The Best Glock 17 Holster Options – We Pick Our Favorite!

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When choosing the best Glock 17 holster, you need to make sure you pick one 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 carrier 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 will be good choices. You could probably even go for an ankle option if you wanted to.

Looking At 5 Best 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 they fit the Glock, how affordable they are and whether they would be comfortable to wear.

Fobus Standard RH Paddle Price

Fobus Glock 17/19/22/23/31/32/ GL2E2

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If you want a low maintenance product that is easy to clean, Fobus picks are a good option for you to consider. This is thanks to the injection molding and high-tech high density plastics that these are made from. However, if you decide to go with a leather option you will need to break it in first and often requires a degree of maintenance over the duration of its lifetime.

This particular selection from Fobus is an Outside-the-Waistaband (OWB), comes with a rubberized paddle and has a steel reinforced rivet attachment system.

As you would expect from a really good OWB carry option, good gun retention is a feature. It gives you a nice "snap" when you carry your weapon, so you can know that it is secured.

If you like one that can be adjusted, then you will like that you can play around with the retention 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 might take some getting used to, due to the retention system. To allow for a nice smooth draw, some folks coat the lining (as well as the trigger guard) with silicone.

Although you can adjust the retention, you cannot adjust the cant, which is around 5 to 10 degrees. Some folks really do not like this about the Fobus selection.

Another popular feature is the paddle, which helps that you do not need to take off your belt to attach or detach it. This is a great design feature if you have to take off and put on it 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. Lastly, the paddle has nice retention tabs to grip your waistband and belt, which will help prevent it 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 and paddle, which will leave a clear print. However if you want a really comfortable option that is not too expensive, and open carry is an option for you, you should really consider this choice.

Safariland ALS Concealment Paddle 

Safariland Glock 17, 22 6378 ALS Concealment Paddle Holster (STX Black Finish)

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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. 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 carriers 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, 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 is a great fit for the Glock 17, and using the paddle attachment allows it to be sucked into the body tightly, making it quite and concealable, as well as comfortable. As with all OWBs (outside the waistband), 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 it very secure on your belt or waistband however – no worries about it falling off, or being tugged off when drawing your weapon.

Gould & Goodrich 890-G17 Concealment Inside Trouser 

Gould & Goodrich 890-G17 Concealment Inside Trouser Holster (Chestnut Brown) Fits GLOCK 17, 22, 31

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Gould & Goodrich are well known for their leather products. This selection 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 carry option 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 an option that does have a retention strap.

Overall this is a comfortable and well made choice that is ideal for concealed carry. It is not too expensive (very affordable for a quality leather product in fact) and will give you good value for your money.

OutBags OB-16SC Nylon OWB Belt Gun carry option with Mag Pouch

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If you just want an inexpensive no frills product, then this one from Outbags is a good choice. 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 product or as "tacti-cool" as a high-density plastics pick.

Overall it is very practical, 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 it 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 one has been designed to be carried close to your body. The webbed spine helps to shape it to your body. One design flaw might be the valcro, which can be annoying when you move it. Some folks have also complained that the steel clip is not very sturdy at all.

Another design flaw seems to be that the product covers the top inch of the of the pistol, resulting in you not being able to grip it until it has been removed. This can be a serious problem in a self-defence situation where you might need to draw your weapon quickly. However, for a carry option  to keep your weapon in for trips to the shooting range, this is a really good choice as it is sturdy yet inexpensive.

Blackhawk! SERPA Concealment

BLACKHAWK Serpa CQC Belt Loop and Paddle Holster For Glock 17/22/31 Right Hand Black

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If you want a serious Glock 17 holster, then you have found it in this BlackHack selection! What makes BlackHawk´s 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 contain 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 practice a bit to get it right!).

Different from the Fobus choice for which you cannot adjust the cant, the BlackHack 's cant is adjustable. You can adjust it to three positions, namely forward, vertical and backwards.

Another nice feature is the modular design, which allows it to fit other configurations. That makes it very customizable!

This is modern and made from modern carbon fibre materials. If you are looking for a concealed carry option, then this is not the answer for you, as this is Outside-the-Waistband (OWB), which is designed specifically to allow for rapid weapon draw.

Similar to the Fobus, this 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.


We have now looked closer at 5 options, but how do they compare to each other?

The Fobus Standard Holster is affordable with some really nice features. It is made from modern injection molding, which results in a sturdy and low maintenance. Thanks to the paddle that it comes with, it is really comfortable to wear. The negatives is that you cannot adjust the cant, and you will need to practice drawing your weapon to make sure you can do it quickly and smoothly.

The Safariland ALS Concealment Paddle  is another Glock 17 holster that is made from injection molding. However it 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 one. 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 options.

The Gould & Goodrich leather looks good and feels good! Ideal for concealed carry and should give you plenty of carrying service. As it is a IWB´s option 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 anyway).

The OutBag Nylon is affordable but sturdy. It does not have the fancy retention systems that others 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 it moves around. This product is not the best in terms of quick draw though, and the others are probably a lot more comfortable to wear over long periods. This is a good option if you just want to carry your pistol in to the gun range.

The Blackhawk! SERPA Concealment is a carbon fiber Glock 17 holster which has an adjustable cant (3 positions). It is also the most customizable option on our list, so if you want a product that you can configure in many ways to suit, this is ideal. Also, for an OWB, this Glock 17 holster conceals well, but it does ride low.

Which one would we choose?

If we were looking for a concealed carry option, then we would go with the only truly concealable on our list, namely the Gould & Goodrich IWB holster. We like the look and feel of a leather choice, and this is also really well made with a very affordable price.

If we were to go with a OWB type, we would likely go for the Fobus holster. The Fobus, Blackhawk! and Safariland types are somewhat similar, so for us it would come down to price. The Fobus kind comes in at a very affordable price while still offering the modern materials, locking systems and retention qualities that the other types offer.

Fobus Glock 17/19/22/23/31/32/ GL2E2
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Above we listed only 5 possible options 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 selection for your Glock 17 and thought it was great, let us know about it by commenting in the comments section below.