PHLster Floodlight OWB Holster — Versatility for Duty Guns

My editor sent me a PHLster Floodlight OWB (Outside the Waist Band) holster to evaluate. Typically, I’m not a fan of the “one size holster fits all” concept because the “jack of all trades, master of none” usually doesn’t seem to work out great. So how did the PHLster perform?

Keep reading to find out!

Glock 19X and Nighstick TWM-30F
The test gun for this holster project is a Glock 19X with Nightstick TWM-30F weapon light.

When the holster arrived, it was packaged in a plastic, resealable baggie (a new concept for packaging holsters, at least to me). I tore off the top and noted the Ziploc-type apparatus for resealing the bag (obviously this was to keep the contents fresh in the event I were to need to reseal the bag).

Holster and package.
The PHLster baggie and holster.

Some Assembly Required

The next thing I noted was that there is “some assembly required.” The joy this news brought me was on par with having Vlad the Impaler perform at my next birthday party. I am not mechanically inclined and absolutely, positively despise assembling even the simplest things. To top it off, there was no instruction sheet included within the resealable Ziploc baggie (though had there been, I could have been assured of keeping them fresh and crisp, had I resealed them).

Bags of hardware that come with PHLster Floodlight OWB holster
Various hardware comes along with the PHLster holster. A wide range of guns and light combinations can be accommodated with this holster system.

Okay, I figured, let’s get on with this, expecting it to be an utter calamity. I checked the PHLster website, and lo and behold, there is an instruction page! Within a few minutes, even considering my woefully pitiful “construction” skills, I had the holster together. To be fair, it’s not as terrible as it sounds. There are three baggies (also resealable, thank goodness) with three sets of screws and rubber washers of varying thicknesses to accommodate various sizes of handguns.

It’s versatile!

I thought, “Okay…they put some thought into this.”

I checked to see which models of handguns the holster would accommodate, and the list was voluminous: 1911, Glock 19/17/34 (and .40 and .357 variants), S&W M&P and SD Series, H&K MP9, VP40, and P30, FN 509 and FNS, CZ P10, P07, P09, 75 SP01, Sig P226, 229, 220, and P320, Walther PPQ, Polymer 80, Beretta 92, M9, PX4, APX, and XD/XDM series. How’s that for versatile?

Glock 19X with weapon light.
The business end of the Glock 19X and Nightstick TWM-30F.

Additionally, it is designed to accept weapon lights (TLR1, TLR-1 HL, and X300). The Nightstick TWM-30F that I have on my Glock 19X also fits very well.

This is exceptionally convenient for shooters who have a host of pistols and want something that will accommodate all of them in one fell swoop. Aside from convenience, it is a huge money-saver for folks, as they don’t have to buy several holsters.

The holster also is offered in a variety of colors: Black, OD Green, Tan, and Wolf Grey.

An open Tek Lok.
The Blade-Tech Tek-Lok attachment opens up to fit over a belt.

As if this rig is not already versatile enough, they made it compatible with Blade-Tech, G-Code, and Safariland attachments, and it is also ambidextrous. A Blade-Tech belt attachment is included as the method of mounting to the belt, and it works well. It’s adjustable for various different belt widths.

The Tek Lok attachment.
The Tek-Lok is adjustable for various belt widths, adding to the versatility.

The Floodlight also accommodates slide-mounted optics, suppressor sights, and muzzle devices. This holster is good for the range, training, duty, competition, and daily carry. Although it can be used for concealed carry, be aware that it sticks out from the body substantially, so a bulky cover garment is going to be the order of the day if the user elects to employ it in that capacity. To be fair, I suspect that this was not its intended role at all.

Rear of the Phlster Floodlight holster, showing Tek Lok belt attachment.
The rear of the PHLster, complete with Tek-Lok belt attachment.

Glock 19X & Nightstick TWM-30F

The holster held my Glock 19X with weapon light securely while still permitting a smooth, speedy draw. Understand, as I’ve mentioned, this is not a streamlined, custom rig; it is a large, one-size-fits-all affair. That’s not a dig on the holster, since that is basically its entire mission, and you realize it when you’re ordering it on their website.

Glock 19X in the Phlster holster.
The PHLster Floodlight holds the Glock securely, covering the trigger guard for safety. Drawing was fast and positive while retention was good.

Since I don’t own a myriad of handguns, I normally buy a purpose-fitted holster that is specifically made for the couple of pistols that I

I like streamlined holsters that are built just for my pistols. Considering, though, that my 19X currently has a weapon light mounted, this holster makes sense. I will be getting a custom-fitted holster, but I also like the option of having this one from PHLster because it has the ability to holster my pistol with the light installed.

Underneath the Phlster.
Seen from underneath, the modular nature of the holster is obvious.

So, is the PHLster Floodlight OWB any good?

Overall, I like what this product does and provides, which is versatility in a huge way. It functions well and holds the pistol securely while still allowing a smooth, quick draw. As long as we keep in mind what this holster is meant to accomplish, I’d say it does what it set out to do very well. I’ll also add that the holster seems to be sturdily built and will likely absorb some abuse.

At the time of this writing, the PHLster Floodlight holster sells at GunMag Warehouse for $113.99. PHLster also offers a number of other products, including pouches and other carry options. PHLster’s products seem to be a good value for the quality that the consumer receives.

Jim Davis served in the PA Dept. of Corrections for 16 ½ years as a corrections officer in the State Correctional Institute at Graterford and later at SCI Phoenix. He served on the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT), several of those years as a sniper, and also the Fire Emergency Response Team (FERT). For 25 years, he was a professional instructor, teaching topics including Defensive Tactics, Riot Control and Tactical Operations, Immediate Responder, and cognitive programs as an adjunct instructor at the DOC Training Academy. He was then promoted to the title of corrections counselor, where he ran a caseload and facilitated cognitive therapy classes to inmates. His total service time was close to 29 years. He was involved in many violent encounters on duty, including incidents of fatalities. He is a dedicated Christian and attributes any skills that he has to the glory of God.

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