HAWG Holster Review

 I got a holster for my Ruger LCRx in .327 Federal Magnum a while back, but haven’t written about it yet.  I honestly hadn’t carried it a whole lot and didn’t have much opinion formed about it until recently, but now I feel confident to speak on it.

But, this post isn’t about the gun, it’s about the holster.

This is a holster from Hawg Holsters (Helping Americans Wear Guns).  I came across them via a web search engine and I liked what I saw so I figured I’d give them a shot.  Honestly, I really like it.  I’ve only got two gripes about the holster, which I’ll explain more about below.

Things I Like:

The retention might be my favorite part.  This is the first holster I’ve had that had a real ‘click’ to it, and I like it.  The coyote colored M&P holster I’ve shown on here a few times doesn’t have that snap, so I didn’t know if I’d like it or not.  I needn’t’ve* worried.  The click lets you know definitely if your gun is in the holster or not.  The holster doesn’t really have any retention until you hear it click, but once it clicks that gun is staying put.  I wish my other holsters worked like that.  A quick tug and the gun is completely free.  In both directions, it is a totally unambiguous on/off Boolean value.

The Ulti-clip is another aspect that I really like.  I can put this gun on anything with a waistband and it can be carried, plus it’s tuckable.  Even though I wear a belt every time I leave the house,I don’t always wear a belt around my place.  This holster allows me to be gunned-up more often and under more circumstances, something I really appreciate.  Since the Ulti-clip holds onto the fabric of your pants instead of a belt, what you’re wearing will affect how the holster rides.  This is not a holster issue, though I figured it needed mentioning.

The price is pretty great as well.  Under $50 with free 3-day shipping.  I know that we are talking about life-saving equipment, and we should only really be concerned with how much our life is worth, but to sit here and say that I’d willingly pay $400 for the world’s best CCW holster would be a lie.  Cost is important and really affects my purchasing.  Thankfully, when it comes to HAWG Holsters, I didn’t sacrifice functionality for cost.  Did I mention that I had it in my hands in under a week?

The edges on it are blended/polished/buffed/whatever.  Some people make a big deal about the edge finish on Kydex, but I really don’t care.  If the ends are smoothed to the point that I don’tget hot spots or holes worn in my clothes, that’s all I really care about.  Anything beyond that is pure aesthetics on equipment meant to be hidden from view.

Remember, kids: Form follows function.

Things I Didn’t like:

The color of Kydex.  HAWG Holsters runs the Henry Ford model of kydex colors.  Anything besides black is +$10.  The fact that HAWG was able to get my holster to me for cheaper than almost anyone else ultimately had me choose them, so it definitely works, but it still left an impression.

Where the Kydex ends, at the top of the first finger groove, interferes with my grip a little bit.  Not enough to be a deal breaker, but enough to be annoying.  It basically sits right between the grip/bottom of the trigger guard and my middle finger’s second knuckle.  I ended up fixing the issue, but I’d be wrong if I left it out of this review.

Things You Might Care About, But I Don’t:

This holster is only made for the Ulti-clip.  If you wanted to swap out hardware you’d have to get another holster.  The reason you might care is”muh modularity!”, but as someone who’s had a modular, role-swappable holster for years (the coyote one), I can say that everyone is much better served by just getting a different holster anyway.  Modularity is beneficial in an academic, theoretical sense, but I like more dedicated, more optimized solutions.

The retention on this holster isn’t adjustable.  Some people may like a little more retention, some may like a little less, but I don’t find that to be a real concern with this holster.  The click retention means it is on or off, and the force required to flip that switch is perfectly serviceable for me.

Wrapping Up

I’d give this holster a 9 out of 10.

Great, unambiguous retention. Solid price.  None of that 2-6+ week lead time nonsense.  Simple design.  Not super minimalist, but far from bulky.  It’s everything you need and nothing that you don’t.  If it hadn’t had the knuckle-rubbing issue at the beginning, it could have easily been a 10/10.

See you next Friday

-S_S

*see video below

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One thought on “HAWG Holster Review

  1. Looks good! I know what you mean about the “click” when you insert a pistol into a holster. I recently got an OWB from KT Mech that doesn’t really have it. I insert the pistol and it doesn’t feel like it’s going anywhere, but there’s no satisfying “click.” On the other hand, the one I’ve been using for daily carry from Vedder Holsters does have it.

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