel belt clips to clip on securely. The main draw of this holster is how easy it is to conceal your pistol whilst also being incredibly comfortable, with some users stating they actually forgot they were wearing it. This is due to the extra high leather tabs, which keeps the rear of the pistol from digging into your skin.
The major issue seems to be the actual steel clips, with many users stating that they slip, slide around, and are generally not sturdy enough to hold the holster securely, causing the holster to ride up. This can be sorted out by buying Kydex clips, but it seems a shame that they are not included with the holster instead of the steel clips. Draw is smooth and fast, but generally requires a certain amount of ‘break in’. This is to be expected with all leather holsters.
As advertised, this is a snug, perfect fit for the M&P 45 compact, but far too small for the medium and full size versions.
FoxX Holsters Smith & Wesson M&P Full size In The Waist Band Hybrid Holster
An identical M&P 45 holster to the fourth holster on the list, this is for the full size M&P 45. Just like the compact M&P 45 holster, this one is also incredibly comfortable to wear, has a quick and smooth draw, once holster is ‘broken in’, and makes concealing these pistols easy.
Typically, the main complaints with this product is not the holster itself, but the steel clips. Again, replacing them with Kydex clips will eliminate the problems. Strangely enough, some users have stated that the leather tabs do not cover the beaver tail of the full size M&P 45. This means that, for anyone who is not slim and may have a bit of a paunch or love handles, the tail may dig in to your body, causing discomfort.
It seems that, despite it being advertised as suitable for the full size version of the M&P 45, it may be better suited to the slightly smaller medium size version.
OUR TOP M&P 45 HOLSTER PICK
We have done a detailed review of each of the holsters, so now we can compare them to each other to see which holster would be the best choice for the M&P 45.
The BlackHawk CQC SERPA holster is made from carbon fiber, and draw is smooth and fast due to the patented SERPA Technology lock. There are issues when it comes to comfort, but this is when sitting down or bending over. When upright, this M&P 45 holster is very comfortable. A perfect fit for the M&P 45 full size, it is, however, a little too large for the medium size version, and definitely too big for the compact size. Concealment is good, but requires a jacket or coat for full effect.
The Fobus Standard Holster RH Paddle is made from injection molding and high density plastics, and is a very comfortable M&P 45 holster. Concealing the weapon is easy with a jacket but, as with most OWB holsters, difficult in lighter clothing. With the adjustable retaining screw, users can loosen or tighten the hold to their individual preference, which means a smooth and fast draw can be achieved. A great fit for the M&P 45 compact version, but likely to be too small for the medium size, and much too small for the full size version.
The Outbags OB-30SC Nylon OWB Belt Gun holster is made from 600 denier nylon and is very comfortable due to its webbed spine feature, which moulds itself to each user perfectly. Draw is fast and smooth with the fully adjustable thumb break, and the holster is concealable. It is a perfect snug fit for the M&P 45 compact, but is far too small for the M&P 45 full and medium size versions.
The FoxX Holsters Smith & Wesson M&P Compact In The Waist Band Hybrid holster is made from premium leather and Kydex, and comfort when wearing is unsurpassed. As with all leather holsters, drawing can be difficult until the stiff leather ‘gives’, but this is to be expected. Within a few days of holstering and unholstering, this holster should give the perfect, smooth draw. As advertised, it is made for the M&P 45 compact and fits it just right. Naturally, it is too small for the medium and full sized M&S 45’s.
The FoxX Holsters Smith & Wesson M&P Full size In The Waist Band Hybrid holster is identical to the compact M&P 45 holster version, and is also made with the same leather and Kydex mixture, with the same ease of draw (after break in period), and unsurpassed comfort when wearing. It fits the medium and full size version of the M&P 45 snugly. The only concern is that an overweight person may find that the full size M&P 45 will dig into their sides a little.
So which one would we choose?
Our joint winners are the FoxX Holsters, both the compact and full size versions. With many users saying they cannot even feel the holster and pistol when wearing, and at the same time being able to hide their weapon so well, no other holster can beat them, regardless of whether you have the full size, medium size or compact version of the M&P 45.
There is the small issue with some overweight users finding the full size M&P 45 digging into their sides, but the BlackHawk CQC SERPA holster, despite being more expensive, cannot alleviate this either. For all sizes of the M&P 45, the FoxX M&P 45 holster are the best.