With so many carry options out there today, its always good to get some information and feedback from someone who has spent some quality time with the gear in question. Robert Delahunt takes a look at a pair of minimalist style concealed carry holsters for the Glock, one IWB and the other OWB, that he has personally used-Ed
I am writing this page to list the gun holsters that I've used and my opinion on them all. I hope that it is useful.
This is my favorite holster so far. It's an outside waistband (OWB) holster specifically for the Glock 19, which is my favorite gun. When worn at the 3 o'clock position, it seems to hide a gun very nicely, as shown:
The advantage this holster gives me is a fast draw and confidence that the gun won't fall out. This holster uses retention pressure (i.e. physically resists) to keep the gun in place. Sadly, this holster is only sold locally, as it's not listed on Cobra's website. The product is legit. It was only $30-$40 if I remember correctly. The only disadvantage is that this holster's snaps can't stand up to regular abuse, so I find myself carefully inserting my belt into the holster rather than snapping and unsnapping it.
This is so far the only inside waistband (IWB) holster I've owned or tried. A friend of mine told me about them. The MIC Holster fits over the trigger guard with a tether so you can stuff it in your pants. I will say, first of all, that this holster actually does a really good job with concealment. However, it's not fun with a firearm with a very rough textured frame (like my Glock 19 Generation 4). Drawing isn't painful, but practicing drawing over time creates a rash.
Further, there are times in various seating positions that the gun's barrel digs into your pelvis. Usually, repositioning a firearm in public that's under your shirt at least looks suspicious, so it's not like I can just reposition the gun.
Moreover, when driving, I have to move the gun to a position that I could actually draw from, which means I'm again repositioning. Therefore, when I get out of my car at, say, Walmart, I must again reposition, in public. However, I like this holster for its concealment.
In addition, if I were to purchase a smaller firearm, such as the Glock 42, I would use this holster for pocket carry.
Now one distinct advantage comes when I use my 5.11 tactical pants: there's a convenient little D ring on these pants that I can use to secure my MIC holster's cord to. Usually I'd be securing it to my belt. This will be an advantage if I need to buy a Glock 42 and pocket carry.
When jogging, I've used the MIC holster with a belt added under my gym clothes to conceal my wife's Walther PK380. Notice in the pictures below that there's a slight bulge where the gun is: I've found in practice, if I don't have my gun that far towards my right hip, the bulge isn't noticeable, and I can jog without revealing that I'm carrying.