Glock 19X

Best Glock 19x Holster-An Analytical Review

If you are in a hurry and do not have time to read below, based on our research theses are the best Glock 19x holsters.

Best Kydex Holsters for Glock 19x: 

Best Belly Band Holster for Glock 19x: 

Best Leather Holster for Glock 19x: 

Best Shoulder Holsters for Glock 19x:


We have broken down this guide into a few different sections below. We also give the history of the Glock 19X after the review for those interested in learning more about it.

You might be saying well that is just all fine and dandy, but which holster should you use with the Glock 19X? We are so happy you asked! 

We spent hours in the Outdoor Methods lab performing literary research and comparing what leading experts are saying in the field about the Glock 19x. Here are the results:

Best Glock 19x Holster-An Analytical Review

Top Kydex Holsters for Glock 19X: 

As we have pointed out in our Kydex inside the waistband (IWB) holster guide, there are literally thousands of Kydex holsters on the market today. Most of them are either inside the waistband (IWB) or outside the waistband (OWB) holsters. 

However, we narrowed our selection down to these four holsters (you are welcome). Each has unique traits that make them excel in certain areas. 

Concealment Express Kydex IWB Holster

While it will be more challenging to conceal a Glock 19x, it is not impossible. If you are looking for a simple inside the waistband holster (IWB) for your Glock 19X, we recommend you look at this one.

The holster is made of high-quality components, including 0.08″ Kydex material for the rigs shell. The holster also has adjustable retention and cant from 0-15 degrees, which will help with preventing the grip from printing.

The catch? This masterpiece comes with a “cheap” plastic clip that has been known to break, and shockingly enough, you cannot adjust the holster’s ride height.

However, Concealment Express puts their money where their mouth is and gives these holsters a lifetime warranty. Add that Concealment Express is known for its excellent customer service, and what is there not to like?


  • Easy to use
  • Sweat guard
  • Audible retention lock system
  • Adjustable retention and cant
  • Comfortable
  • Price
  • Trigger guard (This will ensure the trigger is not pulled while holstered)
  • Durable
  • Easy to re-holster firearm while wearing the holster


  • Cheap clip
  • Ride height not adjustable
  • No extra features to account for the Glock 19x longer grip

Pole.Craft’s Kydex OWB Holster

Are you one of those people who like to wear your holster outside your waistband? Then our research says you need to check out the Pole. Craft’s OWB holster. This is a 0.08 inch Kydex holster that is very thin but also very durable and only weighs 100 gms (mind was blown).

Pole. Craft engineered this holster to be waterproof and sweat-resistant. They also designed it to have a wider holster opening to avoid scratching your gun’s body when holstering or drawing your weapon.

Another great feature of this rig is its adjustable retention of the holster. In other words, you get to decide how “tightly” the holster holds onto your pistol. The best way to determine this is by practicing drawing and holster your unloaded firearm.

This holster also has adjusted ride height and adjustable cant angle. These two features will allow you to have the holster right where you want it.

Since this is an OWB holster, there is a risk of somebody stealing your firearm while it is holstered. Yet, Pole.Craft came up with an ingenious way to minimize this risk. They added a lock to the belt clip to make sure the holster stayed in place if somebody did try to swipe your pistol from you.


  • Light weight 
  • Durable 
  • Adjustable retention
  • Adjustable ride height and cant 
  • Magazine ejection button protection
  • Trigger guard
  • Lifetime warranty 
  • Price 


  • Challenging to unholster gun 
  • Clip is clunky and big 
  • Not as high quality as top shelf holsters

Galco King Tuk Holster 

Our top hybrid pick for Glock 19x holster comes from a company that is recurring on this list. Galco continues to pump out top-shelf holsters left and right with Galco’s King Tuk Holster being one of these holsters.

It is considered a hybrid holster, which means it has a leather backing that allows for superior comfort against your skin. However, it also has a Kydex shell for max durability and rigidness to protect your firearm while in the holster.

The Kydex shells are explicitly molded for particular gun models. As for the Glock 19x, you will need to order the holster for a Glock 19 Kydex shell.

Another feature of this holster that will help minimize the printing of the Glock 19x is that this holster was engineered to be a pancake holster. A pancake holster is designed to carry the gun closer to the body. This will help with the printing risk of the Glock 19x’s longer grip.

As they say, nothing is perfect, and Galco’s King Tuk Holster is no exception. What we do not like about this holster is the clips tend to wear out quickly and may not keep the holster in the waistline when drawing your gun.

This rig may require two hands to draw your firearm from the holster while wearing it. Lastly, you cannot adjust the retention of this holster, which is a little shocking but not a deal-breaker. Still, with all, it’s other features nobody would fault you for having this holster.


  • Comfortable
  • Adjustable ride height
  • Adjustable cant
  • Conceals firearm well
  • Durable
  • Backing completely covers slide of the arm and prevents it from touching your skin
  • Easy to re-holster firearm while wearing
  • Trigger guard (This will ensure the trigger is not pulled while holstered)


  • Cheap clips 
  • Cannot adjust the retention
  • May require two hands to draw your Glock 19x 

Fierce Defender’s IWB Holster

If you are wanting to carry an appendix inside the waistband (aiwb), then we strongly encourage you to look at this holster.

The manufacturer put in hundreds of hours of R&D to develop this holster and is manufactured via CNC machined, which has an accuracy within 1/1000th of an inch.

This holster is designed explicitly for appendix carrying and has a magazine “side cart” attached to it. Both the holster for the pistol and magazine side cart have adjustable retention.

Fierce Defender decided to engineer this rig with Kydex that is 0.08″ thick. With this, you get a holster thin enough to be concealed easily, but thick enough to withstand the pressure of being inside the waistband.

As you can tell, this baby comes with a lot of options. So many choices, in fact, you will wonder if you are buying a holster or a car.

One of these options is the holster can accommodate an APLc light on your pistol.

Another option is adding a claw to the holster, and with the length of the Glock 19x handle, you need to consider getting a claw. Why do you ask? Because a claw on a holster is designed to pull the frame (handle) of your gun into your body. The result is less printing while concealed carrying.

Astoundingly, this holster also comes with a 100-year guarantee against any manufacturer defects, giving you peace of mind for a lifetime or 100 years whichever comes first…..

Now onto the bad stuff. The holster’s screws have a tendency to come loose on occasion. If that is not bad enough, the sweat guard has some pointy spots that are not comfortable on your skin. You can sand these spots down to smooth it out, though.


  • Large & sturdy belt clip
  • Audible retention lock system
  • Durable
  • Low profile
  • Easy to re-holster firearm while wearing
  • Adjustable retention
  • Price
  • Has many optional upgrades


  • Gun and magazine holster are too far apart
  • Screws tend to come loose
  • Cannot adjust ride height
  • Magazine Holster  rides height

Top Belly Band Holster for Glock 19x

We must be honest the Glock 19x is not the ideal candidate to be carried by any belly band holster due to the pistol’s handle length and its weight. However, for some, belly band carrying is the perfect carrying location/method for the Glock 19x.

ComfortTac’s Ultimate Belly Band Holster

No belt, no problem –this holster fits by wrapping around your midsection. Hell, it’s even slimming. The band is made of neoprene, which is a breathable material that absorbs water and sweat reasonably well. In fact, knee braces are made of the same material.

This holster surprisingly stays in place reasonably well even if you’re jogging or climbing. The only time you may see some slippage is if you are carrying a heavier pistol. Of course, the Glock 19x is one of these pistols, so you will need to wrap the band around you rather tightly.

The rig also comes with a retention strap for both the pistol and the extra magazine pouch to ensure nether will fall out.


  • The larger size fits up to a 45″ waist and the extra large fits up to a 53″ waist
  • It can be worn in the appendix position, on the hip, behind the hip, as a shoulder rig, in the 12 o’clock position, and cross-draw position.
  • Available in right and left-handed configuration
  • Conceals well for most pistols 
  • Comfortable
  • The quick metal snap release on the retention strip is quieter than Velcro
  • Price
  • Lightweight
  • Trigger guard protection


  • Only the outside end of the band has the Velcro loop the inside does not and tends to move up and down
  • People with bigger bellies will have to wear it above their abdomen of in the small of their back in order not to print
  • Its retention strap has been known to break
  • Gets hot while wearing if you exercise or it is a hot day

Top Leather Holster for Glock 19x:

Some people are not into Kydex or neoprene holsters because they love leather holsters, and who could blame them? Leather holsters are some of the most comfortable and durable holsters on the market.

Relentless Tactical The Defender IWB

Relentless Tactical is associated with high-quality holsters. They are also made in the USA and has a solid warranty.

This leather holster comes in two colors – black and brown and can be purchased in either the right or left-hand configuration.
This rig is designed to fit many different pistols and can handle the Glock19x.

It features a premium quality clip, and two different slots to easily adjust the cant of your firearm. The holster molds well to your body and your gun, which offers adequate concealment and quick access with a smooth draw.

It also features stitching around the exterior edge of the holster and the leather clip platform, which together enhance its overall durability.


  • High quality clip
  • Reinforced stitching
  • Great warranty
  • Left and right-hand orientation available
  • Comfortable
  • Light weight


  • Limited to two color options
  • Holster collapses when gun drawing holster making it hard to re-holster

Best Shoulder Holsters for Glock 19x 

How about shoulder holsters? Is it even worth looking into one for a Glock 19x? A shoulder holster is an excellent option for carrying a Glock 19x due to the size of the pistol.

A shoulder holster gives you quick draw capabilities and excellent concealment options for a Glock 19x.

Based on our analysis the following two shoulder holsters are the ones you should look at first for a Glock 19x

Galco Miami Classic II Shoulder System

With the Galco Miami Classic II Shoulder System, you are going big or going home. It is a direct descent to the original holster system patented in the 1970s by Galco (then Jackass Leather Company) for professionals to use. It has been a favorite of theirs ever since.

The shoulder holster comes with a spider harness design that allows it to pivot independently. It also comes with a clover-shaped Flexalon swivel on the backplate that lets it swing freely and is the symbol of the Glaco brand.

The spider harness results in the holster being a perfect fit for most people and are comfortable to wear for hours.

Its harness is made of premium saddle leather that includes the holster and extra ammo storage to help it be long-lasting and durable. It also does come in left and right-handed draw configuration.

The downside to this holster is it does not have retention straps for the magazine holders and can be challenging to wear for smaller people.


  • Storage for two extra clips 
  • Comfortable 
  • Maneuverable.
  • Constructed of premium saddle leather.
  • Comes in left and right-handed configurations


  • Does not include retention straps for the magazine holders
  • Not a snug fit for many smaller people.

Aker Leather 101 Comfort-Flex Shoulder Holster

When Aker decided to make a shoulder holster, they said, “hold my beer.” Its harness adjusts to fit chests up to sixty-two inches with tension screws and comes with unique contours to make sure the holster fits your shoulders and your gun.

Many law enforcement agencies use this holster because of the way the holster retains the pistol and prevents it from slipping out of the holster.

We are sure the double ammo storage case does not hurt as well. This particular holster fits the Glock 19x. It also includes additional side safety so you can stay safe while using it.

The problem this holster has is it comes with many plastic parts that make it feel somewhat cheap compared to the price you pay for it.


  • Two tension screws help set the perfect retention.
  • Magazine pouches have retention straps
  • Its leather is supple and fits the pistols and magazines of multiple firearms


  • Plastic swivels that can break
  • Plastic centerpiece that may split

History of Glock 19X

On January 22, 2018, Glock released the Glock 19x. As one of the newest members of the Glock family, it was the love child of the Glock 19 and Glock 17 9 mm . The pistol was engineered to have the handle length of the Glock 17, which in turn added 2 extra bullets to the magazine. However, it has a shorter barrel length of the Glock 19. If this is confusing to you, trust us are not alone.  

We here at Outdoor Methods have always thought that you can conceal carry a pistol with a longer barrel because the barrel is typically pointed down. Which should not result in much more printing while carrying. However, guns with extended handles are a different story. They have the highest chance of printing and therefore are not ideal for concealed carrying.  

So why then did Glock make a concealed carry firearm with a standard size grip? The answer is the Glock 19x was not developed to be a concealed carry pistol. In fact, a variation was designed to be a military service weapon. 

Glock 19x’s story started when Glock decided to enter a competition to win a contract from the US military worth hundreds of millions of dollars. They knew the Army would rather give up concealment for magazine capacity. They also knew the Army would give up barrel length because while longer barrels have a greater range, shorter barrels can get on target faster. Thus the Glock 19 MHS was born!  

Unfortunately for Glock, they did not win the competition. Still, in the true spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, Glock removed the safety and rebranded the Glock 19 MHS to the Glock 19X for civilian use. The public’s response? They loved it.  

While not designed for concealed carry, many people use this as their daily carry pistol, and we do not blame them. The trigger was improved compared to the Glock 19 4th gen, and the firearm comes standard with night sights. 

Which is the Best Glock 19X Holster?

Glock was on to something when they made the MHC and thank the good Lord they decided to release it to the public as the 19x instead of scraping it after it lost the contract competition.   While it is not the easiest to conceal carry, it still can be done, especially with the holsters listed above. With so many options it is hard to choose just one. However, you might can. So which one do you like? Let us know below.

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