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What is the Best Glock 17 Holster? Features, Styles to Look For

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What is the Best Glock 17 Holster? Features, Styles to Look For

The Glock 17 is a popular and capable full-size duty pistol that makes an excellent choice for everyday carry. When selecting a holster for this highly functional firearm, you'll want an option that complements the Glock 17's thoughtful design and performance.

The best Glock 17 holster should be as durable and user-friendly as the gun itself. Because of its larger size, you’ll want to look for a lightweight, ergonomic holster with adjustable features to help you find that “sweet spot” of comfort and concealment.

Before diving into the various holster styles and components, it's important to first understand the core design of the Glock 17 itself. With this foundational knowledge, you can make the most informed decision to find the ideal holster for your specific carry needs.

About the Glock 17

The Glock 17 is a full-size semi-automatic pistol that has become a leading choice for military, law enforcement, and civilian users alike. It is chambered in 9mm and comes equipped with a double-stack magazine holding an impressive 17 rounds straight from the factory. If 17 just isn’t enough, aftermarket extended magazines are available that can boost capacity up to a whopping 33 rounds.

Despite its full-size dimensions, the Glock 17 is surprisingly lightweight at just 24.87 ounces unloaded thanks to its tough polymer construction. This makes it a highly portable option suited for all-day carry. The G17 also incorporates Glock's renowned Safe Action® trigger system, which consists of three independent mechanical safeties that disengage as the trigger is pulled and re-engage as it is released.

Measuring 8.03 inches long and 1 inch wide, the Glock 17 is a sizable full-grip pistol that still maintains a slim profile for easy concealment. Its combination of high capacity, simple operation, and durable polymer frame has solidified it as a top choice for personal defense, duty use, competition, and more. Visit Glock's website to learn more about the G17.

Glock 17 Specs

Caliber

9mm

Frame

Full-size

Height

5.47"

Length

8.03"

Barrel Length

4.49"

Width

1"

Weight

22.05 oz

Capacity

17

MSRP

$799

What to Look for in a Glock 17 Concealed Carry Holster

Now that you have a better understanding of how the Glock 17 is designed and what its primary uses are, it’s time to select a holster that complements this workhorse duty pistol.

Holster Type

When selecting a holster for a Glock 17, the first factor to consider is the carry position you plan to use. The Glock 17’s full-size frame makes it a common option for outside the waistband carry in the 3-4 o’clock positions, though plenty of people carry this gun IWB as well.

The carry position you choose will directly dictate the type of holster that will work best. Some holster models are engineered specifically for particular carry locations, like our RapidTuck®, which is specifically designed to be worn in the 3–5 o’clock positions. In contrast, an all-purpose option such as the Vedder Holsters LightTuck® can adapt to multiple positions.

Identifying your preferred carry location upfront allows you to quickly narrow down holster choices that are truly compatible with your needs. From there, you can dive into details like materials and customization. If you're unsure which position suits you best, check out our comprehensive " Concealed Carry Positions: Ultimate Guide" for helpful tips.

Material

When it comes to holster materials, there are three primary options: leather, Kydex, and nylon. While nylon holsters are commonly available, they are generally not recommended for concealed carry as they lack the durability of other materials and don't retain their shape when the firearm is drawn, making reholstering more difficult and potentially unsafe.

Leather holsters are a popular concealed carry choice known for their comfort and longevity. The potential downside is that leather can become sticky in humid conditions or when exposed to moisture and sweat. While durable, leather may not offer the same lifespan as Kydex.

A Vedder Holster LightTuck Kydex IWB Holster on top of a Glock 17 laying on top of Kydex sheets

Kydex is the leading holster material on the market today thanks to its unmatched durability, concealability, and adjustability. Kydex holsters are heat-molded to precisely fit the dimensions of the Glock 17, creating a secure and snug carry. Despite being constructed from thermoplastic, Kydex holsters are also remarkably comfortable.

For those seeking the best of both worlds, hybrid holsters combine the durability and security of a Kydex shell with the comfort of a leather backing. This fusion offers outstanding durability along with an ergonomic, cushioned carry.

To explore the full range of benefits each material provides, check out our complete selection of Kydex and hybrid holsters tailored for the Glock 17.

Adjustability

If you plan to use the Glock 17 as an everyday pistol, an adjustable holster is a must-have. One highly beneficial feature is adjustable retention, which allows you to customize how tightly the firearm fits in the holster, customizing for both personal preference and safety.

Adjustable cant is another function that allows you to tilt your gun either forward or backward until you find your "sweet spot" of concealment, comfort, and quick access. At Vedder Holsters, we offer holsters with up to 30 degrees forward and reverse cant, which is twice as much as most holsters on the market.

Finally, adjustable ride height lets you position the holster system higher or lower on your waistline for either enhanced deep concealment or a higher riding and more easily accessible firearm. With the ability to finely tune the ride height to your exact preferences, you can optimize concealed carry of the Glock 17.

Customization

Every firearm owner has their own unique needs, preferences, and accessories when it comes to their carry setup. With so many aftermarket modifications available for the Glock 17, it's essential to find a holster that can accommodate your configuration.

Vedder holsters are handcrafted to order, allowing for extensive customization tailored to your specific Glock 17. We offer dozens of Kydex color options to choose from, ensuring your holster matches your personal style. Our holsters also feature full sight channels and can be precisely cut to accommodate a wide range of accessories like lights, lasers, and optics.

Our holsters can also be ordered in right- or left-hand orientations. Optional components like different belt clip sizes, claw attachments, sweat shields, and combat cuts are also available to further personalize your carry rig.

If you have a unique Glock 17 with aftermarket modifications not listed on our website, simply reach out to us with the details, and our team will try to craft a custom holster that perfectly fits your needs.

Design

Beyond style, color, and adjustable features, a holster's design incorporates crucial safety elements that should not be overlooked when carrying the Glock 17, or any gun for that matter.

The most vital design aspect is a precise fit. With Kydex holsters, the pistol should "click" firmly into place with no wiggle room once holstered. This snug fit prevents the firearm from jostling loose or falling out, ensuring safe carry. A proper fit can also reduce wear on the gun over time.

Equally important are sturdy clips and a completely covered trigger guard. Secure, durable clips keep the holster firmly anchored to your belt without sliding or dislodging during daily wear. As for the trigger guard, it should completely enclose the Glock 17's trigger with no gaps or "daylight" visible. An exposed trigger creates the dangerous potential for foreign objects to enter the holster and depress the trigger unintentionally.

All Vedder holsters for the Glock 17 are meticulously crafted with fully covered trigger guards, eliminating this safety risk entirely. Our holsters achieve an ultra-precise fit molded specifically to the Glock 17's dimensions for a "locked-in" secure carry every time.

Comfort

If you plan to conceal carry the G17, finding a holster that provides maximum comfort is essential. For the most comfortable carry option, hybrid holsters are an excellent choice. The hybrid holster’s leather backing molds to your body while also distributing the pistol's weight more evenly. If you prefer an all-Kydex holster design, styles with two points of contact can similarly help distribute weight for increased comfort.

No matter your preference, Vedder Holsters offers a range of hybrid, Kydex, IWB, and OWB designs tailored specifically for the Glock 17. With the right holster, even carrying this larger firearm on a daily basis can be a comfortable experience.

Man concealed carrying a Glock 17 on a Vedder Holster.

Concealment

When using the Glock 17 for everyday carry, you’ll want a holster with a low-profile, snag-free design that’s as thin as possible while still providing durability and protection.

In addition to the shell, a holster's clip plays a major role in its concealment ability. Many standard plastic clips cause printing and can snag on clothing. Opt instead for thin, minimalist steel clips that stay secure yet remain virtually invisible under garments, even lightweight shirts.

Vedder's patented Rock Solid Spring Steel Belt Clips feature a thin, streamlined design made from smooth spring steel to prevent printing and snagging. Accessories like pancake clips, holster claws, and concealment wedges can also aid in drawing the pistol's grip tighter against your body.

Best Glock 17 Holster Options

Now that you know the different features you should look for in a quality holster, let’s get down to what you’re really here for. Here are our recommendations for the best G17 holsters on the market.

Best IWB Holster for Glock 17

For an extremely versatile and highly adjustable Glock 17 IWB holster, the Vedder Holsters LightTuck® is an excellent overall choice. This Kydex model can be worn in any carry position and features fully adjustable retention, three levels of ride height adjustment, and an impressive 30 degrees of forward and reverse cant. Its lightweight, tuckable design and patented Rock Solid Spring Steel Belt Clip make it an exceptional all-around IWB option.

Glock 17 on one of Vedder Holsters best IWB Holsters the LightTuck®

If comfort is your top priority, consider a hybrid holster like the Vedder Holsters RapidTuck® or ComfortTuck® designed for the 3-5 o'clock carry position. Their premium cowhide or horsehide leather backings mold smoothly to your waistline for superior all-day comfort. The RapidTuck™ also offers adjustability for ride height and cant.

Another great Glock 17 hybrid holster is the Vedder ProTuck™, contouring naturally to your body with two points of contact in the 3-5 o'clock position. It combines comfort with fully adjustable retention.

For those wanting an all-in-one carry system, the Vedder SideTuck™ matches the LightTuck's™ concealability while integrating an adjustable Kydex mag carrier. This model includes two claw attachments and adjustable retention with two points of contact.

Best Glock 17 Holster: OWB

If you’re looking for a do-it-all OWB holster, the Vedder Holsters LightDraw® is an excellent choice for the Glock 17. Designed for functionality and comfort, it features adjustable retention and a double-sided, fully reinforced shell to enable easy one-handed reholstering.

Glock 17 on one of the best OWB Paddle Holsters the ProDraw® from Vedder Holsters

If you prefer a hybrid OWB holster, the Vedder Quick Draw is an ideal leather-backed option. It includes a premium leather backing with two integrated belt loops for a secure and comfortable carry. The Quick Draw provides easy accessibility in most OWB positions.

For those who favor a Glock 17 paddle holster style, the Vedder ProDraw® is a great adjustable OWB pick. In addition to adjustable retention, it offers 15 degrees of forward and reverse cant for a customized carry angle. Its lightweight build incorporates an OWB Paddle Clip making it easy to put on and take off without removing your belt.

Summary

Of all the duty pistols on the market today, the Glock 17 remains one of the best, and for good reason. Its durability, reliability, and user-friendliness make it a common choice for open and concealed carry.

To get the most out of your pistol, you’ll want to pair it with a quality holster. When looking for a Glock 17 holster, choose one that’s lightweight to balance the firearm’s larger size. You should also look for a durable, adjustable holster that will be comfortable for everyday carry.

If you’re looking for a new IWB, OWB, or pocket carry holster, visit our Holsters by Gun Model page for Kydex holsters that are custom-made for your weapon of choice.

Interested in items beyond holsters? Check out our Resources Page for links to recommended products like lights, lasers, first aid, maintenance, and more, and browse our selection of belts, apparel, and accessories at our website, vedderholsters.com.

To stay up-to-date on all the latest Vedder Holsters content and offerings, check out our blog and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And be sure to visit our sister company, GeoGrit, for all of your American-made minimalist wallet needs.

Mikayla Blair

After launching her career as an award-winning journalist in the American Southwest, Mikayla Blair joined the Vedder Holsters team as a content writer in 2021. She writes about all things guns, holsters, and concealed carry, and is especially passionate about women's self-defense.

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