Let me just start by saying that this holster combination is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Makes me want to get another set as OWB just to show it off. But we are not here to just talk about looks, we need to see how well these works of art stand up to everyday usage.
When I began reviewing this holster set, they were currently on M1 (Model 1). They are now currently on M2, which I did get my hands on and will be basing this review on.
The Gear Craft Holsters IWB Holster and Mag Carrier provide you with a couple different methods of carry, which is always a good thing when picking out a holster for you EDC load out. We will go into more detail as we go but here are the basic carry options afforded with this setup:
As I mentioned in my opening, this holster provides you with several different carry options. Changing the method of carry is super simple. All you have to do is loosen the right (if the holster is facing you) screw and swivel the 1.5” belt clip.
The clip features the Gear Craft Holsters logo and works very well. This is one of the better single clips out there; as it clips very securely to the belt and does not move easily (as long as your belt is also 1.5”). Swiveling the clip is adjusting the cant of the holster from 0º to 15º. This gives you the perfect angle for drawing at the 4:30-5:00 position or if you prefer a cant in the appendix position.
Appendix Carry Position
In this position, the holster rides nicely and even without the cant it has enough clearance above the belt to get a full firing grip on the draw. Even with all-day movement and constant standing up and sitting down, the holster stays in place. If you have ever used a one clip holster design before you know that this is sometimes a challenge (more like annoyance).
Without the cant, this position would not be worth mentioning with this holster because drawing straight up from being the hip is certainly not the most comfortable or smoothest thing one can do. If that were the only option, this holster would work in the standard 3:00 strong side position (this position, with an IWB Kydex holster, is not very comfortable).
When I first received this holster and mag carrier combo, I was amazed at the design of the mag carrier. At first I believed that it was simply designed to be ambidextrous because it had holes for the clip on both sides.
While this is true, there is another purpose for this. By switching the clip to the opposite side from where you carry it inside-the-waistband you can switch the carrier from IWB to OWB! How cool is that?
In both appendix and 4:30-5:00 carry, this holster is a dream. From M1 to M2, there were some modifications made to the corners of the holster which makes it fit perfectly in the appendix carry position without poking you in the thigh. This is even true in low cut jeans. The Mag carrier on the other hand I find to be optimal when carried, IWB, in the front right next to the holster in appendix carry. This combo sits nicely and is very comfortable. With a good belt, you could forget you’re even carrying them.
In every other position, with the mag carrier, I found it to be uncomfortable after several hours. There would be a feeling of soreness around the area where the holster was, which could be due to the sharp edges. In OWB carry, the mag carrier worked wonderfully as long as there was a belt loop to keep it from sliding around on the belt.
Concealment is great in any position with normal fitting clothing. In some slimmer fit shirts, there may be a slight hint of printing that would not be noticeable to the average person.
After spending several months putting this holster and spare mag carrier through the paces, I find the combination of the two to be absolutely fantastic! Not only do they look amazing, they are well made and provide several options of carry. There are may other patterns and colors available to suit just about everyone.
I highly recommend Gear Craft Holsters for your EDC needs. Check them out and let them know I sent you.
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