5/17/2014 10:58pm, #1
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:
5/18/2014 12:46pm, #2
I use their standard IWB. Great holsters. I live in a desert and I was nervous about trying the fusion because of the leather being right on my skin. Do you think it would be too warm?"Intelligence is nothing more than discussing things with others. Limitless wisdom comes of this." - 山本 常朝
5/18/2014 1:06pm, #3
You mean the suede backing?
I haven't had the opportunity to wear in in much hot weather, yet, but will update as the Summer progresses. So far, I have not noticed any discomfort from the suede backing.
5/18/2014 8:08pm, #4
P.S. Since it's hot and humid in Texas, I would think that if I find it comfy throughout this Summer that it'd be good for the desert, too.
5/25/2014 12:22am, #5
8/11/2014 8:03pm, #6
As you can see, I sweated quite a bit today while wearing my 1911 (compare to the pic in post #3):
Despite the heat and sweat, the only thing that reminded me that I was wearing a pistol today while working outside was the weight of the pistol and occasionally the heat of the pistol when I'd stand up after bending over in the sun for a while. Also, despite all of the sweat on the backing of the holster, the pistol itself was bone dry when I drew it for inspection after my work was done for the day. Again, the back of the holster is a composite of a thin layer of neoprene sandwiched between the Herman Oak leather lining inside the holster and the suede on the outside of the backing. The suede seemed to absorb the sweat a bit while the neoprene kept the moisture from bleeding through. I put my hand inside the holster after inspecting my pistol and the leather lining was also bone dry. In conclusion, this design is not only super comfy regardless of the heat, it also protects one's pistol from sweat even on a hot humid day.
One area that I think could be improve would be to expand the sweat shield on the back to cover the magazine release:
This isn't so much a comfort issue for me, although I could see it possibly being a problem for someone with bigger love handles than mine, but because I found that sweat tends to build up around the magazine release on hot days. This isn't a huge deal if one is careful to give this area some extra attention when wiping the pistol down with an oily cloth after wearing it all day.
Here are some more pictures to give you a better idea of the dimensions of the holster, especially how thin this holster is, and how it has held up after about a year of being worn every day.
Showing some wear at the edges:
And some gratuitous gun porn of my pistol: