Stealth Defense Strut Holster

The Strut is a “one size fits many” design.
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The Strut is a “one size fits many” design.

The old saying that there is “nothing new under the sun” is often heard about holsters. There are only so many ways to wrap leather around a gun. We tend to see a lot of refinements of existing designs, but not a lot of really new ideas. However, the Strut Holster from Stealth Defense is one of the rare new ideas.

The Strut Holster takes its name from its primary design element—a vertical “strut” that attaches to the belt and holds the gun above the belt. In essence, this holster holds the bulk of the gun above the belt-line, but keeps the weight on the belt. In order to keep the gun tight to the body, the top of the holster is secured around the torso with an elasticized strap. Unlike a typical “belly band” holster, the strap does not have to be insanely tight because it really doesn’t support much of the weight of the gun at all, but merely keeps the gun from flopping away from the torso.

 

The Strut is primarily designed to be a deep concealment holster.

 

The concept is very interesting, and the advantages are obvious. You don’t need to fit the bulk of the gun inside your belt, so you don’t need to wear larger pants, and you don’t have to have the gun tightly squeezed between your belt and body. Depending upon where you position the holster on your belt, it can be almost like a shoulder holster with the weight on your belt rather than your shoulders.

The Strut is primarily designed to be a deep concealment holster. Unlike a shoulder holster, which has no straps across the front of your body, this holster cannot be worn with an open cover garment. It must be worn under a shirt or closed outer garment of some kind, so access would usually be achieved by lifting your shirt or reaching under—which is certainly possible, but not lightning fast.

I find the Strut to be pretty comfortable, especially if the holster support band is worn over an undershirt. The band can be worn directly against the skin, but may be annoying in warm conditions over an extended period of time. My body build makes the gun more concealable under my weak side arm, but the rig can be worn in the appendix position or behind the hip. Not having the gun stuffed into the waistband makes it far more comfortable when sitting or driving, and bending over is not a problem.

 

If you try this unique holster and don’t like it, you can send it back for a refund. A policy like that makes it easy to give this innovative idea a try.

 

Another nice feature is that the Strut is a “one size fits many” type of design. It is not molded to any particular gun, and is designed to fit any gun up to six inches in overall length. The website lists specific recommended guns, mostly consisting of sub-compact 9mm handguns and smaller. Obviously, the smaller and lighter the gun, the more comfortable it will be (as is the case with all holsters.)

The Strut is currently priced at $69.95, with free shipping. You can also purchase a separate magazine pouch that will attach to the elastic support band. Al Vennemeyer, the owner of Stealth Defense Holsters, LLC, is very serious about his product and ensuring customer satisfaction. The Strut Holster is warranted for life, and you get a two-week satisfaction guarantee. If you try this unique holster and don’t like it, you can send it back for a refund. A policy like that makes it easy to give this innovative idea a try. You can find a lot more information about the Strut Holster and place an order at www.stealthdefenseholsters.com.

Prices as of June, 2011.

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35 Comments (Add Yours)

  1. Looks extremely good, especially with a flat semi-auto like a Keltec 9mm. Will likely get later.

  2. My belly band has 4 pouches and will hold 2 guns and 2 mags at half the price. Looks like a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.

    1. But your belly band is carrying the weight of all this gear. With the strut, your belt is carrying the weight.

  3. WHAT? Don’t have one for any Glocks?

    1. formerpacifist

      I asked the about this mentioning I carry a Glock 26. They stated it is a heavier gun then they recommend but have sold some to Glock users.

      1. The site states under its recommended guns the Glck 26, 27, 28, 33 and 39.

  4. So if you have a flat stomach it’s great. Otherwise you’ll have a “buldge” showing.

    1. This seems to be a problem with all IWB holster types. Maybe you should wear a shoulder holster

  5. Looks like a good innovation, you might also look at the safe packer. It disguises the gun in a square holster! Sits on hip or seatbelt strap in car.

  6. Seems to be not very usefull for the reason`s we carry. I don`t think if you tell someone to wait a minute so I can get my hand under my shirt will work.

    1. The bad guys will always use the benefit of surprise; approaching at their maximum advantage with weapon already drawn…an attempted “fast draw” defense reaction can get you killed. Your best defense is to be able to recognize the possibility of a threat and prepare with your hand on your (hidden) weapon. A fast draw holster would not be any quicker using this tactic under these circumstances and you would not brandish your weapon during a false alarm.

  7. ricefarm@gotrain.org

    Interesting design and expensive. Being retired military, I’ve trained with and tried most, am still looking for the ‘really right one’. Pieces are a Glock 17 in 9mm, S&W M67 and M10, both with 4″, .38sp. Also a really heavy 1911 in .45acp. Because I’m 5′ 11″, 195lb, and 77yr old, I’m favoring the shoulder holster under my left arm (needs a jacket) as I’m right-handed. My wife prefers her Rossi 2″ snub, 6-shot .357 (she uses .38 sp) that drops in her purse. For a holstered piece, she likes her Ruger P95 in 9mm, on the right hip. We live on a farm and along wih our dogs, are our own security – hope we never have to engage! Best to all, and thanks, Dr. Bill

    1. Nice to see someone who also carries the P95. A great side arm that has ample capacity and affordable mags. Just fitted mine with a red laser and need to sight it in. Had to upgrade to an inexpensive KNJ nylon holster to fit the added laser Out of the box the Ruger is awesome. I LOVE American made products. Stay SAFE.

  8. That is awful expensive for that holster. Im also looking for a certain type holster for my fat belly that is not so expensive.

  9. I’m guessing that it is a left-handed setup shown in the photo.

    It would seem that wearing it just above the support side hip would be the right way to go. Otherwise I can’t envision how I would draw from it with my right hand.

  10. I think that the price is way too high, and the rig looks very akward to draw from. I guess I will keep looking for the right one for me.

    1. Your comment on price is understandable especially with the tough economic times that we are facing today but manufacturing cost for “one of a kind” products carry additional cost, not experienced, with established high volume standard design holsters. These expenses amount to; design, development, testing, special design tooling, patent & trademark etc. in addition to regular costs. The accumulation of these “indirect costs” results in a long term investment that takes years to deplete. You see this in pharmaceutical industries where you may spend $50 to $500 for a “pill” that improves your life. Cost is based upon the same principles mentioned above, however, on a much larger scale. Thanks for providing an opportunity for me to comment.
      Al Vennemeyer, Owner
      Stealth Defense Holsters, LLC

  11. Would have been better to grasp if actually shown on a person.

  12. If you are looking for a truly deep concealment holster that will handle multiple weapons, check out victoryholsters.com. I think it will fill the requirements many of you are looking for.

  13. If you go to their website, you can view videos on the holster, including one actually demonstrated on a person. I bought one and it is comfortable. Access from under a loose fitting sweatshirt or overgarment is quick and easy. And it does not readily show an outline of the weapon. I put my Kel-Tec P11 in it and it hides and rides well.

  14. This holster works great for the average person who wants max. comfort and concealment. You don’t need special or larger clothing. You don’t mind carrying at all times.

  15. i am sticking with pocket carry for my lcr and berreta jet fire.

  16. There is nothing like it for comfort and access while in my car. A great buy for a special design patent holster.

  17. rmmiller@ipa.net

    Sounds like everyone else here is facing the same issues I am, and I’ve been holding off on purchasing a CC holster for 2.5 years now because I just haven’t found anything I’m totally pleased with, and IWB was the first choice tossed out (who wants toi buy all new jeans that are 4″ oversize? About the closest thing I’ve found is going to be close to the Miami II shoulder holster, but I haven’t found a decent leather vest I like yet and I’m not happy with the muzzle horizontal straight behind me. I do have an old Bianchi X15 that would work for my compact or standard or even competition Glocks, but the heat and humidity here makes even a vest sound too hot. I did see one shoulder holster that had the holster under the weak arm with the muzzle angled down at 45 degrees behind, and so far the 45 degree rearward and down angle sounds like the safest type since it’s less likely to fall out and vertical hold like the X15 with a front breakaway clamp where you can pull downward and forward on the grip simultaneously and the weapon will slide right through the slight clamped gap on the front is close, but still not what I’d prefer to use all day. An option I’ve been searching for for a long time now is a leather vest I would be happy with that has concealed pockets built in under the arms, or the compression T-shirt, but with the compression T-shirt you might wind up asking someone who is coming staight at you with the muzzle aimed at your head to stop for a minute while I reach deep under a shirt or two here, and he can travel over 20 feet per second easily and you’re looking at almost 2 seconds to come out of deep concealment which is about 40 feet the bad guy can close up on you while you are attempting to reach and pull and turn to get some distance for a few seconds too. This very type of situation is why I’d prefer open carry and some restraint to at least a SERPA 2 level, but it’s gonna be a long time before we see that type of ease of regulations in most of the country (except Arizona which has had open carry for a long time). At least open carry would allow you to use a decent holster arrangement that you could live with while seated and standing and driving, but it isn’t going to be an option for most of us for a loooooong time and for the legislators to read the NRA-ILA statistics on crime trends in states with the CCW laws going into effect versus the massive increase in crime in the states with a ban on concealed carrry…….as recall, the states that had gone concealed before last year saw a 30%+ decrease in crime rate, while those states with names like Bloomb*#& or whatever that steadily try to squash us saw almost a 40% increase in crime during the same period that the CHCL states dropped in crime rate. HMmmmmmmm, could there be any direct correlation there, or have I just had too many hours of advanced college math and several Calculus courses too and I forgot how to compare statistics???……but there was definitely a clear visible trend in 2010 comparing the CC and non-CC states and crime rates. And besides, how many states at all have you ever seen the “bad guys” worrying about concealed carry????….they are armed regardless and will roll the dice on getting caught and catching a felony conviction for illegal carrying of firearms, and that is the absolute last thing they are concerned with since their rap sheet is already 4 pages thick!

    Oh well, got distracted there momentarily, but I have not found the ideal CC holster yet either, but if I had purchased each one I THOUGHT might work I’d have a box of 20 holsters I didn’t use!….and I’d STILL be looking for a good compromise concealed setup. But, the 5.11 Vests have good inside storage pockets with velcro already inside for the 5.11 holsters and 5.11 mag carriers to pop right into, and the back of those vests are open enough to breathe quite a bit, but the only color choices are black, OD green, or khaki, and khaki would reflect the most heat away (which is why I went khaki on my 5.11 vest with 16 or 17 total pockets)…..and there is even a rear lower back compartment that could potentially be adapted for use in the 5.11 vest just about where a SOB holster would go exce[t the holster would be outside the waistband and inside tucked away somewhat nicely.

    The answer is that there is no clear cut answer to be found! Whatever you go with is going to compromise some facet significantly, so it becomes trial and error to find something that is the best of the worst. I figure I’ll still be debating this topic with myself for the next 2.5 years, and I’ll still scrutinize every new holster to hit the market. Another halfway decent route would be to get a high belt carry paddle holster so it would be much easier for a light jacket or vest cut a tad long to drop over…..standard belt holsters ride low, and paddle holsters ride significantly higher but some go even higher than others so then you are stuck in comparing 50 different paddle high ride holsters to find one that will serve your purpose. I started thinking paddle 2.5 years ago, and now I’m just looking for the highest ride leather paddle holster which will support a full frame model. As for any subcompact firearm models with no decent grip on them, the only thing I could do would be to use it like a rock by throwing it and trying to scare someone with a chunk of steel and composite clearly visible sailing across the sky….but gimme a full frame grip and at least 5″ of barrel with a longer sight radius and that greatly enhances the chance that you won’t have to toss it to be effective.

    I’ll shut up here, since I’ve likely confused everyone even more!

  18. rmmiller@ipa.net

    Oh yeah, one other quickie for you Glock fans out there. For whatever reason, most manufacturers who build concealed holsters just assume that you like the Glock compact frames like the G19 and G23 and G32 and G38 better, or even worse the subvcompact models like the G26 and G27 and G33 and G39…….the 10mm G20SF short frame model fits about 75% of the people now where the standard frame G20 fits only about 25%, and the same deal with the .45 ACP G21SF and G21, so if you’re like me and initially grabbed up a standard large frame Glock which is only 0.09″ wider across the grip but less than 1/10th of an inch of width seems huge, so Glock took 0.100 off the backstrap top to bottom at the rear to make the short frame and they shortened up the trigger distance the same 0.100 too which helps, and a few parts are slightly different with the SF versions. If you like Glock but stayed away from the large frame 10mm and .45 ACP models (check out the stats and you’ll find that the 10mm is by far the strongest Glock, and Glock even sells a 6.02″ hunting barrel that fits the G20 and G20SF instead of keeping the 4.60″ barrel in place. At least pick up one of the new large frame SF models and see what you think about them, because the grips on the G20 and G21 kept sales of both way down, but now the G20SF is reviving the 10mm load even with law enforcement….and in this state a lot of state level law enforcement groups jumped on the .45 ACP G21SF instead of the .40 S&W. And, just try to find a concealed holster for the G24 that is back on the market now (6.02″ barrel .40 S&W). It’s tough to find anything that will work with the competition level G34 and G35 with 5.32″ barrels, and the same thing with the manufacturers and the standard size like the G17, G22, G31, G37, etc……they think nobody wants to use them for carry purposes, but they are closer to ideal size for true use if you wind up in the unfortunate position that you might need it at all.

    Anyway, the Glock fans out there who wanted a standard size .45 ACP or a standard size 10mm (just look at the stats on the ballistics and your decision is already made on paper in the ballistics tables…..the 10mm uses the exact same projectiles as the .40 cal (0.401″), but the 10mm brass is significantly longer and the longer length is used for the powder charge too! The 10mm has the same trajectory stats as the “Screamin’ Demon .357 Sig” in the G31 with elevated velocities and much flatter trajectories.. So I’ll shut up again and just say that if you wanted a large frame model but put it back down as soon as you felt the grip, at least grab a “SF” Short Frame model and see if the backstrap reduction has improved things enough to satisfy your needs, and then you will find yourself right back in this unending chase to find the perfect CC holster for it. See, I did make it back on this topic after all, and it was my debating about finding a holster for those models too that brought up the idea to pass along the minor changes which significantly improved the sales and use of the larger caliber models, but again often holsters for the larger frame models are different than those for the smaller standard frame models, so you get a model you might like better but the quest for a “right” holster is still major trouble. Better run, since someone out there has a stapler and they are coming my way to staple my mouth shut! At least I did manage to keep the major theme on topic after a long explanation of why it might become a problem as well that you didn’t previously face. But, if you are going to upgrade components on the SF models, do double check on compatibility as I know of a few parts that are slightly different on the SF models and require a different upgrade part to properly fit (the market is finally beginning to catch up to the SF variations in parts). ZZZZZzzzzzzzz…….

  19. I tried the holster 4 times. The belt holds the weight but the bottom of the hook slips from under the belt causing the holster to rotate towards the grips ( should have been made with higher outside edge to hold onto the belt. Does not really stay in place properly which has caused me to loose confidence in it. Afraid the gun will fall out. Am staying with my shoulder holster which is just great. I can wear a sweater over it or a shirt unbuttoned at the bottom, just lift it up and easy access. This holster needs modifications, the idea is good but using a plastic back strap with a minimal hook is not. You are using the pressure from the elastic to hold the gun in, well I tried a really good forward bend and the gun almost fell out. I wonder what would happen in a fight or a run with a few good jumps.

  20. Try “The Sportsmans Guide” for the vest in a cloth and leather design. both have the holsters on the inside under the arm for great conceal carry. You can find them online

  21. I love the strut holster. It does conceal very well and you can position it for comfort. You can move about, bend over, and reach up all without creating a print. And going to the bathroom with it can be managed very well without spilling it all on the floor. I have had one for about a month and I love it. I forget I have it on. Using a button shirt or a normal pullover allows for a quick retrieve.

  22. I purchased the Stealth Defense Strut Holster and found the cost to be very reasonable for the gain of comfort, concealment, and convience should I need to draw my weapon. The name stealth defines this holster quite well. I wore the holster all day shopping, lunch and dinner while with my wife and she never noticed that I was carrying, as a matter of fact she asked me when we got home why I did not have my gun with us that day. She was quite surprised when I told her I had and showed her the holster. This was the most comfortable holster I have ever worn. What is your comfort worth? Worth every penny in my opinion.

  23. I carry a Kimberly compact 45, or glock 21,and sometimes a colt 1911. All of these guns are quite large with the Kimber being the smallest at abou 7 inches in length but not as fat has anyone tried this holster with any of these guns .Right now I carry the Kimber with IWB .

  24. LARGER BAND SIZES FOR LARGER L FRAMED REVOLVERS ???

  25. Bigger (SIC) Women typically can’t wear holsters on a belt as their hips or bellies make the grip stick out so the side so I have worked with them in wearing belly bands which they fit high under their breasts and tuck the grips under their breasts which hide the grips. And it helps support their backs. I have cut down most belly bands as they are too wide for women to wear and they roll or fold in half.

    This looks interesting but it seems that the bottom of the holster has NO way to hold it firm when the gun is drawn and a user would have to hold the bottom while drawing from the holster so it doesn’t follow the gun – any thoughts? Suggestions for bigger (SIC) women to be able to carry concealed? the gun we suggest they use is a S and W compact 9 mm which is a fairly large gun for concealed carry.

    Any thoughts on carrying a Ruger .22 cal for concealed carry for women who have a hard time racking a slide and want more than 5 rounds in their guns?

  26. I’m amazed at the number of folk whom it seems to never have visited the site to learn about this holster. I’m shopping myself now. Here is a flash: “there is no one holster fits all”. As with life, there are trade offs with any topic or item. I’ve worn all types of holsters and there are pros and cons with ALL of them.

    And MMiller, please try and edit your comments, geez, two in a row of novel-like proportions :-)

  27. All holsters are designed for self defense but there’s where the ”
    for all” part ends – since we all have differing builds, differing daily needs in the way of concealed carry. My view is that I face certain challenges: keeping a reasonably potent handgun under my control and out of sight of everyone else. To that end, I’ve adopted two holsters which so far fill my particular needs. One is the DiSantis Scorpion IWB and the other is the Smart Carry – both for my Glock 26. Of these 2, the Smart Carry presents the least problem carrying / concealing – but it’s not a “fast draw” holster. The DiSantis is faster draw and the one I have is still good though I had to replace the original (well worn) Smart Carry months ago. This Strut holster appears to be similar concept and design to the Smart Carry – which I already have. So I’ll pass on this and look for better alternatives (love to shop holsters, ho-ho) for the DiSantis.

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