November 27, 2014 | Mark Ashford, GunThink.com //
I’ve been wanting a kydex inside the waistband (IWB) holster for a while, and I finally picked one up a few weeks ago. If you’re like me, you do your research before you buy. And if you’ve done your research on kydex holsters, you’ve heard of the more popular companies with long wait times. You can take comfort in knowing those companies are going to deliver a good product – and you’ll pay for it. I found a holster that not only doesn’t break the bank and functions beautifully, but that has a mission that I too am very passionate about. Welcome, 3iHolsters to my every day carry (EDC).
Why am I defining terms that any gun enthusiast knows like IWB and EDC? Because people who are brand new to gun culture may not yet know what they mean. At Gun Think, its new gun owners that we’re keen on engaging. We don’t need to win over long time advocates of the Second Amendment. We, the gun community, need to win over people who aren’t familiar with firearms. We need to welcome them, educate them, and empower them to protect themselves.
Now back to my new holster. The holster I picked up at a gun show I attended recently is the ‘Quick Clip Inside the Waistband Holster’ from 3i Holsters for my Glock 19. It has about a 10 degree cant and is designed to be carried in any of the following 3 positions: appendix inside the waistband (AIWB); on the hip; or in the small of the back. I’ve been carrying it AIWB and have to say it’s been very comfortable. It has a rigid 1.5” plastic clip that goes over the belt, and holds very tight with a firm bite. It’s also very easy to take the holster on and off. Overall, I’ve been nothing but pleased with the holster, and would recommend it to anyone. Right now it’s selling for $32 on 3i’s website, and they’re in stock.
I did a little stippling on the clip of the holster – My first attempt ever at stippling, and I like how it turned out. Obviously the stippling doesn’t serve any functional purpose – It was purely for cosmetic purposes. If you don’t know, ‘2A’ is short for Second Amendment, and the arrowhead represents GORUCK. [On a side note, I’ve done two GORUCK Challenges and they were awesome – More events are in my future (they also offer firearms training now). Stay tuned for GORUCK gear and event reviews on Gun Think.]
There are a lot of companies making quality kydex holsters. What sets 3i Holsters apart in my mind? I had the opportunity to talk with the owner of 3i Holsters at the gun show, and was really impressed with the company’s mission. Put simply, they want to empower the new gun owner. As Emeril would say, ‘Bam!!’ That to me is awesome. Many holster makers will tout the tactical prowess of their product – developed and used by the most tactical, shmactical, Delta operators. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not knocking those companies, but it’s refreshing to see a company geared toward making new shooters feel welcome. When you recognize the importance of empowering the new shooter, those who are new to firearms, you have struck a chord with me. Rock solid product plus epic mission that I’m passionate about? SOLD!
Happy Thanksgiving gun owners!!
Mission of 3i Holsters
Integrate, Improve, and Instruct
We believe in integrating a weapon system for you and your families protection. We believe you should improve your skill set by learning from experienced shooters, instructors and competitors. We also believe you should instruct. Instruct your family and friends in safety and the fundamentals of shooting and carrying a firearm. At one point we were all a beginner. Teach others while you continue to learn and advance your skillset. Our goal is encourage and expand gun ownership for responsible citizens.