Last week I reviewed the American Tactical FXH-45M Moxie 1911. Whenever a new pistol is introduced — one that does not follow the standard dimensions of an existing pistol model — there is some lag time in finding a holster that will fit. This is especially true of pistol models that aren’t released with massive accolades.
Sometimes it doesn’t take a lot of dimensional changes to an existing design to make it difficult to find a holster to fit properly. Now there is no doubt that the American Tactical FXH-45M Moxie 1911 is a genuine 1911. Its operating system, controls, grip and overall profile are true to form. However, its dimensional differences — the massive light rail and oversized rounded trigger guard — are enough to prevent an owner from easily finding a holster that will fit.
While the pistol’s design modifications enhance carryability and shootability, they eliminate almost all existing 1911 holsters as candidates. Of course, you could use various concealment packs and bags. But when it comes to existing leather or polymer holsters, they’re a no-go. Don’t despair. Kinetic Concealment offers a solution.
Kinetic Concealment to the Rescue
Kinetic Concealment specializes in Kydex/leather hybrid holster systems. I have used Kinetic Concealment rigs in the past and have found them to be great holsters. The holsters are produced in the United States. Another plus is that the holsters are often available for guns that are new to the market.
Kinetic Concealment offers one OWB-style holster, two IWB-style holsters (one standard and one appendix carry) and a combo option that comes with IWB/OWB backings that can be switched out as needed. Limited styles allow the company to focus on applying those styles to as many different handguns as possible.
Besides accommodating a wide variety of sometimes uniquely styled handguns, Kinetic Concealment also focuses on comfortable carry. It utilizes a special nylon-backed neoprene substrate, which is bonded to the body side of the leather. The edges are precisely stitched. According to the company’s website, “This added feature gives complete comfort even when the holster is being worn without an undershirt directly on the skin.”
For the American Tactical FXH-45M Moxie 1911, I decided to give Kinetic Concealment’s OWB holster a shot. The holster, like most hybrid Kevlar/cowhide rigs, is a simple affair, with the Kevlar shell mounted on a black dyed cowhide backing. According to Kinetic, the shells are 0.093-inch thick Kydex that is vacuum-formed for a “snug click fit.” Slots for a 2-inch-wide belt are mounted on the backing. Four slotted screws hold the Kydex scabbard to the leather backing.
When I received the holster, I checked the fit with the unloaded pistol. It was a snug fit and “clicked” into place as advertised, holding the American Tactical FXH-45M Moxie 1911 more securely than other hybrid holsters I’ve used. I then mounted the holster on my belt to practice some test draws, again with the unloaded (see a theme here?) gun.
With the extra tension on the pistol due to the holster backing being pulled into a slight curve on my hip by my belt, I found the draw a bit of a challenge. After working with it awhile, it eased up. I found that I needed to push the gun butt slightly away from my body to execute a smooth and fast draw. This is due to the pistol’s shape and is not an issue with the Kinetic Concealment holster design and construction.
Everything is a trade-off in life. You can own a lightweight American-made 1911 pistol with most of the bells and whistles for $399.99 and have limited holster options. The other option is to purchase a more conventional heavier-weight 1911 for $700-$1,000 that has a large amount of holster options. It’s your choice.
Kinetic Concealment: KineticConcealment.com
About Scott W. Wagner
Scott W. Wagner has been a law enforcement officer since 1980, working undercover in liquor and narcotics investigations and as a member, sniper and assistant team leader of a SWAT team. He currently works as a patrol sergeant. He is a police firearms instructor, certified to train revolver, semi-automatic pistol, shotgun, semi- and fully automatic patrol rifle, and submachine gun. Scott also works as a criminal justice professor and police academy commander.