We The People Holsters Review [Hands-On 2022]

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Kydex holsters are dime a dozen these days.

They all look similar, come with similar features, and retail at a similar price point.

So, if you’re still on the fence about We The People and need something to make up your mind – you’re in the right place.

As a team, we’ve tested around 30 different holster manufacturers to this date. The initial goal with this website was to create a concealed carry info resource, after all.

In this updated We The People Holsters review, we take a look at its performance and features to answer the following questions:

  • How are the quality, durability & safety?
  • Is it comfortable and easy to conceal?
  • And finally – are We The People Holsters worth the money compared to alternatives?

Let’s go.

Note: Product images are coming soon, we messed up our Google Drive access and it seems that all the photos & videos will need to be re-taken. 😒

We The People IWB Holster: Short Summary

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Type: IWB/AIWBAdjustability: Retention, Ride, Cant
Material: KydexRetention: Adjustable Passive & Active “Click”
Carry: Concealed CarryLight/Laser/Optics Cuts: Most Popular Ones Available
Fit: Customized, Hand-MoldedGun Compatibility: Most Guns Available
Safety: ✅Trigger & Barrel CoveredWarranty: ✅ Lifetime

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Good safety, retention, adjustability
  • Comfortable, good concealment
  • Many colors & designs available
  • Compatible with most guns

Cons:

  • Limited holster availability for less mainstream gun models & light/optics mods

Who Should Buy We The People IWB Holster

We The People IWB is a good choice if you’re in the market for a comfortable concealed carry holster with good security features, retention, and build quality.

It’s a simple, lightweight holster that gets the basics right at a very affordable price. And getting the basics right is what matters the most with any holster.

The company is also a pleasure to deal with, they offer lifetime warranty & 1 year of no-questions-asked returns on all of their holsters.

Who Shouldn’t Buy We The People IWB Holster

If you want the absolute best the holster market has to offer, then you’ll find slightly better options in the $80-$100 price range.

If you’re looking for a hybrid solution or anything involving leather, then this holster is not for you.

One potential downside worth mentioning is that the belt clip is made out of strong & thick plastic, and not metal. It’s quite common these days with most Kydex holster manufacturers.

The clip itself is strong and built to last, I wouldn’t expect it to break. But it’s just something that I have to mention here.

We The People IWB Holsters Review – Hands On

How We Tested

I carried one of their regular IWB holsters with my Sig P365 for two weeks, with and without the holster claw addon.

I prefer to carry appendix most of the time, but during the two weeks of testing, I was alternating between side carry & appendix carry.

Before I start breaking things down:

  • It’s a good holster and I can recommend it
  • The price is affordable
  • It’s comfortable, secure, and has great retention
  • Kydex shell and clip are durable, build to last
  • Good concealment, small footprint

I’ll kick this one off with the looks & design of the holster.

Style & Looks

We The People have a ton of different designs and patterns available. I went for the regular black for this review, but you can get one in:

  • Various camos
  • Various American flag prints
  • Constitution prints
  • WTP logos
  • The yellow Gadsden flag (Don’t Tread On Me)
  • Good old solid colors, including pink & neon blue
  • A Spartan Molon Labe sword & helmet print, to make you feel like a true Greek warrior
  • And an occasional political-campaign-themed one

The bottom line is – if you’re not into boring black holsters like me, you’ll surely find a design that you’ll like.

I think they put out new designs every once in a while, so your selection might be even bigger than mine at the time of writing this article.  

Construction Quality, Material, Safety

Construction-wise, the holster feels solid. It’s a custom-shaped holster that is made out of 0.08” thick Kydex which is the standard these days for IWB holsters.

It’s not the thickest you can get – some premium brands costing double do go up to 0.093” in thickness for their IWB holsters. But thicker is not always better – it’s extra width going inside of your waistband, after all.

For me, 0.08” is the sweet spot between durability & concealment. It’s durable enough and provides a slim enough profile for comfort. I don’t want to have a single inch of thickness more than I need inside of my waistband.

The entire construction feels tough and durable – from the Kydex shell to the clip. Everything’s built to take a beating, and I wouldn’t expect this holster to unexpectedly break down on me.

Some features worth noting are:

  • The muzzle end is open and will accommodate threaded barrels.
  • The holster will work with suppressor-level sights, there is enough space.
  • There is a sweat guard. As the name implies – this protects your gun from sweat corrosion. The sweat guard is comfortable and doesn’t dig into my skin while carrying.

The trigger is fully covered when holstered, and impossible to manipulate in any way. Trigger coverage is the #1 thing that you should look for whenever buying a holster – if it doesn’t cover it properly, then it belongs in the trash.  

Retention

The holster comes with level 2 retention. This means that there are two retention mechanisms involved:

  1. Adjustable passive retention
  2. Active “click” retention for extra security

The retention is well-executed, both the active and the passive part.

Let’s break it down, starting with passive retention.

  • Passive retention is basically the friction between the holster and your gun. How tight the gun stays inside of the holster. It’s adjustable with a single screw – “retention screw” – that has a sandwiched piece of rubber in the middle.
  • Active retention means that there’s a satisfying audible click when you holster the gun. The “click” comes from the holster shape snapping in place when your gun is inserted.

When the gun is holstered, it’s secure. I can turn the holster upside down, and it stays in place. There is nothing shaking or rattling around when I shake the holster with my Sig P365 in it. It doesn’t feel like there is any risk whatsoever of the gun falling out.  

Belt Clip

The belt clip of the holster is made out of sturdy 0.14” polymer and comes sized for the most common 1.5” belts by default. They also have a 1.75” clip available for bigger belts, you’ll need to specify that before ordering.

They also sell a tuckable clip for their holsters. “Tuckable” means that you can pull your shirt over the holster when tucking it into your pants, with only a thin clip remaining visible on your belt. You’d want your holster to be “tuckable” while carrying in any formal place where you’d want your shirt to be tucked in – dinners, churches, etc.

The clip is designed well – it has a sharp angle at the bottom that slightly grabs onto the belt and keeps the holster secure. Everything’s sturdy and secure – it’s practically impossible to accidentally unhook it from the belt. Unhooking the clip is not difficult, but it does take some effort.

The clip is made out of thick, sturdy plastic. Some people might see that as a weakness, but it’s not. It’s some of the strongest polymer that I’ve been on a holster, and it’s designed well. Pressure is distributed evenly, nothing bends or gives in.

Polymer clips are fairly common on cost-effective holsters these days, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them if they’re done right. And this one is done right.

The clip itself is black, comes with WTP logo in front, and a subtle engraving of the American Flag on the inside. The small details like the flag on the inside of the clip make the holster feel more expensive than it actually is.

The logo on the front will be covered most of the time, so keep that in mind in case it’s not quite up your alley.

Adjustability & Carry Positions

The clip is adjustable, allowing you to regulate the height (ride) & angle (cant) of how you want your holster to sit on your waist.

There are two screws that attach to the clip, and you regulate the position through different combinations of them. This gives you a total of 8 different carry height & angle combinations:

  • Low, medium, high & extreme high grip
  • 0°, 25°, 30°, 45° cant options, including reverse

The adjustment is easy – you just need a screwdriver and that’s all. I did take mine apart to try different angles, but at the end of the day, I was comfortable enough with the factory settings so I put it back together exactly how it was before.  

As for carry positions, it’s the usual appendix, strong side, behind the hip, and cross carry that you can do with this holster.

Comfort

If your holster’s not comfortable, then you won’t feel like carrying it… so what was the point of buying it anyway?

It is also a very personal topic. Everyone’s body is different, with different preferences.

So I’ll just give you my experience with it. I’m on the taller side, six foot three, with an average build. Got a small belly, but nothing serious that gets in the way of day-to-day life.  

With that out of the way:

This holster is very comfortable to carry. I mostly carry AIWB, but side carry was just as comfortable when testing it out. I do carry a smaller gun (P365), so your mileage may vary. But if it will, then it will be because of your gun, not the holster.

It’s got a small footprint. The shell is thin & lightweight, yet durable. The shape of the holster itself is designed well.

The holster does everything that it’s supposed to do, and doesn’t get in the way anywhere. Comfort-wise, they really nailed it with this one.

Concealment

The concealment is good in both side carry and AIWB positions.

P365 is not a difficult gun to conceal, especially with the additional holster claw that I purchased from them.

Your mileage might vary with bigger guns, but it won’t be on the holster. The holster’s doing its job well.

In my case, there is no printing in most situations. The holster has a low profile, nothing sticks out, and it sits flush with the body. Exactly what you’d expect from a concealed carry holster.  

I got the optional holster claw attachment to try it out. While I didn’t really need it with a gun as small as P365, I felt that this review wouldn’t be complete without it.

Holster Claw – Do You Need It & How To Use

Holster claw is an attachment used to keep the gun close to the body to avoid printing. The claw presses against your belt from the inner side, and pushes the holster to be more in line with the natural curvature of the body. Thus giving you better concealment.

The optional holster claw attachment is easy to install and comes with a number of screws, pads and washers.

The claw attaches to the retention screw part of the holster, and you’ll have to disassemble it before attaching the claw.

You actually have 3 different ways of attaching the claw, depending on how aggressive you want the angle to be.

  • Claw in front of the holster + thick pad = aggressive claw
  • Claw in front of the holster + thin pad = moderate claw
  • Claw in the back of the holster + thick pad = light claw
  • Claw in the back of the holster + thin pad = minimal claw

I went with the “moderate” option for testing. That’s the one where you position the claw in the front of the holster and attach the “thin” pad to it. Depending on your body type, your mileage might vary (lighter claw angles for bigger people).

I was satisfied with how it worked. I can’t say if I really needed it, because the concealment was already good as it was without it with my small gun. But having that extra confidence that my gun is sitting flush with my body was good to have.

Ease Of Draw

Despite the great retention, there are zero issues on the draw. I had no issue making quick draws from both AIWB and IWB positions in the sub-2-second range. Obviously, a lot of this is going to come down to practice, but I have nothing to criticize when it comes to drawing.  

Guns & Mods Supported

We The People have models for most popular guns from the following brands:

  • Smith & WessonGlock
  • Springfield
  • Taurus
  • Ruger
  • Sig Sauer
  • Heckler & Koch
  • 1911
  • Beretta
  • Kahr
  • Kimber
  • SCCY
  • CZ
  • Walther Arms
  • Revolver
  • Bersa
  • Keltec
  • FN
  • Canik
  • Honor Defense
  • Taser
  • Polymer80
  • Hi-Point
  • Colt
  • Browning
  • Steyr
  • Sarsilmaz

They have limited support for laser, light & optic mods depending on the models. If it’s a popular mod, they usually have something for it. I’m taking something like a Glock 19 with Streamlight, P365XL with Romeo Zero, etc. For exotic and less common mods, there’s a chance you won’t find them with We The People holsters.

Add-ons & upgrades

They sell additional clips & the holster claw that I’ve covered above. There’s also a gun belt that they have for sale, but that was not tested for this review.  

Price & Value For Money

The holster retails at around $45 give or take a couple of dollars, depending on the month. If you want a good, durable holster then this is the least that you should expect to pay.

As a mid-priced holster, We The People aims at giving you the “best bang for the buck”. And with this IWB holster, they have succeeded in doing that.

I can confirm that the holster’s build, design, and features are well worth the price it’s retailing at. It’s an excellent holster that is priced appropriately.

You won’t get any perfectionistic refinements that come with the more premium Kydex holsters in the $70-$100 price range (Tier 1, Vedder, Tulster, etc.). We The People is a simple holster that gets the job done, nothing more, nothing less.

Warranty, Shipping, Customer Support

  • All We The People Holsters come with a lifetime warranty. This covers your holster failing due to a manufacturing defect – they will repair it or replace it for free.
  • The holsters are backed by their 100% satisfaction guarantee. After receiving your holster, if for any reason you want to return your holster you can do that within 1 year from the purchase date.
  • They offer free shipping on all orders over $50.

The shipping times may vary since the holsters are all made to order. They say usually it’s 3-5 days until the holster arrives on your doorstep, but it might take a little while longer if it’s a rarer model that they might not have in stock right away.

The customer support is great and the guys are always a pleasure to deal with. This is coming from experience.

About We The People Holsters as a company

All We The People holsters are made in America, their factory is located in Las Vegas. They’ve been around since 2018, and are quite well-known in the industry. They are very pro 2nd Amendment and quite active on social media with their ads. Besides holsters, they’ve branched into a lot of different gear including:

  • Gun belts
  • Leggings
  • Coffee (really)
  • T-Shirts
  • Phone cases
  • Coasters

You name it, they have it.

Video review

We The People Different Holster Models

Besides their Kydex IWB holsters, We The People also carry:

  • Kydex OWB holsters
  • Independence premium leather holster line
  • Freedom holster system with a mag holder

We The People Kydex OWB Holster – Short Review

Their OWB paddle holster comes with similar features as the IWB one:

  • Adjustable retention, cant, height
  • Sweat guard
  • Kydex construction
  • Active click retention

The paddle is large, made out of polymer, and gives you excellent stability because of its size. I like the wings on the paddle – the way that it’s designed to grip the belt. It looks really cool.

The adjustability & design variations are the main standout features compared to most other kydex OWB holsters. If you’re in the market for a good, reliable OWB holster, this one’s worth considering.

We The People Independence Leather Holster IWB & OWB – Short Review

Independence is their new full-leather holster that comes at a premium price point. This one’s a little bit unique and stands out from most other leather holsters I’ve seen.

The holster looks and feels great. It comes stamped with WTP prints. They even put graphics and imprints on the interior, which is beautiful to see. I love when producers go for these small details.

It’s a double-layer leather shell, meaning that both the inside and outside of the holster have grain-side leather (not flesh-side/suede). This is done to protect the gun from wear & tear.

For comparison, most leather holsters use a single-layer leather shell. This means that the outside of the holster is grain-side, and the inner side is suede. Suede leather is rougher, so it wears the gun down more.

  • The leather is thick and feels extremely durable
  • High-quality, heavy-duty stitching throughout
  • Handcrafted & Made in the USA

The holster comes with great retention. The gun fits really nice and snug. There is absolutely no movement. I can turn it upside down and the gun stays in place.  

It’s going to be tighter than what you’re normally used to if you haven’t carried leather holsters before. That’s because it needs to break in with time.

I think the most common estimate is around 150-200 draws before the holster breaks in and the retention loosens up a little bit.

They don’t make it for a whole lot of guns yet, you’ll only find the more popular models available. But I’ve heard that they’re working on including more models

The OWB Independence holster comes with one loophole, and one snap that goes around your belt. Including the snap instead of a 2nd loophole makes the holster easier to take on and off. Easier to thread through. I haven’t seen this on many other holsters, I think more holsters should do it. The OWB holster will also sit closer to your body when compared to kydex holsters. Especially over time as the leather starts contouring.

The IWB Independence holster comes with 2 polymer clips that fit over your belt. These are built in a way that allows you to adjust the height & cant (angle) of the holster. I haven’t seen adjustable ride & cant on any other leather holsters, so it’s pretty impressive that they managed to build it into this one.

The clips are rigid, but not rigid enough that you can’t pull them off if you wanted to. They have tabs built into them so you can pull them off the belt easier. Two Philips-head screws for each hook, so you can adjust height and cant. There are 5 holes on each side of the holster for height adjustment.

It conceals well, but because of the thicker leather, you might find it a bit less concealable than their kydex holsters. Especially if you carry a bigger gun, so that’s something to keep in mind. No issues with AIWB, but side carry might print a little.  

We The People Freedom Holster System – Short Review

We The People Freedom Holster System is their latest product. This one’s out of the budget holster price range and is out there competing with the big boys.

The price is about the same as a dedicated appendix & mag combos from other holster makers. The difference is that you can turn this one into just about any type of holster you could want for any carry position.

Everything comes neatly packed in the box and you’re getting:

  • The holster
  • Mag carrier
  • Loops, clips, paddles
  • A lot of hardware for micro-adjustments

Everything comes in separate bags and is neatly arranged in the box that the holster comes with. The holster is compatible with the WTP claw, but the claw itself is not included in the package.

As for the features, you get adjustable retention, ride, height & carry positions. The retention is tight and snappy. The trigger is covered, all boxes checked on security.

The mag carrier is either attached to the holster, or can be worn separately. You attach the mag carrier to the holster with a sort of a small bungee cord.

The way of attachment gives the holster some flex, which makes it easier for the holster to contour to your body, and makes a big difference in concealability.

The belt clips are angled outward, which pushes the gun against your body when you’re carrying. It makes for better concealment, and it’s always good to see a company doing that.  

It’s a unique holster, can’t really think of anyone else doing something as flexible as this.

There’s the Alien Gear Shapeshift that we’ve also reviewed before.

The main difference between this one & Alien Gear’s Shapeshift is that Shapeshift is a hybrid holster, while this setup is full premium kydex. So with the Freedom system, you’re not getting that softening on the inside of the holster. But it’s also significantly thinner, lighter, and easier to conceal as a result.

What’s In the Package

We didn’t make a separate unboxing video, but here’s a guy who did:

Parting Shots & Loose Rounds: Do We Recommend We The People Holsters?

If you’re in the market for a good, cost-effective IWB holster then you won’t go wrong with We The People Holsters.

To summarize the main points:  

  • It’s comfortable
  • Has good retention
  • Sturdy shell & clip that are built to last
  • Easily concealable
  • Easy to draw

If it fits your budget, I can only recommend that you check them out.

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