MUDDY RIVER TAC­TI­CAL IWB LEATHER HOL­STERS

THESE SIM­PLE, BUT STURDY, HOL­STERS MAKE CAR­RY­ING EASY.

Gun World - - Everyday Carry - ABOUT THE AU­THOR

Con­cealed carry is eas­ier in the movies.

That’s be­cause in the movies, so few of the char­ac­ters ever have to choose a hol­ster. Aside from rack­ing the ac­tion four or five times dur­ing a scene, a char­ac­ter sim­ply sticks the gun into the waist­band of his pants. If it’s a fe­male char­ac­ter, those pants are very tight. The gun never falls out or goes off neg­li­gently, no mat­ter how much the char­ac­ter runs, jumps, rolls or per­forms ex­ag­ger­ated mar­tial arts ma­neu­vers.

When I de­cide on a par­tic­u­lar hand­gun for con­cealed carry, I nor­mally se­lect sev­eral hol­sters for it. Among those is al­ways an in­side-the-waist­band (IWB), strong-side carry model, which pro­vides a good bal­ance of con­ceal­a­bil­ity, ease of ac­cess and de­fense against gun grabs.

One I’m es­pe­cially fond of is a sim­ple leather de­sign from a small com­pany, Muddy River Tac­ti­cal. And I’ve gone through many hol­sters to find it.

THE SEARCH

I’ve tried IWB rigs of ny­lon, leather, Ky­dex and com­bi­na­tions of those. I’ve tried hol­sters with one and two belt loops. I’ve tried those with metal clips and plas­tic clips. Some were huge and featured large back­ers for com­fort against the skin, and some had none at all.

But just be­tween you and me, I found my­self go­ing back to a sim­ple, in­ex­pen­sive de­sign from Un­cle Mike’s—a thin fab­ric model with one clip that didn’t re­quire the pur­chase of pants two sizes too big in or­der to wear it. It pro­tected the gun, it was com­fort­able to wear, and the gun wasn’t go­ing any­where (it’s a good thing I car­ried con­cealed with it, be­cause I wouldn’t have wanted any of my “gun ex­pert” friends to see it and risk be­ing scolded for not hav­ing a “qual­ity” hol­ster 10 times the price).

The down­side of those hol­sters was that I had to re­place them about ev­ery two years, be­cause they’d wear out.

I don’t have that prob­lem any more. The Muddy River Tac­ti­cal Tuck­able IWB Leather Hol­ster is much stur­dier and more durable than the thin fab­ric hol­sters I’ve used. These hol­sters are made in Kansas City, Mis­souri, and they carry a 100 per­cent life­time war­ranty.

The hol­ster cov­ers the hand­gun suf­fi­ciently to keep it away from my sweaty skin and has a sin­gle, tuck­able clip that’s ad­justable for cant. It doesn’t feel as if I’ve crammed a full duty belt in­side my pants. The one I chose was made for the Ruger Amer­i­can Com­pact .45, which I carry quite of­ten these days. As a bonus, I found that my beloved Glock 19 and sturdy Star B 9mm also fit well in this hol­ster.

With an out­side-the-waist­band belt hol­ster, hav­ing a rig that’s molded specif­i­cally to the par­tic­u­lar gun is more im­por­tant: You don’t want the gun wig­gling around in the hol­ster. I don’t have that prob­lem with IWB hol­sters, and if one hol­ster works for mul­ti­ple guns, to me, that’s a big plus.

A down­side with thin IWB of any ma­te­rial is that re­hol­ster­ing with one hand isn’t fea­si­ble. As a po­lice of­fi­cer who might have to hand­cuff some­one, that would be a con­cern for me. Now that I’m a civil­ian, I don’t feel it’s as big an is­sue.

COM­FORT­ABLE, SE­CURE, DURABLE AND AVAIL­ABLE FOR A REA­SON­ABLE PRICE, THIS HOL­STER IS RIGHT FOR ME. BE­CAUSE I OPT FOR A MID­SIZED GUN MORE OF­TEN THAN A POCKET PIS­TOL, HAV­ING A HOL­STER THAT’S NOT BULKY IS ES­PE­CIALLY IM­POR­TANT.

OTHER OP­TIONS

Muddy River Tac­ti­cal of­fers other de­signs too. It of­fers Ky­dex pad­dle hol­sters, IWB hol­sters and ap­pendix hol­sters. Es­pe­cially ap­peal­ing to me is that, as of this mo­ment, it’s still a small com­pany with per­sonal cus­tomer ser­vice. When you call the com­pany, it’s the owner, Kevin Ma­son, who an­swers the phone. Noth­ing is lost in trans­la­tion.

Com­fort­able, se­cure, durable and avail­able for a rea­son­able price, this hol­ster is right for me. Be­cause I opt for a mid­sized gun more of­ten than a pocket pis­tol, hav­ing a hol­ster that’s not bulky is es­pe­cially im­por­tant. I don’t want to be tempted to go to a less-ef­fec­tive smaller gun—or worse, leave my gun be­hind for the lack of a hol­ster I can wear all day and is also con­ve­nient to put on and take off.

Yes, sim­ply tuck­ing a bare hand­gun into your waist­band might be easy, and it might con­tinue to be cool in the movies, but it’s not for me.

I guess I’m just not Hol­ly­wood ma­te­rial. GW

Steven Paul Bar­low is a re­tired sergeant/sta­tion com­man­der and for­mer firearms in­struc­tor with the New York State Po­lice. He has been writ­ing on out­door top­ics for more than 30 years and has served as the editor for a num­ber of En­gaged Me­dia spe­cial pub­li­ca­tions, in­clud­ing Gun­slingers.

I The au­thor prefers asim­ple, in­side-the­waist­band hol­ster such as this one from Muddy River Tac­ti­cal. The gun is a Ruger Amer­i­canCom­pact .45. (The knife is a Bench­made Axis Flip­per; the pen is a Tuff Writer Pre­ci­sion Press ti­ta­nium tac­ti­calmodel.)

I Muddy River Tac­ti­cal hol­sters are madein Kansas City, Mis­souri, and fea­ture a 100 per­cent life­timewar­ranty.

The Muddy River Tac­ti­cal leather IWB hol­ster is thick enough to be durable but thin enough to wear with­out hav­ing to buy over­sized pants. The hol­ster the au­thor tested featured a tuck­able clip that was also ad­justable for cant.

Muddy River Tac­ti­cal also makesKy­dex hol­sters, such as this pad­dlehol­ster (right). Ap­pendix hol­sters are be­com­ing more pop­u­lar. MuddyRiver Tac­ti­cal of­fers mod­els for this mode of carry as well.

For those who pre­fera Ky­dex hol­ster, Muddy River Tac­ti­cal of­fers mod­els such as this in­side-the­waist­band de­sign.CON­TACT IN­FOR­MA­TION MUDDY RIVER TAC­TI­CAL Mud­dyRiverTac­ti­cal.com

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