The Smith and Wesson J frame revolver is the go to concealed carry revolver. Smith and Wesson has made dozens of J frame models, and limiting this article to one single model wouldn’t do the frame size justice.
The majority of J frame revolvers are remarkably similar, but can differ in small ways by hammer (or lack of hammer), finish, caliber, and dozens of other small changes. In general, regardless of aforementioned features, J frame revolvers will fit in a “J frame holster” in nearly every case.
With the popularity of the J frame for concealed carry, there is an abundance of excellent holsters for concealed carry. These top five represent a wide diversity of holsters.
FlashBang Holsters – The Capone
The Capone is one of Flashbang Holsters’ Prohibition line of holsters. The Capone is similar to the crossbreed series by being made from a combination of leather and modern kydex to make it a very comfortable and very durable holster.
The Capone’s soft leather is extremely comfortable and the dual clip design keeps it from moving around vigorously and chafing the wearer.
The Capone prevents your weapon from ever making contact with your skin. This keeps your weapon away from natural body moisture and insures a comfortable experience wearing the holster.
Desantis Flex Tuk
The Desantis Flex Tuk is an inside the waistband holster specially fitted for the S&W J frame. The Flex Tuk is design to be carried in a variety of manners including strong side draw, cross draw and appendix carry.
The Flex Tuk holds up nice and high for an easy draw and ease of concealment. The Flex Tuk is designed so the user can still tuck their shirt in without compromising concealment.
The Flex Tuk’s only tell is a very small clip on the outside of the shirt. Only another seasoned concealed carrier would recognize the small clip. The Flex Tuk is extremely comfortable as an appendix carry gun, and is easy to conceal in this position.
5.11 Holster Shirt
5.11 Tactical is a renowned tactical accessory and gear maker that has made a big jump in the holster market with their Thumb Drive holster and now their holster shirt.
The 5.11 Holster Shirt is one of the ultimate ways to conceal carry. Available for both men and women, the holster shirt is about as deep cover as you can get. The shirt features two pockets for weapon and accessories.
The holster itself conceals small and medium weapons very well, and keeps the weapon in a comfortable position throughout the day. The 5.11 is the ultimate is comfort and concealment, and the only downside is the temperature may make this a bit difficult at times in hotter states.
Galco Ankle Glove
Describing an ankle holster as a glove may seem like an odd idea, but there are a few reasons for it. For one, the comfort factor makes it very glove like, with the majority of the padding being sheep skin.
The wide strap of the Ankle glove gives the weapon the support it needs. The weapon will sort of twist during your movement throughout the day.
The second factor is the way the weapon fits inside the holster. The fit is very snug, but not tight enough to restrict drawing your weapon. For deep concealed carry, the Galco Ankle glove is hard to beat.
Blackhawk Serpa J frame Holster
The Blackhawk Serpa holsters are one of my personal favorites. They were first adopted by the United States Marine Corps, and their brother branches.
Serpa holsters are modern kydex holsters that serve on a variety of platforms. The normal strong-side waist Serpa features a loop or paddle design. For the J frame, this is an incredibly secure way to carry your firearm.
The active retention system prevents anyone else from accessing your weapon, and also prevents it from falling out regardless of whatever struggle you find yourself in.
The J frame is a Serpa system also conceals nicely due to its small size and is very comfortable to wear as long as you have a cover garment, like a shirt of jacket. The combination of a lightweight holster and a lightweight weapon will make you forget your carrying a weapon.