Holster Review - Garrett Industies Silent Thunder Fusion
I've been carrying pretty much every day for over a year now. I started off experimenting with a super cheap Uncle Mike's neoprene inside the waist band (IWB) holster. That really sucked, so I bought a DeSantis Sof-Tuck IWB, but the single point attachment wasn't all that stable, so I found myself adjusting the holster throughout the day, and then I found that the chromium cured suede promotes rust on humid days. So, I saved up and bought a quality holster last September.
After reading quite a few holster reviews on the 1911 Forum, I settled on a Garrett Industries Silent Thunder Fusion. The major draws for me to this holster were: 1) leather lined Kydex so it is easy on the finish of my Colt; 2) two widely spaced clips that are adjustable for cant, so once the holster is in place it stays in place and the two clips spread the weight out; and 3) the Kydex clips are designed to allow one to tuck a shirt in, so I could wear this at work should the restriction against carrying at colleges and universities be lifted. Another bonus is that GI is located in Texas.
I'd read that custom holster makers can take a long time to fill an order, so I was prepared to wait quite a while. I was pleasantly surprised, though, when my holster showed up a week and a half after I placed my order.
I went with the coyote brown Kydex so that it would be a closer match to my brown leather DM Bullard belt.
First off, the quality of this holster seems outstanding. For those unfamiliar with the design, it is a hybrid holster comprised of a leather lined Kydex shell mounted on a backing of closed cell foam sandwiched between leather and suede. The leather is a thin layer of Herman Oak that is more gentle on a blued gun's finish than bare Kydex and won't promote rust like suede, which is cured with chromium salts.
The second thing I like about this holster is that it is extremely comfortable to wear. I can't say that I don't notice that I'm wearing it, as I don't think any holster can eliminate the weight of a full sized 1911. It does make it comfortable to wear, though. The sweat shield keeps the thumb safety from digging into my side and the suede backing is very comfy.
The third positive is that it easily conceals my full sized 1911. FWIW, I'm 5'8" and 165lbs. Also, the widely spaced clips not only help spread out the weight of the pistol, but also prevent the holster from shifting on my belt (this is something I've found bothersome with single clip holsters).
The biggest downside of the clips, though, is that the standard clips are a bit flimsy and I broke one within about six months. Fortunately, I already had a Comp-Tac clip that I had purchased from Brownells for another holster and it works even better than the GI standard clip. I ordered a couple of more that are a slightly darker brown directly from Comp-Tac and find that they work great. The original clips were also a little hard to fit over my DM Bullard belt, but the Comp-Tac ones work great. Garrett Industries offers a similar style clip as an option, but it only comes in black for now.
So, time for a few more pics.
Here's how it conceals with a tucked in work shirt:
Here it is with the Comp-Tac clips: