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Holster FAQ

Holster FAQ

What is carry position?

What is cant?

What do "IWB" and "OWB" mean?

Why Kydex?

Will Kydex wear the finish on my gun?

How do I care for my holster?


What is carry position?

Carry position refers to the holster's placement on the belt.  Carry position is usually compared to a clock.  Twelve o'clock would correspond with the position of the belt buckle and six o'clock would refer to the middle of the back.  Southpaws should flip the clock so that 12 o'clock is still at their buckle and 3 o'clock is at their left hip.

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What is cant?

Cant is the difference in alignment between the orientation of the holstered gun and the centerline of the shooter's body.  In simpler terms, it is the angle of a gun in the holster.  As carry position moves from 12 o'clock to 6 o'clock, increased cant will generally make the gun more concealable.

A neutral cant (straight drop) is comfortable on the draw from 12 o'clock to about 3 o'clock for most people.  Increased cant will provide better concealment at 3 o'clock but is a bit less comfortable on the draw.  Increased cant becomes more comfortable as carry position moves from 3 o'clock to 6 o'clock.  Ten degrees of cant is standard on our holsters because we feel it acheives the best balanace between comfort and concealment between the 3'oclock and 6 o'clock carry positions.  Cant can be adjusted on all of our holsters by moving the position of the belt loops.

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What do "IWB" and "OWB" mean?

IWB stands for "inside the waistband."  It is generally the most concealable method of belt carry since both the holster and gun are concealed inside the shooter's pants on his beltline.  OWB stands for "outside the waistband."  This method is less concealable but allows for better weapon accessibility.

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Why Kydex?

Kydex is a fantastic material for holsters due to it's resilience and durability.  It's very smooth which allows for a smooth, clean draw.  It's rigidity allows for crisp retention and a positive "snap" when reholstering.  Once kydex is formed it doesn't lose its shape.  This means that the mouth of the holster will stay open even if worn inside the waistband (IWB) or if you were to fall on your empty holster.  Struggling to insert a loaded gun into a crushed holster while under stress or while practicing is less than safe. Unlike other materials, Kydex is very easy to clean and maintain.

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Will Kydex wear the finish on my gun?

Kydex will not wear the finish on your gun faster than any other material.  The key to keeping your gun from wearing prematurely is keeping your holster clean and free of lint and grit.

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How do I care for my holster?

Make sure your holster is free of debris, lint and grit.  Make sure your holster is not damaged.  Wash your holster with cool soapy water and rinse it well.  Let your holster air dry.  Wipe the inside of the holster with CLP followed by a clean cloth.  A thin layer of lubricant can make Kydex's smooth draw even smoother.

Never put it in the dishwasher and do not use a hair dryer to dry it offHeat can cause your holster to lose it's shape.

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