Ever since my post challenging the how custom, custom holsters are I have been thinking about what “options” would improve holster design AND be scalable to produce.
I have come up with 5.
1.) One major drawback to Kydex pancake holsters is that they are BOTH rigid and wide.
Rigid is fine for a holster with 1 mounting point because it just takes up a “point” on your belt and it doesn’t need to conform (as much) to the carriers body shape. Wide is great for a flexible holster because it adds stability and distributes the weight of a heavy gun. But when the holster is both rigid AND wide, the holster needs to be shaped to fit the wearer or it pulls un-naturally away from the body.
For those with the proper know how, the holster can be reformed some, however no one wants to take a heat gun to a brand new piece of gear.
By offering 2-3 different curves, holster manufacturers could tailor the holster for those with tiny, average and more “generous” proportions.
2) Kydex holsters of this design are molded by squeezing heated kydex around a gun or mold in a book press. Since most manufacturers use the same density foam on the top and bottom the “wings” on the side of the holster are centered on the firearm.
It should be possible to use either a different density foam, a cooler piece of kydex or a 2 stage forming process to create a holster with 80-90% of the molding coming from the top layer (think Crossbreed Super Tuck).
The major benefit of this would be the ease at which the holster would thread onto a double thickness gun belt.
3) The belt clips of kydex pancake holsters could be one of the biggest benefits of this style holster for women… if manufacturers took advantage of it.
Many women have trouble finding a holster because the are typically a) short waisted and b) have curves.
With normal clips made for a fit male, the butt of the gun is pulled towards the torso for concealment, but for a woman this can press the butt of the gun into their ribs… making carry uncomfortable.
By offering clips that press the butt (of the gun) away from the body, the holster could carry the gun vertically, comfortably.
4) The cant of all holsters is still described by the angle of the guns muzzle. This makes NO sense!
As a shooter you interface with gun based on the grip and it is well documented that the most common guns have very different grip angles. This means that if you find a cant that works great for your M&P, you can almost guarantee that, that same holster WON’T work for a Glock!
By describing the holster based on the orientation of the grip, you could improve the chances that a holster that works for you with one gun, would work for you with another.
5) The default color for kydex holsters is black… Why?
With the exception of dress clothes, it is fairly rare that Americans wear black pants and a large black square on your hip can draw unwanted attention.
A light grey holster is very similar in tone to both blue jeans and khaki pants.
If your cover garment happens to expose your OWB holster, this light grey color is both less likely to be noticed and less likely to be identified as a gun holster.
What do you think? Would these options improve the ways kydex holsters fit you? If you are a holster manufacturer, is there a reason that these options aren’t offered?
Leave a comment below and let me know!