Even since before it was released the Glock 43 was one of the most anticipated pistols in the long and distinguished history of Glock. Since its debut it has set the standard for speed, reliability and safety. Safe to say it lived up to the hype. So, if you’re a law enforcement professional, military service member or a shooting enthusiast, the Glock 43 is the pistol for you.
But what about holsters? Having a pistol isn’t worth much if you’re leaving at home or in the car. Which brands have the highest customer service? Which material is the best and which features are the most practical? Really, it all depends on individual circumstances, but here are a few of my favorites to help sorting through the noise.
Best 4 IWB holsters by brand
Blade-Tech Klipt holster
This holster has a compact, durable design. It clips on to your belt easily and allows for strong side, weak side and appendix carry.
What I like even more is that it leaves virtually no printing in any position, no worries about your concealed carry drawing attention. With signature Blade-Tech technology it locks securely into place and stays there.
One problem is that the draw can be tricky, so make sure to practice, but the wallet-friendly price more than makes up for that.
Blackhawk Serpa Holster
A high quality holster from a trusted company. It comes with a belt loop and a paddle mount platform, so it’s compatible with which ever you prefer.
This holster has a speed cut, making it ideal for a quick draw and easy re-holster and perfect for law enforcement and those in the service.
What makes this holster stand out is the auto lock. To draw the pistol, the index finger of the firing hand has to press a button. Added security in the worst case scenario.
Fobus Tactical GL-43 ND holster
A rugged plastic holster that isn’t going to break anytime soon. It’s lightweight and wears comfortably, unfortunately it’s only made in a right handed version.
The passive retention system holds the Glock 43 firmly in place, no shaking or knocking. It comes with an adjustable retention system, so you can adjust it to an easier or tighter draw depending on your needs.
Given the ergonomic make of the holster and reputation of Fobus, this is definitely a holster to consider.
DeSantis 127BA8BZ0 holster
Don’t let the name of this holster mislead you. It’s a simple, easy to use holster. Made from leather it wears well and is comfortable.
The clip attaches securely to your pants and keep the holster from coming off during the draw or sliding around.
The leather is reinforced around the upper end for re-holstering and holds up just as well as Kydex or plastic.
This holster only comes in a right handed version.
Best 4 IWB holsters by material and feature
Kydex: Multi Holsters Elite FOMI holster
Being made from Kydex this holster is great for those living in hot, humid areas. It doesn’t absorb moisture and comes with a Bodyshield to keep sweat off the pistol and help with re-holstering. There will be a clicking noise when holstering the pistol, letting you know it’s secure in the holster. The holster comes with adjustable cant and retention. Helping you get the perfect draw and wear for your needs.
Leather: DeSantis Sof-Tuck Holster (tuckable)
Although a right handed holster, it can be worn in multiple body positions. The leather is comfortable against skin and is no-slip. The reinforced top holds up to re-holstering and the clip holds it in place nicely. Being made from leather it rides close to the body, keeping a concealable profile. What makes this a nice holster is it is tuckable. Meaning it can be worn with dress clothes and is perfect for those who can carry at work or on nicer occasions.
Hybrid: SHTF Gear ACE-1 holster
This holster offers the best of Kydex and leather. A Kydex casing means it’s as durable as you need it, and being molded to the gun it is a perfect fit. The casing has also been designed after extensive testing to fit closer to the body, leaving almost zero print. The leather provides comfort against your skin and only becomes better as it breaks in. The opening is designed to give a quick draw and easy re-holstering.
Holster for Glock 43 with TLR-6 flashlight
This holster comes with all the standard features. It’s made from Kydex and comes with adjustable retention. What sets it apart is that it’s for Glock 43’s with flashlight attachments. If you have or are planning to have a flashlight attachment, a normal holster won’t work for you. This holster has all the best features you’d look for in another holster with the added bonus of allowing an attachment. Remember, it isn’t always about the firearm you have, but the firearm you’re planning to make it.
What to consider while choosing your IWB Glock 43 holster?
So you’ve picked your side arm, the Glock 43, and decided to exercise your right to concealed carry or need it for your profession. So, what to consider when choosing a holster? That really depends on what your situation is. Where are you going to be wearing it? In public? Get something concealable. At the range? Maybe something a little bulkier will work fine. If you’re going to have it at home, a good retention system is first priority. Your side arm should make you safer, an unreliable holster can have the opposite effect.
Here are a few things to consider. 1)Kydex stays cool and protects the firearm from corrosion. Leather will break in overtime and wears very comfortably. 2)How do you plan on wearing it? 3)Where do you plan on wearing it? And what do you plan to wear with it. 4)Is this for self-defense, work or an easier way to carry your pistol? 5)How are you going to modify your pistol?
These are just a few of the things to consider while buying a holster, a basic guide to consider. There is no wrong or right, just personal preference. So, go out, buy a holster and get to the range. You’ll only find the holster that’s right for you through experience. Where to find great holsters? Amazon! A lot of manufacturers offer discounts and you can read over reviews, and it means less time at the store, more at the range.