Best Glock 43X Holsters – 2024 Long Term Test and Tips

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Over the past eight years, we have tested over 30 different holsters to find the best Glock 43X holsters. Our favorites include the versatile KSG Armory Lexington appendix holster and the full Kydex Harry’s Holsters Shorty IWB holster.

I have carried the Glock 43 concealed since it was released and tried many different holsters. I also used these holsters for dry fire practice and live fire drills at the range. This experience helped me find my favorites, and our team collaborated to find what works best for them in different situations.

Best Glock 43X Holster
Jason showing some of the Glock 43 and 43X holsters he uses
Some of our Favorite Glock 43 and 43X Holsters

We have over 25 years of experience with concealed carry, competitive shooting, and military experience. We also have range safety officer experience and have taken hours of in-person classes using our concealed carry holsters.

I am pretty confident we have found the best holsters for the Glock 43 and 43X.

Keep reading to find our tips on carrying the G43, and be sure to read our full concealed carry guide!

Table of Contents

Comparison of our Favorite Glock 43X Holsters

BEST OVERALL
KSG Armory Lexington

KSG Armory Lexington

IWB

Full Kydex

Fits all G43 Models

MSRP: $80.00

BEST KYDEX IWB
Harry's Holsters Shorty

Harry’s Holsters Shorty

IWB

Full Kydex

Fits all G43 Models

MSRP: $95.36

BEST APPENDIX
CYA Supply Path Holster

CYA Supply Path Holster

IWB

Full Kydex

Fits all G43 Models

MSRP: $74.74

MOST COMFORTABLE
Hidden Hybrid Holsters Single Clip

Hidden Hybrid Holsters Single Clip

IWB

Hybrid Design

Fits all G43 Models

MSRP: $89.95

BEST BUDGET OPTION
CYA Supply Base Holster

CYA Supply Base Holster

IWB

Kydex

Fits all G43 Models

MSRP: $39.74

BEST AIWB WITH SIDE CAR
Tier One Concealed Axis Elite

Tier One Concealed Axis Elite

Kydex Appendix

Mag Carrier Side Car

Fits all G43 Models

MSRP: $135.99


The Best Glock 43, 43X, and 43X MOS Holsters

The size of the Glock 43 and 43X is perfect for IWB and Appendix carry. However, we will include OWB holsters later in the review if you prefer those.

KSG Armory Lexington Holster – Best Overall Glock 43/43X Holster

KSG Armory Lexington Holster
  • Type: Appendix
  • Material: Kydex
  • Glock Models: 43, 43X, 43X MOS
  • Return Policy: 60 Days
  • Warranty Policy: Lifetime
  • MSRP: $80.00

The KSG Armory Lexington appendix holster is one of the best options for the Glock 43 and 43X we have used.

What sets them apart from other holsters is the number of options available.

Jason showing the KSG Armory Lexington Holsters options
The Lexington Holster can be customized with many options

In addition to multiple colors, there are seven different belt clips to choose from. I prefer the DCC Monoblock for smaller handguns like the G43. I find it is easier to put on than the others. When I want maximum stability, I go for the dual DCC clips.

The holes in the holster allow me to adjust the ride height and the cant angle. I first set the clip so the grip of my Glock 43 was exposed enough for me to get a proper grip. I then did some dry fire drawing drills before deciding on the best position. Vibratite is included with the holster, and I applied it after I decided where I wanted it.

Jason showing the KSG Armory Lexington Holster with the Glock 43X
My KSG Lexington Holster with a DCC Monoblock and RCS VG claw

There are three concealment claws to choose from, whereas most other holsters only have one. I typically go with the Modwing because it comes with two different height options that I can change out.

The most unique option is the holster length. Instead of stopping the holster at the end of the barrel, this option extends it. For short-barrel handguns like the G43, this longer length gives more stability, especially for taller people. One would think that shorter is more comfortable, but I found this to not be the case.

If you think of a boat’s keel, the longer the keel, the less the boat will tip in heavy wind. The same principle applies here. The more holster I have below my beltline, the less pressure there is against my abdomen. Very short holsters can create a hot spot right at the end of the holster, and my handgun tends to tip away from my body.

I extended my G43 holster by one inch and prefer it over shorter holsters.

Jason wearing the KSG Armory Lexington Holster with a G43
Jason wearing the KSG Armory Lexington Holster

I was also able to select the height of the sweat guard and whether I wanted an ambidextrous holster. I went with the higher sweat guard and dedicated right-hand draw.

I have worn this holster with and without an undershirt and had no issues with comfort. The rounded edges really help eliminate pressure points.

These holsters are custom-made and have a considerable lead time of 70 to 90 days. I got mine in only 30 days, but depending on their backlog, you may get yours quicker. They also do not support a weapon-mounted light (WML).

Recommended for:

The KSG Armory Lexington appendix holster is for anyone looking for an appendix holster for their Glock 43 or 43X. With so many options, a good price, and the extended length, it is hard to beat.

PROS

Many Options

Extended Length

Clip Adjustability

Price

CONS

Lead Time

WML not Available


Harry’s Holsters Shorty – Best Glock 43/43X Kydex IWB Holster

Harry's Holsters Shorty
  • Type: IWB
  • Material: Kydex
  • Glock Models: 43, 43X, 43X MOS
  • Return Policy: 30 Days
  • Warranty Policy: Lifetime
  • MSRP: $95.36

The Harry’s Holsters Shorty IWB Holster is one of the best Kydex IWB holsters we have used with he Glock 43.

It works well not only in the appendix position but also in the 3 o’clock and 5 o’clock carry positions.

What sets this holster apart from the others is its rounded design. It resembles a sleek modern car compared to the squared-off cars of the 1980s. All sides are rounded without the typical hard edges that other holsters have.

Jason showing his Harry's Holsters shorty holster with the Glock 43X
My Harry’s Holsters Shorty holster with my Glock 43

The rounded design makes this holster comfortable since no edges are rubbing against my body.

Another unique feature is the built-in concealment wing. Other holsters have a claw-type attachment to help push the handgun’s grip closer to my body. This holster has a raised area along the trigger guard that acts similarly to traditional claws.

Usually, with concealment claws, I have a hard time putting them on since they catch the top of my belt while I am holding the clips open. This holster has a gradual slope that doesn’t catch, so putting it on is much easier.

The clip is a DCC Monoblock, which is always secure and the clip I prefer. The adjustment of the clip is unique since it has slots and square nuts that slide in the slots. This design allows me to change the height and angle of the holster into whatever position I want. Other holsters typically have a set number of holes I can use, with no adjustment between possible. I find this design much more accommodating.

Jason wearing Harrys holsters shorty with a G43
Jason wearing the Harry’s Holsters Shorty Holster

This adjustment also allows me to set it up better than others for the 5 o’clock position, something most other appendix-type holsters don’t do well.

I also noticed that the length of this holster is a little longer than the barrel, which helps with comfort. As I have worn this holster while driving and out in public, I never experienced the sharp pains that sometimes happen with my other holsters.

Recommended for:

The Harry’s Holsters Shorty IWB Holster is for anyone looking for a comfortable Kydex holster that will work in multiple IWB positions.

PROS

Rounded Design

All IWB Positions

Clip Adjustability

Extended Length

CONS

Price

WML not Available


CYA Supply Path Holster – Best Glock 43/43X Appendix Holster

CYA Supply Path Holster
  • Type: IWB
  • Material: Kydex
  • Glock Models: 43, 43X, 43X MOS
  • Return Policy: 30 Days
  • Warranty Policy: Lifetime
  • MSRP: $74.74

CYA Supply has three levels of holsters: the Base, Ridge, and Path.

Jason showing the three holster options from CYA Supply, the Base, Ridge and Path holsters
The three options from CYA Supply: Path, Ridge, and Base (left to right)

The Base is the lowest cost and has fewer features (more on it later). The Path holster is their newest holster that includes the most features.

Jason showing two of his CYA Path holsters
Two of my CYA Supply Path Holsters

I have tried all three on various handguns and like the Path design for the Glock 43 and 43X.

The first thing that I noticed was how low-profile this holster is. It is just not possible to make it any thinner. This is a big plus for appendix carry since “less in the pants” is more comfortable.

The clip is a DCC Monoblock, which is adjustable for both ride height and cant angle.

Jason showing the CYA Supply Path Holster with the Glock 43X
My CYA Supply Path holster with my Glock 43

It also has a unique and proprietary concealment claw. It is similar to the Modwing (the Ridge holster has the Modwing), but the lower part of the claw is tapered to make it easier to put on my belt. This eliminates some frustration that I have with other concealment claws. It is also adjustable up and down.

This holster also comes with optics ready for the 43X MOS, so adding a red dot later is no issue.

The Ridge holster is very similar. Although it does not have as much adjustability or the new claw design, the price is attractive (see our Best P365 Holster review for the Ridge holster).

Jason wearing the CYA Supply Path Holster with a G43
Jason wearing the CYA Supply Path Holster

I have worn this holster probably more than most others and like it a lot. It is the shortest holster I have used and stops at the barrel. This makes it easier to use with lower-rise pants, but depending on what I wear, it can become harder to conceal. The top of my gun can tilt away from my body a bit.

I have found that lead time is excellent with CYA Supply, and I usually receive my holsters in a few days.

Recommended for:

The CYA Supply Path holster is for anyone looking for an appendix holster for the Glock 43/43X. The low-profile design makes it less intrusive than the others.

PROS

Fully Adjustable

Concealment Claw

Low Profile

Fast Lead Time

CONS

Holster Length

WML not Available


Hidden Hybrid Holsters Single Clip – Most Comfortable Glock 43/43X Holster

Hidden Hybrid Holsters Single Clip
  • Type: Appendix
  • Material: Hybrid – Leather and Kydex
  • Glock Models: 43, 43X, 43X MOS
  • Return Policy: 30 Days
  • Warranty Policy: Lifetime
  • MSRP: $89.95

The Hidden Hybrid Holsters Single Clip holster is one of the most comfortable Glock 43/43X holsters we have used.

We have used this holster for many of our concealed carry guns and found it is very comfortable. It is no different for the G43.

Jason showing the Hidden Hybrid Holsters single clip holster with the Glock 43
My Hidden Hybrid Single Clip Holster with my Glock 43

It is a hybrid design with a Kydex shell attached to a leather backing. But it isn’t just any old leather. It is Amish-made leather with a suede-like backing that rests against my skin. The edges are smooth and rounded and do not irritate whatsoever. This makes it much more comfortable than just Kydex against my skin.

The overall size of this holster is larger than most Kydex holsters, but that is not a bad thing. This helps to distribute the pressure that my belt puts on the holster. If you have some belly fat or are a bigger person, this is a big plus and will make carrying this holster much more comfortable. However, this could make it harder to conceal for small-waisted people.

Jason wearing the Hidden Hybrid Holster Single Clip with the G43
Jason wearing the Hidden Hybrid Single Clip Holster

When I ordered my holster, I added the optional concealment claw. While it is not as noticeable with the Glock 43, it does help conceal the longer grip on the Glock 43X.

For the Glock 43X MOS, I like that I can select the type of optic I have when ordering. Hidden Hybrid builds in what they call a “dog-house” for the red dot to protect it (see the pic below). I have not seen any other holster with this before. (I understand that they are planning an optics-cut option.)

Jason showing a Hidden Hybrid Holsters single clip with optics dog house
Note the Dog House over my Red Dot

The plastic clip is adjustable for cant angle, but it only has two ride height options. I think the ride height is perfect where it is, and I did not need to adjust mine.

When I wear dress clothes and need to tuck in my shirt, this is the holster I use. I like that I can tuck my shirt in around the clip, which isn’t possible with most other appendix holsters. (See our Best Concealed Carry Belt guide for the dress belt I prefer.)

They also support the Streamlight TLR6, so if you have a WML, this is a good option.

Recommended for:

The Hidden Hybrid Holsters Single Clip holster is for anyone who has struggled to find a comfortable appendix holster. This one is the most comfortable by far.

PROS

Comfortable

Hybrid Design

Tuckable Clip

WML Option

CONS

Width of Holster


CYA Supply Base Holster – Best Budget Glock 43/43X Holster

CYA Supply Base Holster
  • Type: IWB
  • Material: Kydex
  • Glock Models: 43, 43X, 43X MOS
  • Return Policy: 30 Days
  • Warranty Policy: Lifetime
  • MSRP: $39.74

The CYA Supply Base Holster is the best budget Glock 43/43X holster we have used.

If your budget is tight, you can pick up this holster for less than $40.

It is made from sturdy Kydex, just like more expensive holsters, not nylon or some other flimsy cheap plastic. It fully guards the trigger and has excellent retention.

Jason showing the CYA Supply Base Holster with the Glock 43X
My CYA Supply Base Holster with the G43

It has a low-profile design similar to the other CYA Holster models and rounded edges around the areas that touch my body. I find it comfortable to wear while driving, sitting, and bending over.

The clip is plastic, but the holster is compatible with the DCC Monoblock clip (which CYA sells at a discount). The clip does not have any adjustment, but I found it to work well for me in the appendix position, as well as at 3 o’clock and 5 o’clock.

However, I find that it allows the holster to rock back and forth. If it shifts towards the grip of my G43, drawing is a little more difficult because there isn’t room for my fingers between my belt and the grip. Upgrading to the DCC clip helps to hold it in position better.

Jason wearing the CYA supply Base Holster with a G43
Jason wearing the CYA Supply Base Holster

This holster has adjustable retention and a full sweat guard, which cheaper holsters usually lack. It does not have a concealment claw. If you have a smaller waist and carry a G43X, it may print some, depending on your position. I have a 34” waist and do not have a problem.

Recommended for:

The CYA Supply Base Holster is for anyone looking for a lower-cost Glock 43/43X holster that is safe to use in the appendix position.

PROS

Affordable

Good Retention

Rounded Edges

Low-Profile

CONS

Limited Adjustment

Plastic Clip (Upgradeable)


Tier One Concealed Axis Elite – Best Glock 43/43X Appendix Holster with Mag Carrier Side Car

Tier One Concealed Axis Elite
  • Type: IWB
  • Material: Kydex
  • Glock Models: 43, 43X, 43X MOS
  • Return Policy: Returns Not Accepted
  • Warranty Policy: Limited Lifetime
  • MSRP: $135.99

The Tier One Concealed Axis Elite is our top-pick appendix holster with a Mag Carrier Side Car.

Having a spare magazine at the ready is important, especially for lower-capacity handguns like the G43.

Jason showing the Tier One Axis Elite Holster
My Tier One Axis Elite Holster

This holster is made from Kydex and has adjustable retention on both my handgun and magazine. It is essentially two holsters connected in the center with a shock cord. This design allows the two halves to flex like a hinge, allowing it to fit my body and move with me. This is important since everyone is different, and a rigid holster would not work for everyone.

This holster is designed to be very concealable. It includes a fully adjustable concealment claw. I can adjust it up and down, as well as the thickness.

Jason showing the concealment claw on the Tier One Axis Elite
Notice the adjustability of the concealment claw

The clips are also adjustable. I can set the ride height and angle where I want it. Since this holster is fairly large, this adjustability is important.

The clips are plastic, and the design makes them easy to take on and off. Since they are on opposite ends of the holster, it makes it very stable and stays where I put it.

Jason showing the Tier One Axis Elite Side Car clips and paracord
The belt clips are adjustable. Notice the paracord holding the two sides together.

But is it comfortable? The back is rounded, so there are no edges to create pressure points on my stomach. However, the bottom of the holster does have an edge where the two halves come together. As long as I keep my pants pulled up, it is not an issue. Tighter or lower-rise pants do not work so well with this holster.

Blake has also been using this holster with his carry gun. He has a very small waist and has no issues carrying this holster.

Blake Wearing the Tier One Axis Elite
Blake Wearing the Tier one Axis Elite

Tier One also supports the TLR6 WML with this holster, so this is a plus if you want a light on your G43.

I also ordered the optional comfort wedges with my holster. These foam wedges help keep a short-barrel gun like the G43 from tipping away from my body over my belt. This does help the comfort level if you are taller like me.

This holster is the most expensive on our list, but remember that you are getting a mag carrier with it. These can cost between $30-$50, so in the end, it is about the same price as the others.

Recommended for:

The Tier One Concealed Axis Elite is for anyone who wants an appendix holster with a built-in magazine sidecar.

PROS

Magazine Side Car

Adjustability

Flexible Design

Good Concealment

CONS

Return Policy

Lower Edge


1791 Gunleather BHC OWB Leather Holster – Best Glock 43/43X Leather OWB Holster

1791 Gunleather BHC OWB Leather Holster

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  • Type: OWB
  • Material: Leather
  • Glock Models: 43, 43X, 43X MOS
  • Return Policy: 30 Day
  • Warranty Policy: Lifetime
  • MSRP: $56.99

If you are looking for a traditional leather OWB holster for the Glock 43 and 43X, the 1791 Gunleather BHC OWB leather holster is my favorite.

The quality of the leather immediately stands out to me. It is American steer hide that smells just like a tack shop. I love the smell of leather, and this holster seems like it should be much more expensive than it is (plus, you get a discount with our code!)

Jason showing the 1791 Gunleather OWB Holster with the Glock 43X
The 1791 Gunleather OWB Holster with my Glock 43

I usually worry about retention with leather holsters. My G43 was noticeably tight when I first got this holster. I followed the break-in procedure by putting my gun in a plastic bag and leaving it in the holster for a few days. It is now molded to my gun, and the retention is perfect.

This holster is easy to conceal under an unbuttoned long-sleeve shirt. Since the belt loops are on the sides of the holster, it stays tight against my body with minimal movement. The loops are pre-formed in a curve, so they sit nicely on my hip.

Since this holster has loops, there is no real ride height or angle adjustment. The grip of my G43 does sit a little bit more forward than I prefer. I can still draw it quickly. It just takes a little practice and getting used to the location.

Jason wearing the 1791 Gunleather OWB holster with the G43
Jason wearing the 1791 Gunleather OWB Holster

I noticed that there was a small gap between the back of my trigger guard and the top of the leather. At first, it seems concerning, but the gap is behind the trigger. This is one drawback of leather over Kydex. If it was thicker here, I would not be able to get a good grip when drawing. The trigger is not exposed, but it would make me feel better if the gap was smaller.

Since the leather is flexible, it is comfortable to wear, and the pressure from my belt does not cause any pain like some other rigid OWB holsters I have tried. At the same time, it is reinforced at the top of the holster, so it retains its shape, making holstering easy.

Recommended for:

The 1791 Gunleather BHC OWB leather holster is for anyone looking for a leather OWB holster for the Glock 43/43X.

PROS

Molded Design

Flexible Belt Loops

Quality Leather

Good Retention

CONS

Not Adjustable

Trigger Coverage ?


Falco Compact Hybrid IWB Holster – Best Glock 43/43X IWB Hybrid Holster

Falco Compact Hybrid IWB Holster
  • Type: IWB
  • Material: Leather and Kydex
  • Glock Models: 43, 43X, 43X MOS
  • Return Policy: 30 Day
  • Warranty Policy: Lifetime
  • MSRP: $109.95

The Falco Compact Hybrid IWB holster is one of the best hybrid holsters we have used for the Glock 43/43X.

Jason's Falco Compact Hybrid IWB Holster with a Glock 43
The Falco Compact IWB holster and my Glock 43

What’s unique about this holster is that you can customize it. I found I could pick the leather color, the color of the edges, and the stitching color. I can also have Falco engrave images or initials on the front or back. There is even a fancy gift box option.

The back of this holster is made from Italian leather. The quality is amazing and has been treated to resist moisture and sweat.

Jason wearing the Falco Compact Hybrid IWB Holster with a Glock 43
Wearing this holster with my Glock 43

Instead of being flat like most other hybrid holsters, this one is curved. It works great in the 3 o’clock position.

It has an optional concealment claw (the Modwing like KSG Armory holster and CYA Drift) and is also adjustable. I can also just take it off if I prefer.

The top part of the holster is reinforced with leather to help it maintain its shape. I have not had any issues with it drooping over time, which is what I expect leather to do. I have drawn and holstered hundreds of times at the range and while dry firing.

The Falco Compact Hybrid IWB Holster with a Glock 43 - side view
The claw can be customized to your carry position.

The plastic clip is not my favorite, and it is not adjustable either. At this price point, it really needs a better clip.

Overall, this is a fancy holster at a fancy price. Falco also makes a matching mag carrier that you can find in our best mag carrier review guide.

Recommended for:

The Falco Compact Hybrid IWB holster is for anyone looking for a great-looking Glock 43/43X holster to carry in the 3 o’clock IWB position.

PROS

Customization

Italian Leather

Hybrid Design

Curved for Comfort

CONS

Not Adjustable

Price


Other OWB options for the Glock 43/43X

If you are looking for a good OWB option for the G43, take a look at Stealth Gear and our review on the Best OWB Holsters for concealed carry. Stealth Gear has a hybrid OWB holster that I mainly use for larger handguns, but it will work equally well for the G43.

Jason wearing the Stealth Gear OWB holster
Jason wearing the Stealth Gear OWB holster

Tips for Choosing the Best Glock 43 and 43X Holster

We consider the Glock 43X MOS to be one of the best concealed carry guns today. I purchased the original Glock 43 when it was released in 2015. I remember how it was one of the first compact handguns available for concealed carry.

It has been popular since it is well-suited for appendix carry. Over the past nine years, I have tried many different holsters and have a huge box of them. Some got it right, and some did not.

While I mainly focused on IWB and appendix carry in this review, other options like belly bands exist. See our Best Concealed Carry Holsters guide for some more options.

If you are unsure how you want to carry your G43, be sure to check out our best concealed carry positions guide and our tips on how to the choose the best concealed carry holster.

Glock 43 Holster features to Focus On

There are a few features to look for when choosing your holster:

  • The holster should fully guard the trigger.
  • The holster should retain the gun securely.
  • The holster should be comfortable.
  • The holster should allow a full grip on the handgun when drawing it.
  • The holster should be adjustable.
  • The holster should not collapse after drawing the handgun.
  • The holster should be concealable.
  • The holster should be Kydex, Leather, or a Hybrid design.
Jason showing a holster with the Glock 43X that fully guards the trigger
A fully guarded trigger is a must

Comfort is an important aspect of concealed carry and one of the hardest ones to evaluate without trying it yourself. We have tried all of these and would not recommend them if they were not comfortable to wear. Most of the holsters we have recommended also have an excellent return policy, so if you find one that is not for you, it is easy to return it.

Since the G43 is well suited for appendix carry, there are a few tips to keep in mind if this is your chosen carry position. Even the best holster will be uncomfortable if you do not use it correctly. Also, see our guide on the best appendix holster for more tips.

  • Your pants should be slightly large around the waist to accommodate an IWB holster.
  • Wear a sturdy gun belt.
  • Pull your pants up! Make sure your waistband is in the proper position just below your belly button. This will provide enough room for an appendix holster. The design of your pants or a lot of belly fat may make this difficult.
  • Individuals with a lot of belly fat may find the 3 O’clock IWB and OWB position more comfortable and more concealable.
  • When carrying the Glock 43 in the appendix position, I find that I may need to push the top of the holster away from my stomach when bending over.
  • I find that while driving and wearing the Glock 43 in the appendix position, my seat belt goes directly across the holster. I prefer to not wear it like this while driving in case of an accident.

The Best Glock 43X Holster For You

Based on our experience, all of the holsters above have worked well for us. I do like to change them up sometimes, depending on what I am wearing or what I plan to do while carrying my G43.

Overall, I find that the G43 works best for concealed carry in the appendix position. Its size and weight are ideal. But having a few other options is always a plus.

The flexibility of the KSG Armory Lexington appendix holster is hard to beat, while the Harry’s Holsters Shorty works well in all IWB positions.

If you would like quick access to a second magazine, the Tier One Concealed Axis Elite is the best choice.

On a budget? Go for the CYA Supply Base holster.

Keep in mind that the ideal holster really depends on your body shape. We have found what works for one of us doesn’t always work for someone else on the team. It could take a little bit of trial and error with your clothing, holster adjustment, and lifestyle. Don’t expect a holster to be perfect right out of the box.

Don’t forget that a good belt is just as important as your holster. Check out our best concealed carry belt guide for the best ones we have found.

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Jason has an engineering and problem solving background. He is an avid outdoorsman, survivalist, and competitive shooter. He enjoys researching the best and most practical solutions for the problem at hand, studying stoicism, and finding innovative ways to be prepared.