I’ve got some simple expectations for all holsters I carry and test…
They need to be durable, providing years of use to justify the cost.
- They should not look ridiculous.
- I want good retention with a perfect fit for whatever pistol I’ve chosen to stuff in it. Leather, kydex, plastic, whatever.
- SKINNY, SKINNY, SKINNY. IWB or OWB I need to be able to hide it well.
- COMFORTABLE. Carrying a gun in a holster all day, any type of holster, is an uncomfortable gig. We get used to it after a while, but there’s no need for further and especially unnecessary discomfort.
My Armordillo Concealment holsters for both my Kahr CW9 and my Glock 22 RTF 2 come with the highest level of craftsmanship someone working with kydex has to offer. The molding is a perfect fit and looks good to boot. All of the edges inside out are smooth and the shape is perfect with great and attractive lines.
The belt loops provided are fully adjustable for height allowing the shooter to determine how high or low he wants to carry his weapon. Also included are straps with threaded rivet nuts & screws for you to convert your OWB Armordillo holster into an IWB. Changing the screws out took a little bit of coaxing but I was eventually able to get it without destroying anything.
My preference has been to carry the Armordillo Concealment holsters OWB (outside the waistband) as IWB (inside the waistband) for a holster this skinny and concealable under average fitting garments is easier than one might think. There was no issue with the holsters keeping their shape for reholstering during IWB, I guess my druthers just lie with carrying OWB whenever possible, and even though I used the AC holsters to carry off and on all summer, with fall and winter approaching they should really fall into their niche perfectly.
Not sure whether it’s the quality of the interior or the way the holster is molded, but I’ve done several hundred draw & reholstering drills with my Glock 22 RTF 2 in the OD holster I received and have seen no noticeable wear around the muzzle area of the pistol’s slide. This is an effect that I would say is relatively common to holster wear/use but for some reason I’ve not seen it with the A.C. holsters.Something that is often overlooked with carrying concealed firearms is a quality belt. Because these holsters are designed to ride tight to your body, a mediocre belt just won’t get things done. I carried each of these all summer successfully with an 1.75″ 5.11 Tactical belt and Tony from TAB Gear hooked me up with 2 of his belts, including an all new 1.5″ double scuba layer rigger’s belt with a cobra buckle and they worked beautifully. Personally I prefer the retention ability of the TAB gear belts, but because of the extra quarter inch in height, the holsters seemed to favor the 1.75″ wide 5.11 tactical belt.
Even if your belt isn’t as thick as the opening in the loops of the Armordillo Concealment holster are, the angle of the loops and very slight curve the holster itself has are enough to keep even the skinniest of stiff holster belts in place. Because of how tight it draws the holster to your body, you won’t have to worry about the kydex sliding or shuffling up and down as you move during the day.
Is kydex just kydex? These days it seems like anyone with a desire to create a startup business will jump into the world of kydex holsters. Which means there’s potentially for really good kydex concealment holsters or REALLY bad kydex holsters. Fortunately for me and my readers, the product Armordillo Concealment is putting out can contend with any of the heavy hitters in the kydex holster market. Their prices are reasonable (which is comforting considering the wait time), and Booth, the proprietor is a friendly and considerate dude to deal with. Move forward to ArmordilloConcealment.com with confidence.
PS. I’ve got a video coming too but have been having audio issues while working on the voice over. The video gives a great demonstration of what I like to call “The Kydex Klick”. (lame with the “K” in Klick I know)
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