By John Crump
Gun writer John Crump puts the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB Holster to the everyday carry test with positive results.
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- I recently was approached about testing out the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB holster.
Inside the waist band holsters are a big deal to me because I carry a firearm concealed everywhere I go, and I don’t mind spending a few extra dollars to get something that is comfortable and cuts down on printing. I have never owned an Alien Gear holster although I have been told good things about them by other gun owners so I jumped at the chance to try out the Alien Gear Tuck 3 holster.
Alien Gear sent me two holster to test out. The first holster was for my new Glock 43. This gun would become my “tee-shirt holster” so cutting down printing is a must for me. The second holster was for a Smith & Wesson Performance Shop 642 Air Weight.
For some reason I have had a hard time finding a holster that felt right with this firearm.
When I first opened the package what stood out to me was the sleek and sexy design of the holsters. Instead of the holster being smooth leather it is textured which gives it a unique look with an American flag and an alien head imprinted on the leather. The texture of the holster screams luxury.
Another thing that stood out is the 3 types of spacers and screws that came with the holsters. These help the consumer adjust the retention to their liking. This means you can make the holster truly yours.
The set of spacers and screws that comes pre-installed on the holster should be perfect for most people so I decided to test the holsters out without changing the spacers and screws.
For my testing I would rotate the holsters every day. This would allow me to test out two different types of guns and expose any flaws in the holster design. I was using another brand of holster for these two guns the two weeks previous to get a base line as to what these guns would be like to be carried every day. The holsters I purchased actually cost more than the Alien Gear holsters, but looked cheaper and felt cheaper.
The first holster I tried out was for the Glock 43. I noticed the comfort of the neoprene lining of the holster. It felt like the holster disappeared into my body and was hardly noticeable. I have been used to using holsters leather backings so the neoprene was a very comfortable change and well thought out.
I can’t understand why more companies don’t get away from the rough leather and go with a material like neoprene.
The J Frame holster was just as comfortable as the holster for the Glock 43. The nylon clips held the holster tight against the body which cuts down on the printing. Even when an observer knew I had a firearm on me they could not find the print of the gun easily. This is critical in the hypersensitive world we live in now.
The nylon clips along with the steel retention core kept the holster from moving and the firearm in place. Alien Gear offers an option for steel clips. The steel clips are nice, but in my experience it doesn’t hold as well as the nylon clips. Alien Gear recommends the nylon clips and I would strongly agree with them.
I am also used to having a break in period with my previous holsters. Alien Gear claims there is no break in period, and with both guns there was absolutely no break in period. I could draw easily from either holster without issue. The draws were smooth and re-holstering was simple. The retention was just right. The firearms would stay in place until it was time to draw the gun.
The value of these holsters is just incredible in fact these holster are a steal. The holsters are American made and you can tell the pride they have been made with. I will pay a little more for an American made product, but with Alien Gear this isn’t necessary as these have the same price point as most Chinese made holsters from Amazon and eBay.
Amazon has a great selection of the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB Holsters with fast shipping and a great return policy. ~ AmmoLand
Everything about these holsters screams high quality. Alien Gear claims that their holsters are the most comfortable on the planet and from my experience I would have to agree. I look forward to testing these holsters over time to see if they hold up. From my initial impression they will.
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John Crump is a NRA certified pistol instructor and a Ceritfied NRA instructor www.gunschool.info. You can find him on Twitter @crumpyss .
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