Discover today’s smartest choices in concealed carry holsters.
Let Gun Tests’ editors show you the holsters that are tops for comfort, speed, and security.
As most gun owners know, you have to have a suitable hand-gun for personal defense – one that fits your hand, is reliable and effective, and that fits your needs. The same is true of a holster.
In the Holster Buying Guide, you’ll discover…
an $85 pancake-style OWB that flattened the competition in speed
an all-leather paddle holster that’ unmatched for comfort.
a $50 single loop IWB that has great fit and needs no break in.
the one shoulder rig that handles heavy pistols without stretch or sag
a versatile IWB designed to easily adjust to your different carry guns
In this new guide, you’ll meet the holsters that are our nominees in the best supporting category—those holsters that offer the superior concealment and extended comfort all-day carry demands.
In this guide we cover dozens of holsters to see if they sag on the belt, ride tight against the body, present the proper grip angle for rapid presentation from concealment, and are well made and durable.
You’ll find IWB, OWB, shoulder rig, and other holster styles. The guide looks at holsters made of rugged, low-friction high-tech Kydek…and scores of offerings in leather, horsehide, and sharkskin, and more.
Looking for an IWB that won’t weigh down you or your wallet?
Go to page 25 for an $80 gem that’s brilliantly fast into action with a design that assures comfort. How about an OWB cross-draw with outstanding speed and retention? (See page 8). Or turn to page 29 for the most concealable belt slide holster we found—and a $60 Best Buy too!
The Guide rates and reviews more than 65 holsters from over 40 makersincluding Ted Blocker,Milt Sparks, SwapRig, Galco, and Hopp Custom.
The guide will introduce you to the best in IWB/OWB holsters, small-of-the-back holsters, wallet holsters, ankle holsters and more. You’ll find cool choices for hot-weather carry…easy-on-easy-off paddle holsters…and a unique design that’s even better than a thumb break for security.
When it comes to concealed carry today, there’s no room for compromise. This new guide will help you find the holsters that fit your guns and your demands. Click below to purchase your copy of the Holster Buying Guide now.
When it comes to mainline sports and recreation, safety precautions are as common as the activities themselves. Visit any sporting-goods store, and you’ll see helmets being sold in the bicycle department, life preservers in the boating department, and first aid in the camping aisles.However, that’s not always true for the shooting sports. More
VALUE GUIDE: SHORT-Action Rifles (MULTIPLE CHAMBERINGS)
Savage 110 Apex Storm XP 57344 6.5 Creedmoor, $605
Best Buy. Accurate, reliable, and fast handling. The Vortex scope is a credible optic.
Mauser M18 M18065P
6.5 PRC, $628
Accurate and reliable. The rifle is expensive compared to the others.
Savage Axis II XP Rifle 57289
6.5 Creedmoor, $400
A credible choice. We would save a few more weeks to buy the Apex. … More
While these three rifles did check off some of the boxes for the Scout specs, they all fell short of being a true Scout Rifle, at least going by Cooper’s definition. But would we want to carry these rifles for long periods of time, and could we easily hit a target out to 100 yards? Yes, most definitely. More
VALUE GUIDE: RECENT 9MM HANDGUN RANKINGS
Springfield XD(M) 4.5 XDMT9459FDEHCE TB 9mm, $505
Our Pick as a personal-defense, home-
defense, and tactical pistol.
Glock G34 Gen5 MOS PA3430103MOS 9mm, $710
The Gen5 guns are the best yet, with superior accuracy and features over earlier Glocks.
CZ-USA CZ P0-9 91620
9mm Luger, $402
Best Buy. CZ has managed to pack a lot of value into the P0-9. 19-round magazine. … More
The growth of the concealable 9mm Luger handgun market continues to grow apace, with seemingly dozens of new models being introduced every year from makers all over the world. This suggests a vital and interested market because manufacturers wouldn’t be building guns for people who wouldn’t buy them. That includes Gun Tests readers, of course, who are always on the lookout for a better mousetrap. Here, we look at three new models from two manufacturers, Glock and Mossberg. Yep, you read that right. The well-known shotgun and rifle maker is dipping a toe into the sidearm market as well — and why not? Perhaps Mossberg has studied the pistol market long and hard and found holes in the function and form of the existing selections. Our range testing would find out. More
CNN has reported that federal authorities are searching for thousands of conversion devices that render semi-automatic Glock pistols into fully automatic weapons that are considered to be machine guns. More
It seems gun companies are suffering from a lack of fear-based buying because consumers arent worried about stricter gun control while Donald Trump is in office. Also, ammo sales have been hit by consumers buying fewer bullets because they stockpiled during past scares, according to Markets Insider, a stock-tracking firm (Markets@BusinessInsider.com). Read More
I want to thank you for publishing the article on automatic powder dispensers. Although I think you may catch some flack for those who think Gun Tests should just test guns, and maybe ammo, I find that articles such as these are very helpful and informative for those of us who pursue reloading, gunsmithing or other peripheral hobbies. Read More
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Viridian Weapon Technologies announces that the West Hennepin Public Safety Department located just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota has deployed the FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Camera (WMC) to all of its officers.More
Sergeant Parkerson posted on the Nextdoor.com app, "Burglary of Motor Vehicle suspects were recently caught breaking into vehicles in what they considered to be an upper-scale apartment complex. Their objective was to locate and steal guns from vehicles they identified on the property. Their method for choosing which vehicles they would break into was to simply locate any vehicle on the property that had some form of Law Enforcement, Fire Department, or Military-style decal on it. From their experience, they [the suspects] have learned that these vehicles would have a higher probability of having a weapon in it that they could then steal." More
From the standpoint of gunowners' rights, will Judge Kavanaugh be "fer us or agin’ us" if he's elevated to the Supreme Court? Or, said another way, will he be a "good guy on guns” or just a so-so one? "Right now, nobody knows for sure how a 'Justice Kavanaugh' might rule on gunowner rights at the SCOTUS level," said Gun Tests Editor Todd Woodard. "But the tea leaves, the entrails, the penumbras suggest he strongly leans our way." More
In response to social media rumors questioning the safety of the P320 pistol, a variant of which was selected by the U.S. government as the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS), SIG SAUER, Inc. has full confidence in the reliability, durability and safety of its striker-fired handgun platform. There have been zero (0) reported drop-related P320 incidents in the U.S. commercial market, with hundreds of thousands of guns delivered to date. More