If you carry concealed, you probably have a plethora of holsters that fill your closet. Mine is filled with holsters that are specific to each handgun and to how I want to carry that handgun. Some of these holsters were not cheap and don’t really get much use. But there is another holster I recently purchased that is working out great for daily concealed carry.
I’ve been using the Stealth Operator Compact Holster for a few months now and I have to say I am pleasantly surprised. Not only is it comfortable, but it fits my Glock 19, Glock 43, Smith & Wesson M&P9C, and also my old Smith & Wesson 4006 TSW. It truly is a one size fits most holster. All four of these guns fit securely in a way that I have carried them all day at the office.
Being an open top design, retention is centered mainly around the trigger guard. When holstering a medium sized pistol, like the Glock 19, you hear and feel the gun snap into place. It feels secure with no worries about it accidentally coming out on its own. The smaller Glock 43 also fits but it isn’t as snug. The trigger guard is still fat enough for it to snap into place, I just don’t know if I would fully trust it if I were to go for a run in the park or something.
According to the manufacturer, the holster will not lose its shape over time due to its injection molded nylon construction. Nor is it affected by temperature which is good. The other advantage to this type of construction is that it is very inexpensive. With a price around 20 bucks, for a holster that fits multiple different handgun models, it’s hard to beat.
Did I mention it was comfortable? Not only is it light and sturdy, but it can be worn all day without digging into your midsection. This may not be a concern for many, but for those of us with some extra weight on our guts, a holster has to be comfortable to wear all day. The Stealth Operator Compact Holster also does a great job of keeping the pistol tucked in close for maximum concealment. This is something that a lot of OWB holsters fail miserably at. Its nice to have a less expensive option that actually works.
Now for the bad. Well there isn’t much, but the 1911 guys might want to look elsewhere. A standard 1911 will still fit in the holster but there is not much retention around the trigger guard locking it in place. This is probably due to the relatively skinny trigger guard on the 1911. So keep in mind that even though a whole lot of pistols will work in this holster, the medium size polymer frame guns work best.
At the end of the day, its another great option for those who like OWB carry, and don’t want to invest a lot of money in a holster.
– Brian Futch