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OWB Holsters

OWB holsters, synonymous with quality and comfort, represent a time-honored method for carrying firearms and they fall under the category of open carry holsters (however, some can be concealed rather easily, but more on that later). Whether your preference leans towards a leather OWB holster, OWB Kydex holster, or even nylon OWB holster, Craft Holsters is here to provide you with a broad array of options designed to meet your specific needs.

What is an OWB Holster?

If modern action sequences or detective movies have ever caught your eye, you've undoubtedly seen an OWB holster, also known as an outside waistband holster, in action. Traditionally preferred by law enforcement, these holsters are cherished for their ease of access and stability. Today, an OWB holster is not only a favorite among security personnel but also has found favor with civilians, primarily for their robust build and the stylish statement they make, particularly the ones crafted from leather.

Main Features of OWB Holsters

  1. A blend of tradition and style in the wearing method
  2. Suitable for both open and concealed carry
  3. Ensures exceptional balance and high comfort during carry
  4. Facilitates quick and easy access to your firearm
  5. Allows carrying in various positions including vertical and horizontal orientations
  6. Ideal for larger handguns due to their robust build
  7. Often equipped with additional compartments for ammo storage
  8. Offers easy concealment, particularly during the colder months

Types of OWB Holsters Available at Craft Holsters

At Craft Holsters, we have honed our skills in crafting OWB holster models that suit a myriad of occasions and uses. Here’s a sneak peek at the main OWB holster categories available at Craft Holsters:

Open Top OWB Holsters

Thanks to the open top design, these holsters offer instant access to your firearm and super quick draw, which could one day save your life (although we hope you never get into such a situation).

Thumb break OWB holsters

Holsters with a thumb break are often called retention holsters. Just like this alternative name suggests, the thumb break strap they’re equipped with boosts your holster’s retention and prevents your gun from being snatched away from you.

OWB Concealed Carry Holsters

Yes, some OWB holsters can indeed be classified as concealed carry holsters. Due to their construction, they are often called pancake holsters, designed for those who prioritize both style and concealment, offering an array of designs that align with various clothing styles.

Materials Used in Crafting OWB Holsters

At Craft Holsters, we predominantly craft leather OWB holsters, but our inventory also includes an impressive variety of nylon and kydex options. Each OWB holster is meticulously designed to offer a safe, comfortable, and premium carrying experience.

Leather OWB Holsters

Each leather OWB holster in our collection is a work of art, crafted from premium Italian leather, promising not only style but also longevity and durability, making it a worthy investment for any gun owner.

Nylon OWB Holsters

Our nylon OWB holster range is synonymous with comfort, especially during the hot weather seasons, offering a breathable and lightweight option for states like Florida, Texas, and California.

Kydex OWB Holsters

Made from thermoplastic acrylic-polyvinyl chloride materials, kydex OWB holsters are one of the most durable and long lasting holster options.

OWB Holsters FAQ

Let’s navigate through some of the commonly asked questions about OWB holsters:

Can you conceal carry with an OWB holster?

Absolutely, with Craft Holsters' OWB concealed carry holster options, concealing your firearm becomes a seamless task, offering designs that meld perfectly with various attire styles.

How to Choose the Right OWB Holster?

Selecting an OWB holster requires consideration of several factors, including your firearm's size, your preferred carry style, and the material of the holster. For guidance on choosing the perfect OWB holster, explore our blog covering the best OWB holsters.

Which are the Best OWB Holsters?

The best OWB holsters offer quick and immediate access to your firearm and they are tailored to fit your firearm perfectly. Our top recommendations include:

Open Top Holster - Panther

  1. Comfortable Belt Holster
  2. Belt Side Holster

How to break in an OWB holster?

If you get one of our OWB gun holsters molded exactly for your gun, you most probably won’t have to bother with holster break-in. However, in case your new holster feels a bit too tight, just follow our Break-in Guide. And if you don’t have any break-in solution at hand, feel free to get our Small Break-in Kit, which comes with everything you need for a successful shoulder holster break-in.

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Best Gun Holster Accessories

Choose the right accessories below that will enhance your carry. Don't forget that a proper magazine pouch, a belt or a concealed carry bag are always good choices.


Get yourself a custom mag pouch or speedloader pouch. Becasue there is never "enough ammo" right?

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A solid and stable gun belt is what you need to prevent your holster and the rest of your EDC from sagging.

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care kits

Don't forget to get yourself a handy kit that contains everything you need to make sure your holster will last you a lifetime.

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OWB Holsters Holsters Pros and Cons

  • Quick access to your firearm
  • High carry comfort
  • Ideal choice for open carry regions
  • Great carry style for guns of any size
  • More difficult to conceal than IWB holsters
  • Not the best choice for personal defense

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