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Theis Holsters Reviewed

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by plouffedaddy, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. plouffedaddy

    plouffedaddy

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    As the popularity of concealed carry continues to grow, the number of concealed carry holster makers continues to grow right along with it. I've tried all kinds of holsters over the years in search of something that was comfortable and concealed the firearm well. For carrying along the waistband, I've found that the most comfortable way to carry is by using a hybrid leather and kydex holster.

    Tommy Theis, the man behind Theis Holsters, makes some of the best IWB holsters I've ever tried. I first heard about his products from a gun forum and at the time I was primarily using Crossbreed holsters. Crossbreed make a very good product but it is an expensive product. Theis holsters start at $55 for basic models, so I figured I'd give them a shot. All Theis holsters come with a lifetime warranty and a 2 week risk free trial period. My first holster was for my PPQ:
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    I was impressed with the quality of it and the design. Theis offers metal, kydex, and "J hook" clips for all of his holsters. The standard cut of the leather was what many holster makers call a 'combat cut,' except other makers charge extra for this. I also like the texture of the leather on the backside of the holster; it's finished just like on the front side. Some holster makers have a rough texture on the back which is kind of annoying because that's the side that contacts the skin of the wearer. I've worn this holster for a few days a week for about a year now and the holster looks good as new. It's held up to hot southern summer days (and the sweat absorption that comes with it) as well as cold days up in the northeast.

    The second holster I purchased was for my Kahr CM9. This combination of this holster and the lightweight, slim CM9 make for a very comfortable carry experience.
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    The Kahr CM9 may be great for summer carry, but during the winter with the additional layers of sweatshirts and even jackets, larger firearms can be concealed. So, I was browsing www.theisholsters.com and I noticed a customer picture of a holster designed for a Beretta with a light on it. I browsed the drop down menu of the site but didn't see any light holsters. So, I sent Tommy an email asking if he could make a holster for my G22 with a TRL2 attached. I was pretty sure he wouldn't have a mold for that so I offered to send in my TRL2 as well. Within about 3 hours, I had a response saying to send it in and he would build a custom holster for me. I sent the light in along with payment and 2 weeks later I had the holster in my mailbox.
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    Here's the Thies holster next to one of my Crossbreed Supertuck's (note the difference in the cut and the texture of the Crossbreed):
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    For more photos and the full review, please click on the link below:
    http://gunreviewguy.blogspot.com/2012/02/theis-iwb-holster-reviews.html
     
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2012
  2. I have a Theis holster for my M&P9c. It is very well made and super comfortable. I would recommend it to anybody.
     


  3. Tommy was the only manufacturer willing and able to make a holster for my Smith 1076 pistol. Crossbreed wasn't interested and when I asked if I could get clips without crosses to help conceal my holster they said no.

    Bye bye Crossbreed, hello Theis Holsters.

    :wavey:
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2012
  4. ATW525

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    I actually have one of his holsters on order, because he makes them to fit the Beretta Nano and the "other" guys don't. I was a bit concerned that it might not be up to the same quality as the holsters I'm used to, but this review has put that fear to rest.
     
  5. cyborg_2099

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    ATW525,
    I just recieved mine a couple of days ago... Let me just say' there is nothing to worry about'. They are excellent made and excellent quality.. It is by far my favorite CCW holster. The service is 2nd to none.. You will be hard pressed to find a better holster...
     
  6. GRJfer

    GRJfer Hi-tech Redneck

    Been carrying my Theis horsehide for a Glock 26 for 14 months now. Could not be happier. Tommy makes a great product. I bought one for my son-in laws Ruger SR9, and he like it as well.
     
  7. cola490

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    I am eagerly waiting for my 3rd holster from Theis, I agree with everything said. The only problem is, when I ordered my first one it took 4 days to receive it. With this latest one the wait is 3-4 weeks, I guess the word is out.
     
  8. jb1911

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    I ordered a horse hide yesterday for my Nano, Tommy is the only one making a holster
    for my little Beretta. All the good things said about his holsters clinched the deal. Now
    I wait. BTW, I have a White Hat horse hide for my G26 that I love, you don't even know
    you're wearing it. I don't see how the Theis can beat it, but we'll see.
     
  9. ATW525

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    Well, based on all the positive comments, I placed an order for another holster. This time for my Glock 33.
     
  10. I have 9 of Tommy's holsters, have been using 'em for a few years now (since back before anyone ever heard his name!).

    Excellent product, just as good (and less $$) than the other hybrid holsters.....AND, you get to deal with Tommy Theis, one of the finest individuals I've personally ever dealt with!
     
  11. plouffedaddy

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    ^^^Agreed. Problem is---there's only one of him and sooo many of us! :crying:
     
  12. T-Rod45

    T-Rod45 Loves The Glock

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    Ordered 7 or 8 holsters from Tommy, 3 for me and the rest for friends/family. Can't say enough good things about him an his products!
     
  13. vinstang67

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    I have one from him.
    Do you get the kydex scraped like below?
     
  14. Send him an email with the Pic. Tommy will make it right. He's a totally stand up business man
     
  15. T-Rod45

    T-Rod45 Loves The Glock

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    Wait, is that a scrape on the finish, or just excess kydex? If it's a scrape then I've never seen the issue in any of mine... :dunno:
     
  16. vinstang67

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    The corner of the ejection port is scraping the kydex when draw.

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  17. T-Rod45

    T-Rod45 Loves The Glock

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    So it's just kydex "debris" then? If that's the case just reholster and draw the gun a few dozen times and it should break in the kydex and not happen anymore... Whenever I get a new Theis Holster I do this about 30-40 times before I carry it. I find that after that the kydex smooths and fits perfectly.
     
  18. vinstang67

    vinstang67

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    Yes, the kydex debris.
    The retention is at the trigger guard and the ejection port which where the kydex gets scraped off.

    Did you get the debris like mine at all?

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  19. T-Rod45

    T-Rod45 Loves The Glock

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    Yes that's perfectly normal. You need to break it in. Hold the holster in your hand and stick the gun (unloaded of course) in and out of the holster over and over again until you get tired. Blow out the excess kydex shavings an wipe off the gun. Make sure all the shavings are out of the holster and you should be good to go. Like I said, I do this when I first get the holster about 30-40 times and it's perfect.
     
  20. MinnesnowtaWild

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    I have two questions for you guys:

    -Does this style of kydex/leather holster produce noticeable wear quickly?
    -How is the retention on them? Is it similar to the Glock sport/combat holster?