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What holster for G17 concealed?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by newbie4help, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. newbie4help

    newbie4help Member

    Feb 11, 2008
    I live in a cold climate most of the year, so I think the bulge of a 17 wouldn't be noticeable. I realize they're harder to conceal than compacts/subcompacts but I don't have money for multiple guns and its main duty is a night-stand pistol.

    What holster is appropriate? I'm in the process of getting a CHL (it'll be months til I actually receive it but I'm thinking ahead and want to keep an eye out for a cheap deal). I'm open to anything - shoulder holsters (since I'd more than likely be able to wear coat), ankle holster (is that possible with a 17?) etc. I kind of like the idea of shoulder because it'd be easy to coneal with coat and I wouldn't worry about crossing my body with the muzzle.
  2. the naked prophet

    the naked prophet Participating Member

    Feb 20, 2006
    I carry a Glock 19 (one step smaller than the 17) but a friend of mine carries a 17.

    It's not that hard to conceal, especially if you're going to be wearing a coat.

    Shoulder holsters... are kind of a pain, especially with such a big gun. Horizontal positioning will make it print in the back, and vertical positioning will make it hard to draw.

    Your best bet is a simple belt holster - either inside (IWB) or outside the waistband (OWB). If you'll have a long coat, the OWB may offer more comfort if you have a good gun belt. If you don't have a good gun belt, the OWB won't be well supported, and will sag, being both uncomfortable and poorly concealed.

    An IWB holster can conceal a G17 under a reasonably-sized tshirt or long-sleeved shirt (I love flannel!).

    I'll point you to some of the holsters I make, but if you're saving up for your CCW, you probably can't afford an expensive custom leather holster right now. I started in the exact same place you are in now, and decided to make my own holsters.

    I would suggest something like this for a Glock 17. The widely spaced belt loops provide stability, and the reinforced mouth and sweat flap make it much easier to reholster. Under a winter coat, it should be easily hidden. Lots of folks carry a full size 1911 (about the same size as a G17, but slimmer) year round in one of these.
  3. blackcash88

    blackcash88 member

    Mar 30, 2008
    Anything but Crossbreed.
  4. Halo is for Kids

    Halo is for Kids Member

    Dec 17, 2006
    Lotsa places...
    I'll pass on my battered crossbreed to you. Pay shipping and it's yours, no bull.
    I took a boxcutter to it to make it fit a Glock 34 without snaging the mag safety. It was a good hold over until my order was filled at Milt Sparks.

    -no wait.
    -fairly comfortable.
    -fits almost all glocks.

    -this one is cut for my glock 34 safety, so no resale value:(.
    -those kydex clips are hell on a leather belt.
    -not comfortable to sit in for a long time. The versa max II has a cutout that allows it to flex when seated. This one has no flex.



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