Advantages: Small, carries very comfortably and easily, reasonably priced
Disadvantages: No adjustment for cant, hard to re-holster
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5
I’ve been carrying the Smith And Wesson Shield in a Crossbreed Minituck for the past few weeks mainly because I’m a fan of their holsters: Their stuff works on the range (I use them with my P07 in IDPA) and they also work for daily carry. However, variety is the spice of life, as the saying goes, so I wanted to look at more options.
Blackhawk! is known for their SERPA retention holsters, but they make a wide variety of other holster styles as well. The model I’m using right now for the Shield is their leather tuckable inside the waistband (IWB) holster, size 3, which is described for use with a Glock 26 or 27 but it also works for just about any mini or sub-compact 9mm/.40 out there.
The Blackhawk! holster is MUCH thinner than the Minituck and carries very comfortably. I’ve been wearing the Blackhawk! holster for two days straight now and most of the time I forget I’m carrying a gun mainly due to how thin this sucker is. Concealment-wise, because the Blackhawk! holster uses one attachment point versus the Crossbreed’s two points, gun and holster flat-out disappears when it’s tucked in.
This concealment and ease of use comes at a price, though. There is no way to adjust the cant or angle of carry on the holster. I prefer an “FBI cant” or a slight forward angle of carry, so it’s harder for me to grip and withdraw my gun from this holster than it is with other holsters. Just how that affects my draw times will be determined during my next trip to the range, but the Blackhawk! feels noticably slower than the Crossbreed.
Also, the leather is soft, which makes it comfortable to carry but means the holster pocket collapses after the gun is withdrawn. That, combined with the aforementioned gripping problems, makes re-holstering without undressing problematic at best (and dangerous at worst).
I would NOT recommend this holster for training, practice or competition. However, if you’re looking for something that makes your gun easy to carry and don’t mind the lack of adjustment, it’s definitely worth your money.
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