The 4 Best IWB Holsters for Keltec PF9 and Other Models

Best IWB Holstersfor Keltec PF9

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So you have a Keltec, and you want to an IWB holster. Well, good idea. See, IWB (Internal Waist Band) holsters are designed for concealed carry by armed civilians for self-defense ,or law enforcement officers as an off duty or back-up weapon. IWB holsters carry a small, lightweight firearm inside the waistband, often in the appendix or four o’clock position. IWB holsters are made from a variety of materials, includes traditional leather, or modern heavy duty nylon, or hard Kydex plastic. They typically fasten to the waistband or belt by metal clips or belt loops, and are designed to keep the firearm pressed close to the body for maximum concealability under an untucked shirt, sweatshirt, or jacket, with little or no printing, or visible outline under clothing.

And since your Kel-tec is one of the smallest and flattest single stack 9mm ever made, it’s ideal for an IWB holster. So let’s get to the 4 best IWB holsters for Keltec PF9 pistols (though, these holsters would work for other Keltec models too):

Barsony Gun IWB Holster + Single Magazine Pouch includes a matching single magazine holder. It is made in the USA of an ultra-thin, four layer laminate with an internal moisture barrier to keep sweat off your guns finish. It is available in right and left handed models. It has a metal belt clip, and is made of black Cordura nylon with a leather backing . The magazine holder has a belt loop and Velcro flap to hold the magazine in place. Printing is minimal and it is very comfortable to wear. The trigger guard is covered by the holster., and retention is Level I (Friction holds the gun in place).

Barsony Brown Leather IWB Holster + Magazine Pouch is a reasonably priced, soft brown leather IWB holster, made in the USA. A matching brown leather single magazine holder is included. It is lightweight at only four oz., and is available in right and left handed models. It has a metal clip for attachment to the waistband. The holster does not much breaking in as most any leather holster will. It holds the gun securely, and Retention is Level I. It is very comfortable due to the suppleness of the leather. The trigger guard is covered. This is easily among the best IWB holsters for Keltec PF9 pistols.

Comp-Tac MTAC Holster – Black Leather Backing is a Kydex holster on a black leather backing, which attaches to your belt or waistband with two adjustable clips which can be canted into eight different positions to suit the wearers preference. Tension is adjustable. The Kydex body can be removed from the backing, and you can purchase a different body from Comp-tac for a different gun allowing for interchangeability without having to purchase an entire new rig. It is comfortable and durable. Retention is Level I.

Elite IWB Concealment Holster for Kel-Tec PF9 with laser by Elite Survival Systemsis made of ballistic nylon, and is a very simple and rugged design. It features a steel clip-on design, the holster covers the trigger guard, and has Level I retention, It is ambidextrous, has a very reasonable price, and is lightweight, durable, and comfortable. This particular holster is designed to fit the Kel-tec PF9 with a laser sight. It gives good concealment.

When choosing the best IWB holsters for Keltec PF9 pistols, here are the important features to look for:

  • An IWB holster is supposed to be concealable– is there printing against the clothes? (A thought on printing: with most people carrying some sort of handheld electronic device, is printing as much of a concern anymore? As long as the shape is squared off, it will not look like a gun.)
  • An IWB holster is pressed up against your bare skin of your hip or appendix area–you will wear it eight to 12 hours a day or even longer. Will it be comfortable?
  • Does it hold the gun securely in place or are you adjusting it every two seconds because it slips, playing touchy-feely with yourself constantly to make sure it is in place every time you walk up stairs or step over a curb? If you are a civilian, cops take notice of this type of movement and it could get you unwarranted attention.
  • Does the holster cover the trigger guard to reduce the chance of an accidental discharge?
  • Is it going to last more than a few months? Look for high quality, preferably American made holsters, not cheap foreign-made junk.


Police officers need to be ready to respond to threats at anytime, anyplace, including off duty. Armed civilians have the right to protect themselves from predators and to defend others. Our constitutional right to bear arms must be exercised safely and responsibly. A discreetly carried firearm in a holster is a way to do this, so that we present a good impression of gun owners to the public. A consideration is your appearance and bearing when you carry, if someone does get a glimpse of your gun, especially if you are an armed civilian. Are you neat and squared away, calm, and professional looking? That will be less alarming than someone who looks like a thug, with their hat on sideways and pants sagging off their rear end (the only good thing about that style is it’s easy to see if the thug is carrying).

Good luck and stay safe!


About the author:

David A. Porter is an adjunct instructor in Criminal Justice, and a licensed clinician who provides substance abuse and anger management counseling to criminal offenders, and treatment of PTSD in victims of violent and sexually based crimes. He is a gun owner, avid shooter, and second amendment advocate.

  • Owner of, Boyd Smith is a major handgun enthusiast, and although he owns Glocks, he prefers the revolving wheel type. His go-to guns are a Smith & Wesson 642 Performance Center for carry and a Ruger GP100 in the nightstand biometric safe (he has kids). He loads both revolvers with old-school 148-grain Federal Gold Medal .38 wadcutters. It’s OK if you think he’s a wimp. Email him.

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