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Best solution for a difficult problem
on August 8, 2011
I would probably give the KingTuk 5 stars if I was trying to conceal a smaller pistol, like LCP size. I bought this for my XDm 3.8 Service, definitely a full size pistol.
The holster by itself: great quality fit and finish, nice leather, kydex fits my gun perfectly. The kydex cover leaves a small portion of the trigger guard, behind the trigger, exposed; but this doesn't bother me at all. If you insist on your holster covering the entire trigger guard, check with Galco about your model before ordering. Because of the shape and location of the clips, it is very difficult to put the holster on - you can't just slide it inside your waistband and clip it in. You have to either struggle with it behind your back for a few minutes, or do what I do and put your belt through your pants, then clip the holster on BEFORE pulling up your pants and tightening your belt. The height the holster hangs off the clips is adjustable, but only the last (highest) setting works - on all other settings, the mouth of the holster is below the waist of your pants, making reholstering a chore, and impossible to do fast. No adjustment for cant.
This part only applies to using the KingTuk with a full size gun: It is as comfortable as an IWB concealment holster and full size gun can be - which isn't saying too much. I have been wearing it at the 4:30 position, but I could totally see buying a lefty model and using it for small of back carry. At the 4:30 position, the grip prints somewhat. More cant would probably cure this, but cant is not adjustable. I may try adjusting the back clips to higher screw holes (so the front rides lower = more cant) to fix this. My pants bulge out unnaturally at the kydex sheath, if you look closely, you can tell have a gun in my waistband, even when tucked.
If you have to IWB concealed carry a full sized gun, your options are limited, and most are very uncomfortable. This is the best of your (bad) choices. People say the Crossbreed Supertuck is better, but they appear to be 95% identical. How could te CBST be so much better?
Bottom line - you'll probably spend $500 on different concealment holsters trying to find something to conceal your full size gun confortably, and never be happy with the results, so why not just get a $500 subcompact gun and a kingtuk to start with?
If you have to conceal a full sized gun IWB, this is your best bet (CBST excepting, haven't owned one yet - the 8 week wait turned me off!)