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  1. #21
    Grandmaster BehindBlueI's's Avatar

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    Any collapsible holster is a serious trade off. You're losing the ability to safely reholster, especially one handed. You're almost certainly flagging yourself when you holster unless you remove the holster, put the gun in it, and then replace it. That's an option for administrative handling, it's not always an option in a real confrontation.

    I did get my wife a Remora since many women's clothing choices demand such trade-offs and she's definitely a light duty carrier. Just be very aware of what you're giving up to go to one.

    So, somewhat on topic, somewhere on this forum I have a thread about a truly top notch holster. I had a horse hide holster made to my specifications after collaborating with a custom maker. My idea was to make a holster that lets you comfortably carry a 6" N-frame S&W revolver. I did this for two reasons. One, I don't believe in having guns that can't be put into a defensive carry role if required. Two, for when people say "I can't carry anything bigger than *insert micro-pistol* here. This holster was made specifically for me and specifically for one model and barrel length of gun, taking the properties of each into account. To my knowledge, only two of the product exist, mine and then one other fool like me wanted one. Not a commercial success, but wasn't intended to be.

    I borrowed rather liberally from the High Noon "Tailgunner" holster (which, btw, I would also consider a fine product if they are still made today like they were 20 years ago but since it's been that long since I bought one, I can't say if that's the case or not). I spec'd out a holster that let the cylinder ride just above the belt. That'd be difficult, probably foolish, with a shorter barreled revolver since it would be very hard to stabilize and to tuck the butt in. With a 6" with a large flap of leather trailing the muzzle end (see the tailgunner) that solved the stability problem. The cylinder sitting above the belt made the thickest part of the revolver no longer line up with the belt, reducing overall bulk and increasing concealability. I had a fairly aggressive cant, enough that you could probably wear it cross draw, but for my build it was perfect for a clean draw stroke and comfort while standing or seated. The sweat guard completely covers any metal portion of the revolver and the maker elected to cut a window for the cylinder in the outboard side leather that protects one's clothing from the hammer. This also reduced bulk and also added a bit more retention. Horsehide is thinner then cow leather, more water/sweat tight, and holds it's shape better. I am not a maker, but the guys who are say it's tougher to work with and dye, though, so expect to pay more.

    Now I'm not recommending a 6" N-frame as a carry gun unless you're Dirty Harry, and even then IWB is probably not the way to roll. This was an exercise in excess for it's own sake and for proof of concept. In short, it works very well but that's a side effect and the main purpose behind the collaboration was the fact it amused me to do. You could buy probably 3-5 Alienware holsters and have them a couple of months earlier then having something like this done if you can find someone to do it...but when you do and get something truly custom you know what top shelf is. If anybody gives a crap I'll try and take some new photos since apparently photobucket died and ate my old ones.
    L'otters are not afraid.

  2. #22
    Expert baldmax's Avatar

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    I have the 3.0 for my full size P320. Carry everyday. It is the most comfortable IWB holster I have ever owned. I have been carry for close to 30 years.

    I have had this holster for 2 years. Still in top notch condition.

    Also carried a full size M9 in a 2.0.

    There customer service is great and you can swap shells if you change pistols.
    Keep it Movin'

  3. #23
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    I went from Alien to Black Arch Holsters and will never go back to Alien after that. The one I had could have been a fluke, but it had a few sharp edges and wobbled and flexed at the critical points. IMO The Alien is lackluster in comparison. I also really like the Vedder IWB holster I purchased for my father last year and may give them a shot myself.

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    Hey BBI, I have a new and unused aliengear for a snubby J frame. I'll give it to you if you want to do a trial run and review? I have no skin in the game, I'm not a big fan of AG holsters, but either way figured you could give an honest assessment of one if you're interested.
    sauce will thicken upon standing

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    Grandmaster BehindBlueI's's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler-The-Piker View Post
    Hey BBI, I have a new and unused aliengear for a snubby J frame. I'll give it to you if you want to do a trial run and review? I have no skin in the game, I'm not a big fan of AG holsters, but either way figured you could give an honest assessment of one if you're interested.
    I appreciate the offer, but there's two issues. I'll PM you.
    L'otters are not afraid.

  6. #26
    Marksman seldon14's Avatar

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    Alien Gear is average, to mediocre. I feel the end products functionality and design suffers to accommodate the "modularity" functionality.

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    https://www.redhawkfirearmtraining.c...-blog/holsters

    People will view the expense of a quality holster just like they do with the expense of quality training. Those who "get it", and those who don't. And those who don't - you can't ever make it work.

    Like the guy I know who open carries an XD in a Serpa without a gun belt.

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    Grandmaster BehindBlueI's's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tactically Fat View Post
    Like the guy I know who open carries an XD in a Serpa without a gun belt.
    An honest Trifecta? Nice.
    L'otters are not afraid.

  9. #29
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    Quote Originally Posted by BehindBlueI's View Post
    An honest Trifecta? Nice.
    He's an INGO'er. Maybe he'll out himself here.

  10. #30
    Plinker IronsKeeper's Avatar

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    I have an Alien Gear holster. I've actually had 3 total, 2x on the 2.0 and 1x 3.0

    Other than the need to constantly check the multiple screws, they have all failed after a year or two. The reason I've had 3 is that each was a replacement or upgrade after the previous one failed.

    I've carried a CZ P-07, Glock 19, Taurus TCP, Sig P226, and some other gun I used to have but don't remember.

    The soft backing just means failure is a matter of "when" rather than "if."

    I also broke a Bladetech in 1 week. Constant carry but never hiking, "training," or anything else. Just... everyday wear. Sucks too because the OWB angle on that Bladetech was phenomenal, had some schmedium shirts that still concealed my 226 well.


    So now I'm going to harass BBI and/or read his posts to find a good quality holster so I don't keep buying "cheap" ones.

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