For concealed carry handgun shooters, having a slim profile, a small body, and a round that’s more than sufficient are the big goals. As such, the most iconic design are single-stack and 1911 inspired, like the Kimber series and the Heckler and Koch USP compact. Unfortunately, one of Glock’s greatest strengths, its double-stack magazine, puts it at a disadvantage; the thicker magazine widens up the grip and makes concealing a bit more difficult.
Fortunately for Glock fans, this isn’t the case with the Glock 36, a Glock design that combines the best of Glock’s signature style with a single-stack magazine, an incredibly small profile, and easy maintenance. Whether you’re large or small, concealed or open, or novice or professional, the Glock 36 has plenty of advantages for any shooter.
- 1 Choosing a Holster for Glock 36
- 2 Glock 36 IWB Holsters
- 3 Glock 36 Leather Holsters
- 4 Glock 36 Accessories
Choosing a Holster for Glock 36
Fortunately for Glock 36 owners, you won’t be left owning a holster that is substandard. You’ll soon learn they come in all shapes, sizes and methods of carry, such as IWB and in materials such as leather. To get the most out of your Glock 36, however, you need to find the elusive “perfect” holster to make your draw as seamless as possible. Here, we have a solid collection of all different types of carry, all designed to fill your personal protection needs.
*** For other Glock holster options (besides just the 36), here are some good choices for all Glock models.
1. BLACKHAWK! Serpa CQC Carbon Fiber Holster
- SERPA Auto Lock release and passive retention detent adjustment screw
- Speed-cut design for rapid draw, target acquisition and re-holster
- Includes belt loop platform and paddle platform
- Holster size 02
- Left-hand orientation
One of the most recognizable names in holsters, the Glock 36 model BlackHawk! Sportster Serpa holster has a lot to offer, which . Made as a standard paddle holster, this Level II holster keeps your Glock in place with a combination of adjustable passive retention and SERPA’s signature Auto Lock, a lock that engages with an audible click and disengages with a natural push of a button.
However, the best part about this holster is its incredible versatility. In addition to an adjustable cant securely mounted on a three screw system, just being a part of the Serpa system means that you can unscrew the system from the paddle holster and screw it into another Serpa mount holster, like a drop-leg or a MOLLE vest attachment. We also touched on this holster as a nice fit for the Glock 27.
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2. BlackHawk! Serpa CQC Paddle Holster
- Fits GLOCK 19, 23, 32 and 36
- SERPA Auto-Lock active retention system
- Trigger finger lock release
- Adjustable tension passive retention system
- Polymer construction
In much the same vein, the CQC paddle holster from BlackHawk! is a Serpa system that will give you all the versatility you’d expect on the Sportster. However, there are a few minor improvements for customers who want the absolute best. First off, you’re going to have the adjustable cant system included, rather than needing to buy it separately on the Sportster. Your holster material is also going to be a bit tougher, using a carbon fiber body rather than the Sportster’s polymer.
If color is an issue for you, you’ll find that you’ve got color choices on the CQC, in contrast to the gunmetal grey of your Sportster holster. However, which ever one you choose, both the Sportster and the CQC are functionally the same; same auto-lock, same Serpa system compatability, and the same passive retention system. While Blackhawk! recommends the CQC for military and law enforcement personnel, in all but the most extreme conditions, you’re not going to notice a huge difference.
For the Glock 36, these holsters give you a lot of adaptability and options. Already a small and easily concealable handgun, the Serpa system’s adjustable cant and versatility means that finding an easily concealable angle and hold for your handgun can be a personal choice, rather than something you have to work around.
With either the CQC or the Sportster, it’s entirely possible to wear comfortable clothing all year round, yet keep your Glock 36 safely hooked to your body. The fact that the Auto-Lock is always the same makes your draw as simple as possible, whatever configuration you use.
Glock 36 IWB Holsters
Whether you live in a hot climate that limits your concealment options or you have a problem with your Glock 36 “printing” against your shirt, an inside-the-waistband holster could be a good option for you, especially for the Glock’s small single-stack. Designed to slide inside your pants and press against your body, IWB holsters are much easier to conceal than a paddle holster or belt holster. Combine that with the 36‘s slim profile and a slightly tilted forward cant (called an FBI cant), and you’ve got a very concealable option, even for smaller shooters.
While you are going to get a lot more concealability on an IWB holster, you should be aware that your holster is going to be pressed tightly against your body, which can be uncomfortable with the wrong kind of holster. With that in mind, you should really test drive any IWB holster to make sure that it doesn’t get uncomfortable. When you find one that works, however, you’ll find that the balance of concealability and draw speed is really something you just can’t get on any other kind of holster. Let’s check out the best Glock 36 IWB Holsters available.
1. Pro Carry HD Gun Holster
- Glock Holster
- Gun Holster
- Holster For Glock
- Pistol Holster
Right off the bat, you’ve got an IWB holster that hits all the high notes in the Pro Carry HD. Made of full-grain leather and molded to your Glock 36, this model comes with a steel belt clip and retention prongs, designed to help secure your holster with two distinct anchor points.
A particularly neat feature on this leather IWB holster are their accommodations, namely the addition of an addition slide guard, an option for forward or backward cant, or even for Crimson Trace and Lasermax laser systems. While the all-internal Lasermax laser may not be as impressive, having an IWB that works with your Crimson Trace external laser is a real plus.
Like any good accessory for a self-defense handgun, the Pro Carry HD Leather IWB holster is simple, rugged, and adjustable enough to help without slowing you down. You can either use your Glock 36 IWB holster on your strong side or, with the opposite side holster, carry it as a cross-draw. The Crimson Trace design lets you have another advantage without unnecessarily stretching the leather, and the fact that you can carry with a cant will make your Glock as concealable as possible. It looks good, feels good, and works just like it’s supposed to in any conditions.
2. Barsony Gun IWB Holster6
- Inside the Waistband Holster + Single Magazine Pouch. Design helps anchor holster inside pants or skirt/dress; Ultra-thin four-layer laminate that is no thicker than conventional suede leather holsters. Internal moisture barrier won't transmit perspiration to gun. Lightweight; open style; ultimate concealment.
- Barsony New IWB Holster + Single Magazine Pouch is compatible with gun make/model sizes listed in the drop down menu. Premium leather backing for belt clip carry. Wear it strong-side, cross draw or on the small of the back.
- Belt clip slips over pant top and belt to hold gun securely and anchor gun for positive draw.
- The picture shows a right hand draw- strongside (right side) holster.
- If you are right handed and wish to carry on the small of the back select a left hand holster. If you are left handed for left side carry select left hand holster. If you are left handed and wish to carry on the small of your back select right hand draw.
If you prefer more modern materials than leather, you might want to look into the Barsony Gun IWB Holster and Single Magazine Pouch. These two all-nylon pieces are much easier to clean, they don’t absorb moisture, and they’re still tough enough to hold your Glock in place, even with four layers of material.
Of course, holding the holster to your body is a huge concern here; fortunately, Barsony claims they have the strongest steel belt clip in the industry, a claim they wouldn’t just throw out there frivolously. It’s light, it’s open, and again, it will hold your Glock 36 inside your waistband, giving you an incredibly quick draw.
The extra magazine pouch is a nice touch, particularly for professionals using their Glock 36 as a backup handgun. Made of exactly the same material and carrying the same super strong steel clip, you can put it onto your opposite side and reload easily, even in high-pressure situations. Just pull up the Velcro, and you can easily retrieve the magazine. With the extra pouch, you’ll never have to worry about having enough ammo, allowing you to defend yourself with confidence.
Glock 36 Leather Holsters
While we may have glossed over a Glock 36 leather holster earlier, it’s worth talking about just how many advantages this classic material really has. Not only are they great style pieces, but they are incredibly comfortable against your skin, much more so than synthetic materials. The fact that you can get them molded to your handgun is a huge plus, as well as the fact that leather can stretch a bit. While they do require some specialized leather care, there’s no doubt that even old-style leather holsters can still hold their own against nylon and polymers.
1. Pro Carry LT Gun Holster
- Quality Leather
- Metal Clip
- Concealed Carry Holster
Another design from Pro Carry, the LT is designed as a first IWB holster, giving you all the advantages at an affordable price. Made of the same American full-grain leather and available in black, mahogany, or just natural leather, the LT gives your Glock 36 a snug fit and good retention.
In fact, the only real trade-off you get between the LT and the HD is that the HD will be molded to your Glock 36, so if that isn’t a major concern, it might be worth it to go with the LT model. Both are designed to be tough, durable, and reliable, and each one can be bought at a forward or backward cant and with Crimson Trace support.
2. Desantis Mini Scabbard Holster
- Model: Mini Scabbard
- Belt Holster
- Fits Glock 19/23/36
- For Right Hand Use
- Black Leather
For real minimalist holster enthusiasts, the Desantis Mini Scabbard Holster is the stripped-down version of everything you need and nothing you don’t. Designed to be molded and secured with a passive retention screw, this leather Glock 36 holster comes with only the bare essentials for a OWB scabbard style holster.
It’s a perfect no-fuss piece for open carry activists, professionals, or anybody who wants to carry concealed under a jacket or large shirt.
Glock 36 Accessories
While they’re not necessary for using your Glock 36, we find that these accessories can make drawing, shooting, and maintaining your handgun much easier.
1. Glock GT03374 Disassembly Takedown Tool Punch
- Glock disassembly tool
- Black finish
- The tool measures approximately 3 5/8'' from end to end
It’s important to strip down your Glock every so often, if only for routine maintenance, and while you can do it without tools, it can be a real hassle. Fortunately, with the Glock Disassembly Tool Punch, you can easily push out the pins in your trigger guard, locking block, and trigger pins with a punch that’s designed to be their size. It’s small enough to keep in a range bag or on a workbench, and it can make punching out tiny pins that much less of a headache.
2. Pearce Grip Extensions
- Provides magazine identification via Mag-Track for those that rotate magazine usage
- Fits Glock 36 Magazine
- Forms the next logical finger positioning feature to provide control and comfort without sacrificing concealability
- Blends with the contours and texture of the handgun giving a factory appearance
A real problem with subcompacts is the fact that your pinky always seems to hang out in midair while shooting. Fortunately, that can be fixed with the friction fit Pearce Grip Extensions that slide onto your Glock 36 magazine and give you just a little extra grip room. This way, you can enjoy the comfort of shooting with your full hand, even on a concealable subcompact.
Once again, any or all of these holsters and accessories would really compliment your Glock 36. Which one you choose, however, is entirely up to your preferences; after all, the best Glock 36 holster for you isn’t the same as everyone else’s. Take some time, compare all the choices, and see if you can’t find your elusive perfect concealed carry holster.