HOW TO: Adjusting the Ride Height on Your OWB Holster

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Adjustable ride height is an awesome feature that comes on many of our holsters.

And if you’re using one of our outside-the-waistband (OWB) holsters, you’re in luck: you’ve got the adjustable-ride-height feature! All of our OWB holsters have this – but they’re not all adjusted the same way.

(Photo of our Ares Standard OWB Holster and two of our Single Pistol Magazine Carriers, all in EMT Red)

Adjusting the ride height of your OWB holster can alleviate a number of problems:

  • Issues with concealment
  • Issues with clearing the holster when drawing
  • Arm length
  • Style of shooting

This tutorial will give you step-by-step instructions on how to adjust the ride height on the following Alpha Concealment Systems OWB holsters:

You can also use this tutorial to determine how to adjust the ride height on your double or triple pistol or rifle magazine carrier.

First, identify the issue you’re facing. That will help you determine if you need to move the ride height higher or lower. Use the list below to help.

What’s my issue?


  • Concealment
    • Meaning: I’m not able to fully conceal the holster below a shirt or jacket.
    • Solution: Raise the ride height on your holster.

Try this first: Change the style and/or size of your shirt or jacket. Ensure that your pants are riding at your waistline, and that you’re using a good quality belt to keep your pants in place. This blog post can help you further with that.

Keep in mind: some larger firearms may not conceal entirely in an OWB.


  • Clearing the holster when drawing
    • Meaning: I have to pull up too far when drawing, and it’s slowing down my draw time.
    • Solution: Lower the ride height on your holster


  • Arm length
    • Meaning: I have long arms
    • Solution: Lower the ride height on your holster
    • Meaning: I have short arms
    • Solution: Raise the ride height on your holster


  • Style of shooting
    • Meaning: You’re shooting for speed and/or competition
    • Solution: Lower the ride height of your holster.

Now that you know what issues you’re facing, and how to alleviate them, you’ll want to identify which Alpha Concealment Systems OWB holster you’re using – you can reference the list mentioned earlier. Then, scroll down to the section below where it discusses how to adjust the ride height for that specific holster.

Psst! Some of our IWB holsters also have adjustable ride height. If you’re using one of those, click here to access a tutorial on how to adjust the ride height.

What will you need?

  • Grab a Phillips screwdriver

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ADJUSTING THE RIDE HEIGHT ON:

  • The Ares Standard OWB Holster
  • The Hyperion Light-Bearing OWB Holster
  • Double Pistol Magazine Carrier
  • Double Rifle Magazine Carrier
  • Triple Pistol Magazine Carrier
  • Triple Rifle Magazine Carrier

Step 1:

If you have one of the above styles of OWB holsters or magazine carriers, it will be flanked on each side by a number of riveted holes. On each side of the holster, two screws are drilled into two of those holes, holding the belt hardware into place. 

Locate all four screws and remove them. In doing so, you’ll also remove the belt hardware (belt loops, pancake wings or malice clips). Keep the 1/8” rubber spacers in place on the belt hardware.

Step 2:

To raise the ride height of your holster:

  • Move the belt hardware downwards by one hole on each side of the holster.
  • Reposition the two screws into the two corresponding holes on the holster and screw the belt hardware into place.

To lower the ride height of your holster:

  • Move the belt hardware upwards by one hole on each side of the holster.
  • Reposition the two screws into the corresponding holes on the holster and screw the belt hardware into place.

Keep in mind:

  • When screwing in the screws, be sure to hold the post into place.
  • None of these screws control your adjustable retention – these screws only hold the belt hardware into place.
  • Alpha Concealment Systems advises customers to always use safe handling practices, and use an unloaded firearm, when testing the retention of an Alpha Concealment Systems product. Afterwards, the customer should exercise safe handling practices every time an Alpha Concealment Systems product is used in conjunction with a firearm - please consult the NRA's Gun Safety Rules

ADJUSTING THE RIDE HEIGHT ON:

  • The Deimos Enhanced OWB Holster
  • The Kratos Enhanced Light-Bearing OWB Holster
  • The Olympian Competition OWB Holster

Step 1: 

The belt hardware on these holsters (a Universal Belt Slide) is attached to the backside of the holster. You will see two screws that hold the hardware in place.  

Remove these screws and set them aside. In doing so, you’ll also remove the belt hardware. Set that aside as well. 

The 1/8” rubber spacers will remain in place, on the backside of the holster, holding the two posts into place in two separate predrilled holes. You will notice several other predrilled holes on the backside of the holster. These are the holes you will use to change the ride height.

Step 2:

To raise the ride height of your holster:

  • Locate the top post and 1/8" rubber washer. Remove them, and move them down by one hole on the holster.
  • Locate the bottom post and 1/8" rubber washer. Remove them, and move them down by one hole on the holster.
  • An empty hole should remain in between the posts.

  • Place the belt hardware over the posts, and screw into place. The top post should align with the middle row of holes on the belt hardware, being screwed into the highest hole. The bottom post should also align with the middle row of holes on the belt hardware, being screwed into the second-to-lowest hole.

To lower the ride height of your holster:

  • Locate the top post and 1/8" rubber washer. Remove them, and move them up by one hole on the holster.
  • Locate the bottom post and 1/8" rubber washer. Remove them, and move them up by one hole on the holster.
  • An empty hole should remain in between the posts.

  • Place the belt hardware over the posts, and screw into place. The top post should align with the middle row of holes on the belt hardware, being screwed into the highest hole. The bottom post should also align with the middle row of holes on the belt hardware, being screwed into the second-to-lowest hole.

Keep in mind:

  • When screwing in the screws, be sure to hold the post into place.
  • None of these screws control your adjustable retention – these screws only hold the belt hardware into place.
  • Alpha Concealment Systems advises customers to always use safe handling practices, and use an unloaded firearm, when testing the retention of an Alpha Concealment Systems product. Afterwards, the customer should exercise safe handling practices every time an Alpha Concealment Systems product is used in conjunction with a firearm - please consult the NRA's Gun Safety Rules

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