Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Guns: CrossBreed MiniTuck review

Holsters are funny creatures. A shape that works great for toting a full-size M1911 may not work very well for a smaller gun, even if it's scaled down in size. With this in mind, I picked up a CrossBreed MiniTuck for my Kahr CM9:  


The MiniTuck is a hybrid leather/Kydex IWB holster, which is my favorite concealed carry design. It's a minimalist, clean setup - no crazy ride height/cant adjustments, no fancy multi-tiered tension screws. Most importantly, the MiniTuck is designed for short barrel guns - the concave lower cut panel provides less protection than a long panel would, but also interferes with your body less.

Unlike my other go-to rig, the Comp-Tac Minotaur, CrossBreed doesn't bother with covering the MiniTuck's hardware with a separate panel. This makes the holster lighter and thinner, allowing it to slip into even a fairly close-fit pair of jeans. I opted for horsehide on my holster, and I haven't noticed any degradation in performance vs. a two-ply design, even after wearing the holster through several scorching months in Florida.


My MiniTuck has two main drawbacks. First, the holster does not allow you to get a full firing grip on the pistol, unless you have Tweety Bird-sized fingers:


Second, the Kydex shell is a bit of a weird fit for the gun. In order to reliably draw the Kahr, I have to put my thumb up on the slide, basically plucking the whole gun out of the shell instead of taking a firing grip and ripping the gun out like i normally do.


Even with these two issues, though, I still recommend the CrossBreed MinTuck. It's been a solid, comfortable, and concealable choice for IWB carry.

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