I have owned and used a number of Blade-Tech holsters over the years—mostly for competition shooting. Without exception, I have been pleased with all of them. When I was looking for a Kydex holster for an upcoming training class, I decided to call Blade-Tech.
My choice for outside the waistband belt carry was the Eclipse series—the Kydex equivalent of the traditional pancake holster. The leather belt loops are attached on the outside edges, which pulls the holster close and tight for best concealment. A snug fit makes this holster easily concealable under any reasonable cover garment.
The Eclipse is available for a wide variety of handguns, but can be had only in a right handed version at this time.
The Eclipse features the Blade-Tech “Positive Lock Trigger Guard” which creates strong retention without the use of extra buttons or levers. Once the initial resistance is overcome with a sharp tug, the pistol clears the Kydex holster very quickly. The Eclipse provides enough retention to ease my mind when carrying, but dispenses with any extra steps to potentially foul the draw under stress. The holster also retains its shape after the pistol is removed, so one-handed re-holstering is not a problem.
The Eclipse is available for a wide variety of handguns, but can be had only in a right handed version at this time. The base price for the Eclipse is $70 plus shipping. Wait time can vary, but is noted on Blade-Tech’s website. A typical wait of three weeks or so is actually quite fast in the “made to order” holster industry.
While you are shopping for a holster, you should never forget the need for a good belt. I used the Eclipse with one of Blade-Tech’s signature “Looper” belts. The Looper is a premium cow hide leather belt with Kydex reinforcement for additional strength and stability. The Looper belt looks very ordinary, but helps support and distribute the weight of the gun and holster. These belts vary from $50 to $60, depending upon the desired width.
Blade-Tech products are very high quality, and are backed by a strong company that is a leader in the holster industry.
The combination of the Eclipse holster and the Looper belt performed very well for me in Mas Ayoob’s MAG-40 class, and in concealed carry in the real world. Blade-Tech products are very high quality, and are backed by a strong company that is a leader in the holster industry. You can view and order the Eclipse holster and the Looper belt at: www.blade-tech.com or call (877) 331-5793.
All prices as of December 2010 and rounded up to the nearest whole dollar.
[ Duane A. Daiker is a contributing editor for CCM, but is otherwise a regular guy—not much different from you. Duane has been a lifelong shooter and goes about his life as an armed, responsible, and somewhat opinionated citizen. Duane can be contacted at Daiker@RealWorldCarryGear.com, or though his fan page on Facebook, and welcomes your comments and suggestions for gear reviews. ]