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.
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?