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Kydex

I know there are folks out there who think carrying in anything other than leather to be an abomination in the eyes of God. I got my carry license when I was 28 years old, which, I’m sorry to say, was five years ago, and I’m up for renewal this year. I went through the typical drawer full of holsters that didn’t work for me, along with the awkward phase where you always thought people could see your pistol.

I eventually settled on the Galco Royal Guard, in-waist-band holster. This worked pretty well for me, but I could never get over the fact that it added some significant dimension to my Glock. I decided at some point that it would be worth it to try a Kydex holster.

I started off with a Comp-Tac Pro Undercover holster. The first time I did a practice draw out of the kydex, I almost lost control of my grip, because kydex provided much less draw resistance than leather. Once retention is broken, the pistol comes clean out. After a few tries, I decided I really liked how the draw felt. The downside to the Pro Undercover was that the belt loop, after repeated removing and adding, kept breaking off. I went through two of them before I decided to give Sidearmor’s Glock IWB holster a try. The sidearmor holster is pretty good, and I like the fact that you can swap out the belt loop. My only complaint is that, unlike the Comp-Tac holster, you have to undo your belt to remove the holster, since the loop surrounds the belt.  I like to take my holster off with the pistol still in it for storage in the drawer at night.

I’m really liking Comp-Tac’s Infidel line, and I think I might have to order one. It seems to combine the features I like about the Sidearmor holster with what I liked about the Pro Undercover. The Comp-Tac people were always prompt and friendly too. I had my holster in a matter of days.

Both Comp-Tac and Sidearmor make great holsters. I would recommend you try them if you’re thinking of switching to Kydex. I know a lot of people won’t carry in anything other than leather, but I’m never going back. The slim profile, combined with an easy draw, easy reholstering, and good support make it superior in my view.

8 Responses to “Kydex”

  1. Bitter says:

    Turns out he has a booth at the NRA meeting, so you can see just how pretty they are. :)

  2. Sebastian says:

    If it’s not an Evil Black Holster, I’m not interested ;)

    Oh Sidearmor makes EODHs, Evil Olive Drab Holsters.

  3. Dave says:

    I use the CompTac C.T.A.C. holster. Very similar to the Infidel line, except that it moves the second clip off of the holster and to the side, just like the other clip on the Infidel. Reduces the profile of the holster significantly.

  4. tigger says:

    What’s wrong with being into leather? ;)

    It’s manly, and doesn’t sound like a brand of feminine hygeine product like Kydex..

  5. Sebastian says:

    Well, I suppose I could only wear Kydex on my heavy days.

  6. Ahab says:

    I like Kydex, for certain things. If they hypothetically made a kydex holster for a Colt SAA, it would actually be an abomination in the eyes of God, John Wayne, and Sam Colt to stick that revolver in a plastic holster.

    Other than that, I like Kydex.

  7. Firehand says:

    A few years back I picked up a Fobus paddle holster, and it’s been great. Holds the piece securely, you can get it out fast, and I can slip in on or off without having to undo my belt.

    And on hot days it won’t soak up sweat.

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