FAQ: What Belt Clip Should I Choose for My Concealed Carry Holster?

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FAQ: What Belt Clip Should I Choose for My Concealed Carry Holster?

We understand that everyone has different preferences when it comes to their concealed carry holster. Making sure that you find the perfect holster for your needs can seem like a daunting decision. And the type of concealed carry belt clip used plays a pretty big role in that.

We get a lot of questions from customers about the different belt clips that we offer on our website, their advantages, disadvantages, and our recommendations.

Now...keep in mind that our recommendations are just that. RECOMMENDATIONS! They are based on our own experiences concealed carrying with the different clip types, our preferences, and our bodies. Not everyone prefers the same carry position, belt clips, and everyone's body is different.

With that being said, we have found that asking two main questions has helped us help our customers find a concealed carry belt clip that they really like

#1: Do you wear a belt more often than not?

#2: Do you like to tuck your shirts in?

Based on the answers that we receive, our suggestions are usually as follows:

  • If you are looking for the cheapest solution, wear a belt, and don't tuck your shirt in often, a FOMI belt clip would be a good option.
  • If you want the cheapest option for wearing a belt, but want to be able to tuck your shirt in, go with a J clip.
  • If you want a belt clip with adjustable cant (the angle that your holster sits in your waistband), you wear a belt, and want something you can tuck your shirt around, the TAC clip is what you need to look at.
  • For those who don't wear a belt regularly and wear thinner material, such as leggings or slacks, I would consider a FabriClip.
  • If you wear thicker material without a belt, the UltiClip is a great option.

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Concealed Carry Belt Clips

J Clip

This is a narrower style clip that is placed over the trigger guard on the holster on traditional style concealed carry holsters.

Appendix holster

Pros

  • The clip has a narrower surface area, making it less noticeable.
  • You can tuck a shirt around it.
  • The position of the clip can allow you to place your gun right behind a belt buckle to help camouflage printing. (Insert picture of tucked in J-clip and gun behind belt)

Cons

  • Because of the location of the clip, it can cause the holster to tilt sideways throughout the day.
  • Narrow surface area can make it feel as though the weight of the holster is focused into one small section instead of being distributed across the waistband (Can be paired with multiple clips to distribute weight, depending on the holster make/style)

FOMI Clip

concealed carry holsterFOMI stands for Folded Over Injection Molded and is what people tend to think of when they refer to a "standard concealed carry belt clip."

Pros

  • The wider design allows for a larger surface area for distributing the weight of your firearm along your belt.

Cons

  • Cannot tuck your shirt behind it.

TAC Clip

TAC Clip is an adjustable, wider style belt clip.

Concealed carry holster

Pros

  • Offers the option for adjustable cant on your holster. (video of how the holster cant can be adjusted)
  • Tuckable
  • The wider design allows for a larger surface area for distributing the weight of your firearm along your belt.

Cons

  • Wider surface area can be slightly more noticeable on the belt to the trained eye when shirt is tucked in. (picture of tucked holster on body)

Concealed Carry Clips with Belt-less Option

UltiClip

The original clip for attaching your holster without a belt.

concealed carry holster that can be worn without belt

Pros

  • Can be used without a belt or can be worn underneath a belt.
  • Narrow surface area is easily concealed.
  • Tuckable.
  • Very user friendly design.

Cons

  • Narrow surface area doesn't distribute weight as well as wider belt clips. (Can be paired with multiple clips to distribute weight, depending on the holster make/style)
  • More expensive than traditional belt clips

FabriClip

Springfield Hellcat in concealed carry holster that can be worn without a belt

Pros

  • Works really well on thinner fabrics.
  • Can tuck your shirt in around it.
  • Larger surface area distributes weight well.

Cons

  • Has a short "break in" period for full flexibility of the clip.
  • Is harder to attach to thicker fabrics.
  • A little more complicated to learn how to use at first.
  • Larger surface area makes the clip more noticeable if shirt is tucked in.
  • More expensive than traditional belt clips.

DCC MonoBlock

Concealed carry holster with DCC Monoblock belt attachment

Pros

  • Can be used without a belt entirely or can be worn underneath a belt.
  • Very easy to use
  • Wider surface area distributes weight fairly well.

Cons

  • Not "tuckable"
  • More expensive than traditional belt clips

DCC Gear Clips

day of the dead concealed carry holster

Pros

  • Can be used without a belt entirely or can be worn underneath a belt.
  • Very easy to use
  • Narrower surface area makes concealing easy
  • Tuckable
Cons
  • Narrow surface area doesn't distribute weight as well as wider belt clips. (Can be paired with multiple clips to distribute weight, depending on the holster make/style) 
  • More expensive than traditional belt clips

Summary

With so many manufacturers of holster components, it would be nearly impossible to make a completely comprehensive list of every concealed carry belt clip option available. This brief article should give you a starting point into diving into the rabbit hole of concealed carry research.

If you come across one that you are interested in that we don't have listed on the website, feel free to reach out to us! We are always looking for ways to improve our products and selection for our customers.

In the meantime, make sure to take a look at the concealed carry holsters that we offer.


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