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Crossbreed Holsters Appendix Carry and Dual Tuckable Mag Carrier Review

If you have been into concealed carry for awhile or even if you are a new comer to the community, it is very likely that you have heard of Crossbreed Holsters.  If you have not, you should check them out!  They are the original creators of the Hybrid Holster style of Kydex molded holsters attached to leather (or other material) backings.  This review will focus on their Appendix Carry Holster and Dual Tuckable Mag Carrier.

 

Appendix Carry Holster

The first thing that comes to mind for most men when they hear appendix carry is something along the lines of “you’re going to shoot your man parts off!”.  While this may be a valid concern, anyone who has been around firearms and understands how they work knows that as long as the TRIGGER GUARD IS COVERED and you KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER when holstering and drawing the gun is not going to go off unless it has a serious malfunction.

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Now that we have gotten that out of the way.

The Crossbreed Holsters Appendix Carry Holster is a great option for anyone considering appendix carry.  With it’s one clip design, it makes it easy to put on and take off easily without even having to undo your belt buckle.  The one clip design also allows you to easily adjust the placement of the holster when sitting, if necessary.  The factory retention is adequate for an IWB (Inside The Waistband) holster because the belt will add even more, but there is a way to tighten it if you would like.

The comfort of this holster is superb!  It is so good that I have actually almost slept through an entire night without realizing that my firearm was strapped to me.  And it actually gets more comfortable over time as the cowhide forms to your body.

The placement of the holster will vary slightly depending on how your belt buckle works (I really like the 5.11 Tactical Apex Gunner’s Belt for Everyday Carry).  I also have a modified Crossbreed Holsters Gun Belt w/ Velcro for when I need to tuck in my shirt.

The sweet spot for me is the space right between my upper thigh and my man parts. But there are times to where the one clip design causes the holster to shift on its own.  Sitting is comfortable as long as you actually wear you pants up on your waist.  But when sitting down in the car I usually hike my pants up a little bit because of the way my seats are.  This allows the gun to sit flat against my stomach and is the perfect tactical position while driving.

Dual Tuckable Mag Carrier

Like the Crossbreed Holsters Appendix Carry Holster, the Dual Tuckable Mag Carrier is extremely comfortable and conforms to your body over time.

Because of its wide, two clip design, this mag carrier’s placement will shift slightly day-to-day depending on where your pant’s belt loops are.  But even so its usually not that noticeable of a shift.  Because of my body shape and the split design of the kydex magazine slots, I had to test out a few different placement options before deciding on my desired spot, which is about the 7 o’clock position.

The only real problem that I had/have with this holster is that occasionally, when I am disarming for the night, I will pull out the magazines and notice that the top round is not properly seated.

After noticing this on several different occasions, I think I discovered the problem.  Because I often carry a backpack over my left shoulder, I believe that while walking the backpack would push down on top of the magazines causing this to happen.  I am still testing this theory and I will be conducting this experiment with other mag carriers to see if I experience the same problem.

Concealment & Clips

Both of these products conceal very well and because they are so comfortable you won’t be shifting them around all day drawing attention to yourself.  Because fashion is a big part of who I am as an individual, I needed to have a deep concealment option for those times when I am wearing tucked shirts.  The tuckability of these holsters is excellent and with the added V-clips (the V is for Velcro), people will really be clueless to the fact that you are carrying.  But there is a flaw to these clips.  The adhesive used to attach the velcro to the plastic clip does not last very long.  It is so bad that within weeks of receiving my holsters and wearing them daily, the velcro was starting to shift, before one finally lost all of its adhesive and will no longer stay on the clip.

The standard metal clips are perfect for Every Day Carry with untucked shirts.  It even works well with thick sweatpants!

Conclusion

The Crossbreed Holsters Appendix Carry Holster and Dual Tuckable Mag Carrier are two great holster options for anyone looking for a discreet and comfortable carry system. Especially if you are someone who dresses up often.  The ability to tuck in your shirt easily makes this one of my favorite carry setups because of its versatility.  Even with the terrible v-clip adhesive, you can figure out a way to reattach the velcro if it wears out.

I look forward to comparing this system to many of the others out there.

Here is the video review of these holsters and the Crossbreed Holsters Gun Belt:

If you would like to get one of these holsters or any others made by Crossbreed holster, consider using my affiliate link HERE (I do receive a commission from your purchase).

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First Time Carrying Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) and Without a Gun Belt

If you have been following me on Instagram and/or Twitter, then you know my preferred method of carry is Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) in the appendix position with the Crossbreed Holsters Appendix Carry and a  Crossbreed Dual Tuckable Mag Carrier.  This past Sunday, due to the outfit I decided to wear, I had to alter my carry to Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) using the paddle holster and dual magazine carrier that came with my Springfield Armory XD-S 4.0″.  The reason for the switch was that the pants I chose to wear did not have enough room to comfortably carry IWB without having to wear my pants above my waistline.  Not only did I switch from IWB to OWB, I also carried with a non gun belt!!! *Gasp*

Once I was dressed and before I put on the blazer for concealment, I went through some draw reps to ensure that I had a smooth draw and to embed the new carry position in my mind so that if the need arose, I would know to draw from that position instead of my normal carry position.  After those reps, I put on the blazer and added my Nite Ize S-Biner to the strong-side front pocket to give the jacket more weight to be thrown back then went through another round of reps working on flicking the blazer back prior to the draw.

Ever since I started carrying, I have not carried without wearing a gun belt.  So it is needless to say I was a bit skeptical strapping on a firearm with a less than adequate support system.  This particular belt is actually a very inexpensive one from Walmart and I acquired it before I started carrying to match these shoes.  I am happy to report that I had no issues carrying with this belt and will be trying out more “unconventional” carry equipment.  But I am sure a big reason I was able to comfortably carry with a non gun belt was because of the lightweight firearm I was carrying. (Something we will discuss in a later post)
To my surprise the OWB position was a lot more comfortable than I expected; even in the car.  Though if I had bucket seats in my car, my experience might have been different.  I must say, there is a much different feeling that comes with having a firearm strapped to your side only being concealed by a blazer rather than concealed under a shirt.  But unless you do not mind looking like a detective when you remove your blazer, be sure your blazers material and thickness will keep you at a comfortable temperature with it on all day.

One of the problems I had with this position was not have easy access to firearm while driving because of the blazer and the seatbelt.  Another thing to watch out for when wearing blazers is the side vents when sitting or reaching into pockets.  On several occasions I found myself having to lift the blazer back over the magazine carrier while sitting because the magazines had become exposed.  This problem can probably be fixed by a tailor, but depending on the style you are going for, the length of the jacket might always be short.

Another thing to be conscious of is the taper of the blazer when buttoning.  While this is not as big of an issue unless you are going to be standing in front of people staring at you, no one will probably even think twice about the slight bulges or imprints at your sides.

The blazer and slacks is a great dapper look and a great way to conceal.  Send me your takes on this look via Email, Twitter, or tag me in a picture on Instagram (Be sure to also tag your photos with #dapperccw and #dapperconcealedcarry).

My Journey To Concealed Carry

In the winter of 2013, without reason, something clicked and I realized that I needed to start taking steps towards being able to effectively defend my life and the lives of those I love. Even-though my father has carried a pistol my entire life, I did not really grow up around firearms. He always kept it on his person or hidden away. Up until now, my only experience with firearms was through Boy Scouts shooting rifles at our annual Jamboree.

Because I do not like to go into anything completely dumbfounded, I first began to search the web for information on the different types of handguns and concealed carry. My research led me to the 4 Universal Safety Rules as well as opened my eyes to the world of gun owners and concealed carriers that I frankly did not know existed. I also found my way to the USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association), which after reading their FREE Concealed Carry Guide and a complimentary copy of Concealed Carry Magazine I was hooked. So I subscribed to the magazine and purchased their Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals book written by Michael Martin.

Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals by Michael Martin

 

Because my father is a security instructor, he has a ASP Glock 19 Training Orange Gun at the house that I was able to stick inside my waistband around the house to get a feel for what it was possibly like to have a firearm on my person during normal everyday activities.

 

This also helped me in determining the size firearms I wanted to consider. After months of self-education, I began to develop a list of the firearms I was interested in based on criteria I set forth for myself (which I will share in a later post). Once my list was compiled, I quickly narrowed it down to the top 3 firearms I was interested in, but I knew that I first had to shoot them before making the decision. But before shooting, I wanted to ensure that I was prepared to be a responsible gun owner; therefore, I attended a NRA Basic Pistol Course and a course dealing with the laws of self-defense.

Once I was confident that I was mentally prepared to be a gun owner, I began to shop for my handgun. By now I had narrowed my list down to the top two: Springfield Armory XDS 3.3” 9mm or the newer 4.0″ model. I left the gun store with the XDS 4.0; which at the time was the same price as the 3.3” model and I remembered reading about Rob Pincus creating the G26L for the benefits of the longer slide.

By this time I was already convinced that I wanted to appendix carry, but I still was a little concerned so I purchased a 5.11 Tactical Apex Gunner’s Belt and a Desantis Pro Stealth IWB holster that was actually designed for the 3.3” model, but I knew the only difference was the slide length and just wanted to get a feel for the appendix carry with this gun while waiting on my Crossbreed Appendix Carry and Gun Belt, which I will review in another post. In order to get comfortable before going out in public, I first wore the holster with the gun, unloaded of course, around the house. Next I decided I would actually carry the gun to work, but I was still a little weary of the appendix carry so I opted to carry the gun without a chambered round. After going through an entire day out of the house with the gun and noticing that the trigger had not pulled itself, I was comfortable with carrying the firearm with a live round in the chamber. I have now been appendix carrying a loaded firearm, and 2 additional extended magazines, comfortably for 7 months without any problems.

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