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Crossbreed Holsters — The very best IWB holster made!

Posted by Gunner on May 28, 2010

Springfield 1911 in a CrossBreed Super Tuck holster

     As many of you know from previous post I take my gun leather very seriously. When it comes to good leather and spending a good bit of money I’ll spend the money. The price of not investing in a quality holster can have disastrous consequences. This is one holster that doesn’t require an expensive investment yet you get the best IWB holster made! Make no mistake even the owner of Crossbreed holsters Mark Craighead says they are ugly:-) In this case beauty is in function. This holster is the most comfortable and functional IWB holster I’ve ever used and so much so it’s amazing.

Belt clips

    I’ve used this holster everyday for several weeks now and I have no complaints whatsoever as far as fit, function, comfort and the ability to hide a full size 1911 under a regular polo shirt. I believe the reason it works so well is the width of the leather backing that holds the kydex holster. It seems to distribute the weight over a greater area instead of holding all the weight in a 4 inch or so area. The Kydex holster is fairly thin but still stiff enough to hold the pistol securely and allow for easy re-holstering. You have a choice of belt clips. The standard ones are in the photo above and work just fine. You can also order the type that hook to your belt if you prefer. Most of the time I’ve used the clips that hold firmly on the belt but with the width of this holster the amount of area allows these types of clips to hold the whole rig very securely. They can also be adjusted for height and cant if you prefer.

    As you can see from the picture above the base of the holster flares at the base which makes it much easier and faster to draw you pistol. It also has an area behind the top of pistol that protects you skin from any abrasion which could be caused by the pistols hammer or sights. The following pictures show the holster on my right side with my shirt tucked in. As you can see or rather not see it conceals very well.

     From these pictures you have to be impressed with how well this holster conceals and this is with a full size 1911! Another feature I need to cover is not only is this holster comfortable even wearing it all day you really don’t even notice it’s there because of the way the design distributes weight.

    Any of the holsters Mark makes are available in cowhide or horsehide as well as tan or black in color. He also makes several other models to suit your needs. This will be my permanent choice in an IWB holster for all my CCW guns. Crossbreed Holsters can be ordered by contacting them at or by phone at 888-732-5011. The prices are great and you certainly won’t be sorry relying on this holster or any of the other IWB types.

6 Responses to “Crossbreed Holsters — The very best IWB holster made!”

  1. Horace Lambert said

    Thanks Phil, for a great product report on the Crossbreed holsters. As you already know my bad back doesn’t allow me to carry my 1911 anymore and since buying and carrying my new XDm 9mm, the only choice of holster I have is the one that came with the pistol. As soon as I can scrape the amount needed to buy a new crossbreed “Supertuck” I will buy ut and be able to carry my 9mm XDm all the time and be assured that it is concealed.

  2. Gunner said


    Good deal! I fairly certain that this will be a way to carry about any pistol you want and not hurt your back!

    Take care,

  3. Counsel said

    I own a supertuck and wear it daily. The only issue I have with it is it makes noise. Movement of the metal belt loops on the horsehide makes a mice leather “squeaky” sound. I’ve applied material to the back of the metal-between the metal and the leather. That seems to work.

    Hope you and yours had a great 4th!

  4. Gunner said

    Morning sir,

    That’s interesting. Mine is cowhide and I haven’t had that problem but then horsehide has a different grain. Sounds like a quick and easy fix though. Thanks for sharing that!


  5. Dragon said

    Just bought a Crossbreed for my ‘summer gun’ carry.
    LOVE IT!!!. It is ugly, it is probably the best holster I’ve ever owned. If you want to carry all day this is for you. I will say that if you need to ‘pack’ and ‘unpack’ with any regularity look at the Quickclip model.

  6. Gunner said


    I couldn’t agree more! I’ve used a bunch of holsters over the years and this is THE best holster system ever for IWB.


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