Lightning Review: Sticky Holster LG-2 for Glock 19 (and Other Pistols) – The Best “Universal” Holster There Is?

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The Glock 19, along with its close clones and equivalents, is in my opinion the ideal “universal” civilian pistol. Small enough to carry concealed, but large enough to shoot well, the Glock can serve equally well as an every day carry gun or as a home protection tool. These features, plus Glock’s reputation for reliability and durability, as well as the company’s nigh indestructible magazine pattern make the Glock 19 my default recommendation for anyone looking for their first “jack of all trades” pistol.

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The ideal “universal” pistol. Now it just needs an equally “universal” holster.

 

Let’s shift gears for a minute: Concealing a handgun on your body in an appropriate holster is all well and good, but I find I use handguns in a lot more ways than that. In addition to concealing, I may stash a handgun in a seat back pocket in my car, or I may want a handgun at the ready on or in the nightstand when I rent a hotel room. Since for me, my Glock 19 actually is my “do it all” gun, I also need something to ensure I can safely carry the firearm from spot to spot without exposing the trigger to anything that could accidentally catch it and cause a negligent discharge.

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This Praetor Defense OWB holster is a great holster for carrying a Glock 19 on your body, but it bulges and gets snagged in car seat back pockets, doesn’t allow you to draw the gun straight off a table, and requires you to undo your belt to take it on and off. Even though it’s great for carrying, it’s not designed to be a “universal” holster, in other words.

 

In short, for my “jack of all trades” handgun, I need a “jack of all trades” holster, and recently, I found it. I had decided that my “universal” holster needed to be something similar to a pocket holster, but availability of pocket holsters for the decidedly not-pocket-sized Glock 19 left something to be desired. Sticky Holsters was one of the only companies I had found offering a model that fit my gun. So, while at the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting, I stopped by the Sticky Holsters booth, where they had their holsters there and available for sale. The model they set me up with is the LG-2, and it fits a wide variety of handguns in the general size range of the Glock 19.

I’ve been using the LG-2 daily with my Glock 19 now since the show, and I couldn’t be more pleased with it. It is exactly what the doctor ordered when it comes to a “universal” holster and gun guard. When stuffed in a car pocket, it allows quick and trouble-free drawing of the gun, while also being easy to remove and replace. As a bedside holster, the LG-2 grips a wide variety of surfaces, allowing you to draw the pistol off a table top with just a little downward pressure. And, of course, you can also use it as a pocket holster in cargo shorts or other garments with baggy pockets.

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Probably my favorite feature of the LG-2 holster is that it allows you to draw it off a surface by applying a little bit of downward pressure. This really helps the gun “live in the holster”, since I’m not always removing my gun from my holster just to have access to it when it’s on a tabletop.

 

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the Sticky Holsters LG-2 as a dedicated every day carry gun holster (I haven’t tried it with a true pocket gun, which it was designed for), but it has become the essential accessory for my Glock 19, and at $25 bucks, it is probably one of the best value handgun accessories I have ever bought.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Just the facts

    I carry a Glock 19 in a similar style holster made by a different company on work days. I’m a carpenter and, as holsters aren’t that compatible with tool belts, I keep it in my truck while working. This type holster holds it securely between the 60/40 split in the seat and when I do want it on my person I just tuck it into the small of my back; any passer-by who saw me would just think I’m tucking in my tee-shirt. I’ve worn it while walking around and sitting in this manner for a couple of hours at a time and never had any sense that the firearm wasn’t secure. It is not my carry holster while I’m off work but definitely the best solution for my particular circumstances on work days
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  • PK

    Glock 19 – the Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic of pistols. Boring, reasonable cost, unexciting, good reliability, bland, found all over the place, and just does what you expect of a handgun.

    • Hoplopfheil

      Glock 19 is a Camry, 10/22 is a Civic.

      • GearHeadTony

        So a Hi-point is a Yugo?

        • Hoplopfheil

          Geo Metro.

    • Nashvone

      And I always end up scratching my head at the after market industries for all of them. Why would you want to take away from the very purpose of its existence and try to make it into something it was never intended to do?

      • DonDrapersAcidTrip

        It’s a gun it’s purpose is to fire bullets after market parts don’t “rob it of that.”

        what is with people who think firearms come from the factory as sacred objects and any tampering with that utterly destroys them. firearm blueprints were not brought down from the mountain top.

        • Maybe they’ve seen someone’s gun go full auto because they improperly installed some of these aftermarket mods.

          Or maybe they don’t like expensive faff.

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            Yeah guns accidentally going full auto, what an every day occurance so common to aftermarket parts.

            Wow, you’re right I’m convinced. Let’s write off all after market parts for the glock then, because they all tarnish it of it’s god given purpose of being called boring by boring people in internet comment threads. I guess you guys can stop posting all these articles about “expensive faff” too.

          • I’ve seen it happen multiple times in matches. It can and does happen:

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            I never said it wasn’t a thing that ever happened. Is presenting extreme examples of things like they’re the common experience your only method of communication

          • You’re projecting. You’ve been using hyperbole this entire time. I am just saying that is a reason someone might not want to have mods on their gun.

          • Ben Pottinger

            Part of the “problem” is people want to shoehorn all guns into two categories, 1) serious/business/CCW 2) SHTF. So you constantly see comments in just about every gun article that claim an item is “useless” because it’s not 200% milspec or because it doesn’t have a SHTF/military purpose. When the actual reality is that 99% of the stuff in our safes are big boy “toys”. Sure I have a couple of handguns and a rifle that are geared out with all 100% reliable parts and expensive military grade accessories (especially optics, buy once cry once). But I also realize that most of the stuff is just for fun. Is a PS90 or semi-auto MP5 really all that useful compared to its FA sibling? Probably not, but boy are they fun!

            As for this holster, I have one for my G43 and love it and use it similar to how you do (as well as for pocket carry). For the G19 as a bedside gun I prefer the kydex trigger guards. You can run paracord through the rivet hole on them and tether it to the bed or the foot of the end table next to your bed and then if you need it just grab and pull. So it’s quick but still protects the trigger from accidents.

          • Sulaco

            Hope this guys a cop or ATF will charge him with having an illegal machine gun!

        • Nashvone

          I’m not saying it utterly destroys them or that they are sacred. I just don’t see the point of putting $1,500 worth of parts on a $500 pistol.

          • DanGoodShot

            I’m an H&K guy. There is a fair amount of after market parts for them.(not near as much as glock). I love putting all kinds of trinkets and crap on my ARs, Its just fun. But my go to shtf ar & pistol, nothing. The only thing I have done and ever will do to those are night sights, a good flashight and for the ar an aimpoint. Thats it. No bells and whistles especially when it comes to the internal parts. When they come from the factory they were built to last. They were built to be reliable. Why would I risk efing that up on my go 2 sd peices? Like I said, I do have my fun guns. But not on my go 2s.

          • Nashvone

            I have an H&K VP40 that shoots low with factory sights. Other than swapping those out, It’s a great pistol. AR’s are a different story for me too. I have two hot rodded up rifles, neither of which started life as a complete rifle.

        • Bill

          It’s like modifying cars and trucks: it may be fine if you want to, and it may be fine if the company designing and making the mods is competent, but trying to mod something into something it’s not or pretending to know better than the engineers who designed and built the thing is often counterproductive.

          This after seeing lowered Civics get stuck on speed bumps and driveway entries and jacked up 4x4s roll over on wet corners.

          Modding them doesn’t destroy them, but often the benefits are pretty illusory. Actually, it does sort of destroy them as modded guns, and cars, often doest resell as well as stock – very few people want exactly the same mods the owner did.

      • iksnilol

        Because you can actually afford to pimp a Civic versus a more expensive car?

        • Nashvone

          You can take the cost of the Civic, wheels, tires, exhaust, suspension upgrades and turbo upgrades and put it into a stock BMW M3.

          • iksnilol

            And you’d have a stock BMW M3 which would be less cool, have possibly worse handling and you’d be stuck with a BMW you have to repair more often than you clean your guns.

      • Bill

        Probably for the same reason people buy expensive 4x4s that they’ll never take off-road.

      • Budogunner

        Because it meets all the basic needs, but not all are met particularly well. Customizing a Glock to fit you, have the sights you want, etc. Is cheaper than having a custom 1911 built.

      • Edeco

        The ubiquity of Glocks, like AR15’s and 1911’s is a thing in itself. Stuff like CZ75’s are close but haven’t collected the momentum, one way or another.

  • Dave

    In defense of cheap holsters!

    I pocket carry a J-frame Smith & Wesson .38 in a Bob Mika pocket holster.
    Ruger Luger LCR 9mm goes in a sticky holster IWB.
    S&W M&P Shield rides sticky holster IWB.

    • I have a single clip uncle mike’s hoster made out of some sort of synthetic material. Fits my BT380 PERFECTLY. Other guns have other holsters, but for me being 5’6″, 130lb, crossbreed/aliengear holsters just were too big and bulky. Believe me, I tried them.

  • jake

    I’m a big fan of the Galco King Tuk holsters.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Just say no to “universal” holsters.

    • Wow, you’re right, I’m convinced. I really am misding out on tactical ninja hardware. I’ll go buy a drop leg holster immediately.

      • DonDrapersAcidTrip

        Wow, you’re right. You used the word tactical ninja so let me run out and buy a Uncle Mike’s holster, so I can counter firearm hipsterism with double firearm hipsterism.

        • If it keeps your booger hook of the bang switch, I’m not gonna stop you.

          It’s not hipsterism I’m worried about, it’s elitism. Carrying a gun in an Uncle Mike’s may or may not work, and I’m certainly not denying that those holsters leave a lot to be desired in the build quality department (I do not buy them for this reason), but if someone buys a $10 UM holster to use as a gun condom, that sounds perfectly reasonable to me.

          …If I call it a “gun condom” instead of a “universal holster”, will that make JINZO happy? Will I earn any Ninjabuxx(tm)?

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            I guess I’m not worried about “elitism” because they’re guns and finding out what is actually quality is kind of important. If I want to halfass it there’s a lot better hobbies than firearms

          • “Let’s shift gears for a minute: Concealing a handgun on your body in an appropriate holster is all well and good, but I find I use handguns in a lot more ways than that. In addition to concealing, I may stash a handgun in a seat back pocket in my car, or I may want a handgun at the ready on or in the nightstand when I rent a hotel room. Since for me, my Glock 19 actually is my “do it all” gun, I also need something to ensure I can safely carry the firearm from spot to spot without exposing the trigger to anything that could accidentally catch it and cause a negligent discharge.”

            Spending $100 or more for an on-body holster makes sense, but how much do you really need to spend for a glorified “gun guard”?

          • Kevin Harron

            Yeah, but reading the actual article and commenting on what it actually says is HARRRRD….

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Total I learned that buying proper equipment made to fit you gun is “tactical ninja”.

        Lol, at defending “fits-nothing” holsters.

        • Holster fit is very important for an OWB or IWB holster. You’ll probably be tickled pink to hear that I use appropriately expensive and very black Ninja-approved holsters for that purpose.

          That, however, is completely orthogonal to the subject of the article. Further, by the way your comments are worded, it’s also clear to me that you didn’t really bother reading past where the word “universal” triggered you to come into the comments and earn a few Ninjabuxx(tm) by decrying them as haram, because in the article I don’t use the word “universal” to mean “one-size-fits-all”. Instead, I use “universal” to mean a holster that is suitable for use on a table, a car seatback pocket, a cargo pocket, in a desk, or elsewhere. In other words, a holster you can use to cover the trigger guard of your pistol during transport and off-body use. You don’t need a $100 holster to do this, you need a glorified gunsock, and the Sticky Holster does this pretty well.

          But no, I get it, you are too busy operating operationally in an operational environment to actually read anything.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Keep using words you think are clever, or that somehow are attacks. It totally makes a strong argument 😉

            You’re coming off as a young fudd bro.

          • So I’m guessing you had to look up what “orthogonal” means?

        • Don Ward

          Ooooh. That’s gonna hurt.

  • D

    I own a few Stickies and have carried them. They carry guns well but where the fail is there is no ability to reholster since the collapse when the gun is removes. The started selling kydex inserts for small guns but only for a few model ls. It solves the collapsing probem and still offers carry flexibility, but its no longer universal

  • Alex

    Nice photo in the background: portuguese paratroopers armed with Ar10’s during the african wars of the 60’s and 70’s. Greetings from Portugal!

  • gunsandrockets

    Or, a person could just carry a Glock with an empty chamber. It all depends on which side of the tradeoff equation you value more, safety or readiness. Particularly for a universal carry gun.

  • uffdaphil

    I got the LG-6L sticky because fits a P226 with threaded barrel. It also works for G19 and VP9 but with an empty inch depth. Great stuck in a seat cushion on the highway and appendix for quick trips into the gas station.

    A bit too long for most pockets though so will give the LG2 a try. I’ve tried a number of pocket holsters and none allow one-handed draw as easily when laying out.

  • Fantom100

    I have a XDS 45ACP, and Kahr CM9 9MM. I have Sticky holsters for both. Best Carry Holster I have ever found.

  • Jay Abramson

    Good call Nathaniel. I’ve seen the Sticky holsters at several shops and never gave them a thought until a character in a book I was reading was using one. I know, a fictional character?!?!?!

    Well I tried one. I’m sorry I waited. While it wasn’t for a Glock, I contacted Sticky because my G19 has a Crimson Trace Lightgard installed and sure enough they had a rig IN STOCK for it. Five minutes after their speedy email response it was ordered.

    As I write this the G19 is inches away on my night stand, in its Sticky holster, ready to rock and roll.

  • Whysoserious

    Sticky holsters rock! I front pocket carry an officer size 1911 in my front pocket on occasion. In a sticky. I am by no means a large guy. Nobody ever notices.

  • Bob

    no WAY would I use a “universal holster” !!
    reason: years ago, I bought an Alien Gear holster for my 1911 and it was and IS GOOD!
    I decided to try to carry my FN-FNX-45 in it. Well, my magazine went “missing”
    Thankfully it was in the front seat of my truck. The holster was designed for a 1911 pattern pistol and it pushed the mag release button on my FNX !!!
    I then BOUGHT another Alien Gear for my FNX and it works PERFECTLY.
    UNIVERSAL is very questionable. TEST IT…!! And if you are carrying a GLOCK.
    Be sure you test it with an empty chamber or a SNAP cap up the pipe!!!

    • Giolli Joker

      Sorry, but you’re confusing “universal” with “wrong”.
      Was the AlienGear marketed as “universal”?
      Or “universal” for 1911s?
      If I put a Glock in a S&W J-frame holster I can’t say that universal holsters suck…
      I agree on the “test it” part, though.

  • An OlFolk

    I usually carry my older full size S&W M&P 40 all day in a sticky… Never once a problem of feeling like it was moving around. I tested the holster with unloaded M&P for about a month before I went into everyday locked& loaded CC. Carried in numerous positions around my waist and yes, even appendix carry. I mowed lawns, worked on cars, played at the park with my grand kids (swinging, rolling down grassy slopes, climbed trees and even did somersaults!), jogged etc! A truly great carry holster that stays out and keeps my gun secure from falling out… for me anyway. Two cautions: one already mentioned for reholstering… Best practice to remove holster from waistband, reholster and tuck back in. Second caution: When using a public restroom in particular for #2; remove holstered weapon prior to dropping drawers! (Could be a very embarrassing situation at best from a holster and firearm banging onto the bathroom floor, worst case; dishonorable discharge). Anyway, Sticky holsters work for me! (I have 4 for various handguns in different configurations (laser on one, light/laser combo on another, etc). Oh, and they work great for night duty between the bed mattress and box springs to keep your favorite weapon handy and secure!

  • MindMelder

    Alien holsters is a brand I dig for my hk

  • cs

    What book is that in the last picture?

  • w2

    I got one last week and have been using it for daily carry of a Kahr P9. Works great if you cinch your pants good and snug. Like the way the cant or position can be easily varied for walking vs sitting. Tried a heavier gun but it all slide down. As did the mag carrier.

    It’s a keeper.

  • Paul O.

    Another use for a pocket holster is to stabilize a gun in a fanny pack. I got my wife a Nemisis for her M&P9c. It really helps to anchor the firearm in the gun compartment of the pack.

  • TheWarriorWorkshop

    I could care less what people put on their guns, as long as it’s safe. I’ve seen plenty of bad trigger jobs where releasing the slide causes a discharge. The problem isn’t stuff on your guns, it’s people trying to fix software problems with hardware. A better trigger or an RMS or a ….whatever, isn’t going to make you a better shooter. Ammo and time at the range with quality instruction will. Learn how to shoot a gun well, and by “a”, I mean your carry gun, not your favorite range shooter or your full size whatever cause your actual carry gun fits in the palm of your hand and hurts to shoot more than 5 rounds. Be the master of your chosen weapon system. Now, when you put a better trigger on it, it might actually make you a better shooter. And to be more specific, it doesn’t make the gun shoot better, it just allows you to shot the gun better

  • Evil_Bonsai

    I’ve been using Remora holsters for a while. Just got another for my RIA TCM (5″ barrel). Wonder how this one compares.

  • nova3930

    I have a couple that I use regularly, one for a P320C and one for a Kahr PM9. Great for quick on and off for that fast trips out and the PM9 also works well with one in a pocket as long as the pocket isn’t too tight. Too tight and you get printing.

  • Richard

    I love the sticky holsters. I also have 2 remora holsters, but am not very happy with them and I think the material of the sticky is much preferable. They are very versatile and well made.

  • Richard Lutz

    The Glock 19 is more akin to a diesel Peugeot 504 than a petrol Honda Accord as the former is an immensely tough and long lasting vehicle. The Honda is more akin to a Colt Lightweight Commander that is better finished and has better ergonomics but is not nearly as tough or long lasting.

  • Ernesto

    I bought a Sticky for my Bodyguard 380 at a gun show. A great holster for shorts and a tee shirt. I carry appendix and move to three o’clock while driving. The gun does not move. Best 25 bucks I’ve spent lately.