We List The Top M&P 45 Holsters!

M&P 45 holster

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 an 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, ankle holsters and shoulder holsters, over the waistband (OWB) options, and inside the waistband (IWB). On the other hand, the medium and full size pistols would be very difficult to use with ankle and pocket ones, and it is best to choose IWB, OWB and shoulder selections.

Weapon use:

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 would be pocket, OWB and IWB holsters. Ankle selections will hamper draw speed. With shoulder ones, 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 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´s.


We look at 5 of our favorite options for the M&P 45 in finer detail below. We examine how well each one will fit the M&P 45, how much it cost and how good the comfort is when you have to wear it for long periods of time.

BlackHawk CQC SERPA – Carbon Fiber

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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 requires no thumb break to keep the gun in place. Instead, the lock automatically fires when the gun is placed into the case, 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.

The 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 selection 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 one is not suitable. Also, it tends to ride low, so it can be difficult to conceal without a jacket or coat.

Fobus Standard RH Paddle Lightweight 2oz, Low Profile Paddle Right Handed. Rubberized paddle

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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 those made of leather, there is no break in period, need to oil, or allowing it to breath.

It also means that these are incredibly light, at only 2 oz. This option rides high, which means great concealment with a jacket. However, like most OWBs, it is difficult to conceal with just a t-shirt. There is a huge angled ridge on the back of it, which is quite clever in that the ridge catches on your belt or waistband, eliminating any chance of the sheath being removed when the gun is unholstered.

Unholstering itself is simple; just twist it 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 one 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 with Mag Pouch

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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 will bend into a customized fit for each user. This makes this 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

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This is hybrid, in the waistband M&P 45 holster made of premium leather and Kydez, a thermoplastic. It comes with spring steel belt clips to clip on securely. The main draw of this product 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 sheath securely, causing the product to ride up. This can be sorted out by buying Kydex clips, but it seems a shame that they are not included with it instead of the steel clips. The draw is smooth and fast, but generally requires a certain amount of ‘break in’. This is to be expected with all leather selections.

As advertised, this is 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

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An identical M&P 45 holster to the fourth option 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 sheath 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.


We have done a detailed review of each of the products, so now we can compare them to each other to see which one would be the best choice for the M&P 45.

The BlackHawk CQC SERPA is made from carbon fiber, and the 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 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 OWBs, 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 is made from 600 denier nylon and is very comfortable due to its webbed spine feature, which molds itself to each user perfectly. The draw is fast and smooth with the fully adjustable thumb break, and it 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 is made from premium leather and Kydex, and comfort when wearing is unsurpassed. As with all leather products, drawing can be difficult until the stiff leather ‘gives’, but this is to be expected. Within a few days of holstering and unholstering, this one 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 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.

Which product 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 sheath and pistol when wearing, and at the same time being able to hide their weapon so well, no other one 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, despite being more expensive, cannot alleviate this either. For all sizes of the M&P 45, the FoxX M&P 45 holster is the best.