Although I’ve covered many firearms and Second Amendment-related topics here on SickOfYourCrap, I’ve really never ventured into any real gun geek stuff. And quite frankly, I don’t have any likely plans of continuing to do so. My fascination with short-stroke gas piston operating systems and nickel boron bolt carriers is my own thing and I’d really rather learn more than spend my time teaching.
So what I’m doing here is just attempting to provide a one-off short-cut for those who have found themselves in that same position as me, when I was looking for the perfect CCW holster. No need for you to try-out a bunch of different holsters and spend hours online doing research – I’m offering up a shortcut that will lead you right to where you want to be. I wished I would have had this to read myself…it would have saved me a lot of time and expense.
So after months of diligent research and numerous range rentals, I recently picked up a Beretta PX4 Storm SubCompact 9mm handgun, to use as my go-to EDC (everyday carry) handgun. And it’s turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. It’s almost like Beretta custom made that gun for me and I absolutely love everything about it.
That being said, finding the perfect holster for the Beretta PX4 Storm SubCompact proved to be a bit of a challenge. The curvature at the rear of the slide makes for a tricky fit with holsters that utilize the traditional snap release band (my preferred style), and being the semi-old bastard that I am, that shit got frustrating. And these newfangled Kydex holsters that all the cool kids were using were just too unfamiliar to me. And quite frankly, they always struck me as flimsy and unreliable. Boy, was I wrong! And just to give you some context here, I actually used a customized fanny pack to carry a Beretta 92FS for many years. I’m a bit old school, to say the least. And since I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a fuckin’ fanny pack these days, it was time to open my narrow mind and explore the Kydex option.
And for the record, I almost always wore that ridiculous fanny pack under a shirt. Good lord…
So after trying several different IWB (inside the waistband) holsters, and living with it now for over two months, the one holster that stands head and shoulders above all others is the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB Holster. It’s a goddamn marvel of functionality, quality, conceal-ability, and comfort.
Each Kydex shell is custom fitted by Alien Gear to the specific model of your handgun, so it fits like a glove and stays securely locked-tight in position until you’re ready to draw. Before you know it, it’ll feel like a part of your body. And the draw is smooth as butter.
But much more deadly.
I really can’t rave enough about Alien Gear. Their product is exceptional and their customer service is second to none.
Totally affordable and made in the good ol’ U.S.A.
Now for a few pointers for when your holster arrives and you’re ready to put it to use:
1.) The Cloak Tuck 3.0 offers a wide variety of easily adjustable positions, and I suggest you try a few out. You’ll be amazed at what a big difference can be made by adjusting the cant and/or the position on your belt. It seems like most people tend to wear the cant in the tilted forward position with the holster positioned at 4 o’clock on their belt, and that’s perfectly fine. I prefer to position the cant at it’s lowest horizontal point, with the belt placement at 3 o’clock. And I discovered that by trying different positions. The Cloak Tuck is designed for comfort and smooth draw, but you need to find out exactly where that is for you. Don’t be lazy.
2.) The two hex screws that secure the belt clips to the main body of the holster tend to come a little loose after several wears, so it’s important to always check those and give them the occasional cinching when need be. Alien Gear provides a great little accessory kit with replacement parts and a hex wrench, so you’ll always be covered. After I settled on my preferred belt clip position and cant, I simply applied a drop of Loctite thread sealant to each one and called it a day. This of course will make it a real pain in the ass if you ever want to switch Kydex shells for a different gun, but I prefer to have a dedicated holster for my EDC gun. And I want it in flawless working order. But that’s just me.
3.) Invest $30-$50 in a quality, REAL leather belt. Trust me, it makes a huge difference.
I liked my Cloak Tuck 3.0 so much that I went ahead and picked up one of their Cloak Mod OWB (outside the waistband) holsters. I find it to be slightly more comfortable on long hikes and situations where ultimate conceal-ability isn’t really necessary. And the paddle design allows you to pop it on and off your belt with the greatest of ease.
I’m sure this has all sounded a bit like an infomercial for Alien Gear and their holsters, but I can assure you that I am receiving zero compensation for my endorsement of their company and products. And I’m ready for the onslaught of angry owners of other holsters to chime in and tell me how wrong I am, and how their choice of holster is superior. Different strokes for different folks… I’m simply trying to offer up some useful information and applied experience that I believe will help my fellow self defense firearms enthusiasts. And life is too short for shitty holsters. You’re welcome.
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