What are the best concealed carry revolver holsters? Simple: a holster that allows rapid access to the gun, provides excellent concealment, and retains the gun during any sort of physical activity. Today we’re looking at three different brands that all produce phenomenal holsters.
The idea that there is a best concealed carry revolver holster is requires us to accept that some people still carry revolvers for personal protection. While the most popular revolvers for concealed carry are definitely the Smith & Wesson J-frame and Ruger LCR, there are also still some people carrying medium framed revolvers like the Ruger GP100 or the Modern Fighting Revolver. Let’s look at two options for small guns first.
In my opinion, the best concealed carry revolver holster for J-frames or the Ruger LCR is the Dark Star Gear Apollo. The Apollo is lightweight, conceals easily, and comes standard with a DCC clip, so it can be used in sweatpants. Since these guns are really light, it’s the first holster that I’ve been able to use with running shorts or for beltless carry. It’s basically the perfect “I need to walk the dog” or “pop across the street to the shops” holster. I also like the Phlster City Special, which has a unique feature that aids with one handed reloading. The only reason I don’t recommend it over the Apollo is the City Special isn’t available for 3 inch guns.
Moving on to medium frame revolvers, I have found that one company is making the best concealed carry revolver holsters for bigger wheel guns. In August I drove from Miami to Sioux Falls, SD; then to Minneapolis, from there to Greenville, SC, and finally back to Miami. It was over 4,000 miles round trip, and I did it all with a 10mm Ruger GP100 Wiley Clapp carried AIWB in a JM Custom Kydex holster. I have never gotten a freebie from JM Custom, but I like their revolver holsters so much that when I was time to custom craft a holster for the modern fighting revolver, they were my first call. The final product for the MFR holster is an AIWB Wing Claw 2.0 with paired spring steel clips. The gun and holster together are a bit of a crew served option, JMCK makes it work.
The truth is that some holsters are better than others, and when you’re looking for the best concealed carry revolver holster, you can’t afford to compromise. That’s why I recommend Dark Star Gear or Phlster for small guns, and JM Custom Kydex for medium framed guns. They’re not cheap, but they’re awesome.