A couple weeks ago, Devin at White Dog Holsters sent me an outside the waistband holster made of kydex with a Marine Corps camo patter on the outside. At first glance the holster was super thin and light. I was worried that I would break it, so I started pushing on it and twisting it. It didn’t break, so I grabbed my Glock 19, made sure it was unloaded, stuck it in the holster and shook it over the bed. The gun stayed. That’s my test for retention on a holster for carry. If the gun falls out there isn’t enough tension and I’m not sure it will stay during my normal day. Unscientific I know, but it works for me and I’ve only dropped one gun and that was before I started testing my holsters.
Since it passed that test, I put it on and started training with it. It keeps the gun close to my body and it hides well. With my Crossbreed Holster, I can hide my Glock under a T-shirt, this one needs a real shirt to hide, but is super comfortable. I wore it around the house for a while and trained some more. It turned out to be more comfortable than I thought it would be.
Looking at the holster closer, it’s made out of two pieces of kydex riveted together. The belt loops are screwed to the holster through the rivets. The belt loops are huge, like twice the width of other holsters. They look unbreakable. This holster is also curved on each side of the gun making the holster more comfortable, more concealable, and more stout. With other holsters that are flat, I feel like my belt is pulling on the holster, and I’m a big guy. I can’t image how uncomfortable that could be on a skinny person.
The ultimate test is always the real world, so I took the holster to my local Carbine Match Saturday. I was looking to see if the weapon would stay in the holster and if I could get it out under stress. The gun never moved throughout the entire day, even with body armor and running around with a rifle. It also came out pretty easy. Here is a video of me having a bad stage. My AK malfunctioned and I missed a shot on steel, but the holster worked awesome throughout the day.
Here are some pictures I took of the holster. You can see how big the belt loops are, how the holster is curved, and how thin it is with my Glock in it. The pictures don’t do justice to the color.
For all those great things there are always a couple of downers. Because the holster is so close to the body I got my shirt caught a couple times while re-holstering. I think it’s just a price you have to pay if you want the holster really close so it hides better. I just have to make sure the shirt doesn’t get holstered with the gun. The other thing I found was a little spot in the color. I don’t know what it is and you have to look really close to see it. And, to be fair to White Dog, the range has lots of stone tables about that height and I was swinging a rifle around. I learned overseas if you want to abuse a holster, carry a rifle. Your rifle will hit that holster more times than you can count.
The bottom line: I really like this holster and it will become part of my carry system. It looks cool and works great. I am going to order a matching double magazine pouch just because I want to look cool. I am also going to order some inside the waistband hooks to try. I’m tall so finding shirts long enough to conceal a gun is hard. I guess the best thing I can say is that I’m going to continue to use it, and a friend at the range said he has to have it, so he’s going to buy one.