Concealed Carry

Concealment Holster – A Simple Solution

You made the responsible decision to carry a concealed handgun. Now you need a holster. A lot easier said than done. One of the biggest mistakes you can make after getting your concealed license is to not carry your gun. It does you no good in the shopping center parking lot or walking up to the ATM and your gun is in the glove box of your car. The best gun ever made is the one you have on you when you need it most.

That mistake is usually predicated by running out and getting a very expensive holster that does not work for you. I have carried a gun most of my adult life and while it may impress some family and friends, honestly, it is a real pain in the hip, back or side. I have started carrying my new Glock 23. It took me six months to find the right fit for my subcompact 1911. I went through numerous holsters. Now I am starting over again.

One solution to this is the very simple and inexpensive belt slide holster by Personal Security Products. I own this very holster and I am utilizing it today. I am not ready to drop almost 100 dollars on a new holster and the trial and error associated with finding the right holster. Until I am ready to do so, I am going with my old faithful option.

This little holster comes with slits to put the belt through or a clip for easy on and off. The clip is strong and when you put it on you will feel it is secure. It can be worn inside or outside the waistband, on the belt and in all location of your waist. It comes ready to roll for both left handed and right handed shooters.

What is great is it will easily accommodate all of my compact pistols. If it is the one currently on my belt and I need to leave the house quickly then I can carry my Glock 23, Kimber Ultra Carry or my little Beretta Model 70S—whatever is handy. I have specific holsters for all of my pistols, excluding my new Glock. Specific holsters will seat your gun better and are more secure than this; however, if you need something for that new pistol while you begin your quest for the right holster for your new gun then this is a great option.

This inexpensive holster by Personal Security Products comes in both brown and black leather. It is well made and holds up over time. I own two in both colors and I have not been disappointed with either.

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Comments (32)

  1. If you have a Glock, you can do a lot worse than the Glock Sport Combat Holster. It holds many versions of Glocks, is made of the same materials as their pisols, and costs all of $15-20 on Amazon. Another good generic option to get you by.

    I will echo Kevan above and wholeheartedly endorse Crossbreed Holsters. I recently got my CC and asked a lot of my friends/family what they would recommend, and Crossbreed kept coming up. Even though my SuperTuck Deluxe is ugly and was a bit on the pricy side, it works great and is of very high quality. Now that I’ve found the best spot on my waist, I can wear it comfortably for hours at a time, and it will only get more comfortably as the leather forms/wears in.

  2. I have 8-9 holsters 3 are ok for the guns I bought them for but I am going to get one of these..What the heck whats 1 more..If nothing else I will hang them on the Christmas tree next year.

  3. Good article. Good gun leather gets e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e! Another good generic choice is the blackhawk line of clip on iwb holsters. NOT my idea of an ideal holster, but most are under $10 and will do while you save up your paychecks for something gun specific.

  4. Check out Dillon Precision. They have leather belt slide holsters that are molded to the specific gun that you are carrying. I have carried my Kimber Ultra Elite .45 in one for 10 years or so and other that a little wearing off of the exterior color it is still working like new. It will fit any l911 with the standard rounded trigger guard. I have one in black and one in brown. A man must learn how to accessorize–his holster and mag pouches should match his belt and shoe color.

  5. I own a version of this holster, though it is not a Personal Security product. I would like to add that when using the clip OWB to attach the holster to your belt, the exposed top of the gun does move around a bit. When it is secured to the belt the gun is not going anywhere. The holster is quick, cheap and works well. With the right belt and tightening, it does help with minimizing the drift. A smaller version is available if necessary like for my AMT .380. I would highly recommend as it is my preferred 9mm conceal/carry holster. I have spent $$$$$ on other holsters and this little guy is the best I have found.

  6. My Taurus Millenium PT-111 Pro 9 mm fits like a glove inside the belt in the small of my back. And I also use it for my Beretta 92G Elite in 9 mm as well, but on the hip.

  7. I needed a CC holster for my Makarov. Picked this up and am completely happy. I use the belt clip and carry IWB. Most of my other holsters are Don Hume JITs but this on keeps my Mak where it belongs and when I remove the pistol it nearly disappears in my waist. My only dislike is reholstering takes two hands.

  8. Hey John, I will take a look at the carrylok. I love what I do have even though it only cost me $20, but I can’t find anything I like better. I love my guns, but since I have been out of work for a year now (thanks to you know who) and being 62, no one wants to hire an old lady. They better hope they never find this lock and loaded old lady down a dark alley cause this one can take care of herself. It is too bad that the rest of the world doesn’t know it. I hate being out of work and I have many disabling physical problems, but as long as I have pain meds I can work and want to. But for now………. I can only afford a good $20 holster! 🙂

  9. I use a bianchi carrylok holster for my 1911 and it fits like a glove. I’m an overweight guy and it’s hard finding a holster that fits and I swear by this one over the blackhawk holsters I have. I recommend the carrylok to anyone how asks.

  10. I also have this style of holster. I have used it ever since I got my baby Glock. I do not find that it travels or moves I place it in my right hand side between my belly button and hip. I drive LONG distances with it on and no problems. Just when you have to use the ladies room be sure to hold onto it.

  11. I have had nothing but good results with these type holsters.I use these type holsters on my following guns-RugerSR22,WaltherP22,RugerLC9 and yes there is a version of this type holster for snubbies.I have one for my Ruger,LCR-.38no complaints.My guns are not the most expensive nor are my holsters.But for the money spent and the fun had with this combination,I do believe I spent my money wisely.

  12. I also have a Glock 23 and a Beretta 70S. You have good taste 🙂 Can you tell me what model holster you got. I want to get one but want to be sure it is the correct one.

    Thanks, Bob

  13. EHS, I also carry the Sig Sauer P938. Love this gun. I am using a Tagua Gunleather belt slide holster. It’s form fit…carry in the 3 o’clock position, OWB. This holster holds the pistol and grip close to body, almost flat…easy to conceal. Web site: http://www.taguagunleather.com

  14. I also have a Sig P938 and tried several holsters and ended up with a Remora. Love it and it is reasonably priced. You can check them out on line at Remora.

  15. These are very versitile holsters. Work with different dress codes, IWB or OWB as needed. I also find the inexpensive cloth IWB holsters made by Unkle Mike’s and Blackhawk! are also very good. I often grab one of my wife’s compact 1911s if I’m not
    taking my regular carry pistol and find it very comfortable with one of these IWB.

  16. Like any of the “slide holsters”, you have to be careful when sitting down; bending over; or getting into or out of the car. There is no retention strap and “friction fit” is not your friend. The result is that you will spend a lot of time pushing, pulling & moving handle about your waist. This does not look good in some places. But if you are just walking the dog at night, a lot easier than most holsters to don & remove. You get what you pay for.

  17. P.S. I paid $20 for my holster and it holds my .38 special, my SW 459 (which is like a 1911 size) AND my beretta .380 which is a medium size. It will not be used with small size guns like tomcats. A smaller version is available though.
    I have spent $$$$$ on other holsters and this little guy is my preferred holster. Quick, fast and CONCEALED!

  18. I own 2 holsters similar to these. I bought both at a gun show on separate occasions. Here is the difference……..One which I have on right now has the belt openings on the opposite side than the metal clip……I LOVE IT! The other is similar to what is being sold here. The big difference is that I can use the clip AND the belt at the same time and with the belt on the outside it holds my gun close to me (I am overweight) and there is no flop at all. I prefer this over the clip on one side and belt loop on the same side. Just some info for you hefty people out there to consider. The one with the loop on the outside and clip on the inside I hardly ever wear because it does not keep the gun close to my body. Now perhaps I need a better belt but I like the holster I have with any belt.
    Thanks!

  19. I like this holster for what it is. But i dont know how you are able to use it with a G23. Everytime i try to draw my G23C from this holster, the gun and the holster come out together. The G23C is really tight in there, I oiled up the leather, tried to stretch it out as much as possible, but it still is a very difficult and frustrating draw for me.

  20. Not to down talk the P. S. Products Belt Holster but I bought a conceal holster from Crossbreed Holsters. It is so comfortable I can hardly tell I’ve got it on. They are a smaller shop and it took them a few days short of 6wks to get it to me, but deffently work the wait.

  21. When you find one for you ’23’, please let me know. I’ve been going through the process of trying to find the perfect one for quite a while. Thanks for the article.

  22. I have one of these and I agree %100, they make a great holster and they fit almost anything. I carry a Tarus 38 J frame, a PT111 and a XD-M .40 in mine. I did though take off the metal clip and I only use it with the belt loops.

  23. Oh, I also found that a 50-year-old revolver holster works nicely for mounting a CZ75 under a dashboard. Thinking outside the box can really pay off.

  24. It’s worthwhile to try some of your existing holsters as temporaries for a new gun. I have a High Noon for my CZ75 which is also excellent for a 1911, and I recently discovered that the Fricke Archangel I bought for a Glock 23 is a very nice fit for a S&W Shield until I get something really low-profile for it.

  25. I own a version of this holster, though it is not a Personal Security product. I would agree with most of the article but would like to add that when using the clip to attach the holster to your belt, the exposed top of the gun does move around a bit. To be clear the author is correct, it is secure to the belt and the gun is not going any where on your belt. Just be prepared for drift and occassionally adjusting where the grip rides. The grip outside of the holster will drift forward and/or back. The holster is quick, cheap and works well. The right belt, tight does help with some of the drift. I would recommend though it is not my prefered conceal/carry holster.

  26. Good article, thanks for the info. You mention you took a long time to find the right fit for your compact 1911. I recently bought the sig p938, any recommendations for a holster?

  27. Even if they don’t like it, they’re out $15 not $135 like one of mine that I tolerate, but don’t love. Nice little article.

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