Bianchi Allusion

Bianchi released a three part series called the Allusion in April 2012. Surprisingly, it flew under my radar for several years. All three holsters in the series integrate leather and thermoplastics. The first two (Model 125 ‘Consent’ and 130 ‘Classified’) offer a pair of loops so the user can alternate between OWB and IWB. The third (Model 1.5 ‘Allusion’), is strictly an IWB holster and mimics the Comp-Tac MTAC. “With the Allusion series, we have combined tradition and technology for the 21 st century. We’ve successfully integrated Bianchi’s ingenuity in handcrafted leather design with the technological advances that Safariland has made with synthetic materials.” -James Dawson, Safariland Category Director for the Bianchi brand. The notable difference between the Model 125...

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Bianchi 100 Professional IWB Holster

The Bianchi Professional is an IWB holster designed under the K.I.S.S. principle- keep it stupid simple. This holster uses old yet proven designs to secure and conceal small frame firearms. The details and leather are of the quality John Bianchi would stand behind. The metal clip that fits up to a 1.75″ belt is rudimentary, straight from the 80’s. The holster lacks cant and rides rather low. The Bianchi Professional did take several days to break in, however afterwards it fit like a glove. Holster makers understand that leather stretches. This is why holsters out of the box tend to fit snugly. It is best to have a tight holster stretch to a good fit as opposed to a...

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Comp Tac MTAC Holster (Minotaur)

Comp Tac MTAC (Minotaur) Hybrid Holster Review Comp Tac’s hybrid, MTAC (aka Minotaur), is a patented tuckable, slim holster with changeable bodies and adjustable cant. It pains this author to concede, however some Kydex is acceptable on a handgun’s holster. The half Kydex ‘shell’ is interchangeable, allowing you to use the same leather for different guns. The Kydex belt clips contain multiple holes so that you can adjust the height the holster rides on. Different style and colors of clips can also be purchased, and all products are covered by a 1 year warranty. At first glance, the holster appears uncomfortable and intimidating. The two belt clips provide a great fit and are very rigid. Your shirt can tuck...

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Aker 151 IWB Holster

  Aker DEA Model 151 IWB Holster The Aker D.E.A. Model 151 IWB concealment holster boasts a reinforced mouth, a tension screw, and dual belt loops that feature one way snaps. Aker began in the early 1980’s, and claims to be the “first choice for the California Highway Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; NCIS, FBI Academy, Honolulu PD, U.S. Navy, the U.S. Postal Service, the Los Angeles Police Dept. and the San Francisco Police Dept.,”. MSRP on the Aker D.E.A.Model 151 is around $88. These concealment holsters have gone on sale recently and can be found in the $40-50 range. At that price, the Aker is highly recommended for small and thin framed firearms.     Here is...

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Gould And Goodrich Model 808 IWB Holster Review

Gould & Goodrich Model 808 Holster   Gould and Goodrich claim “the finest genuine leather holsters in the world”. One only has to view the image above to understand how fictitious that statement is; did you also see the craftsmanship? A wraparound style holster, especially with a wrapped reinforced mouth (which the Model 808 does have) is not easy to engineer. It involves attention to specific measurements and angles unique to each firearm. Here you can see the unacceptable fit that is the result of the daunting task. The trigger is not fully secure, nor is the firearm completely secure. Gould and Goodrich also boast about their Model 808, “smooth side to the interior which allows for a faster...

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Desantis Cozy Partner IWB Holster Review

Desantis Cozy Partner Holster Review Gene Desantis  began making holsters in the mid 1970’s. The company has blossomed over the years into many different aspects of leather goods for gun related tasks. The Cozy Partner holster is an IWB holster featuring a retention screw, a re enforced mouth that continues up the sweat guard, two belt loops, and double stitching in the interior sides. The molding and closeness of the stitching to the firearm are typical for mass production holsters, though not ideal. The belt loops are not spaced very wide, delegating this holster exclusively for small to mid weight firearms. Overall, if you are in the market for a durable IWB holster which will be worn in the...

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Galco V-Hawk IWB Holster Review

Galco V-Hawk IWB Galco’s V-Hawk Holster was released in early 2011 to mixed emotions. Some feel it copies the design of Milt Spark’s Versa Max II Holster. The friction runs deep between the holster makers as there is also a similarity between Galco’s Summer Comfort and the Spark’s Summer Special. The Galco V-Hawk comes with a pair of leather 1.5″ belt loops, 1.75″ ‘C’ shaped hooks, and a pair of 1.75″ tuck-able metal belt clips.  A true trifecta of belt attachment options. The V-Hawk IWB Holster offers a re enforced mouth as well as a sweat guard. The spread between belt attachment points lends to assisting in the distribution of the weight and helps conform to the natural curve...

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Galco Summer Comfort IWB Holster Review

Galco Summer Comfort IWB Holster Review The Galco Summer Comfort Holster is an IWB holster designed from premium leather. It features a re enforced mouth with the rough side out, and the two belt loops accept the industry standard 1.75″ belt. The fixed belt loops offer a mild and very appropriate cant for those wearing the holster in the 3:00 to 4:30 position. The only dissapointing feature of this holster is the absense of a sweat guard. The holster is designed for small to medium sizes firearms as the holster is not capable to dispersing the weight. The Summer Comfort IWB Holster is priced at $57-$71. This Galco IWB holster is a great find for those with lightweight firearms...

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Gould & Goodrich 890 IWB Holster Review

Gould & Goodrich 890 IWB Holster   The Gould & Goodrich IWB Model 890 Holster is the ultimate entry grade holster. The Gould & Goodrich IWB holster is a cheaply and haphazardly produced holster, however it does serve its purpose. It conceals and retains the holster without any thrills, and the material appears to be able to withstand about 1-1.5 years of normal use. The leather appears to give off a plastic like appearance and characteristic. The stitching is rushed and not contoured to the holster. The design is not economical, and does not disperse the weight throughout the body. The holster also offers no cant. At $22-$34, this holster is appropriately priced. However you justify the purchase, remember...

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Galco SC2 IWB Holster Review

Galco SC2 IWB Holster The SC2 has a snap-on design with a reinforced thumb-break design. It boasts the Galco Royal Guard design plus a thumb break for half the price. The Galco SC2 also sports a mild cant, appropriate for most individuals carrying concealed. At $55-$62, The Galco SC2 is very fairly priced. Here is an Amazon link to the Galco SC2 for your convenience. Made for the following models: Glock 19, 23 32, 26/27, S&W M&P 3.5″ 1911, S&W...

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Blackhawk Leather IWB Holster Reivew

Blackhawk Leather IWB Holster Review The Blackhawk line of holsters can be hit or miss, depending on the model. The non rigid and non model specific holsters are atrocious and rarely can carry any gun appropriately. Finally, with the leather line of IWB holsters, Blackhawk recognizes that flimsy generic holsters is not a responsible way to carry a weapon concealed. The Leather IWB design boasts an adjustable belt loop, rotatable for multiple forms of carry. While this multi purpose idea is appreciated, it shuts the door to being able to fix the one issue with this holster. It would be appreciated if there were two belt loops for the larger holsters to distribute the weight more efficiently. Considering the...

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Front-Line IWB Leather With Kydex Review

Front-Line IWB Leather Holster Front-Line is an Israeli based manufacture who contracts for their military. They offer a variety of leather holsters that are illegibly hand made. This IWB holster provides a 360 degree throat which is highly welcomed. The stitching does not mirror the firearm’s outline, though it is closer than some other commercial manufacturers. The Front-Line IWB offers a dual prong kydex attachment for a belt which runs the entire length of the holster. The prongs are lower than typically seen on an IWB holster. A significant amount of weight is in the grip of a loaded 1911, and the placement of the weight is crucial. When the heavy firearm is much higher than the belt on...

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Galco Ultra Undercover IWB Holster Review

Galco Ultra Undercover IWB Holster   Meet one of Galco’s higher end IWB holster. Made of horsehide and a patented ‘J-hook’ belt attachment device, the Ultra Undercover IWB is a respectable holster. The leather is turned rough side out. A discussion on this matter can be found at the end of the article. Because of the the length of the re-enforced mouth, as well as the thickness of the leather, the Galco UDC should prove to hold its own for years to come. A minor problem with the plastic hook is that it places a majority of the downward weight on the tip of the pants band. Depending on the pants and the weight of the gun, this may...

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Galco Royal Guard IWB Review

  Galco Royal Guard IWB Holster Updated in 2013, the Royal Guard has now been outfitted with a sweat guard, premium horsehide, swappable loops with an integrated reinforced mouth, and a slightly more aggressive cant. This is Galco’s top of the line IWB holster. The holster sports the horse hide and rough side out material, which Galco seems to be fond of. The Royal Guard features a re-enforced mouth. The dual loops have a mild cant which is comfortable for most, and supportive of small to medium frame handguns. The entirety of the Royal Guard is narrow, which may distribute weight unevenly for some. This Galco holster originally did not come with a sweat guard, however a sweat guard...

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