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I Tested And Ranked The Best Tactical Holsters

Discover the top tactical holsters for your firearms with our expert reviews. Explore the best options for secure and convenient carrying.


Best Tactical Holster

FYI, prices and ratings are accurate as of time of writing.


1. Relentless Tactical - Relentless Tactical The Defender Leather IWB Holster

Top-Rated: 7,907 ratings

Best Tactical Holster

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Highlight: The Defender Leather IWB Holster offers classic American craftsmanship, combining function, comfort, and durability. Hand made from Genuine USA Bullhide Leather, The Defender Leather Holster is the ultimate “inside the waist band” concealed carry holster.

Helpful review: "For demonstration purposes, I have included photos of my Unique ability to regularly point a loaded gun at my self. Certainly, mine goes to eleven.
I dislike nothing related to the holster itself. I just broke mine or ,rather, I bent the steel belt clip sitting in my desk chair. The arm just caught the clip and bent it forward so the clip no longer...clips.
Pros:
Easy to draw
Feels great
Affordable
Very durable leather -no issues
Stitching is flawless
Passes the Dairy Queen flip test.(it doesn't fall when turned upside down)
Cons: Gun can fall out of holster.(ex. When using a bathroom)
Points pistol at wearer when dropping pants.( Maybe I'm doing it wrong)
This could just be me but it happens half the time...like I have to think about dropping my pants. It could i don't like it because of a "don't point that at me" mentality.
I think I'll be getting another style of holster.
I tend to break everything I handle for any length of time. This has been no exception. Don't doubt the quality. Doubt the user. That said, I will definitely be searching Relentless Tactical for a new replacement that fits my "Unique" user style.
It fits my Glock 26 well. With standard mags you cant tell it's there. As for the retention... It retains.
I think anyone looking for a quality holster should give this one a try." — Caleb Jordan Williams
Trending review: "Like the vast majority of firearms enthusiasts, I've invested a lot more money in holsters than I'd like to admit. Inside the waistband, outside the waistband, appendix carry, pocket, the list goes on and on. Almost all of them are sitting in a box in a closet somewhere except for two, both of which are Relentless Brands holsters. As a firearms safety instructor there's normally a holster on me somewhere and, to tell the truth, most of them are a bit uncomfortable even with a small, compact firearm. Trying to carry a large frame pistol is downright painful, and I've always wanted to carry a large frame in the one or two o'clock appendix position instead of four or five o'clock.
A fellow instructor recently gave me a Relentless Tactical holster for my compact pistol and I fell in love with it immediately. After a couple weeks of frequent use with my compact, I started searching Amazon for one that would fit my large frame Sig. In short order I found it, bought it, received it, and tried it on at one o'clock and... it was comfortable (and I'm not one of those young guys who's slender around the middle)! I followed the manufacturer instructions for using a plastic bag to form the holster to the gun, which worked like a charm.
Both of these holsters fit superbly and are obviously top notch quality. There is a soft lining sewn inside that is gentle on the finish, but the exterior leather is top notch and will obviously last for years and years. The clip is strong but doesn't hurt my fingers as I pull it back a little to pull the holster off - AND - it doesn't mark up my belt! I'm more impressed with this holster than I have been in a long time and am certainly going to be purchasing more. I am very pleased to recommend Relentless Tactical for their quality, workmanship, and customer service." — dbucky
Reassuring review: "I bought this holster about six months ago and use it practically every day and it’s held up really well. I’m very pleased with the quality of the leather; it’s firm enough to properly hold my firearm in place but comfortable enough as an IWB that it doesn’t bother me, even after prolonged use. I also bought a left handed holster to use as an OWB, but I use that much less often. I prefer wearing holsters with clips because it’s a lot easier to put on and off in a hurry. The clip on this holster has pretty good stitching that isn’t fraying or separating, it’s a pretty solid holster. If you’re on the fence about this holster, just get it. You won’t find anything better in this price range, and it’s made in the USA.
I’ve bought other items from Relentless Tactical and I’ve been very pleased with their customer service. If something isn’t right about your item, they’ll respond quickly and will work to fix the issue. I will definitely buy more products from this company." — Indiego Industries
 

2. EXCELLENT ELITE SPANKER - Tactical Adjustable Pistol Holster

Top-Rated: 1,576 ratings

Best Tactical Holster

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Highlight: Sturdy pistol holster. Constituted by high quality and durable 500D Cordura Nylon and UTX Duraflex Buckle.

Helpful review: "I bought this holster to mount on a spare ballistic vest. If I was still jumping out of airplanes, this would be a perfect holster with a Velcro tab that covers the thumbbreak snap and a buckle strap that goes over the backstrap. But since I no longer do that, the extra safety features are really not necessary. The good news is that the Velcro tab can be folded down and secured to the front of the holster. The bad news is that the buckle strap can only be removed by cutting it off, or by tucking it behind the holster; either way will leave the female half of the buckle unused on the front of the holster (unless you cut it off too).
My SIG P226R fits perfectly and it took all of 30 seconds to adjust the thumbbreak and buckle straps. The stitching and construction appears to be first rate. The holster attaches with two double thickness MOLLE straps; the snaps are not one-way/pull-the-dot types, but they do appear to be heavy duty. The magazine case on the front of the holster easily accommodates a full-size double stack magazine.
Overall, a good quality holster at an economical price. It probably won't last a lifetime, but at this price, you can afford to buy a new one before the old one wears out." — Norm@Jackson
Trending review: "I’m using this as a range holster for s sig 365 with a Crimson Trace light and a 17 round mag. It is a small gun so the light fits. And the extended mag keeps the gun from sliding through the bottom. Works really well. Looks cool. You have to cut a bunch of straps off to make it practical. As other reviewers have mentioned, some guns don’t work well. This works for my particular set up. If you buy it, you probably have a pistol that will work. It’s very versatile!" — Joe from Texas
Reassuring review: "Likes:
Fit for a G20: Fits fairly well. Not sure about smaller frames
Price: It's a fair price considering its design and construction
Dislikes:
Overkill on retaining. I would cut off at least one of them if I were keeping this.
Really big. With an extra magazine of 10 - 10mm, its especially heavy.
It looks well built, but for my situation in back country hiking/hunting, its a bit large and cumbersome.
Having all of the systems to retain the pistol is a bit overkill in my opinion. There is actually 3, not 2 so fully engaged it would be really slow to deploy.
Will be returning it." — Nene Raynera
 

3. GHFY - Drop Leg Holster

Top-Rated: 6,841 ratings

Best Tactical Holster

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Highlight: This is a fully adjustable open leg holster to accommodate different sized thigh circumferences. Made for both men and women, this tactical holster features a secure hook-and-loop closure for securing your firearm and can also attach to your belt for a secure, secure fit you can rely on.

Helpful review: "Contrary to what I see in a number of reviews, here is my personal experience.
- Upper vertical strap allows the holster to be raised QUITE HIGH. No need for it to be hanging so low. (I'm 5'10".)
- The two horizontal straps hold in place tighter if the excess is ALSO threaded through the plastic clips on the inside of the thigh.
- YES, it can fit a compact with a red dot, but then the top grip strap doesn't even come close to working. Pull that outside strap off (it's not sewn in, just velcroed), and attach it to the OUTSIDE FLAT SIDE of the holster instead (on the second to last flap). See pic. Perhaps glue or stitch it down if you like.
- HOLSTERING: No fast drawing from this! And extremely difficult to reholster because of the inside strap. I pretty much have to disassemble the whole thing... especially because of the red dot.
- Use a strong tactical "battle belt" to hold the upper vertical strap in place... and it won't pull to the front or back so much. It'll also support the rig A LOT better.
- Would not use this in any professional setting. Oh my goodness no. But recreational/personal on a tight budget... and that doesn't involve lots of reholstering? Really hard to beat!
- Remember how much you paid for it. Enjoy." — Chris R
Trending review: "Pros: Anybody want to bet that you cannot use this on the range or tactically? you would be wrong. Strong Velcro, redundant design for safety, adjustments up the wazzoo, and except for the stretchy strap section (could be a bit stiffer) This is part of my range gear, and I will be able to use it while hunting this Fall. It sits much better than a service holster (LE style) and is WELL BUILT. Snapping in and out of the unit is quickly accomplished, and it will hold heavy equipment with a spare mag. and the price is amazing for what you get! GET ONE. PS- it fits heavy legs as well." — Amazon Customer
Reassuring review: "Well done! Adjustable in a variety of ways! Very reasonable price! Fit my Makarov 9x18mm very well and was able to adjust it so pistol grip is right at hand level when my arm is at its natural length. There are much more expensive holsters out there without this quality and versatility. Molle Tactical Pistol Thigh Gun Holster, Drop Leg Holster, Right Hand Adjustable." — Jim M
 

4. Tactical Scorpion Gear - Inside Pants Holster

Top-Rated: 1,413 ratings

Best Tactical Holster

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Highlight: Made with USA produced Polymers. Lives can be saved which is what drives our craftsmen to make sure every holster is reliable in quality, durability, comfort and fit for actual combat and daily carry. Concealed Carry inside the waistline (IWB) carry for RH or outside waistband (OWB) use for LH

Helpful review: "I had bought this for my Taurus GX4 . it will lock into holster but has about 1" of play where gun can rock back and forth it would keep gun from firing but at the same time it would rub the finish off your gun . I gave it to my daughter who has the GC3 it fit that 1 nicely very little play very confrontable in waist band and tight enough you can not shake it out you have to draw it. so for GC2 or GC3 would recomend 100% as for the GX4 no don't buy this holster find 1 that fits the gun right. also to be clear only reason i did not give 5 out of 5 was because it did not fit gun I ordered it for if i was buying it for the older modles it would have been perfect score" — Virginia S Hobbs
Trending review: "I'd give this holster 5 stars, but the adjustment screws for canting the belt clip won't work. The other end of them is hidden inside the holster where you can't get to them. When you try to tighten them, the hex screws just spin. Other than that, it's great. The other issue I have with it only exists because I'm scrawny. I have no meat on my hips, so the bottom edge near the muzzle digs a bit into my thigh. The adjustment for the trigger guard retention works perfect. I don't have any other complaints." — DatCrazyMongoose
Reassuring review: "I was sceptic on peoples reviews but at end of day comes down to personal opinion and for me very comfortable walking and sitting cant even feel it sitting down. Fits my Taurus nice and snug nice loud click when holstered very please thank you awesome product awesome price!!!" — Adrien D.
 

5. Depring - Depring Tactical Belt Holster

Top-Rated: 2,565 ratings

Best Tactical Holster

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Highlight: Depring Tactical Belt Holster design to fit most medium pistols. It is for Right Hand Use.

Helpful review: "Worked for Walther Creed 9mm.... barely. I suspect with some drawing and some belt carry, it'll relax just enough to work well enough for use at "the range."
Bought for 13yo and 11yo and 4yo to use at the range. It'll work to hold the guns while they are on line. They won't be drawing and firing, just carrying it out of their hands.
Holds the magazine in front, but you really need to shove the Walther Creed in and jam the magazine into the front holder.
But it'll also protect the gun while in their range bags.
So. Mission accomplished, cheapest one I could find that works for what I need it for.
I won't use this as a daily or tactical carry holster. But, can't get a better cheap range day holster, I think." — Sazerac King
Trending review: "Having just received the holster, I gave five stars for VALUE due to the $10+ pricing. My Walther BK380 fits snugly in it, and is well-contained with the over-the-grip strap. There is a stiffener in the holster, so it is not one of those floppy Cordura nylon types, but a stiffened Cordura type. The bottom of the holster is open, allowing for fitting a longer barrel into it by about 3/4 of an inch.
Even though one should carry an extra magazine on the weak side, I like the extra magazine feature on the front, which is closed-ended and closes with a substantial velcro strap. The OEM Walther mag fits tight enough to retain within it even without the velcro retaining strap, and being closed-ended, protects the open end of the mag from dirt and debris. I do not like the belt loop, which although substantial and will stay put on one's belt, is full Velcro and sticks to the holster's back side. I will fit a piece of hook-and-loop Velcro across part of that to smooth it out, allowing the holster to slide on my belt. That helps keep it away from the seat belt buckle and in a more comfortable position.
There is a buckle/slider for the retention strap which allows for adjustment. At first I thought this had to be opened to access the firearm, but there is a directional snap button further down on the retaining strap allowing fairly quick access to drawing the firearm. It's not a thumbreak, but is easily found with practice.
I gave four stars for Durability, as the construction is substantial but I have only just received it, so cannot determine the longevity of its durability.
I'll be using this while traveling, as some of the parts of the state in which I live get a bit sketchy. Particularly at gas stations and rest stops. A long-tailed shirt or jacket will cover it well, as it does ride fairly high on my belt. But, having open-carry here is a plus, in addition to my having a CCW. Being outside the waist band, however, it will telegraph to an extent.
This is NOT a holster meant for CQB, as it has a few flaws, but for comfortable carrying, it's a good deal." — Road Scholar
Reassuring review: "I ordered one of these a couple of years ago for a Glock 45, ordering a second for another pistol. While the holster did fit the Glock 45 just fine the spare mag pouch seems to be more ideal for single stacks as the double stack Glock mag was very tight fitting. If the pistol is longer than a 4" barrel such as a Glock 19 or Glock 45 the muzzle may stick out of the open end of the holster so it seems to be intended more so for compacts. Overall the first holster has held up, to the point I'm ordering a second." — RanCor
 

6. Fobus - Fobus GLT19 Tactical Holster

Top-Rated: 447 ratings

Best Tactical Holster

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Highlight: Muzzle stud and polymer strap provide retention

Helpful review: "This is a great holster for full-sized handguns with tactical lights/lasers. I recently purchased a Ruger Security 9 and added a Viridian XL5 tactical flashlight/laser combo. I love the gun and the light is awesome, but the problem was I couldn’t find a holster that accommodated the light. This holster was made for a Glock 19, but works perfectly with the Ruger. There are several bad reviews for this holster and the major complaint is that you can’t draw straight up with a regular draw. That is true, but that is simply because of the light they added to their gun. All you have to do is push back first, then draw. The slight inconvenience is well worth it to be able to carry the light. I’m thrilled to have found a high quality holster that accommodates my laser/light combo." — Gloria Schlatter
Trending review: "Really nice holster. ... I like the trigger release, goes well with a quick draw. Also works well for tactical training. The conceal carry will depend on body type and garments.
Update had this for several months now still as strong and comfortable as day 1! Also you can holster with one hand. As, with anything you need to do naturally. We must train properly for desired results. I carry 9 or 11 clock when sitting, standing for extended periods of time." — RC
Reassuring review: "Incredible holster. From the stock image it doesn't look that secure with the bottom exposed. However once I got this thing on my belt, my Glock 19 (with Streamlight TLR-2 HL G) is not going anywhere. Feels great and easy to draw. To remove the pistol you just unlatch the button and pull out the pistol. Very easy and quick. It is a bit tricky trying to get the pistol back into the holster with the light attached. You kind of have to come up from the bottom and push it in. A very good pistol for open carry. I wouldn't recommend it for concealed carry. It's a bit bulky and you can see a distinctive outline. It works with the TLR-2 HL G which is a fairly large flashlight/laser combination. If you're a lefty looking for a holster that will accommodate your Glock along with a light/laser combination then look no more. This is certainly a good choice and probably one of the very few. The only other flashlight holsters I have seen for lefties are the ones from manufacturers that can only hold a certain proprietary light/laser combination which severely limits your options. The shipping was also surprisingly fast. It took about nine days to get to the U.S. from overseas so kudos to that. Go with this one! It's cheap, durable and feels good." — Andrew W
 

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