I am a big believer in dry-fire. Especially when shaking down new gear.
So today I am practicing with my new JM Custom Kydex AIWB holster: Wilson EDC X9L / light rail / RDS cut. I don’t have a whole lot of time with this holster so my observations right now might not stand the test of time.
Additionally…I am not a gear reviewer. Never will be. I buy what I want. I shoot what I want. I say what I want. Anything beyond that? I. Don’t. Care.
So here goes…
This holster seems very well made. I would guess it is vacuum formed for the EDC X9L. And that is super cool. It’s not a generic 1911 holster trying to fit everything.
The benefit of that is the fit AND retention. This rig just eats the EDC X9L and sucks it down. And releases it just as easily. It’s gloriously perfect.
You can run, jump, fight, hang upside down and the gun is not falling out. This is a commercial grade holster, manufactured exactly for this gun. And it is fantastic in that regard.
Now for the Debugging.
First off I ordered the gun with soft-loops. I wish I hadn’t. But I wanted to try them and I thought they would be great. Turns out I don’t like them. Taking them off or putting them on.
I also have the experience of knowing that clips and breakaway holster connections are no good for ground-and-pound / fist fights. I did this against my better judgement and am paying the price for it now. So split-loops are on the way.
Second, the guns sits a little low for my taste. I am hoping the hard split-loops will also solve this issue.
Third. And this could be a biggie if it becomes a problem I can’t fix. The relief cut for the RDS is too generous in my opinion. The EDC X9L is topped with a Trijicon SRO, which I believe is considered one of the largest red dots on the market today.
The RDS cut clears the SRO with plenty of room left to spare. Almost too much room? Maybe up to a 1/2 inch. The problem develops when the holster dives into the waistline allowing pants material to roll over into the RDS cut.
Upon drawing, the large suppressor height front sight can catch on that fabric and completely foul the draw. As in a full stop foul. Which is unnerving.
The solution on my end is to do what I want to do anyway: bring the gun higher in the waistline. This would raise the entire holster system and probably clear anything from getting in that RDS-gap.
Disclaimer: I have only observed this issue in one session. Perhaps it isn’t something that manifests itself with denim and regular pants? And is something specific to lightweight summer shorts as seen in this video?
If not, I suggest JP Custom make their RDS cut’s a little shallower.
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