StealthGear USA Inside the Waistband (IWB) Ventcore Gun Holster
Each Holster is customized to fit 24 Makes of firearm in addition to the custom accessories equipped to the firearm (lasers and lights). This particular holster is customized to fit my Glock 43 with no laser and no lights.
The VentCore technology is a ventilated design with laser-cut pores (pictured below). Each holster is hand-crafted and customized for specific firearm makes and models. The design aims to provide a concealed holster that breathes in hot/humid conditions. Furthermore, it is composed of moisture-wicking material to keep the firearm and the user dry.
The design uses two injection molded polymer clips to hold the holster on the waistline or belt. The rubber spacers between the clips and the VentCore material allow for an easily adjustable cant angle (tilted position) using a screwdriver to loosen or tighten to your preference.
The design is equipped with black oxide stainless steel fasteners to prevent rust, thus allowing for high durability and longevity.
This firearm holster itself is made up of .093” of Kydex, rather than leather, which is designed to allow you to use the holster immediately upon arrival. There is supposed to be no break-in time required for the StealthGear holsters. The design has 100% muzzle protection on every make and model and is custom built to fit each firearm and accessories.
The tension of the holstering is easily adjusted by using a screwdriver to tighten or loosen the fasteners (5 available options), allowing you to draw your firearm with as much or as little tension as you wish. The Kydex is designed to minimize the markings to the firearm during each draw and holstering, while also decreasing holster weight.
The extension seen on VentCore material (where the firearm grip rests) is designed to provide comfort to the user and act as a barrier between you and the firearm’s grip.
So, now that I have covered the design of the StealthGear IWB Mini VentCore Holster, it is time to do our official product review.
I first discovered StealthGear products in March, 2017. I was in Virginia capturing Special Forces Sniper, Tim Kennedy and his company Sheepdog Response for a featured article when I first noticed the holster company. He was wearing an OWB holster, but it was sweet to look at.
Then, I got thinking that if he uses StealthGear holsters in the field, then they must be the best. Tim Kennedy will only use the best because his life and the lives of others depend on it. So, once I came to that conclusion, I knew that I needed to buy one.
To finish our review, I am going to go through a criterion that we created for products that everyday citizens can carry on themselves and use in a self-defense situation.
Our criteria is not intended to be the end-all be-all; rather it is simply our criteria used to help our readers decide if purchasing this product is the right fit for them.
So, here we go…
Criteria For Everyday Citizens
Fortunately, I have never had to draw my firearm (Glock43) in a self-defense situation. I have however drawn my weapon about a thousand times at the gun range. Once I got the cant angle and draw tension adjusted to my preference (which took about 60 seconds), I have been pleased with the effectiveness of the draw.
The holster conceals quite well. The only problem I have been having is wearing shirts long enough to cover the holster when I am running or jumping. This is NOT a design flaw from StealthGear, as I would have this problem with any holster. I need to wear longer shirts!
My biggest concern is always safety. I have a wife and a nephew I am always around. If the holster isn’t providing the level of safety I need, then I simply will not use it no matter how effective it is.
Since the Glock 43 does not have a safety, I was anxious to make sure that I could maintain a fast draw without being fearful of accidental discharge. I quickly discovered this holster provides a safety level that meets my standard. Never do I draw with concern that I will be in an unsafe position for myself and others.
I believe the comfort of this holster is its biggest selling point. I believe it is what separates it from the pack. I place my IWB Mini in the four o’clock position every day and after about five to ten minutes of wearing it, I forget it is even there. The combination of Kydex and VentCore material significantly reduces the weight of the holster.
Previous holsters would result in discomfort when I remained in a seated position for long periods of time. The VentCore extension acts as a soft barrier between the firearm’s grip and my hip, basically eliminating that discomfort.
#4: ALWAYS ON YOU
Of course, none of these criteria are meaningful if you do not wear the holster every day. The beauty of the VentCore technology allows you to wear it day in and day out without retaining moisture or a sweat-smelling stench.
I work with cardiac patients every day, so I cannot go to work wearing a holster that is putting off a terrible smell. The breathability of it truly keeps me wearing it every day.
#5: EASY TO TRAIN/MINIMAL TIME NEEDED
I have been able to use my IWB Mini Holster since the day it arrived. StealthGear claims that there is no break-in time required, and I can confirm that.
The only requirement is a personal preference to the holster tension for your firearm. I adjusted mine a couple times to fit my needs, but it has been three months and I haven’t had to adjust it since.
Like most holsters, it is easy to train with. It is a product that is easily learned and used in the field. Anyone has the ability to use this product. I recommend dry-firing your firearm in the comfort of your home using the IWB Mini holster. I did one month of draw and dry-firing in my home before going to the range and putting lead down range.
I cannot say for sure if anyone could draw the firearm from the holster, because I have not given the product to extremely weak individuals. I can say however say, that the adjustable-tension feature provides the greatest opportunity for people of all strength-capacities to use the product.
Sadly, many times it is the weak (in strength) individuals or groups that are targeted by the bad guys.
My wife is not a weak woman by any means, but she is not as strong as I am. She has no trouble putting the holster on her belt, drawing the firearm, or holstering the firearm. The only adjustment we made was the tension of the holster. That adjustable tension-feature makes this product applicable for men and women.
I have been wearing the IWB Mini VentCore Holster every day since June, 2017. I have worn it in the heat and humidity, in the car, at a wedding and climbing up a 5,000 foot mountain. This holster has endured a great deal in just three months; yet, every day I wear it, it feels like new.
The biggest limiting factor for a holster’s longevity is the durability of the material used, so we will address all the major parts used. The black oxide fasteners will not rust. The VentCore ventilation prevents the holster from absorbing moisture overtime, which will eventually lead to early deterioration of the material; not to mention the rancid smell it will retain. The Kydex holster will retain its shape and the tension can always be adjusted to my preference. The injection molded polymer clips continue to hold their tension on the waistline. The product is made in the USA, so you know you can count on its durability.
Even though this holster is designed to be inside the waistband, I still wanted one that looked awesome. The craftsmanship is fantastic and the look and feel of it just makes you want to carry it every day.
After three months of use, I would recommend this product to you. I cannot personally say for sure if the product will look, perform and remain intact for years to come, but I can say they are getting raving reviews on their website and on Amazon. What I love is that it has a lifetime warranty. I don’t view it as a way to beat the heck out of it and return it for new several years later. I view it as the company having complete confidence in their product to perform.
If you find value in this product, and would like to start carrying for personal self-defense, you can actually purchase right off amazon and have your holster as soon as 24-48 hours from now.
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Stay ready, my friends!