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How Now Dead Cow? pdb Reviews The Blade-Tech Phantom IWB Holster

So I needed a concealed carry holster for my Glock 17. For reasons that will become clear later, I was looking at not having my Glock 19 available to carry for a couple weeks. While I’ve shot several matches and more than a few practice rounds with my 1911A1 without failure, I wasn’t looking forward to carrying a gun of that weight for 14 hours a day. The only holsters I had to fit the G17 were a variety of OWB kydex that just wouldn’t work for concealment.

I would have ordered a Grandfather Oak Hidden Companion, but they’ve gone and screwed it up. I recently ordered another one for my G19, and the design has changed. They’ve gone to a thicker grade of plastic and the body shield wraps completely around the top of the slide, making the holster annoyingly wide where it doesn’t need to be. I don’t understand what this adds to the design except maybe ease of manufacture.

Anyway, a flip through a Cheaper Than Dirt catalog revealed that Blade-Tech‘s injection molded Phantom IWB was now $19.99 plus shipping! I ordered one up and it was on my doorstep 4 days later.

After giving it the once over, adjusting the loops and cant and giving it a few dry runs with an empty pistol, I started carrying it immediately. The injection molded plastic is softer to the touch and a bit more pliant than the usual stiff kydex holsters are made from. But it still has rubber and screw standoffs to adjust the tension, a full body shield, adjustable belt loops, pull the dot straps, and adjustable cant. All for $20!

The holster is supremely comfy, even carrying the full sized G17. Centering the holster loops over my pants 3 or 4 o’clock belt loop locks the holster in place in both fore and aft and cant so that I don’t have to adjust anything during the day. It also holds the gun close enough to the body that it doesn’t grab my cover shirt as often as my CTAC usually does.

Draw and reholstering is nice and easy. The holster is plenty strong to remain open without the gun inside, the hardest part of reholstering is finding the mouth of the holster with the muzzle.

I’ve been trying for two weeks to find something negative to say about it, but the only disappointment is that I didn’t order it sooner. I’m going to order Phantoms for my G19 and 1911 next time I get anything from CTD.

Did I mention it’s only $20? This continues to boggle my mind. How is this only $20? It’s like I’m cheating someone!

I think this product totally demolishes any excuse for buying a crappy Fobus, Serpa or ‘fits many’ nylon holster. I cannot completely express how superior the Blade-Tech Phantom is to any of the above holsters. If you have bought a Fobus, Serpa or Passport by mistake, please cut it up, send it back from whence it came and buy one of these. You will be so glad you did!

Which brings me to the title of this post. In 14 years of pistol ownership, I’ve owned a lot of holsters for a lot of pistols. Soured by a Fobus holster early on, I bought leather holsters for many years, from a variety of manufacturers and several different designs, ranging in price from $30 to $120.

This $20 plastic holster is better than any of them.

Leather works okay for OWB carry, until it deteriorates and starts to get floppy. Inside the waistband, leather soaks up sweat, leaches oil and dye onto clothes, it gets floppy and loose, won’t stay open after you draw, and eventually it falls apart. This is expensive, annoying and ultimately dangerous.

Kydex does none of these things. You also don’t have to wait a year for your holster, and it actually stands up to daily carry. Okay, it doesn’t look as nice, but if it’s concealed, who cares?

{ 13 } Comments

  1. guffaw | July 20, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    This appeared mildly interesting.
    So, I went to the Bladetech link. It specified RIGHT-HAND ONLY!
    Didn’t they read Col. Cooper said 1 in 6 shoot left-handed?

  2. DirtCrashr | July 21, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Crap! Now I feel stupid with the barely-used Summer Special I got from Derek. Of course it’s only used for around the house, like my French Maid outfit…

  3. TomcatTCH | July 21, 2011 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    mags in a pocket?

  4. Dapper Dan | July 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Did anyone notice that his clips are filled with Critical Defense ammo?

  5. pdb | July 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Did anyone notice that his clips are filled with Critical Defense ammo?

    I hope not, because my magazines are full of Hornaday TAP 124gr 9mm ammo. But thanks for playing!

  6. pdb | July 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    mags in a pocket?

    Yeah, you won’t see anybody in USPSA doing it, but it works pretty good for me, and I have practiced with it at the range. I carry more than one so they stand up in the pocket. I know a couple of people make IWB mag carriers, but I’ve got enough going on in my pants.

  7. pdb | July 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    This appeared mildly interesting.
    So, I went to the Bladetech link. It specified RIGHT-HAND ONLY!
    Didn’t they read Col. Cooper said 1 in 6 shoot left-handed?

    The problem with injection molding equipment is that it’s hideously expensive to tool up, but then you can run off a hojillion copies for negligible cost. I assume this is why Blade-Tech is starting with the most common guns and carry side (they don’t even make a model for the .45 / 10mm frame Glocks yet), but hopefully they’ll expand as the original tooling is paid off.

    A die cut holster costs less up front but is more labor intensive to produce. Blade-Tech has a variety of lefty friendly holsters, but of course they all start at $50.

  8. Llama John | July 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    @guffaw

    You can get a left handed holster – just not from CTD. Blade-Tech will make you one. The catch? It will cost $29 rather than $19 and may take a few weeks to ship.

    http://www.blade-tech.com/Phantom-Series-IWB-holster-pr-1212.html

  9. Karl | July 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    $12 shipping!! This is not a $20 holster, it is a $32 holster.

  10. pdb | July 21, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    $12 shipping!! This is not a $20 holster, it is a $32 holster.

    It was $7 for me, I dunno.

    And have you shipped anything recently? It ain’t cheap.

  11. Firehand | July 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    I realize it says adjustable, but how tight is it on the trigger guard as it comes?

  12. Tam | July 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Leather works okay for OWB carry, until it deteriorates and starts to get floppy. Inside the waistband, leather soaks up sweat, leaches oil and dye onto clothes, it gets floppy and loose, won’t stay open after you draw, and eventually it falls apart.

    I’ve been using the same VM-2 daily for three years now. It has yet to leach dye, flop closed, or any of that crap.

    Gunsmith Bob’s been using the same Galco Summer Comfort possibly longer than you’ve been CCWing a pistol.

    I’m curious as to when the steel reinforcing band around the mouth of a good leather holster is supposed to get floppy.

  13. pdb | July 29, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    I realize it says adjustable, but how tight is it on the trigger guard as it comes?

    It was tight enough out of the box that it would hold the G17 fully loaded upsidedown against its own weight. I gave it another quarter turn to give it that nice ‘snick’ when you holster it.

    Gunsmith Bob’s been using the same Galco Summer Comfort possibly longer than you’ve been CCWing a pistol.

    I envy him his lack of sweat.

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