Galco Holsters


Galco Holsters

John Russo


Carrying a gun is a serious matter and shouldn’t be taken lightly.  A handgun is a valuable and dangerous piece of gear so it always amazes me when I see people carrying their pistol in a cheap holster.  Your holster is critical to your handgun.  It protects it from wear, keeps it where you need it and allows you to present the gun properly when needed.  Galco Gunleather has been building holsters on this foundation for over 45 years and has a holster ready for whatever your carry option may be.


Hollywood Famous

Galco gained fame in the 1980s when its original Jackass Rig shoulder holster was worn by Don Johnson in the TV show Miami Vice.  Renamed the Miami Classic, this shoulder holster is the most copied in the world.  More importantly, it is still one of the best and most comfortable around.  Galco continues to innovate with comfortable new holster designs.  Here is a look at some of my favorite Galco holsters, both old and new.


COP Slide

The COP Slide is a premium cowhide leather holster featuring a butt forward cant.  It has a retention strap and thumb break and an adjustable tension unit.  What I really like is the open bottom design.  Not only does it lighten the holster but it allows you to carry various sizes of the same gun such as Glocks and S&W M&P pistols.  The COP Slide is a really sharp looking holster that carries very well with a jacket.  I like its strong retention while still giving me a very smooth and quick draw.



The Corvus is a Kydex holster that has the unique ability to switch from a belt holster to an inside the waistband holster.  It gives you an adjustable cant and ride height and is built with a raised sweat guard to protect both you and your pistol.  This holster is as comfortable as it is versatile.  For those who alternate between a belt holster and an inside the pants rig for the same gun, the Corvus may be your answer.


KingTuk 2

The KingTuk holster has been a hit since it came out.  It is a hybrid Kydex/steerhide inside the waistband holster designed to allow you to tuck your shirt in around it.  The new KingTuk 2 give you the option of carrying a spare magazine in front of the holster.  This is a great design and the magazine can be positioned just about any way you want.  If you need to carry a full size gun deeply concealed, the KingTuk is the way to go.


M5X Matrix

The M5X Matrix paddle holster is an affordable thermoplastic carry option.  The paddle stays securely in your pants while allowing you a very easy and smooth presentation.  The holster has twin tension units so you can set it exactly to your taste.  This is a very comfortable outside the pants rig that is easy to get on and off without undoing your belt.  Drawing from a standard belt holster is probably the quickest and most efficient carry method you can use.  The downside is you must wear clothing designed to cover it if you are trying to keep your weapon concealed.


Galco Pants Belts

Speaking of belts, all of these holsters are only as good as the belt holding your pants up.  Galco has a full line of great premium steerhide belts but my favorites are the SB2 Sport Belt and SB3 Dress Belt.  I wear one of these almost daily in both black and brown.  They are stiff enough to keep your holster in place but flexible enough to be comfortable.  They are also made of beautiful and durable leather so they stay looking good.  Be sure to read Galco’s belt sizing guide on their website before ordering a belt so you get the correct size.  When you buy a belt for wearing with a holster, the sizing guidelines are a little different.


Galco is a great American company making all of their products in Phoenix, Arizona.  They take pride in everything they make and proudly stand behind it.  I have been wearing their gear for over two decades now and my oldest  holster still works as good as my newest one.




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John Russo is a life-long hunter, shooter and outdoorsman. He is a retired Police Sergeant from Southern California with over 29 years of service. He has been a SWAT Sniper, Child Abuse Detective and Homicide Unit Supervisor. As the leader of the Police Department's Firearms Training Unit, he has been teaching firearms for over 26 years to law enforcement, military and civilians. His credentials include a laundry list of certifications as an instructor and armorer on all types of weapon systems. John has been writing for various gun magazines for many years and has been published over 100 times on topics ranging from hunting, shooting, guns, training and law enforcement.