My Evaluation of the BlackPoint Tactical Leather Wing Hybrid OWB Holster
To simplify, I will list my 10 Criteria and then beside each factor give my rating and brief comments. My final buy or not buy Recommendation will then be given at the end. Remember, these are just my opinions.
1. QUALITY MADE: 10
A nice blend of premium leather and tough kydex. Just the appropriate amount of thickness for strength and durability. Well-made with very good, sturdy metal belt loops, grommets, and parts. The holster’s finish was hard, durable and for my 3-day trial period wearing it everyday constantly, did not scratch the gun. I understand that most holsters will cause finish wear on standard finishes through regular holstering and drawing, but finish like this holster has will probably stand up to constant wear pretty good. The kydex molded shape did not stretch, deform, or change shape in the short time I used it. Because of its ability to hold shape, it provided protection to my gun many times greater than other material. Might add that the Armor Black looks very nice and appearance does matter. Their website says “All BlackPoint products are backed with a Lifetime Warranty. If it breaks in any way, we’ll replace it. Free of charge.” The lifetime warranty is great, but do note that “on custom work $20 of the cost is non-refundable.”
2. ALL DAY COMFORT: 10
I gave it a thorough test for several days with everyday routine wear. The leather was wide enough and flexible enough to allow very good conformance to my body style and was very comfortable. The high kydex shield on the rear of the holster made the holster comfortable when contacting my body and served as a sweat-proof shield. It was very satisfactory when bending over, walking, sitting, crawling under things, lifting, and exercising. At the end of the first day, I really forgot I was wearing the holster.
3. CONCEALMENT: 10
This OWB holster satisfactorily hide my Springfield EMP when I wore it during every-day activities and movements. The flexibility of the leather wings made a significant difference in comfort and concealment. Often, I wore just a t-shirt with shorts and my gun was concealed. However, for this chunky guy and my EMP’s 3″ barrel, with a thinline grip width of 1.11″, a 1.98″ grip length, a 5″ height, and a weight of 26 ounces for this single-stack 1911, I wanted just slight more concealment. I recognize that a pistol in a poor-fitting holster will wobble, sag, and shift around a lot. It did not do this. I’m not sure if it was because of the cant of the holster, my extra girth around my stomach, or the leather-hybrid material combination, but my gun stuck out more than I wanted from my body and did not fit perfectly close to it, but not enough to detract from my rating. Now don’t think it was not acceptable, because it certainly was, but just not 100%. Recognize that I am working on loosing some weight around my middle, which may help the fit to my body style. The holster does have adjustment holes to modify concealment and comfort. The holster molded nicely to the curve of my body after about 2 days.
4. ADAPTABILITY & FIT: 10
The holster fit my gun perfectly. The hybrid combination of leather and kydex is a good model for adaptability and the Leather Wing exactly fit my EMP. It was snug in the holster, rode high on my body, and covered the trigger guard, as you can see in the above picture. They “maintain one of the most extensive inventories of in-stock weapons to use for molding purposes.” But if your gun is not listed, contact them for customization. The holes on the wings allow for adjustment of holster height and with optional clips, the holster can be converted for IWB carry. The kydex is riveted with several brass eyelets. The holster includes a passive retention system that is adjustable by a screw that you can tighten or loosen to adjust the force required to draw the handgun. You have the option of a 10-degree cant or no cant. The back of the holster has steel belt loops and are available in three sizes, 1.5″, 1.75″,and 2.” The holster I received came with 1.5″ loops. You can specify your desired loop size and buy additional loop sizes for $10. Also various accessories, apparel, and magazine pouches can be ordered, like a double pouch for $50 and molle clips. About 25 different colors are available and several models are available to accommodate various rail-mounted lights. You can even get hot pink and killer coyote colors.
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