Although Glock 19 pistols have some issues, they are very practical. They are versatile enough to use between both tactical military and law enforcement as well as self defensive purposes. In most cases, though, it will be used for the latter. Sometimes, a regular holster at the hip just won’t cut it, so we’ve put together a review of the best Glock 19 shoulder holsters on the market, and we’ll pick our favorite for the end of the review.
For a lot of gunowners, picking a shoulder holster with well padded shoulders is often at the top of the priority list. However, the Glock 19 is a very comfortable weight and size, so it shouldn’t really add a lot of strain on your neck. We were able to select a range of holsters that have some shoulder padding or no padding at all. The more important factor for this review is how the minimal weight is distributed across the back, since there won’t be much pulling down on the shoulders.
Materials – This universal shoulder holster from UTG is very popular and well rated amongst all types of gunowners. It is made of mainly nylon as well as a mix of Velcro ad plastic buckle clips. There are multiple quick detachment points, including two at the gun holster, two at the double magazine pouch, and one behind the neck. The shoulder pads are made with a lined, quilted pattern, which evenly cover both shoulders. All nylon straps are fully adjustable for height. The belt straps are also made of nylon, and they close with Velcro straps. The nylon coverings for the gun holster close with a snap thumb break. Also included with this set is an additional gun holster, which can be attached in place of the magazine pouch for a double draw.
Performance – Despite being so low cost, UTG’s Glock 19 shoulder holster is very efficient. So many may have been sold because of the price tag, but the hundreds of positive reviews tell us it’s worth the risk. Out of all the holsters in this review, the shoulder pads on this one are the comfiest. The quilted pattern and wide surface area evenly distribute any weight. With that in mind, you’ll want to wear a heavy jacket to conceal the shoulder pads. UTG has “tactical” entirely in mind, since it has so many quick detach buckles. You could essentially remove the holster at any major point. There is a lot going on with this option, but it could really come in handy.
What we say – The UTG shoulder holster is the best choice for anyone who is highly concerned about aching shoulders and wants the most versatility with size adjustments.
- Quick detachment
- Well padded shoulders
- Shoulder pads hard to conceal
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Materials – Another universal option, the Under Control Tactical shoulder holster is made from padded nylon materials. It’s easy to clean, and it’s waterproof. While there are no quick detachment options, the nylon straps are fully adjustable for height along the torso. There are no belt loops, so you don’t have to worry about this shoulder holster not fitting. The lined gun holster closes with a buckle clips, which is easy to snap open for drawing. Simply tighten the straps to secure your Glock in place. A double magazine pouch sits on your non-dominant side. The shoulder pads are narrow, but thickly padded, for easy tension on the back of the neck. And adjustment slide sits behind the neck as well. Under Control Tactical offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee with their holster.
Performance – Under Control Tactical’s option for the Glock 19 is similar in style to UTG’s option, but it has significantly less going on with it. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; in fact, many will probably prefer the simplicity of this shoulder holster, since it’s almost as easy to conceal as an IWB holster. On the other hand, there are no belt loops, so it will be hard to retain your holster against your body. The padding on this shoulder holster, both at the waist and over the shoulders, is much thicker. This holster is very durable, but it might become a little uncomfortable after a long day.
What we say – This is the best shoulder holster for gunowners who want something that’s easy to conceal. There is very little to fuss with on this option.
- Easy to conceal
- Thickly padded
- Low cost
- No belt loops
Materials – Galco’s tan shoulder holster is made from premium center cut steer hide. It mimics the look of suspenders for a discrete but also classy appearance. The shoulder straps are connected with a four-corner attachment piece, which allows for adjustment and some retention behind the neck. The straps are adjustable; simply insert the belt buckle into the correct hole to change the length. The gun holster snaps shut and can be opened easily at the thumb break to draw your Glock 19. Included on the other side of the holster is a single magazine pouch. At the base is a loop for attaching additional items.
Performance – If you care at all about appearances, Galco’s Glock 19 shoulder holster is very swanky. You can feel like a 1920’s mob boss with this choice (just don’t let that go to your head)! We aren’t fans of it not being offered in black. The tan leather is likely to be very noticeable the second a strap flashes from under a coat. At the same time, the material is very high quality, so this is probably one of the most long lasting investments you could make on a shoulder holster. While there is no shoulder padding, The Glock 19 won’t add much weight for you to carry. You should still be comfortable throughout the day.
What we say – This is the best Glock 19 shoulder holster for anyone who wants a high quality material and enjoys the throwback style. This is much less tactical and better for self defense and personal uses.
- Premium cow hide leather
- Evenly distributes weight with back panel piece
- Will keep pistol and magazine very well protected
- Only available in tan
Materials – The Gould & Goodrich shoulder holster is constructed with top grain vegetable tanned genuine leather in all black. Aside from your Glock 19, it will fit a variety of other Glocks including 17, 22, 23, 31, 32, 34, 35, and 39. Similar to the previous option, this holster does not have shoulder pads, but it connects behind the back with a swivel piece. This allows the straps to move with the body, but you can still adjust the height and tension. Featured is a double magazine pouch, which closes with snaps, and a molded gun holster. The molded holster opens with a wide thumb break (with a snap closure). There is even a retention screw at the trigger guard.
Performance – This shoulder holster option is certainly the most high end and well designed option within this review. This is mainly noticeable at the gun holster, which is molded for Glocks. Just like an inside the waistband holster, you can feel assured that your 19 will be easy to draw and will stay securely in place after returning it to its home. The handgun will be retained much better with a retention screw than it would with snap closures or quick detach buckles. The back swivel panel that connects the shoulder straps is also very well designed, and it allows for a lot of movement without letting the straps slip and slide. The only downside? It is quite a bit more expensive than any other option within this review.
What we say – The Gold Line Shoulder Holster for your Glock 19 is a great choice for those who are interested in a shoulder holster but would still prefer the molded aspect. You won’t have to mess with any clips or noisy Velcro with this option.
- High quality leather material
- Molded holster
- No clips or Velcro to mess with
- Most expensive option
Our Favorite Glock 19 Shoulder Holster
After much consideration, we decided our favorite Glock 19 holster was the Under Control Tactical Concealed Carry Shoulder Holster. The main reason was that this was the best option for anyone who is serious about keeping their weapons concealed and unnoticed. Since the Glock 19 is popularly used for self defense, this made the most sense to us. Despite it is not having any quick detach options, it has a lot of other great things going for it. The straps are fully adjustable, so you should still be able to keep the holster close to your body. The shoulder pads are densely padded, so you’ll have very even tension across the shoulders. The rugged nylon is great for lasting through all types of weather conditions and any sweat build up. It’s a really ideal option to look into.