The best OWB holsters for fall carry

kydex pancake holster

Fall is upon us! While for some people that means pumpkin spice flavored everything and putting leaves in the middle of your table, for us it means big guns carried OWB under jackets and hoodies. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best OWB holsters for fall concealed carry.

The Pumpkin Spice: Basic Kydex pancake

Pictured above is the basic bitch of fall OWB holsters: a kydex pancake. Originally popularized by the Raven Concealment Phantom, the recipe for this is just as basic as the people who love it. Take two sheets of kydex, form them to a gun’s shape, and rivet them together. Then on the backside add some kydex loops to wind your belt through, and you’re done. Just like a pumpkin spice latte it’s predictable, formulaic, and pretty much the same regardless of where you get it from. True statement: I own the holster pictured and have no idea who made it.

The Tasteful Fall Table Setting: JM Custom Kydex OWB 2

We get it, you love fall but you think you’re better than people who like pumpkin spice everything. That doesn’t stop you from being ALMOST as basic, but instead of expressing it through your coffee you get a bunch of leaves and things from outside (trash, you got trash) and create a custom table setting. But you can spice up your OWB holsters just like you did your table!

Does it look awesome? Yes it absolutely does. It’s not really more functional than the basic pumpkin spice. But, you feel cooler because it looks cooler. And it really does look cooler, because the guys at JM Custom Kydex will make a holster like this in a multitude of colors. Personally, I like red, which isn’t really a fall color. It’s more of a Christmas color, but you have options when you order from JM Custom. This holster has excellent retention while also being easy to conceal under a jacket or vest.

The perfect fall cocktail

Galco Combat Master

Nothing tops a nice cocktail in the fall, and my favorite cool weather cocktail is a timeless classic: the Manhattan. Similarly, the perfect fall weather OWB holsters are the Galco Combat Master lineup. Similar to the Combat Master, and also acceptable in this category are the DeSantis Speed Scabbard and the Milt Sparks 60TK. A holster like this says a lot of things. It says “I have class and taste,” and it also says “I’m probably carrying a 1911 or a revolver.” It also says you’re not using a red dot sight, because none of these holsters are compatible with dot equipped pistols. But who cares, right? If you’re rocking a classic piece of leather or a classic cocktail, no one is going to tell you that you have bad taste.

Hopefully everyone has a great fall and enjoys the freedom to carry bigger guns in more comfortable positions!

Caleb Giddings
Caleb Giddings is a scotch enthusiast with a writing problem, which is apparently common for writers. He also shoots some guns or something, and is a Master Class shooter in IDPA and NRA Action Pistol. You should definitely follow him on instagram