Top 6 Smith & Wesson 4053 Holsters

Top Smith & Wesson 4053 Holsters

The right place to find your perfect Smith & Wesson 4053 holster is right here. Read what we have to say about these holsters and find yours. Check out the top 6 holsters for Smith & Wesson 4053 in various carry styles with detailed reviews, pros and cons and tips and tricks on how to find your personal favorite. The road to the perfect fit for your Smith & Wesson 4053 is just a few scrolls away. We also included our personal favorite at the end. Don't forget that they are all custom made and the fit is guaranteed.

Smith & Wesson 4053 Holster List

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6. Open-Muzzle IWB Holster

Are you looking for an inside the waistband holster for your Smith & Wesson 4053 that has been tested by many and complained about by very few? Then this holster is your go to option. Just as the name suggests, the muzzle part of this IWB holster is open, but so is the top of the holster. This allows for easy draw and re-holstering, but you’ll be able to put some small attachments on as well.

The holster comes with a dual belt loop system, which means two things. Firstly, you won’t need to take your belt off when (dis)mounting. This is a great feature as having to constantly take your belt on and off when attaching a holster is very tiresome. Another benefit of this feature is the added stability. The entire holster body is crafted from premium Italian leather and stitched together by high-quality German threads.

Does this holster have any disadvantages? Well, it’s true that if there’s no thumb break, your Smith & Wesson 4053 can be snatched a bit easier. At the same time, you might need to adjust the belt loops screws, otherwise you might feel like the holster is a bit flimsy. Another thing it could use is at least a partial sweat guard. However, I’d still say this IWB holster isn’t that far from perfect and if you decide to go for it, I’m sure it will definitely become a very neat and affordable addition to your EDC set.

$85
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Pros

Cons

Pros

  • Convenient (dis)mounting
  • Quick draw secured by open top design
  • Open muzzle design allows for minor attachments

Cons

  • Could use a thumb break for more security
  • Holster can be flimsy if not properly adjusted
  • No sweat guard

5. Open Top Belt Holster

Looking for a new Smith & Wesson 4053 OWB holster? Well, then don’t go any further. This outside the waistband holster is a synonym of simplicity, just look at it! It features an open top, open muzzle design, so your Smith & Wesson 4053 gets a lot of fresh air and you won’t have any problem accessing it. If you’re looking for a holster allowing for quick draw and re-holstering, you won’t be disappointed.

When I first saw the holster I actually confused it for a pancake one. However, it’s a bit narrower and although I still prefer pancakes, this holster offers a much lower profile. This is vital especially if you’re looking for an OWB with high concealability. If you get this holster, you’ll get it molded specifically for your gun, so you can be sure about the perfect fit.

Now not everything is ideal and this holster is no exception. The absence of thumb break will result in lower security and retention, although the custom molding prevents the Smith & Wesson 4053 from falling out, so don’t worry about that too much. It’s also not the sturdiest of leather holsters, which could be a problem for some of you.

What made this holster a keeper for me, however, is definitely the double-stitching it features. As you can see in the picture, all the key parts of the holster are double-stitched, which makes the holster much more secure and prevents it from falling apart. If you’re looking for an OWB holster you won’t have to change for a new one anytime soon, then this is the one to get.

$75
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Pros

Cons

Pros

  • Quick draw and re-holstering
  • Extremely low profile
  • Double-stitching

Cons

  • Lower retention
  • Not as sturdy as you might like
  • Absence of a thumb break strap

4. Vertical Roto Shoulder Holster System

When shopping for a new shoulder holster for a Smith & Wesson 4053, many people are undecided between vertical and horizontal carry. While vertical systems are ideal for bigger guns and also conceal a bit better, the horizontal rigs allow for an easier draw and re-holstering. But which one to choose? If you’re not sure, this shoulder holster system is your answer.

The Vertical Roto Shoulder Holster with Double Mag Pouch might be a bit more expensive, but the roto feature is well worth the investment. It takes a bit to get used to the rotating system, but once you get used to it, you’ll be able to use the holster both vertically and horizontally. It also features a thumb break and when released, the holster will tilt slightly, resulting in a better cant and faster drawing. The straps on the system are adjustable up to XL size, but if you’re slightly “bigger”, don’t worry, just write a note when ordering and you’ll be able to order a bigger one.

On top of the roto feature, the rig comes with a double magazine or speedloader pouch, so you’ll be covered even if you need to carry some extra rounds. The main parts of this system - the holster body and spare ammo pouch - are made of premium Italian leather and sewn together by high quality German threads. You can also choose between the mahogany and black versions and if you’re a leftie, you won’t be left out too. As I’ve said, the price tag on this one is a bit higher, but if you buy it, you’ll see you won’t regret it. It’s undeniably one of the best shoulder systems for your Smith & Wesson 4053 out there.

$165
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Pros

Cons

Pros

  • Fast draw thanks to the roto system it features
  • Thumb break adds a lot of safety
  • You can carry spare mags or speedloaders

Cons

  • A bit more expensive
  • The roto feature takes a bit to get used to
  • Thumb break requires some practice
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Premium 5-Year Warranty

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3. Urban Concealed Carry Fanny Pack

This concealed carry fanny pack is a great alternative for traditional cross-draw holsters for your Smith & Wesson 4053. At least I was pleasantly surprised when I received mine and I always strap it on when I have to set out on a journey to states that aren’t that friendly when it comes to open carry. Unlike a traditional cross draw holster, this pack lets you carry more than just your gun. The multiple zippered compartments it’s made of offer enough room for an entire EDC set (there’s plenty of room for your documents, car keys, knife, and more).

The fanny pack is made of functional layered nylon and it’s very comfortable to wear. Inside the main compartment, there’s an elastic holder for your Smith & Wesson 4053, which secures a quick and convenient draw and it won’t make your gun feel loose when holstered. The downside is the fact that the pack is only compatible with guns up to 4.5 inch barrel length, but most of the everyday carry guns aren’t that big anyway.

Just like its name suggests, the Urban Concealed Carry Fanny Pack is mainly suitable for urban environments. However, if you decide to take it out to the woods, you’ll be able to carry a big gun at the same time. The pack features ambidextrous design, so it’s ideal for both right and left-handed shooters. Unfortunately, it’s only available in natur grey color, but that’s not a big deal for me. If you decide to use it as a cross draw off-body holster, you definitely won’t regret it.

$89
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Pros

Cons

Pros

  • Made of high quality, durable nylon
  • Great alternative to cross draw gun holsters
  • Contains multiple zippered compartments for your entire EDC

Cons

  • Only comes in natur grey color
  • Not that ideal for bigger guns
  • Compared to belt holsters, draw time is a bit slower

2. Small Of Back Holster

This custom leather Smith & Wesson 4053 holster is designed for the small of the back carry and it’s one of the best SoBs on the market. The leather is double stitched and the holster's retention is enhanced by the built-in retention screw. You can further increase the holster’s retention by tightening the screw until you’re satisfied. It’s got a very nice lacquered finish and comes in two different colors - mahogany and black. The holster comes with one belt loop, but also with an additional opening opposite to the loop for added stability.

You’ll most definitely enjoy the material this small of the back holster is made of. The feel of the premium Italian cow-hide is like no other. Also the most important parts of the holster are sewn together by high quality German threads. It’s probably not the best holster for driving or sitting at the desk in your office, but if you like to spend time outside, move around a lot, this holster will be your best companion and it will never be in your way.

Small of the back holsters aren’t easy to get used to, so you’ll need to give it a couple of practice sessions if you’re new to them. The holster could also use a thumb break so that your Smith & Wesson 4053 is in no danger of falling out, but its absence results in a quicker draw. The open muzzle design this holster offers allows for small attachments and you can also ask for widening of the belt loop size, which is 1.5’’ by default. All in all, this is a very solid SoB holster and if you don’t want to spend ages looking for an ideal one, pick this one, you can’t go wrong with it.

$75
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Pros

Cons

Pros

  • Adjustable retention screws for higher security
  • Nice lacquered finish
  • Added stability by an additional belt opening

Cons

  • SoBs take a bit of practice to get used to
  • Absence of a thumb break
  • If not tightened properly, retention is lower

1. Urban Concealed Carry Pouch

This concealment pouch is ideal for anyone who lives in a state that doesn’t allow open carry. The bag is designed for off-body concealed carry and, just like its name suggests, it’s ideal mainly for urban environments. If you’ve previously used mainly belt holsters, then you won’t need much time getting used to this pouch, as it’s also designed for belt carry.

The pouch is attached via adjustable Velcro belt loops, which means it fits belts of pretty much any size. The entire concealed carry pouch is made of high-quality polyester. Moreover, all of the key parts of this product are double-stitched, which results in its high durability. What I love about the pouch is that it allows me to carry all of my daily essentials. I carry my Smith & Wesson 4053 in the separate, extra lined section, but there are also other compartments in which I can store the rest of my EDC (such as documents, spare ammo, cary keys and more).

The Urban Concealed Carry Pouch is ideal for both right and left-handed shooters as it comes in an ambidextrous design. It’s also available in multiple colors - black, coyote, olive, and natur grey. And if you decide to drift away from the Smith & Wesson 4053, it can be made for many other gun makes, as long as they’re not longer than 8 inches.

$65
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Pros

Cons

Pros

  • Ambidextrous design
  • Ideal for deep concealed carry
  • Ample room for your entire EDC

Cons

  • Doesn’t look as stylish as traditional leather holsters
  • Can only be carried in the waist area
  • The size isn’t universal

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Materials

A perfect Smith & Wesson holster material is sometimes also a hard choice. Read more about what each material has to offer and then jump to custom made holsters made directly out of the individual materials.

Leather

Leather

Leather holsters have been present since the very beginning. The offer great retention and leather itself has well-known and reliable features. Plus - nothing beats a leather holster when it comes to comfort and being skin-friendly. A classic is a classic.

Nylon

Nylon

Nylon has found its way to the gun owner mainly because of its low price and easy maintenance. The light weight build also helps many shooters decide to carry a nylon holster. If you choose a nylon holster you get something that has almost no weight and holds your handgun firmly.

How to Choose The Best Holster For Your Smith & Wesson 4053

If you are having trouble deciding between holsters because you don't know which questions to ask yourself read our tips below on how to properly choose a holster for your Smith & Wesson 4053. Let us bring some clarity into your decision making.

Be sure to always go for a perfect fit holster (no one fits all holsters, never)
Be sure to be able to draw with one hand - you never know how the situation will end up.
Can you draw while seated and belted in your car?
If you plan on going concealed don't waste your time with thumb breaks of push-releases
You get what you pay for - the cheap option is not always the best option.
The size of your handgun should tell you the type of holster. Let's be hones, concealing a 5" barrel is not the easiest.

6 Best Carry Styles For Your Smith & Wesson 4053

Find out which holster carry style will work best for your style of carry and your Smith & Wesson 4053. Carry styles below will provide you with basic info and you can browse holsters by clicking on the buttons.

IWB

IWB

Inside the waistband carry. The perfect concealed carry option. Conceals the firearm and keeps it on your body. An IWB holster can be placed all around your body, so there's added versatility.

OWB

OWB

Outside the waistband carry. Reliable, offers fast draw and easy re holstering. OWB holsters can feature thumb breaks, retention screws and many more. Very versatile carry.

Concealed Carry

Concealed Carry

Concealed carry holsters are designed conceal your handgun to the point of almost no visibility. Features such as J hooks, belt clips or tuckable variations allow the firearm to be depply concealed.

Concealment Bag

Concealment Bag

Concealed carry bags for offer the carrier an option to conceal the firearm without having to carry it on body. They can be simple nylon bags or made of premium leather to be carried around.

Shoulder Holsters

Shoulder Holsters

Vertical or horizontal, with or without tiedowns. Stationary or rotary. Shoulder holster carry offers great versatility and ease of not having your pew on your belt. Ideal for driving or everyday carry.

Small Of Back

Small Of Back

SOB holsters are loved and hated at the same time. The holster itself sits on your 6 and you draw it either palm in or palm out. Ideal for drivers and also for every day carry.

The winner

Open Top Belt Holster

Open Top Belt Holster
Open Top Belt Holster
Open Top Belt Holster

This Open Top Leather Belt Holster is definitely one of the best outside the waistband holsters for the Smith & Wesson 4053 out there. Compared to other OWB holsters, it’s extremely easy to conceal. This is secured mainly thanks to the extremely low profile the holster boasts. It resembles a pancake-style holster a lot, but it’s a bit narrower, which further enhances the holster’s concealability. Although the holster looks very simple (which I actually like a lot), the double-stitching it features makes the holster extremely durable and you won’t have to look for another anytime soon. The open top design results in a very quick draw and re-holstering. If you’re looking for a simple looking, yet very reliable OWB holster, this one by Craft Holsters is definitely the one to get.

$75

About Smith & Wesson 4053 model

The Smith & Wesson Model 4053 is a double-action, recoil-operated semi-automatic pistol developed by Smith & Wesson, probably the best known gun manufacturer in the entire world. The S&W 4053 was produced between 1991 and 1997, but there are still quite many users of this pistol out there. The frame of this pistol is aluminum alloy and it comes with straight backstrap wrap-around grips. The barrel of this pistol is 3.5’’ long and the pistol is chambered in the classic .40 S&W cartridge. The S&W 4053 features a single stack magazine that can be fed with 9 rounds of ammo, which is more than enough for everyday carry and personal protection which this pistol is mainly meant for. Due to its compactness, the S&W 4053 is a very solid everyday concealed carry option.