Great IWB holster!

14-Mar-08 – 15:06 by ToddG

looper2.jpgDeveloped by Custom Carry Concepts with input from ToddG at, the “Looper” is a kydex IWB holster that eliminates one of the biggest weaknesses seen in competing products: thin kydex clips that snap in half under stress.

Kydex clips break. They can break through normal wear and tear as they’re stretched going on and off a belt, and they can break if subjected to sudden torque. I’ve snapped the kydex clips on mag pouches and holsters personally, and many of my friends in law enforcement have had similar experiences. The kydex clips are cheap to produce and easy to use, but in a wrestling match they can come loose or snap in two. Many reports involve getting caught in a seatbelt, car door, or doorjamb. The holster or mag pouch is twisted upwards and due to the clip design it bends to the breaking point … SNAP. No more gun or magazines on your belt.

But The Looper doesn’t rely on bendable clips. Instead, the entire holster — the body, the shirt guard, and the belt loop — is made from one continuous sheet of kydex. There are no breaks, no seams, no joints, no connectors. Your belt is likely to rip in half before you’d break this holster.

maddog.jpgThe design concept came from the original kydex inside the waistband holster, the Mad Dog Gun Glove IWB. No longer in production, the Mad Dog (also sometimes called MD Labs) Gun Glove line began the huge trend toward kydex holsters with a number of innovative designs. Their IWB holster was unquestionably the thinnest, fastest inside the waistband holster of its time. And it, too, was made from one continuous piece of kydex to guarantee strength and durability.

Over time, though, the now ubiquitous kydex belt clip became popular. They’re even used on leather holsters sometimes. The clip is inexpensive to produce and makes getting the holster on and off the belt very fast and easy without the need to unbuckle your belt. But because there is no solid 360-degree belt loop, it’s easy to bend the clip. Kydex wears every time it is bent or stretched that way, and sooner or later the clip can be broken with much less force than what’s needed on a brand new holster. Unfortunately, there is usually no warning sign that your clip has become weak.

The Looper improves on the original Mad Dog design in a few ways. Most obviously, it adds a shirt guard to protect you, your shirt, and your gun. The holster also has twin retention screws, allowing the user to adjust how much retention/friction the holster imposes and providing broad compatibility for varying tolerances by gun makers. Rich at Custom Carry Concepts has refined the design even further, improving strength without the need for the rivets seen in my pictured prototype.

looper1.jpg I’ve been wearing the prototype Looper for four months. It’s comfortable and concealable enough for use all day, every day … even when driving long distances. Retention is excellent and can be adjusted by the user with a simple set of screws. Speed out of the holster during the draw is fantastic.

The Looper inside the waistband holster is available for the entire Smith & Wesson M&P family as well as some Glock, 1911, and Steyr models. Take a look. Obviously, we recommend them highly!

  1. 6 Responses to “Great IWB holster!”

  2. After messing with the Custom Carry Concepts Basic Magazine Carrier, I was curious as to whether the way it’s built was by design or just an artifact from the way it’s built.

    I noticed that the flexible “tab” on the side of the carrier is to the back side of the mag instead of the bullet tip side. My thought is that it is a more natural movement to hook the front tip of the mag/bullet on the carrier then push the mag in the rest of the way. With the BMC, it seems easier to hook the rear of the mag to flex the tab then insert the mag in the carrier. The side benefit of hooking the bullet tip first would be that it ensures that the round is fully seated in the mag when inserting while hooking the rear could potentially cause the round to move slightly forward out of the mag a bit when inserting into the carrier.

    Anyway, I’m curious to your thoughts and if I’m making any sense. I’ve not contacted CCC to see if my theory would work or if maybe you guys have already been through this thought process.


    By Rick Peters on Nov 17, 2008

  3. RP — The “tab” is just the tensioning point. If it’s so tight that you are “hooking” the magazine on it or you need to shove it out of the way to get the mag in, it’s too tight. You can get it hot with a hair dryer and then just bend the tab back out by a tiny bit to resize it.

    By ToddG on Nov 17, 2008

  4. Yes, that’s the piece I’m referring to. I’ve got three different BMC’s (M&P 9mm, M&P .45, G27) and they’re all the same.

    I guess my point was that it seems to maybe be a bit more natural motion to have the pressure tab on the other side thus letting the bullet side hook it to ease putting the magazine in.

    Are you aware as to whether a BMC in that configuration was tried or is the current set up the only way it’s been made.

    Thanks for your response.

    By Rick Peters on Nov 18, 2008

  5. RP — You don’t want the front of the magazine to be bent inwards because it is far more likely to drag or even catch.

    By ToddG on Nov 19, 2008

  6. FBI cant or not FBI cant, that is the question?

    By HowardCohodas on Feb 26, 2009

  7. I have been looking for a kydex holster for my S&W 59, one that will fit a 2 1/2 ” duty belt but no lucj so far, if anyone knows where i can find one please post it so I can pick one up.
    I will post an email address in case you would rather just email me the info.
    Thank you

    By Richard Smith on Sep 30, 2009

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