|Dark Star Gear holster used in ECQC|
"Hey, Tamara! What do you think about XYZ GearCo?"I've had this conversation, or one like it, a thousand and one times. Usually they wind up getting one from Greasy Joe's Dixie Bar & Grill & Part-Time Holster Shack at the local gun show, but at least I tried.
"I've never heard of them."
"Well, they make kydex holsters and the owner's a veteran and has some Instagram vids where he does a sick draw. They set up at the local gun shows and..."
"Have you ever noticed that if you go to, say, pistol-forum.com or totalprotectioninteractive.com, you'll find that the same holster makers get mentioned over and over? Raven, Keepers Concealment, Custom Carry Concepts, Dark Star Gear, JMCK, PHLster, maybe one or two others?"
"There's a reason. Most of the guys who make those holsters either go to a ton of classes and roll around in ECQC and such, or carry guns concealed for work, or they get a ton of input from people who do."
"But they're twice as expensive as an XYZ GearCo, and there's a four week wait on the model I'm looking for at most of them!"
"But if you don't like it, you'll be able to get your money right back out of it in any gear forum from somebody who doesn't want to wait four weeks. With the XYZ GearCo, you'll wind up throwing it in for free when you eventually trade in the gat on whatever new hotness caught your eye."