2A Holster and Mag Carrier–Review

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I’ve been doing more work with the Beretta M9 lately, and I’ve never been a fan of the basic holsters that are issued with the gun. I like to carry big guns concealed. To do so, I prefer a holster I can move just off of my hip. I like holsters that have a decent cant, one that minimizes the size of a full-sized handgun by tilting the gun out of the vertical alignment.

The Standard Bearer, from 2A Holsters, is ideal for this. While most Kydex holsters do their respective jobs well, I like 2A’s pancake design. There are two things about this holster that make it more effective than typical OWB holsters.

The 2A holster is distinct in the sea of Kydex.

The 2A holster is distinct in the sea of Kydex.

The back of the holster.

The back of the holster.

The first is the shape. When I was setting up the review, I was asked about my waist size. Now I know why. This thing fits on my side like a custom made prosthetic. And it isn’t small, either. It wraps around my hip without adding much girth to my already bloated waistline.

The second feature I like is the snap-on belt loop system. The clips are designed to snap open at the bottom and slide over the belt. Once on, they snap back in place. This allows you to take it off easily, but it isn’t such a flimsy system that the holster will come loose (much less off) during a draw. Watch the video below for a full demonstration.

The 2A holster has a serious bend, which explains why I was asked about the size of my waist.

The 2A holster has a serious bend, which explains why I was asked about the size of my waist.

From the top.

From the top.

I’ve been carrying the M9A1 a lot this winter. I’m still trying to get my concealed draw down under 1.5 seconds. I can move from complete concealment and put a round on the target in 1.5 seconds, but I’d like to get down to 1 even (which is about my best time from an open OWB holster.

Hands in the ready position provide something for the bad guy to look at.

Hands in the ready position provide something for the bad guy to look at.

And the OWB holster is still easily concealed.

And the OWB holster is still easily revealed.

Make the transition fast, but controlled.

Make the transition fast, but controlled.

Nothing to inhibit a solid grip.

Nothing to inhibit a solid grip, or impede your thumb.

The whole draw, from concelement to first shot, runs right at 1.5 seconds. I need to get it down to 1 second.

The whole draw, from concealment to first shot, runs right at 1.5 seconds. I need to get it down to 1 second.

And it holsters just as easily.

And it holsters just as easily. The open top allows for the gun to slide back in.

Prices start at $55.99. Not bad for a holster this robust and this easy to get on and off. And 2A can make a wide variety of holsters and mag holsters. They other colors, too, if tactical-black isn’t your thing. Scroll down and see more pics.

OWB holsters do print, but that's why you wear a coat.

OWB holsters do print, but that’s why you wear a coat.

The 2A logo. Nothing subtle there.

The 2A logo. Nothing subtle there.

Detail of the interior.

Detail of the interior.

The belt loops are built of Kydex, too.

The belt loops are built of Kydex, too, and are designed to snap on and off of the lower post so you can put the holster on or take it off without removing your belt.

The tension is easily adjusted.

The tension is easily adjusted.

Traditional OWB that conforms to your waistline.

Traditional OWB that conforms to your waistline.

The mag holder for the 92FS.

The mag holder for the 92FS.

The clip of the mag holder is simply bent over from the 1 piece Kydex.

The clip of the mag holder is simply bent over from the 1 piece Kydex.

Easily adjested by hand.

Easily adjusted by hand.

The mag holder for the 9mm mag rides high enough for the mag to be secure.

The mag holder for the 9mm mag rides high enough for the mag to be secure.

The smooth back of the mag holder is slightly concave.

The smooth back of the mag holder is slightly concave.

The 2A for the Beretta M9A1.

The 2A for the Beretta M9A1.

 

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