Let’s face it: We’re all snobs about something. A lot of us get stuck in our ways. And it can be very difficult to try something new or even consider exchanging what we like, trust and use for something different or unknown. This is also true for many folks in the firearms industry, especially when it comes to favored gun brands and models or preferred gadgets and gear, such as holsters. We all have our solid, immovable favorites, and we don’t really want (or need?) to change.

My husband, Sean, admits that he is especially snobbish about what holsters he chooses to put his guns in for carrying every day. And it wasn’t until we both had the pleasure of going out to Abilene, Texas, to work with Chad Myers of JM4 Tactical that we were made aware of something else — something new.

Who Is JM4?

Chad is the owner and creator of JM4 Tactical — a holster company — and JM4 Dimensions, his training company. Chad’s training company offers a number of classes throughout Texas — USCCA concealed carry, women’s classes and defensive shooting fundamentals curriculum, to name a few — as well as the Texas License to Carry (LTC) course. As Sean and I got to know Chad and his wife during our training tour, Sean became intrigued with JM4’s approach to holsters. He decided (unbeknownst to Chad) to order one of their products … while sitting across the table from the couple at dinner one night.

Which JM4 Holster Did We Choose?

“I’m glad I decided to try something new!” Sean exclaimed. “I’m used to carrying Kydex-only holsters. Trying out this new style is really interesting.” JM4 uses a unique process to mold Boltaron — a stronger, harder version of Kydex — and high-quality Hermann Oak leather together to form a Kydex-leather hybrid.

My husband got a new holster, so we decided it was only fair that I got one too. He chose the outside-the-waistband RELIC for his Springfield Armory XD-S, and I selected one of JM4’s inside-the-waistband appendix/centerline RELIC holsters for my SIG Sauer P365. And I actually opted for the teal version with black stitching. I have a lot of black holsters, and I wanted to make the most of this change!

How Does It Work?

We asked Chad why the holster is called “the RELIC.” He explained it’s because of his patent-pending way of bonding the leather to the Boltaron, which people said couldn’t be done. In addition to the unique molding process, Chad also stitches the leather into place throughout the Boltaron exterior, giving more durability and a pretty cool look.

Sean said of his holster, “The hard Boltaron exterior provides stability and protection to make coming in and out of the holster easier since the material isn’t being crushed by my belt and pants. And the soft, leather interior offers a ‘sound-free’ presentation when coming out of the holster … [and] protection for the finish of my firearm.”

For me, the holster’s safety and durability are key. And I am very pleased that the JM4 holster doesn’t collapse as I work the gun in and out. It’s more comfortable than I thought it would be since I can easily set the holster up in a position that works best for my body and my clothing.

All in all, JM4 is basically using a 15th century leatherworks technique and bringing it to the 21st century to make it all possible. Sean and I are both very happy that we put gear snobbery behind us to try something a little new and a little different. Sometimes you’ve got to be willing to break the mold … or at least change it up a bit.

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