Crossbreed Appendix Carry®

Crossbreed Micro Clip

For several years, a burgeoning firearms market and favorable self-defense legislation produced significant growth in concealed carry. In response, firearms manufacturers designed smaller handguns and holster manufacturers designed holsters to carry them. Some new holsters are made with traditional materials such as leather, and some are made with high-tech materials such as Kydex or plastic. Some, like the Crossbreed you see here, combine the two materials.

Crossbreed’s main holster offerings are inside-the-waistband designs comprised of a fairly large piece of leather, a piece of molded plastic, and two clips. With the increased popularity of smaller guns for concealed carry, the company introduced the Appendix Carry holster – leather and molded plastic but with only one clip. Both the larger, dual-clip Crossbreed holsters and the Appendix Carry are outrageously comfortable for all day carry. The Appendix Carry, however, is easier to put on and take off, an important feature for those who carry concealed but want to be able to quickly and easily install or remove their handgun from their person.

Riding in this Appendix Carry holster is a Springfield XD-S 9mm, a new concealed carry handgun that epitomizes the current trend of firearm manufacturers to produce small, thin, lightweight handguns. When I holster a small gun such as the XD-S in a holster such as the Appendix Carry, I’m primarily concerned about four things: vulnerability of the magazine release, ability to get a grip on the gun, draw tension, and carry comfort.

Vulnerability of the Magazine Release

Crossbreed knows how to make holsters so I wasn’t really concerned about whether their design might inadvertently press against the magazine release. Still, as I wore the XD-S in the Appendix Carru, I checked several times—standing, sitting, and bending over—to see if any of the holster’s leather jeopardized this button. It did not. The XD-S also has a very robust spring on the magazine release; in order to release a magazine, you have to push the release very firmly.

Getting a Grip

Sometimes smallish holsters and smallish handguns are difficult to draw from concealment, either because they’re sitting too low or pulled in too tight. The Appendix Carry kept the XD-S at a slight forward cant and allowed me to wear my belt at a tension that afforded relative ease in getting two fingers around the stock and my thumb between the stock and the holster’s leather panel. In other words, the Appendix Carry did not add difficulty to drawing the XD-S from concealment.

Draw Tension

With the Appendix Carry, retention occurs mainly via molded plastic grasping by friction the gun’s trigger guard. Additional tension comes from the wearer’s belt pressing in on the molded plastic. Leather and molded plastic working in harmony; the Appendix Carry kept the XD-S securely in place but easily yielded the gun when drawing. It was never difficult to draw or reholster the XD-S and I never really worried that it would somehow come out of the holster unless I wanted it to do so.


Like other Crossbreed holsters I’ve tried, the Appendix Carry proved comfortable to wear all day. It wasn’t as comfortable as the models that offer more leather but the tradeoff was that it was easier to put on and off. The best position for this holster and this gun was at 4 o’clock.

Made in the USA, the Crossbreed Appendix Carry retails for $62.50 and offers a lifetime warranty.

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24 Comments (Add Yours)

  1. Mark:Years back I was able to call and talk to you directly.I know,times do change, and I am glad for you for that. I have told many,many folks just how good the crossbreed holsters are and don’t fill up your drawers with look-a-likes, because,Crossbreed makes one of the best you can buy.I wear mine 18 hours a day,seven days a week without any questions.And besides that,they are good people.And that’s the truth.

  2. Went to the Crossbreed web site and the MicroClip does not look like this. The belt clip is on the left side of the pistol and they do not offer one for the Springfield XDS.

    1. Good catch, Michael. Looks like their Appendix Carry holster to me.

    2. Well Mark what do you have to say about Michael’s Comment?

    3. Could the shape and form of the holster in the article be a order specific model. Cross carry Right handed and so forth. These guys seem to be able to make what you want, when you order it. Each holster is hand made to order

  3. go to their website- you essentially fill in the gun you own, and yes the sig 238 is one of the selections.

  4. Does it fit the XD-S .45, as well?

    1. The XDs .45 and 9mm are suposed to be identical in size and shape and should be able to share a holster.

  5. I have used this holster for over a year with a Taurus TCP. Thankfully I have not had to draw from it in self defense, but this holster was up for good practice draws right out of the box. I didn’t have to break it in, and it never interferes with sitting or bending. I also can carry wearing only a T shirt without a real “print”. I’ll have a Crossbreed for every handgun I own from now on.

  6. I carry my Smith& Wesson Bodyguard in a Crossbreed Micro. I had trouble with the magazine release. I drilled a hole in the leather where it pushed the release. Problem solved.

  7. Thanks’ Mark for another awesome Holster Review I do use the Crossbreed super tuck deluxe and I love it , but I like this Holster because I could carry it in the 4 o’clock. position I just may be rethinking about my holster after reading this Review Thanks’ again for this Review –Jeff Hayden

  8. Curtis, I have the microclip for my P238 and it’s great. A very comfortable combination.

  9. Do they make 1 for a 24/7 G2 45 cal.Taurus compact.

  10. I too wondered if this was sized for the P238 but in my quest, I stumbled upon very favorable comments/reviews of Tucker Gun Leather’s products. I ended up placing an order Monday for their “micro IWB” holster, molded to the P238 (options for many others as well). We’ll see how it stacks up.

  11. Concealed carry… Crossbreed, “nuff said. I own 3 holsters, 2 IWB, 1 OWB….. good for all day every day all Crossbreed. Cost a little more? I say buy once, cry once and it’s all good after that.

  12. Friends, my mistake: This is indeed the Appendix Carry. My apologies for the confusion.

    1. Thank you Mark for the clarification.

  13. Looks like a good holster. For the newbie (that I am) could I get a brief explanation of carry positions? Is 4 o’clock just behind the mid-point on your hip; and would the mid-point then be 3 o’clock?

    1. Yes. Think of your body standing on a clock with you nose pointing to 12 o’clock. This is how to figure out carry positions.

  14. I own the XDS in 45, and yes have looked at the 9mm and 45 side by side and they are the same size. I prefer carrying a 45. I carry in a Foxx Trapp, very comfortable, $44 with free shipping, and no waiting.

  15. I carry a Kimber .45 it fits great…no problems and Comfortable…thanks

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