I’ve long been a student of holsters, especially as technology has advanced in holster manufacture. I study them, looking for both flaws and improvements over previous models. Plus, I’m always in search of the perfect holster. It’s not out there yet, and it probably never will be, but I will continue the search.
Years ago, when I first started looking for holsters, there were two main categories—high-end leather and inexpensive cloth. There were also some mid-range models, but they were hard to find before the Internet. Later, Kydex came out and became the rage with many shooters, especially in competition circles. Back then, however, Kydex holsters were too bulky to make good concealed-carry holsters except in winter.
Today, holster manufacturers have developed ways to combine kydex and leather into excellent affordable holsters, which brings me to the latest holster I have obtained for testing—the Center of Mass In the Waist Band Tuckable.
The COM IWB Tuckable is a two-piece molded Kydex holster with a sweat guard, dual leather straps, front sight groove and two tension screws available for a variety of handgun models, including my Kimber Ultra Carry. The tuckable chamber is molded and bolted to the main section of the holster via the tension screws, and easily holds a shirt for deep concealment. The holster held my Kimber securely, with no fear of the gun coming loose even during strenuous activity.
My one complaint is the leather belt straps, which were overly large (1 3/4 inches), allowing the holster to shift, and too soft in my opinion. After talking to Rick Palmer of Center of Mass, LLC, I learned that they are working on it and that 1 1/2-inch straps were also available, even though the website doesn’t have them listed.
The COM IWB Tuckable is available for a wide variety of popular semi-auto and revolver handguns with either a straight or 7 degree cant for $65. I really liked this holster, especially for what you get for the price.