17 Premier Gun Holsters to Consider

17 Premier Gun Holsters to Consider
If you're looking for gun holsters to improve on your duty or competition use, check out these premier options.

 Gun holsters come in all different shapes, sizes and designs. Some gun holsters are more suited for different scenarios than others. The following are some great gun holsters for duty or competition use.

While these holsters are not as suited for concealed carry use as other holsters specifically designed for that purpose, they feature different options that make it easier, safer and more comfortable to carry your full-size handgun. Take a look to see which one suits your purposes the most.

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Blackhawk EPOCH Light-Bearing Duty Holster


These Blackhawk EPOCH gun holsters feature three levels of retention, including Pivot Guard, which opens with thumb activation. Retention system engages firearm ejection port. Auto Lock system reinforces master grip positioning and accommodates firearms with common rail light systems. Available with matte, plain or basketweave exterior. {$108}


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Blackhawk GripBreak

Constructed of three-layer laminate with 1,000-denier Cordura or drum-dyed Italian leather. Inner injection-molded copolymer shell and release guard. Patented auto-locking system secures your firearm in these gun holsters. Fits belts up to 1.75 inches wide. {$47}

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DeSantis CHAMP

Compact ambidextrous design allows shooter to switch from right- to left-hand carry by moving a single screw. Features adjustable cant and trigger guard detent and adjustable tension device to secure your firearm in these gun holsters. {$40}

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DeSantis T-Gat Slide

Trailing-slot scabbard with premium saddle leather construction. Molding and thumb break provide retention; also features an integral molded sight track. Can be worn cross-draw or strong-side. {$75}

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DeSantis Nylon Safety Star

The DeSantis Nylon Safety Stars are level I security gun holsters designed for police and security professionals. Constructed of rigid molded ballistic nylon with a polymer core. Also includes a thumb break and rotating hood. {$125}


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DeSantis Rangemaster

 Designed primarily as range or competition gun holster and available in either leather or Kydex. Comes with slotted belt hanger (2.25 inches on Kydex model, 2.5 inches on leather holster). Both models come with adjustable tension device. {$70}

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Galco Corvus

 Kydex belt gun holster that can be converted to IWB. Open-top design with adjustable cant and ride height. Includes 1.5- and 1.75-inch belt slots as well as straps for IWB carry conversion. {$80}

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Hogue Carry

Hogue Carry gun holsters have polymer construction with Automatic Retention System and draw-angle-adjustable paddle and belt plate. Available in black or carbon-fiber weave. {$50}

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Hogue Duty

Polymer construction. Includes Stage Two Auto Retention System as well as a rotating hood. Available in black or carbon-fiber weave. {$100}

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Hogue J-Frame Carry

Designed to fit S&W J-frame revolvers. Constructed of heavy-duty polymer with carbon-fiber weave exterior. Utilizes Hogue ARS retention system. Available in right- or left-hand versions. {$50}


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Safariland 537 GLS

Open-top belt-slide holster with Grip Lock System that releases with contact from middle finger of shooting hand. Offers tension adjustment and flexible pancake design that conforms to shooter's body. Fits 1.5-inch belts. Available in plain black. {$56}

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Safariland 547 PRD

 The Safariland 547 PRD holster features polymer construction and an open-top design. Incorporates Pinch Retention Device that pinches both sides of the trigger guard and releases when gun is drawn. Fits 1.5-inch belts. Available in a variety of finishes. {$37}

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Safariland 578 GLS Pro-Fit

 SafariSeven lightweight nylon blend construction accommodates multiple gun models with a single holster. GLS middle finger release system. Comes with injection-molded paddle and adjustable belt loop that allows for a variety of carry options. Available in black or flat dark earth. {$55}

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Wilson Combat Edge

 Molded thermoplastic pancake holster construction with smooth interior and external sharkskin pattern. Friction-fit Level 1 retention system with adjustable tension screw and FBI cant. Fits full-size 1911s with or without light rail. {$70}

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Wilson Combat Pancake Pro

 Kydex leather thermolaminate construction with suede lining. Pancake design with sight track and body shield to prevent rubbing. User adjustable for cant and draw tension. Fits full-size 1911s. {$75}

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Wilson Combat Low Profile II

 Leather construction pancake holster with slight forward cant. Reinforcement band on top allows for easy holstering. Custom safety guard protects thumb safety and clothing. Fits full-size 1911s with or without rail. {$130}

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Wright Leather Works Predator

 Premium leather construction with open-top pancake design and stiffening strap to keep mount of holster open for holstering. 1.75-inch belt slots are cut so holster rides at a 15-degree forward cant. Custom cut body shield is gun-specific. {$88}

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