Old Faithful Holsters Merges with Alien Gear Holsters

Hayden, ID – Old Faithful Holsters, the makers of quality, concealed carry holsters and accessories, announces that they are merging with Alien Gear Holsters, also a manufacturer of concealed carry holsters, to become the leading hybrid holster manufacturer in the United States.

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The merger of Alien Gear Holsters, based in Hayden, Idaho, further increases Old Faithful Holster’s share in the concealed carry holster market. “The acquisition is also expected to result in greater efficiencies and significantly increase our market share,” said Thomas Tedder, president of Tedder Industries.

“A merger was arranged between Old Faithful Holsters and Alien Gear Holsters to strengthen our market position,” commented Tedder. “Our combined assets will allow both companies to continue to create quality products, allowing us to pass the savings on to our customers.”

The combined companies now have 45 employees.

About Old Faithful Holsters
Founded in 2010, Old Faithful Holsters is the maker of the popular Stealth Tuck and High Rider concealed carry holsters. Old Faithful Holsters are an online holster store providing the most comfortable, concealable gun holsters available. For more information about Old Faithful Holsters, visit www.oldfaithfulholsters.com.

About Alien Gear Holsters
Founded in 2013, Alien Gear Holsters manufactures premium, incredibly comfortable holsters for concealed carry. Alien Gear Holsters are the most comfortable holsters on the planet. Any planet. For more information about Alien Gear Holsters, visit www.aliengearholsters.com.

Contact
To learn more about this merger, please contact:
Tedder Industries
827 W. Prairie Ave, Hayden, ID 83835
Office: (208) 215-2046
Fax: (208) 545-6903
[email protected]

HK VP9 Holsters

One of the biggest concerns when a new gun hits the market is “what holsters will fit this gun?” To provide a valuable service for our readers, I’ve been testing the VP9 with various brands of holsters to see what fits and what doesn’t. Here is the complete list of holsters I’ve tested that fit the HK VP9:

1. Safariland 5197 for HK P30 – fits, no adjustment needed
2. Galco Concealable Belt Holster (leather) HK P30 – fits, no adjustment needed.

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3. Ready Tactical Glock 21 Holster – fits, no adjustment needed
4. Comp-Tac Paddle Holster, Beretta Px4 Storm: fits, minor adjustments needed.
5. Galco Tac Slide Belt Holster for HK P30, fits no adjustments needed
6. Blade-Tech Race holster for HK P30L, fits, retention tightened to prevent dislodging the gun.

We’re still waiting on samples of the P30 ALS from Safariland to test, but based on my current testing I’d issue a cautious statement that it will probably work. What I’ve seen is that holsters for the P30 standard length appear to work just fine with the VP9, despite the extra 0.20 inches of barrel length on the VP9. I believe it’s because the added length of the VP9’s slide is mostly towards the rear of the trigger; if you look at the two pistols side by side you’ll see that the length of the barrel/slide in front of the trigger guard is fairly similar, but the VP9 is longer in the rear section (phrasing).

My cautious assumption from above is based on the fact that the holsters I’ve tried for the P30 work just fine, and holsters for the P30L have a little bit of extra room near the muzzle. So if you have P30 holsters and you get a VP9, you will PROBABLY be okay. But I can’t guarantee that, because individual holster manufacturers will have different specs.

On my part, I did switch my carry holster out from the Safariland 5197 to the Galco leather holster pictured, because it’s so sweet looking I couldn’t resist.

GCode single magazine pouch review

The Lionheart LH9 I’ve been testing came with some additional pieces of gear: a GCode OWB holster and a double magazine pouch. The double magazine pouch was…not good. However, in the spirit of the test, I went ahead and ordered a pair of the GCode single magazine pouches to continue the test with. Generally speaking, I prefer single pouches to doubles anyway. Double magazine pouches tend to be harder to adjust the retention correctly. Usually what happens is you’ll have one of the pouches adjusted just so, but the other pouch will either be Kardashian-loose or tighter than…a very tight thing.

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The GCode single magazine pouch is a single piece of injection molded plastic that uses a single screw for retention at the top of the carrier body. The belt attachment is an easy-on/easy-off clip which appears to be sized for a 1.75 inch wide belt. The retention level was set so tightly when I took the pouch out of the bag that after I had successfully removed the test magazine, I half expected to be crowned king of England. However, the single phillips head screw is easy to adjust, and setting the pouch to a more reasonable retention was a piece of cake.

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Once retention was set, pulling a magazine from the carrier was very fast, thanks in part to the front opening of the pouch. It feels like there’s less drag on the front of the magazine when you’re pulling it from the carrier than there is with similar high-bodied carriers. That brings us back to the design of the carrier – it holds the magazine very deep, much deeper than I’d like, actually. However, I understand that this magazine carrier wasn’t designed with competition in mind. Unlike my low cut Comp-Tac or Blade-Tech pouches, which were engineered with the gun games in mind, this is obviously designed more for concealed carry.

As a CCW pouch, it works just fine. While it won’t conceal under an untucked extra-smedium polo from Baby Gap, it works just fine under an open shirt (preferably red and Hawaiian) or under a vest. The paddle attachment makes it a little to large in profile to be a great magazine carrier for CCW, though. I’d prefer belt loops like the Blade-Tech Eclipse pouch.

To sum up the CGode pouch, I’ll have to borrow a phrase from Jeremy Clarkson. He said, when describing a Toyota Corolla hatchback “that is some car” – meaning “yes, that is a car, and it will do various car things, but none of them spectacularly.” The GCode single magazine pouch then is “some magazine pouch.” It’s $22, so it’s not cheap, but it’s not crazy expensive. It’s not great for competition, and it’s not great for concealed carry, but it will do either reasonable well if asked to.

That’s not a holster

A friend forwarded me this video on Facebook:

After watching the video, my first and immediate thought was “that’s not a holster, it’s just a strip of leather!” My second thought was “what a dangerous and silly way to carry a gun.”

Continue reading “That’s not a holster”

Blackhawk CQC Leather Tuckable Holster review

The “box full of holsters” is a common meme among gun nuts; everyone who conceal carries on a regular basis seems to have filled a box full of holsters that they’ve bought that just didn’t work out for one reason or another. If you carry in the appendix position, it’s even worse. Holsters for appendix carry are very sensitive to body shape and gun location; so finding a good holster for AIWB can result in a lot of discarded kydex and leather in your closet.

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I’ve been searching for a good solution to carry my Smith & Wesson 640 Pro Series at the appendix position for a while now. I had tried several options, none of which were really satisfactory for my needs. Some options carried the gun too low, others didn’t retain the gun as well as I’d like, etc. I tried the Blackhawk CQC Leather Tuckable with the hooks that it comes with, and I had found it wanting. However, I liked the holster, I liked that the leather didn’t poke into my thigh like some kydex holsters do, so I wanted to stick with it. I tried removing the hooks entirely and relying on belt pressure to keep it in place; that worked if I wasn’t going to do anything more strenuous than walk, but wasn’t acceptable for EDC use.

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Then I had an idea. I took the j-hook off one of my Comp-Tac holsters and screwed it on to the Blackhawk using a single attachment point. It now works really well. With the j-hook attachment instead of the factory clips, the holster holds the gun high enough that I can get a full firing grip without fishing around for the gun; it’s still concealable under the most extra-smedium of t-shirts, and the leather of the holster doesn’t poke me in an uncomfortable way.

It’s not without some shortcomings, though. The mouth of the holster isn’t reinforced, so you cannot holster one handed. This isn’t a training holster, it’s much more of a deep concealment rig. I treat it similarly to how Raven Concealment recommends you use their Vanguard – remove the “holster” from your belt, put the gun back in the holster, then re-attach it to your belt. That’s probably the biggest issue I have with it as a holster, but I’m also not planning on taking this to any serious training classes.

The Blackhawk CQC Leather Tuckable holster is actually a pretty good little holster; while the factory clips left something to be desired, they’re easy enough to replace with something that works better. Once you do that, you have an excellent, comfortable, deep concealment holster.

Photo of the Day: Blade-Tech Revolution Holster

Sig Sauer P226 Revolution Holster

I’m a huge fan of the Blade-Tech injection molded Revolution holsters. For $30.00, you get seriously one of the best holsters on the market. I spent a year beating on one of these Revolution holsters, and it held up just as well as any hand-made kydex holster.

Picking a competition holster

So you’re going to shoot your first Alphabet Soup Action Match, eh? You know you don’t want to shoot it using your SuperX-Ray Tactical Concealment holster, but you’re just not sure what to buy. Maybe you’re unsure as to which brand to get, since holster makers are a dime a dozen these days, and it seems like everyone with an oven is folding and riveting kydex.

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I am going to save you a bunch of trouble. What you should do is go to either Blade-Tech, Safariland, or Comp-Tac and buy one of their outside the waistband belt or paddle holsters. There, you’re done. No muss, no fuss and you have a great competition holster that will last you basically a lifetime. Blade-Tech even makes their injection molded Revolution line which keeps the price point down but maintains their reputation for quality.

Deciding which company to go with is a matter of personal preference. For example, I like that Comp-Tac offers holsters in bright red, because red is my favorite color. I like Blade-Tech’s single stack magazine pouches a lot, and I like Safariland’s ELS belt system. The Safariland ALS is basically the best retention holster ever made, and Comp-Tac’s speedfeed magazine pouches are a neat way to fit a lot of mags in a smallish space. Blade-Tech makes really good kydex reinforced belts, and so does Comp-Tac.

People spend a lot of time and money on gear that isn’t quality, and I don’t understand that. If you want to shoot IDPA, the dominant holsters at any IDPA match are Blade-Tech and Comp-Tac, with Safariland taking 3rd. Go get one of those and be happy.

Gear Review: Custom Carry Concepts Shaggy Appendix Holster

It’s been almost two years now since I started using appendix carry as my primary EDC carry method; and during that time I’ve had quite a few different holsters. The best solution to date was a Blade-Tech Nano that with some modifications made a pretty decent rig for a Sig Sauer M11. Unfortunately, since I’m working with Colt 1911s all year, finding a good AIWB holster for a five inch 1911 was a little bit difficult.

Colt CCG in Shaggy

After several attempts to adapt regular IWB holsters for appendix use, I tried my first dedicated “appendix” holster for the Colt. It…wasn’t very good. The ride height was all wrong, the retention was weird and couldn’t be adjusted, and to reholster I had to use an amount of pressure that made me quite uncomfortable considering the gun’s general direction. Right when I was about to give up, I saw that Custom Carry Concepts was taking orders again. The CCC Shaggy comes highly recommended from many reputable instructors, so I ponied up my 80 bucks and settled in to wait.

The Shaggy arrived about a month ago, and after spending some time fiddling with the retention, I started using it as my EDC holster. I chose the option with two leather straps instead of a single kydex clip; I prefer the options of having two leather attachment points on the belt instead of a single kydex hard point. My preferred carry location is to have the forward-most belt loop on the right side of my jeans directly in between the belt straps of the holster. This gives me a consistent index point for my holster (since all my jeans are the same) which puts the gun in the same spot every time.

The build quality of the holster is excellent, and the leather backing actually does make the holster more comfortable to wear if I’m not wearing an undershirt. Comfort is important, in fact the comfort of a holster is probably the second most important aspect after “does it hold the gun safely and securely.” We can talk all the time about how you should “dress around the gun” and “carrying a real gun is easy if you’re smart”, but let’s be honest with ourselves and just admit that if your holster isn’t comfortable, you’re probably not going to carry whatever gun that holster is designed for. Comfort is why so many people carry a pocket pistol as their primary gun – it’s easy, it doesn’t weigh a lot, and it’s not going to poke into you at funny angles when you tie your shoes.

Which brings me to the two best measures I have for the comfort of an appendix carry holster: 1) can I tie my shoes comfortably while wearing it, and 2) is it comfortable in the car? If a holster fails either of those, I’ll toss it out right away. I tie my shoes every day, and I drive a car every day – if my holster causes me discomfort doing those things, it’s going to suck to wear for 9-10 hours. The Shaggy is the first appendix holster I’ve owned that allows me to tie my shoes comfortably, so it passed Test 1. Test 2 was grueling, I wore the Shaggy during my drive to Columbia, MO and back from Bianchi Cup last week. That’s about 14 hours of car time round trip. I had absolutely no issues with the Shaggy; and while I was glad to have the 2.5 pounds of gun off my belt at the end of the day, it’s not because the holster wasn’t comfortable.

Obviously, the Shaggy provides good concealment, otherwise I wouldn’t be using it. Under a medium t-shirt it hides even a full size 1911 with a magwell quite well; by virtue of keeping the gun’s butt tucked tight into the body. But for me, the primary virtue is comfort. I understand now why the Shaggy is so well regarded by folks that know their stuff about appendix carry. It was well worth the money, and well worth the wait.