The Glock 36 is an interesting piece to own. It features the SLIMLINE design, trademarked by Glock, so not only is it comfortable to hold, but even easier to conceal. It’s advertised exclusively for home and self defense, so every attribute this weapon has is to enhance your accuracy and speed. No defensive weapon is purposeful without a concealable holster, so we compiled a review of the best Glock 36 holsters for the money. Our favorite is listed at the end of this article.
We included an even mix of inside the waistband and outside the waistband holsters for this review. Although it’s for self defense and has that SLIMLINE design, the Glock 36 still has a barrel that’s almost four inches long. Some shooters will be able to manage that in an IWB holster, but we think that can get uncomfortable for many. There’s a variety of wonderful leather and kydex holsters on the market that can make carrying your Glock 36 a breeze, no matter if you’re active outdoors or sitting most of the day.
Materials – Our first option and the cheapest within this review is a hybrid holster. The kydex portion is molded to the shape of your Glock 36, and it’s in a carbon fiber black pattern. It’s bolted in six places, but these are not with retention screws. The barrel is open ended, so your Glock will easily glide out as you draw. There is a black belt clip, which does have two retention screws. Adjust the cant to your liking. The leather back panel acts as a sweat guard, and it completely protects your weapon against your body. This is comfortable to wear all day.
Performance – What leaves us a little wishy-washy on this first holster from Outlaw is that there aren’t any retention screws on the kydex portion. Since the Glock 36 isn’t a full sized weapon, and this has an open muzzle, we’d prefer some more strategic placing with the screws. Since the NT Hybrid model is designed to be purchased for a variety of popular pistols and handguns, they’re technically all made the same, just in different sizes. Perhaps this holster isn’t designed exactly for what the Glock 36 needs. At the same time, you get retention from the adjustable belt clip and the natural friction. It will come down to preference for the buyers.
What we say – This is the best Glock 36 holster for those who aren’t comfortable with all kydex against their body. Hybrids are popular holsters, so we can see why many would choose this for their Glock.
- Lowest cost
- Comfortable leather back panel
- Adjustable belt clip
- No retention screws in the kydex
Materials – Blackhawk makes a great outside of the waistband pancake holster. It’s available in either black or brown leather, and it can be made for either left handed or right handed draw. There are three belt loops, so the wearer can choose between a straight up and down cant or a forward FBI cant. You can even wear this holster behind the hip. Double stitching lines the rail of your Glock as well as at the trigger guard. A thick thumb break has two snap closures, so you can also choose the level of retention over your Glock 36.
Performance – We love every time we get the opportunity to include one of these three slot pancake holsters in gun reviews. The Glock 36 is just the right size where it’s still concealable inside the waistband, but it does just as well outside the waistband. If you have a thick jacket or sweater, you can easily throw it over the top of the weapon to keep it concealed. Especially if you keep the cant straight up and down, you’ll have no problem keeping your Glock hidden. We always appreciate snap closures on thumb breaks, since they’re more quiet than Velcro and nylon thumb breaks. However, the thumb break increases the time needed for drawing your weapon. For some, a thumb break is absolutely necessary. For others, not so much.
What we say – This is the best Glock 36 holster for those who want to their two styles of cant but also prefer all-leather over kydex. You’ll get a more secure fit without having to make adjustments with a slide belt clip.
- Two choices of cant
- Snap closure thumb break
- Easy to conceal under a shirt or jacket
- Thumb break increases drawing time
Materials – Gould & Goodrich’s leather holsters are made from top grain genuine leather that has been vegetable tanned in all black. This is also an outside of the waistband pancake holster, but it only has two belt loop slots. A straight up and down cant is the only carry style possible for this holster. The leather is highly molded, and there’s double stitching around both belt loops. There is a wide thumb break at the top of the holster with a snap closure. You can wear this pancake holster high and tight, and it’s easy to conceal under a thick shirt or jacket.
Performance – Although this style of holster is quite similar to Blackhawk leather holster, it’s worth noting that Gould & Goodrich’s holster is made with a higher quality leather. The molding is also a little firmer too. So, all around, you’re getting a little more retention in this holster, even though it’s also the pancake style. Also, it’s missing the option for a forward cant. For us, we consider this a negative feature, but there are obviously no complaints if FBI cant isn’t your thing. Ultimately, the extra money is going towards a higher quality leather and a tighter fit. Gould & Goodrich delivers beautiful products that won’t fade or wear out if they’re properly taken care of.
What we say – This is the best Glock 36 holster for those who think appearances are important. This is an investment that should last you a little while.
- Well-molded and sturdy
- Wide thumb break
- Quality vegetable tanned leather
- Only one style of cant
- Fits GLOCK 29, 30, 36
- Made in USA
- Top Grain Vegetable Tanned Genuine Leather from the World's Best Tanners
Materials – This is an all kydex holster that is worn inside the waistband. It’s molded to the shape of your Glock 36, and it has a retention screw at the trigger guard. There’s also a belt clip that has two retention screws that you can adjust for cant. An audible click will sound when your weapon has been fully holstered. Also included is a full sweat shield that aids in re-holstering but also protects your Glock from sweat and dirt that can collect throughout the day. Tulster offers their kydex holster in many colors, including black, red, coyote brown, dark grey, flat dark earth, multicam, olive drab green, or police blue.
Performance – We’re pretty impressed with this kydex holster from Tulster. While it’s not the most important aspect, we like that there’s a selection of colors to choose from. We’d think most of you would choose plain black for concealed carry, but multicam or flat dark earth could equally come in handy. What we do like most is the audible click that sounds when you holster your weapon. We haven’t seen that in a while, and it’s often more prevalent in tactical style holsters. However, we like that it’s included in this concealed carry holster. Kydex is very durable, and it will keep your Glock 36 well protected. The sweat guard helps as well. This will be a little less comfortable than a leather holster, but we think most of our readers can get around that.
What we say – This is the best Glock 36 holster for those who want the ultimate discrete concealed carry. You get the least amount of space taken up in the waistband, and that audible click will sweeten the deal.
This one doesn’t work with the newest version of the Glock 36.
- Available in multiple colors or patterns
- Audible click when holstered
- Retention screw
- Most expensive option
- Minimal to zero "drag" until retention point keeping "holster wear" down to a minimum.
- Comes with a 1.5" Quick Clip that makes it extremely fast and easy to put on and take off your weapon.
- Adjustable cant (angle) from 0-30 degrees. Forward hole is oblong to allow for you to choose any angle between 0-30 degrees.
Our Favorite Glock 36 Holster
For the Glock 36, our favorite holster wound up being the Blackhawk! Three Slot Leather Pancake Holster. The main reason we chose this one is that we think a pancake style, outside the waistband holster is a fantastic complement to this Glock. Although not quite full sized, it can still get a little uncomfortable if it’s wedged between your pants and waist. Not to mention, the added bulk of leather or kydex material increases that discomfort. An outside the waistband holster can be worn high and tight, so it’s still easily concealable. We chose Blackhawk’s holster over Gould & Goodrich’s because of that extra belt loop, so you can choose between carry styles. If you like the straight up and down cant, and you’d prefer to spend your money on higher quality materials, then you should absolutely choose the G & G holster. For us, we like to have options, and we think most would enjoy the Blackhawk! Three Slot Leather Pancake Holster.
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