The Glock 22 and the Glock 17 are two of the most popular handguns on the market, and they are first choice when it comes to police and law enforcement. Since both are frequently used for self-defense, it’s understandable that you want to be prepared to use it in dark or night settings. Since most Glock holsters are perfectly molded to the gun they are supposed to hold, getting a holster which offers enough room to holster your pistol of choice and a light attachment is best practice.
You might know that Glocks come in 4 different sizes: Full, Compact, Subcompact and Competition. Since the Glock 17 and the Glock 22 are both size “Full”, they share pretty much the same dimensions. Because of that you can use the same holster for both. That being said, you might have to adjust the tension screws slightly when you switch guns, to keep the drawstroke at the same level.
We’ve listed some of the best Glock 22 and Glock 17 holsters with light, and, later, we’ll announce our favorite out of the 4 options.
Materials – The Blackhawk Serpa CQC is made of a polymer material and comes in a black matte finish. It fits full sized Glocks with the popular Xiphos light attachment, so no matter if it’s a 17, a 22 or the Glock 31, all of them will work. Unlike leather, the material makes the holster weather and sweat resistant. The Blackhawk Serpa CQC has a passive retention adjustment screw as well as an auto lock release mechanism for a strong grip and a swift draw. It comes with two attachment platforms, one that makes it a paddle holster and one that offers two belt rings.
Performance – Similar to Kydex the polymer used here is pretty durable and perfectly protects the light and your gun. Although leather is slightly more flexible and can resist more pressure before breaking, it would also provide less protection for the attached light, so a hard polymer is an excellent choice for what we are looking for. It’s worth mentioning that the Marine Corps recently ditched their old nylon holster and replaced them with the Serpa for M9s. If they feel like this holster is durable enough for their purposes, it certainly is for the everyday gun owner.
The only downside we see here is that you are forced to go with the Xiphos light as every other light won’t fit (unless you are really lucky). Just to be clear, the Xiphus light isn’t a bad option at all, but if you already own a light attachment this could be a deal-breaker. To add to that, if you have no light attached to the holster, it isn’t really holding the gun tightly enough to rely on.
What we say – This holster is cheap! Blackhawk! knows that someone buying the Serpa CQC is pretty much guaranteed to also buy their light, so that’s why they might be able to offer it for such a great price. Think about it like a phone that you pay less for because you also agree to a 2 year contract. That being said, if you don’t own a light yet and think about getting the Xiphos, or you actually own the Xiphos light already, the Blackhawk! Serpa CQC is the perfect choice when you’re looking for a Glock 17/22 holster with light. Blackhawk! is guaranteed quality used by law enforcement professionals, as well as in the military and considering the price, you can’t really go wrong here.
- Low cost
- Durable and should last a very long time
- Adopted by U.S. Marines
- Paddle or belt loop attachment
- Only works with Xiphos light
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Materials – The Safariland 6280 STX is (as all holster on this list) all black, and made with a special laminate material designed for protecting the holster itself and your handgun from hits and dings. It comes with level II retention, which is used by most law enforcement, however if that’s not what you feel comfortable with, you can adjust it up to a level III by tightening it for more friction. The self locking system (SLS) is designed to be easily removed by the owner and hard to use by a threat or predator. The 6280 TX attaches to your belt and offers 2.25″ belt loops.
Performance – If you’re looking for a Glock holster with light that was specifically designed with your firearm in mind, then the Safariland 6280 STX is a great choice. As mentioned earlier, there is a reason the marine corps prefer more rugged synthetic materials like the thermal molded laminate used for the 6280 STX. The SLS is an easy to use yet effective way to provide an extra level of security. The snap holding the gun in place can only be removed when being pushed down and forward simultaneously, blocking every attempt to just pull the gun out with force. Keep in mind this holster fits only specific lights, including some popular models made by Surefire and Streamlight.
What we say – So this option is actually a little pricey, costing quite a bit more than the Serpa. Is it justified? Well, the molded laminate surely is a little more expensive in production and has a feeling a little closer to leather than to plastic. The benefit of having the option between several light models surely is a big plus and if you already own a light there is a good chance it’s a Surefire or Streamlight anyway. We would love to list every light that fits into it, but unfortunately Safariland doesn’t provide such a list. If you already have light, we would recommend checking back with the Safariland or have a quick look into Amazon where dozens of people already asked if “model x” fits. Additionally you can ask a question there yourself, getting fast answers from people that own the holster already.
- Works with quite a few popular light attachments
- Level II or level III retention
- Smart “self locking system”
Materials – The Tactical RBT17 is made of polymer similar to the Serpa and the company was one of the first to introduce molded injected polymer holsters to the market, so you would think they know what they’re doing by now. Like all the synthetic materials modern holsters are made of you don’t have to worry about moisture, which is an advantage over leather.
This holster fits Glock models 17/22/31, S&W M&P 9mm and the Walther P99Q as well as some other popular handguns. The design also lets you use almost any light that attaches to the rail.
Performance – Just to be clear, this is a concealed carry holster, definitely not made for open carry. The snap which holds your gun in place is nothing that could stop someone else from drawing the pistol right out.
The paddle is comfortable and the rubber material used for it holds your holster in place. The slight forward cant is easy to use and draw, however it’s not adjustable, so if that’s not your style this maybe isn’t the right holster for you.
Although it’s fantastic that the Fobus Tactical can fit a number of handgun models and lights, this does mean the design limits the protection. When a manufacturer has only one handgun model and one specific light to cover it’s definitely easier to come up with a well fitting and protective holster. Especially the unprotected light attachment isn’t what we would like to see here.
What we say – Fobus has a decent reputation among law enforcement professionals and they are known for producing quality for quite a while now. The versatility of the Tactical RBT17 is definitely the biggest selling point of this holster. If you own a light that isn’t on the list on any other holster shown here and simply isn’t that common, there is a good chance you won’t find a more suitable option than the RBT17. It’s another really cheap holster providing awesome value if it fits your needs.
- Low cost
- Can fit a variety of handguns and light attachments
- Light and parts of firearm are exposed
- Not made for open carry
Materials – The IMI Light Tactical is another all-black holster made out of polymer. It was originally designed by and for police and the military, but it’s fantastic for any gun owner. The holster covers almost the entirety of your Glock, offering pretty much perfect protection and it will fit the most common light attachments. It comes with a level II retention, and an unique thumb release system that can only be effectively utilized by the wearer. It connects to several platforms, which you can purchase separately, including one for paddle and one with belt loops. The standard version comes with a belt clip.
Performance – The IMI Light Tactical is a very unique holster that doesn’t look or behave like any of the other holsters within this review. The coverage and protection is exactly what you would want. It rotates 360 degrees allowing you to wear it in several positions. Unlike the Fobus this holster actually protects your light attachment while at the same time giving you a wider selection of lights than the first two on this list did. We would say the golden mean!
The level 2 retention is definitely nice to have and the button release as well as the draw is smooth, however the cap that covers the top side of your Glock also limits your accessory choice. Raised sights won’t work!
What we say – The holster is fairly priced considering what you get. The amount of versatility it offers is second to none on this list and if you own one of the light attachments listed it’s hands down the best you can get.
- Offers almost perfect protection
- Level II retention
- Can be used with almost any light
- None, really.
Our Favorite Glock 22/17 Holster with Light
For most people reading this the IMI Light Tactical Holster is simply the best choice if you already own a light and just need a holster to fit it. We love the almost all-over coverage, as well as the smart system they came up with to keep your gun in place even when someone tries grabbing it. The medium price seals the deal for us and makes it pretty much a no-brainer.