About two months ago I was in the market for a new IWB holster. I did some research and decided to try out the Safariland Model 18. I have long been a fan of Safariland duty/tactical type holsters but I have never tried them for any kind of concealed platform. I figured it was worth the risk though because I know they make a quality product. I will also say that in the past I have only used leather IWB holsters, so this was a change of pace for me.
Sidearms I carry with it:
Glock 23 and Glock 22, both Gen 4
- Fully retains shape for easy re-holstering
- Has nice suede finish on the outside of the holster for IWB comfort
- Minimal sweat guard (“combat cut”) for an easy full grip draw
- High quality construction
- Perfect mold, so no break in period
- Belt loops are a little too short, about a 1/8th inch longer would be perfect
- No tension adjustment screw; this is not necessarily a Con as I would not add any more tension to it if I could, but some may like to have this option.
- Does not have an adjustable cant
I carry the holster on my strong side at the 3 o’clock position, which it works very well for. It can also be used for further back carry, say around the 4 o’clock position as well as appendix carry if you’re into that.
The particular holster I got specifies that it is for the Glock 19/23 (mid-size) but it works perfectly for my full size Glock 22, so the interoperability is great.
Overall this is a good IWB holster. If you in the market for a new holster and are looking to the kydex side of things, this is a good option to consider for the price.
The first photo with gun is the G23, the second photo with gun is the G22. The muzzle on the G23 remains slightly recessed where the muzzle on the G22 protrudes very slightly, however the front sight stays within the protection of the holster.
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Edited by Davis, 04 January 2014 - 12:01 PM.