About a month or so ago I made the decision to change up which handgun I would carry, should I decide to exercise my legal right to carry a concealed weapon. I’ve had a concealed carry permit here in Indiana for numerous years so carrying was nothing new to me, but I didn’t have a good holster for my latest weapon of choice. So I began doing a bit of research online and asking around on the numerous concealed carry groups one can find on social media. A lot of brand names and companies, both big and small, were suggested. However, one company in particular was recommended time and time again. Enter Vedder Holsters.
Vedder Holsters is a small company located in Mount Dora, Florida. Yeah, I had never heard of it either. The business had a great reputation and had recently been voted “The 2019 Best Holster In The History of Ever” by readers of Concealed Nation. It goes without saying that with all of the recommendations and this latest achievement, I was intrigued.
I went to Vedder Holsters’ website, found the holster model I would be interested in and read the reviews there. 4,166 people had reviewed it on the Vedder website and it had a solid 5 out of 5 star average rating. My mind was made up and the order was placed.
I opted for their LightTuck Kydex IWB (inside the waistband) holster. For those unfamiliar with Kydex, it’s a thermoplastic acrylic-polyvinyl chloride material. At least that’s what Wikipedia tells me. I might be mistaken, but I think it’s just a way of saying it’s a bad ass plastic that won’t take any crap from anyone. Kydex is extremely waterproof, scratch resistant, doesn’t stretch or shrink from use and will hold its shape year after year. It’s obvious why it’s popular in the manufacturing of holsters, knife sheaths, automotive parts, exhaust systems, helmets and much more.
I added what Vedder calls their Claw attachment. The Claw is an option and costs only 5 bucks. It makes contact with the inside of your pants and belt, and pulls the grip of the gun closer into your body. That in turn makes the gun and holster even less conspicuous. I’d even go so far as to call it invisible when paired with the right clothing and a good belt designed for concealed carry.
Vedder’s color options for their Kydex is mind blowing. You want camo? They got it. Numerous camo options actually. American Flag print? Sure. Zombie Green? Okay. Pink? Yep, they got that too. Plain old black? No problem. With all of the choices in front of me, I suddenly understood what my wife feels like when she picks out nail polish. In the end though, only one color was the obvious choice and that was what Vedder calls their “Blood Red Fiber Carbon”. I won’t go into the details as that’s for another story, but this color was going to be a perfect pairing for this particular gun.
Once my order was placed, it arrived in about a week. It came in a simple padded envelope type package but seemed bulkier than I thought it would be. I opened the package and the first thing I pulled out was a Vedder Holsters logo t-shirt. I had won it by “spinning the wheel” when you first go to their website. Free t-shirt…brownie point earned Vedder.
The next thing to come out of the packaging was a small black bag, also with the Vedder Holsters logo on it. Inside of the bag was my holster. Okay, another brownie point earned for fancy presentation. Noted. Upon opening the drawstring bag, I retrieved my holster. Wow, that Blood Red Fiber Carbon color looked even better in person. The holster’s edges were smooth and finished, unlike every other Kydex holster I had owned or looked at in the past. You could tell the people at Vedder paid attention to detail, and that impressed me.
I quickly went to get my unloaded .45 and slid it into the holster. Perfect fit. The trigger was completely covered by the holster so an accidental discharge when drawing or re-holstering the weapon would be a non-issue. The retention screw was set perfectly straight from the factory so the gun was both easily drawn yet wasn’t loose at all. I could go 10 rounds with Mike Tyson and my gun wouldn’t fall out. I then slid the holster into my waistband, at about the 4 o’clock position and yep, it was super comfortable. I’ve worn it for up to an hour so far, including while driving in the truck, without any issues. I’m going to play around with the holster positioning some more and will report back on that with a full review of the holster in the distant future.
For now though, I have no buyer’s regret whatsoever and am super confident that I’ll be using this holster for a long, long time. Quality, comfort, concealability and security…you can’t ask for much more in a holster.