Swimming in the sea of Kydex can be a daunting process. Everybody and their brother have started to mold Kydex holsters and accessories. Figuring out what products are worth your money and what products will probably end up on the online swap meet can be an expensive processes. In my search to find the next generation of Kydex holsters, I ran across a company that makes and sells holsters tailored to the needs of the every day man–a company that ships holsters fast, works better than the competition, and at a price that makes them even more competitive.
The NSR C-5 is a holster built with concealment in mind. It is designed to ride inside the waistband, and can be tucked underneath a shirt. The holster build is minimalist, but has room for expansion. It allows the end user to modify the rig to suit his or her needs. Allowing for adjustment in cant, depth, and retention, the C-5 is truly flexible.
NSR offers options in solid colors all the way to the hippest Kryptek Typhoon camo pattern. You are also given the option for additional struts to aid in distribution of weight or as added security. Another feature is the option of a full body shield. You can even add a magazine holder if you chose to run the holster in the appendix position.
Carrying the C-5
The C-5 has the right amount of retention yet still allows the gun to be ripped from the waistband. I prefer a slight cant which aids in concealment by hiding the footprint of the gun against your body. Holstering the gun is just as easy as the draw. The C-5 holds its shape well, even when compressed with a belt. I’ve been carrying a GLOCK 19 in the C-5 for three months now, off and on, and have no complaints. I don’t tuck my shirt in too often, but the system works with that. It helps if your shirt tails aren’t a mile long, as you have just a couple of inches on play beneath the waistband.
Shipping times for custom orders are in the 4 week range. If you’re new to custom Kydex, that’s a fast turn around. NSR also has a good selection of quick-ship holsters ready to go now. The C-5 prices start at $65. That is a hell of deal for this peice of gear. Even at the top end of the options list, the C-5 still comes in under the $100 mark. This may still seem like a lot to pay for molded plastic, but looking at the quality of the Kydex, the ability for customization, as well as the fair shipping times, it is easy to see the NSR Tactical C-5 is a holster worth taking a second look at.