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.