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When you're looking for top-of-the-line gear, look no further than what the best of the best choose for themselves. We're not sure which sore throat medicine Pavarotti trusts, but if we knew, we'd use it too. When it comes to combat handguns there's a clear consensus among the world's finest, the US Special Operations Forces community: the Glock 19 reigns. Offering significant capacity, easy handling, and supreme reliability,
Glock's model 19 ranks among the finest self-defense weapons ever built by man. Due to its relative compactness, it has become a favorite among daily carriers across the United States, which in turn means that the market for holsters and accessories has never been more robust. For example, a wide range of pants designed for conceal carry. Stick with us as we review the best Glock 19 IWB holsters on the market right now. You're not short of options, so let's get down to it.
CYA Supply Co. IWB Holster
Outdoor Methods Top Pick
We the People IWB
ComfortTac Ultimate Belly Band
Bravo Concealment IWB
AlienGear ShapeShift 4.0
Relentless Tactical The Defender IWB
Blackhawk! Ambidextrous Appendix Reversible IWB
Galco Kingtuk IWB
To start out, let's take a look at the most important characteristics for a daily-driver concealed carry holster:
Along with our second category, this is the big one. Anyone who's taken a look at our article on the best IWB holsters for 1911 pistols has heard this before - it's not concealed, it's not concealed carry. Given that many states impose a legal penalty for the accidental display of a holstered handgun, this feature rates somewhat more than optional. Generally speaking, IWB holsters offer increased concealability due to their positioning, but variations exist within this category based on the height, thickness, and ride of the holster shell.
Now we're talking. Let's face it; if you're not comfortable carrying a particular pistol, you're much less likely to do so. The 19 is somewhat larger across all dimensions than Glock's subcompact and single-stack offerings, so maintaining a comfortable fit without obstructing easy access is crucial for everyday use. The holsters reviewed below take a few different approaches to increasing comfort, some more effective than others.
Some people like a high ride, some like an adjustable shell, but everyone prefers a rugged holster that'll hold up to daily wear. Whether you're a fan of Kydex or good old fashioned leather, we'll cover the basics and more. In our experience, the quality of the holster's fittings such as belt clips and adjustment screws has a significant bearing on the longevity of the holster system, so we'll pay particular attention to those stress points before they become your stress points. Modern holsters should offer robust construction without sacrificing weight and comfort; we'll take a look at how these stack up.
These holsters are built for concealment, but first and foremost, they've got to securely retain your pistol regardless of what life throws your way. Due to their design requirements, few IWB holsters feature positive retention, but manufacturers have found a few ingenious ways to increase their product's grip on your handgun without sacrificing concealability or ease of access. Generally this comes down to the materials used in the shell; we'll take an in-depth look at some of the standouts here.
Most of the time in life you're getting what you pay for. Holster-wise, there are a few exceptions in both directions. It's important to avoid overpaying where possible, after all, money you save on a holster can be spent on practice ammo and range time. This section focuses on the value you can find in the various setups available, from the simplest belt clip to the most complete and versatile rigs around. In every case, the saturation of the market is working in your favor - there's never been a better time to pick up IWB holsters from a value perspective.
Naturally you'll want to avoid pitfalls that may result from your unique situation, local laws, or other factors. We'll do our best to identify which holsters might print, bind, or otherwise complicate your life, and what kinds of cover garment are going to be most useful when you're deploying them. If you pack a light or a laser, we'll cover those requirements too. Ultimately we want to help you find the best Glock 19 IWB holsters at the lowest price. With that, let's bring out the contenders.
Outdoor Methods Top Pick
Starting off we have a simple, reliable Kydex option, perfect for daily carry.
Another Kydex shell, this time with custom graphic options available.
No waistband? No problem, with this belly-band:
Concealment, Kydex durability, and weapon light customizability - what's not to like?
All-in-one performance from a single kit, if you're willing to pony up the cash.
Yours Truly wears this holster with his Glock 19 on a daily basis.
Lots of descriptors for one solid holster.
OK, so it's not technically a holster. No problem, let's take a look:
Now we're tucking. This big fella allows what the other options above can't, comfortable IWB carry under a tucked-in shirt.
Positive retention in an extremely small package; it doesn't get too much smaller than this.
Much like we emphasized in our Best IWB Holsters for 1911 Pistols article, the ideal carry rig meets requirements not only for concealability but for comfort, affordability, and build quality. In our opinion, your best options are as follows. For Kydex shells, the CYA Supply Co. offering is hard to beat. Since you can fit it to your needs as far as aftermarket accessories and extra mags are concerned, you're not going to have to change up your daily carry to make it work with your preferences.
If you're more into the traditional style, Relentless Tactical offers value beyond what we had thought was possible for a leather and metal holster. If you're determined to break out of the mold of convention, Alien Gear should be your first stop - their ShapeShift 4.0 represents the cutting edge of currently available holster tech, albeit not at a bargain price. You can't go too far wrong with anything from the above list, but for our money, these standouts take the prize.