Common questions we receive at The Well Armed Woman are: “Which holster is right for me?” And “Which size holster do I need to fit my gun model?”
This guide will help you to answer the second question. To determine Which holster is right for you” please read this article About Concealed Carry Holsters for Women
With all the Different sizing scales out there, what works for one holster, does not work for others! So here are some helpful steps on finding the right size holster for your gun.
Hint: I have also included a cheat sheet at the bottom of this post showing common firearms and the holster size you need for each!
If you have determined that one of our Kydex holsters (these are the hard plastic holsters such as the TWAW IWB or TWAW OWB/Convertible holsters that are molded to the exact specifications of each individual gun model) then no need to worry about sizing. Because these holsters are made specifically for your gun, it will be the perfect fit.
The guide below will help you with sizing for all of the other holsters available that are not molded Kydex.
The first thing to do is to know the size of your gun. You can determine this by looking at your Guns owner’s manual, look at your guns manufacturer’s direct webpage, get out your handy ruler and measure your gun or my favorite and perhaps the easiest of all go to Google and type in “[your gun model] specs” + Search. Instantly you have the main measurements you will need to properly fit your firearm. You will want to pay attention to
Next, look at the holsters description. There will most likely be a measurement scale they use to determine to size. This can be an indication the barrel length, the overall length, each holster is different so pay close attention to what they are asking for.
From step one, you will know your gun specifications (specs), so the next step is to compare those to the holsters’ sizing and you will have the size you need!
The internet is amazing, isn’t it? Finding the right size holster for your gun has never been easier!
Say I have a Glock 43 and I am trying to buy a Magnetic Waistband Holster from The Well Armed Woman Store.
First, I Google: ” Glock 43 specs”
This should bring up a quick specification hit (as pictured)
which may not always be reliable depending on the source… remember anyone can put something on the internet. Make sure you trust your source.
You should also find a link to the gun model on the manufacturer’s website which you can always trust.
So, I have found the barrel length of the Glock 43 is 3.41″, which I got from the Glock website.
Next, I look at the sizing chart on in the description of the Magnetic Waistband Holster on Th Well Armed Woman Store.
You can see from this picture the LG Auto Square fits guns with barrel lengths from 3″-3.6″ which is where my Glock 43 falls into.
Another thing you may note from this specific holster is the “round” or “square” trigger guard, this is referring to the shape of your trigger guard. To give you an idea of the difference. You can see below that the Glock 43 has a square shaped trigger guard while on the other hand, the Sig P938 has a round shaped trigger guard.
This is just one of those measurements that differ from holster to holster. That is why you need to know the specs of your gun in order to find the right fit.
To make things easier, we have compiled a quick go to sizing chart for common gun models we get questions about and the holsters that fit them on The Well Armed Woman Store.
|Gun Model||Sticky Holster||Magnetic Waistband Holster||Pistol Pouch||Pistol Wear Underarm Holster||TWAW IWB Holster||TWAW OWB Holster||TWAW Magazine Holster|
|Glock 19||LG-2||XL Auto Square||Will Not Fit||Compact||Glock 19/23/32||Glock 19/23/32||Double Stack 9|
|Glock 26||MD-4 Gen 1||LG Auto Square||MD||Compact||Glock 26/27/22||Glock 26/27/22||Double Stack 9|
|Glock 42||SM-5||LG Auto Square||MD||Sub Compact||Glock 42||Glock 42||Glock 42|
|Glock 43||MD-4||LG Auto Square||MD||Compact||Glock 43||Glock 43||Glock 43|
|Glock 43 with Laser||MD-4 Mod Laser||May not fit depending on laser model||May not fit depending on laser model||Compact||Glock 43 (CT LG-443), Armalaser, Lasermax CF-G42-LC or TLR-6)||Glock 43 (CT LG-443), Armalaser, Lasermax CF-G42-LC or TLR-6)||Glock 43|
|Kimber micro 9||SM-5||Lg Auto Round||MD||Compact||Kimber Micro 9||Kimber Micro 9||Single Stack 9|
|Ruger EC9||MD-1||Lg Auto Round||MD||Sub Compact||Ruger EC9||Ruger EC9||Single Stack 9|
|Ruger LC9/380||MD-1||LG Auto Round||MD||Sub Compact||LC9/380||LC9/380||Single Stack 9|
|Ruger LC9/380 with laser||MD-2||XL Auto Square||MD||Sub Compact||Ruger LC9/380 with laser (CT, lasermax, or Viridian R5)||Ruger LC9/380 with laser (CT, lasermax, or Viridian R5)||Single Stack 9|
|Ruger LCP||SM-2||Medium Auto||SM||Sub Compact||Ruger LCP||Ruger LCP||Single Stack 380|
|Ruger LCP with Laser||MD-2||May not fit depending on laser model||MD||Sub Compact||Ruger LCP (with CT, Laserlyte, Lasermax or Viridian R5)||Ruger LCP (with CT, Laserlyte, Lasermax or Viridian R5)||Single Stack 380|
|Ruger LCP II||SM-2||Medium Auto||SM||Sub Compact||Ruger LCP II||Ruger LCP II||Single Stack 380|
|Ruger LCR||MD-5||Small Revolver||MD||Compact||Ruger LCR||Ruger LCR||N/A|
|S&W Bodyguard 380||SM-2||Medium Auto||SM||Sub Compact||Bodyguard 380||Bodyguard 380||Single Stack 380|
|S&W J frame revolver||MD-5||Small Revolver||MD||Compact||J frame revolver||J frame revolver||N/A|
|S&W M&P Compact 9mm||MD-4 Gen 1||XL Auto Square||Will Not Fit||Compact||S&W M&P 9/40C (with or without a safety)||S&W M&P 9/40C (with or without a safety)||Double Stack 9|
|S&W M&P Shield||MD-4||LG Auto Square||MD||Compact||Shield||Shield||Shield|
|S&W M&P Shield with laser||MD-4 Mod Laser||Will Not Fit||Will Not Fit||Compact||S&W M&P Shield with laser (Viridian R%, CT red/green, Armalaser, Lasermax, Laserlyte or TLR-6)||S&W M&P Shield with laser (Viridian R%, CT red/green, Armalaser, Lasermax, Laserlyte or TLR-6)||Shield|
|S&W M&P Shield 2.0||MD-4||LG Auto Square||MD||Compact||S&W M&P Shield 2.0 with Safety||S&W M&P Shield 2.0 with Safety||Shield|
|S&W M&P Shield 2.0 with Internal Laser||MD-4 Mod Laser||Will Not Fit||MD||Compact||S&W M&P Shield 2.0 with Internal Laser and Safety||S&W M&P Shield 2.0 with Internal Laser and Safety||Shield|
|SIG p238||SM-2||Medium Auto||SM||Sub Compact||Sig P238||p238||Single Stack 380|
|SIG P238 with Laser||SM-3||LG Auto Round||MD||Sub Compact||Sig P238 (with factory laser, CT, Lima 38 or Viridian R5||Sig P238 (with factory laser, CT, Lima 38 or Viridian R5||Single Stack 380|
|SIG P365||SM-5||LG Auto Round||MD||Sub Compact||Sig P365||P365||P365|
|SIG P938||SM-5||Medium Auto||SM||Sub Compact||Sig P938||P938||Single Stack 9|
|Springfield 911 380||SM-2||Medium Auto||SM||Sub Compact||911 380||911 380||Single Stack 380|
|Springfield 911 9mm||SM-5||Medium Auto||SM||Sub Compact||Not Available Yet||Not Available Yet||Single Stack 9|
|Springfield shield ez||MD-4||XL Auto Square||MD||Compact||shield ez||shield ez||Single Stack 380|
|Springfield XD SC 9mm||MD-3||LG Auto Square||MD||Compact||Springfield XD 9/40 Sub Compact 3"||Springfield XD 9/40 Sub Compact 3"||Double Stack 9|
|Springfield XDS 3.3 9mm||MD-2||LG Auto Square||MD||Compact||XDS 3.3||XDS 3.3||Double Stack 9|
|Taurus PT-111||MD-4 Gen 1||LG Auto Square||MD||Compact||PT-111 (G1 or G2)||PT-111 (G1 or G2)||Double Stack 9|
|Walther PK380||MD-4||XL Auto Square||MD||Compact||Walther PK380||Walther PK380||Single Stack 380|
|Walther PPS||MD-4||LG Auto Round||MD||Compact||Walther PPS (M1 or M2)||Walther PPS (M1 or M2)||Single Stack 9|
|Wather CCP||MD-4||XL Auto Square||MD||Compact||Walther CCP||Walther CCP||Single Stack 9|