It’s been said that having the right tool for the job makes all the difference.
You wouldn’t try to drive a nail with a screwdriver, so why would you use a cheap imported one-size-fits-all holster for your carry weapon?
I feel very lucky to be writing for S.W.A.T. for a lot of reasons, but mostly because the guys and gals here are some of the most knowledgeable folks in the business. It has also given me the opportunity to evaluate a lot of great (and some not-so-great) products.
CrossBreed SuperSlide with S&W M&P9 and CrossBreed OWB Single Magazine Carrier.
When it comes to gear, I have found that the KISS principle usually works the best. That is exactly why I like CrossBreed Holsters—they make a great holster that is not overly complicated, and they make it for the working person.
I recently received a CrossBreed SuperSlide holster and CrossBreed OWB Single Magazine Carrier for a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm. Like other CrossBreed holsters, the SuperSlide is a hybrid design. The front of the holster is made from Kydex®. It is molded for the intended weapon and covers the trigger guard and ejection port. It has a sight track on the inside of the holster to prevent the front sight from dragging on the holster when the pistol is drawn.
Magazine carrier has a forward cant for easy removal of magazine. Indentation serves as built-in retention device.
The holster has an empty bottom, and the slide and frame protrude slightly, reminiscent of the Yaqui Slide. The Kydex is securely attached to a leather backing with six rivets—three down the front and three on the back—making the holster very solid.
The leather backing runs from just below the muzzle to the top of the pistol’s backstrap. This keeps the pistol from digging into your side or abrading clothing. The result makes for a much smoother feel, and wearing it for long hours much more comfortable.
With belt in upper slot at right, SuperSlide has a forward cant. With belt in lower slot, holster has a rear cant or can be worn crossdraw.
There are three belt slots cut in the leather, one behind the trigger guard and the other two on the leading edge. If you are going to carry your weapon strong side, the belt goes through the rear slot behind the trigger and out the top slot for a slight forward cant.
The SuperSlide can also be worn crossdraw. Simply run the belt through the slot behind the trigger guard and then through the bottom loop slot on the front of the holster instead of the top slot.
The CrossBreed OWB Single Magazine Carrier is built much like the SuperSlide, with a Kydex front riveted to a leather backing. The carrier and magazine sit at a slight forward cant, so be sure to specify right or left hand when ordering.
Kydex portion of holster is molded to specific handguns for a secure fit.
CrossBreed has one of the best return polices I have ever seen. Included with the holster is a return/repair authorization form. CrossBreed has a lifetime replacement policy as long as the holster was not subjected to abuse or misuse. CrossBreed also shows you how to adjust the retention of your holster. If you are not comfortable doing it or just don’t want to, send it back. The company will do it and return it to you free of charge. CrossBreed Holsters are made in the USA.
It’s nice to know that in today’s world of cheap imports, some companies still value quality and customer service.