The Glock 43 is a very popular and readily available firearm, especially among the CCW crowd. However, successful daily carry requires more than the perfect firearm, it also requires an equally perfect holster. Let us help you find the right one for you and your lifestyle.
Because Glock is one of the most popular firearm brands on the market there is a nearly endless supply of holsters to choose from. Unfortunately, this means that selecting the perfect holster can be that much more difficult. What features should you look for and which are just fluff? How can you tell a quality holster from one that will fall apart or leave you firearm laying in an unintended location? How do you tell which holster is best for your needs? These are but a few of the questions you will find yourself asking as you scan the dozens of choices available.
Luckily for you we have do the research and selected some of the best holsters for your Glock 43 and will reveal those shortly. However, before we do, we are also going to share some tips on selecting a holster so you can decide which is best for you.
What to look for in a holster
Some shooters may believe that comfort is a secondary consideration when selecting a holster. I disagree. The importance of comfort cannot be overstated.
Think of anything you wear on a regular basis and for extended period. Be it shoes, a pair of glasses, or your favorite jeans – they are not comfortable you will not wear them. The same holds true for a holster. An uncomfortable holster will end up in a drawer along with all the other holsters that did not work as expected.
It is rarely a good idea to purchase a holster without first trying it out. Remember to try it on with the type of clothes you expect to wear with that holster. Make sure it fits your body type, does not rub against your body too much or constantly feel like it is falling off. Remember to try it on with the type of clothes you expect to wear with that holster.
One of main reasons you wear a holster is to protect your firearm from dirt, debris, the elements, and scratches. To do this the holster needs to be constructed of a sturdy, durable material such as nylon, leather, or polymer. If you are concerned that harder materials may damage the finish on your firearm look for designs that include a soft liner.
A quality holster should keep your gun from falling out even during vigorous activity. Depending on the design your holster will use passive retention, active retention, or a combination of both. But what does this mean?
Passive retention uses friction to capture and secure your firearm.
Active retention usually includes a mechanism that needs to be engaged and disengaged to secure the firearm. This can include a thumb break, strap, or internal lock.
Regardless of which retention system you decide on there is one more test – see if you can draw your firearm quickly, easily, and smoothly. A quality holster will keep the firearm from accidently dropping out, make it difficult for an assailant to remove the firearm, but allow you to draw it easily.
Unless you plan on practicing open carry, the ability to conceal your holster is a must. As with fit, this generally requires you to try on the holster. The concealability will largely depend on where you wear the holster, body type, and the type of clothing you wear.
Types of holsters
As you shop for a new holster you will see many terms used to describe the type of holsters available. Some, such as ankle or shoulder, are self-explanatory. Others, such as OWB, IWB, or appendix, can be more of a mystery. Let us take a moment to review what you may encounter.
- Outside the Waistband (OWB) – attach to your belt and are outside your waistband. These holsters require a shirt, jacket, or other outer garment to conceal.
- Inside the Waistband (IWB)- like the OWB this holster attaches to your waistband but lays inside your pants. Although not completely concealed they are easier to cover with nothing more than an untucked shirt.
- Shoulder- as you may have guessed this holster hangs under your shoulder and is supported by a harness system. While popular with plains clothes police officers they are not as common with civilians. They are easily covered by a jacket or sport coat, but only until you take of the jacket.
- Ankle- these are more popular for backup weapons than primary carry weapons. This is mainly because they can be difficult to access. However, from a concealment standpoint, a good ankle holster is hard to beat.
- Appendix – a IWB holster specifically designed to be worn in the front of your body.
- Small of the back (SOB) – an OWB design worn in the middle of your back belt area, usually at an angle to allow easier access.
The Best Glock 23 Holsters
Our choices for the best Glock 23 holsters:
1 . Safariland 7371 ALS Concealment Paddle Holster
This holster is designed to provide a concealment holster with the same durability, retention, and ease of use as their most popular duty holster.
It combines ALS security system and open top design for superior retention and fast draw times. Your firearm is automatically secured when holsters yet can be gripped and drawn in nothing more than a swipe of your thumb.
The low-profile design and paddle attachment allows for a minimal footprint in a variety of dress options. It rides close to the body and attaches easily to belts from 1.5” to 1.75”.
Interior molding allows water and dirt to drain quickly. The non-marking nylon will protect your firearm from scratching and is weather & temperature resistant.
PROS– Exceptionally durable non-marking nylon construction.
– Allows user to carry a single design for both duty and concealed use.
– Available in black or tan with right- or left-hand draw.
CONS– Limited options for body placement.
– Outside the waist band carry is not optimal for deep concealment
2. Alien Gear Shapeshifter Appendix Carry Holster
Appendix carry is one of the most popular options for CCW, put not always the most comfortable. The key is finding the right holster, and that is the Shapeshifter by Alien Gear.
This holster is the latest incarnation of the earlier Cloak Tuck series. Like the earlier model, the Shapeshifter incorporates and multi-layered flexible backer that includes a thermo elastomer surface layer, a patented steel core, and breathable neoprene against the body layer. Unlike earlier models, this holster features a slimmed down backer for increased comfort.
The shell mounts securely and can be adjusted forward and back via two screws. A single belt clip allows easy IWB carrying. Although originally designed for appendix carry this same holster is suitable for strong side hip, behind the hip, and cross draw as well.
PROS– Slim profile for increased comfort.
– Designed for appendix carry but can be adapted to use in other locations.
– Same shell can be used with multiple backers also available from Alien Gear.
CONS– Single clip requires a sturdy anchor point.
– Can be a little complicated to assemble.
3. 1791 Gunleather OWB Holster, Optic Ready
If you own a Gen5 G43 you have probably taken advantage of the ability to mount several different optics to your firearm. You have probably also realized that finding a good holster can be a challenge. 1791 Gunleather has the answer with their OWB Optic Ready holster.
Nothing beats the comfort of a quality leather holster, except a leather holster that also allows you to carry modern optics. Leather allows for a custom fit, which increases security & retention. Native steer leather is also one of the most durable materials available, which is why some of the best holsters are still constructed from this ancient material.
The open top design allows for quick acquisition and ease of draw. The low-cut pocket design not only provides a low profile, it also allows for use without interfering with the installed optics.
PROS– Sturdy construction with double stitching and reinforced stress points.
– Lifetime warranty.
– Can be used with or without optics.
CONS– Heavy, requires a large sturdy belt to secure.
– Steerhide does require some regular cleaning and care.
4. DeSantis Gunhide Slim-Tuk IWB Holster
If you are going to carry a concealed firearm for an extended period of time it is important you find a holster that is not only reliable, but also comfortable. Without comfort, any holster you do purchase will soon find its way to the junk drawer.
DeSantis’ Slim-Tuk holster might be just what you have been looking for. This is a new ambidextrous IWB holster designed for ultimate comfort and minimal printing.
The holster is constructed of lightweight Kydex for increased comfort and durability. The tuck-able 360 C-clip offers easy on/off use and unlimited mounting options. The 1.75” size will also allow this clip to mount easily to a wide range of belts from dress to tactical.
An open top design allows the user to obtain optimum grip for a quicker draw while the precision molding and adjustable retention system ensures your weapon will stay in place until needed.
PROS– Light weight, slim profile for increased comfort.
– Sturdy single C-Clip offers unlimited mounting options.
– The rugged Kydex construction is durable enough to withstand weather and temperature changes.
CONS– Lack of sweat guard allows firearm to rest against skin.
– Kydex can be less comfortable for some body types.
BlackHawk Stache IWB Holster with Magazine Carrier
5. Gunfighters INC Kenia Chest Holster
If you spend time hunting, fishing or hiking you know finding a holster that is comfortable and functional can be a challenge. Many CCW holsters are not designed for this type of carry and are either uncomfortable, fail to prevent loss of your firearm during these activities, or makes your firearm almost impossible to access under the layers of gear and clothing you wear. But there is another option – chest carry.
The Kenia Chest Holster allows you to carry your firearm securely and within easy reach, even when wearing multiple layers, a backpack, or even waders. Plus, it is design for comfort above all else.
This harness utilizes a Kydex holster secured with a multi-point harness system, like those used for bino slings. This places your firearm in the middle of your chest, out of the way of other gear and within easy reach whether standing, seated, or riding an ATV. The harness is constructed in-house of 100% nylon, includes a 4 way stretch yoke, and all threads are treated for protection from water and UV.
PROS-Places your firearm in a location that prevents interference when drawing or holstering.
– Extra wide harness bands prevent pinching and distributes weight evenly.
– American made and guaranteed.
CONS– Leaves firearm exposed to the elements.
– Requires learning to draw from a position most shooters have not encountered before, up and toward the shoulder.
6. Galco Ankle Glove Holster
Too many firearm owners overlook ankle holsters when it comes to deciding how to conceal their handgun. While it may not be for everyone, and certainly does not work with every firearm or in every situation, it is still something worth considering.
The key to successful ankle carry is finding the right holster. This means one that fits well, keeps the firearm snug, and is comfortable. Galco thinks the Ankle Glove is the answer.
This holster combines a molded leather holster and nylon wrap. The wrap is secured with Velcro and backed with sheepskin for extra comfort. Although the holster looks heavy, something you do not want with something that will hang on your ankle all day, it is much lighter that it appears. Plus, the wide nylon wrap helps to distribute the weight and the Velcro does a good job of holding it in place even when active.
PROS– Molded holster helps to secure the firearm and reduce printing.
– Extra wide band increased comfort by dispersing weight.
– Quality construct ensures this holster will last for many years.
CONS– The leather interior, which is not finished, can sometimes mar the firearm’s finish.
– Ankle carry can result in your firearm being exposed to increased dirt, water etc.
Hopefully, our choices for best Glock 23 holsters includes your next favorite holster. If not, or if you are still shopping, we think our tips will help you make the perfect selection for you and your reasons for carrying a firearm.
Brian Belko is a freelance writer and blogger. His primary areas of focus include the outdoors and shooting sports. In addition to his freelance work, Brian also writes for Wide Open Spaces and is on the Pro Staff at Military Hunting and Fishing. When he isn’t busy writing, Brian enjoys fishing farm ponds for bass and hitting the spring woods during turkey season.