Carrying a concealed firearm is a big decision for anyone to make. And not one that should be taken lightly. Similarly, the choice of holsters should not be taken lightly. My first choice of concealed carry holster needed to be multi-purpose. I wanted it to do all things well. It had to be inside waistband (IWB) and outside waistband (OWB) and perform both tasks flawlessly. The intent was to have a holster that I could take to the range and practice drills. Shooting sports drills as well as drawing from concealment. After talking with my local firearms shop I thought I had found a good fit. It had clips that could be swapped for both IWB and OWB. It was full Kydex construction and had adjustable retention. I thought I had found the one. Keep in mind that I don’t carry a compact or subcompact pistol. When I carry concealed I carry a full size Glock 22. After we located the correctly shaped model for my pistol I made the purchase and joined the ranks of the concealed carriers.
I’m not a small fella and you’d be surprised how easily I can conceal a full frame pistol in the waistband. However, I assumed that comfort had to go by the wayside. I mean, why not? If I’m going to be concealing a full frame pistol why should it be comfortable? So I wasn’t surprised at all that when the end of the day came I couldn’t wait to put the Kydex holster away for the evening. And I don’t mean after a full day of carrying. This was after an afternoon shopping or an evening at the movies. The Kydex left marks, and it pinched occasionally. I was beginning to have buyer’s remorse only a few weeks into the purchase. I wondered if I shouldn’t have opted for something closer to a pancake holster. But I definitely wanted retention, not a chance that my pistol may find its way out of a holster or pocket. Either way I wanted something that wouldn’t be annoying to wear. I didn’t realize that carrying concealed didn’t have to feel that way.
I had already started looking at other models that were all cloth or leather. Again, I wanted retention and I didn’t feel that a cloth holster could provide that and leather seemed like it would chafe. Sadly, I began to carry less often. It just wasn’t comfortable and was frequently becoming a distraction. This was far from what I had hoped for. My goal was to practice every day carry (EDC) as much as I could. Unfortunately the reality of the situation was that I wasn’t going to reach that goal with such an uncomfortable holster. This is one of the pitfalls of being a concealed firearm carrier. Just because it looks cool and does the things you want it to do doesn’t mean that it’s going to feel comfortable enough to wear all day. Lesson learned.
Sean knows that I carry concealed and decided that I was a good candidate to try some gear from Crossfire Elite. I exchanged a few emails with them and received package at my door containing a few models to try out. It was then, a few weeks before SHOT Show, that I was made aware that Crossfire Elite was bringing out a new IWB holster with comfort in mind. I had received some info about it as well as a note at the bottom; “We will send one once they are in production. “ Sounded good to me. I gave the flyer a quick glance and filed it away in the sometime-in-the-future pile. You know how people say that time has a funny way of sneaking up on you? Well it does. Suffice it to say that I have a fresh-off-the-production-line product from Crossfire Elite dubbed ‘The EDC’. I have had it for less than a week and I have only forgotten that I am wearing it a handful of times. More details to follow with a full review within a month.
(Editor’s note: The product in this article was provided at no financial cost, in exchange for an honest review. Crossfire Elite LLC is aware that we have no intention of gilding the lily, and if their product fails in any way, we are SOOOO telling on them. If you have any doubts regarding the ethics of any of the staff here at NBO, we will be more than happy to meet any challenge in a circle of equals. Bring your own sword.)