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American Handgunner Jul/Aug 2011 Digital Edition - Page 26
CARRYOPTIONS Sammy Reese FROM CLASSICS TO CUTTING EDGE IN CARRY METHODS Ugly-BUt-Works g etting T-boned in my personally-freshly-waxed police car changed my life in many ways. The damage it caused eventually forced me to be retired from a job I truly loved. Today I’m in better shape than most; I work really hard at keeping my “machine” running as best I can. One of the many things I had to give up as a result of the crash, though, was carrying concealed inside-the-waistband (IWB). Post-crash, I used to be able to tough it out for an hour or so, but eventually it produced so much pain, I had to stop. No big deal you say, just switch to a belt holster. But living in Southern California, I was having to get more creative for outside carry. The old IWB would make it easier for a skinny guy like me to hide big guns under my T-shirts. Sammy found the Supertuck rigs were comfy and disappeared under even a lightweight shirt. CrossBreed Holsters Franken-Holster was surfing the web to see what I could find as far as holsters go when I came across a video in which the CrossBreed Supertuck Deluxe holster was being demonstrated. One of the comments listed said, “It sure is ugly when you look at it, but it’s the most comfortable holster I’ve ever used.” I lost count of people telling how it worked just fine even with a back problem. Could this part leather, part kydex Franken-holster really do the trick? I checked out the holster on their website and called the owner/founder Mark Craighead. Mark agreed the holster is really ugly but believed I had to try it for myself to see how great it really was. Mark told me the Supertuck Deluxe was born from his own frustrations of holsters not living up to expectations. Over the years he acquired boxes of holsters which didn’t quite make the cut. Sound familiar? What started as just an experiment in his garage, has grown into a 2,400 square foot facility with full-time staff to keep the orders circulating on time. Mark is so confident in his products he offers a lifetime warranty with a 2-week trial. If you don’t like it, send it back and your money is refunded, period. I happy camper Supertuck Deluxe black cowhide Glock 23. fter getting the sample, my first thought was, “Damn, this is one ugly holster.” The first holster I tried was the cowhide Supertuck Deluxe for my Glock 23. After finding the perfect location behind my right hip and adjusting the cant, I added the gun, but had only a T-shirt for a cover. Still, the gun disappeared. Two hours later, I remember thinking: “So far, so good.” But I knew it had only been a couple hours, and in time my back would start hurting — I was just waiting for it to happen. Six hours later (including a trip in my truck to pickup the kids from school and a few stops on the way home), I was still pain-free. When my wife got home, I had her perform a quick inspection. She’s the queen of spotting “the gun.” I did a funky pirouette so she questioned, “Are you trying out for a ballet? What’s with the twirly thingy?” I asked if she saw the gun print. “No, you’re not wearing one.” When I lifted up my shirt she called out, “Now that’s concealed!” — enough said. Next, I tucked in the T-shirt and asked her to keep a lookout for the gun; nothing, nada. Other then not being able to really tuck the shirt in too deep, it worked as advertised. I had some trouble adjusting the horsehide/combat cut 1911 version Mark sent. I made a quick call to the shop, and he was able to talk me through it. With the proper adjustments, I was back in IWB business. After two weeks of switching back and forth between the two holsters, I must say, I’m a happy IWB camper again. I’ve worn the holster on a few multi-hour road trips, and I was not the least bit sore. When I showed the holsters to a few friends, they were all impressed with how easily a large gun was concealed. My next Supertucks (yes, I said plural) will be the combat cut. With the way I attain my Supertuck Deluxe grip from the holster, I found it much Combat cut in easier with that version. If I sound horsehide 1911. excited, it’s because I really am. Being able to carry concealed, the way I prefer, and not end up at the chiropractor’s office means the world to me. It’s also really nice to see a product do its job as marketed. I relearned an age-old lesson about not judging a book by its cover, too. For more info: www.americanhandgunner. com/crossbreed-holsters a * 26 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JULY/AUGUST2011