August 29, 2012
As most of you know Mark Craighead, owner and designer of Crossbreed holsters, passed away last Friday from a heart attack. Mark has made a great number of contributions in the firearms world with his very innovative holsters as well as his many other activities most people aren’t aware of.
Anyone who keeps track of what’s new in our hobby know about his holsters but many don’t know what a fine man he was. He not only made one of the best concealment holsters you can buy he was also a contributor to many charities and was very active in the protection of our second amendment rights. He was also a fine family man who’s loss will be felt for a long time.
Mark started his business about three years ago from his home in Republic Missouri. Republic is a small town in southwest Missouri a stones throw from where I grew up in Springfield. I’ve spoken to Mark a good number of times and I’ve never known anyone who was as dedicated to his customers as he was. He always went that extra mile to ensure his customers got what they needed. He would even call customers himself which is rare these days.
Mark was too young to leave us but then God sure has a great guy with him! I’ll miss him. My prayers are with his family and those who’s lives he’s touched.
I’ve blogged about his holsters before if you want to read the review from 2010: https://gunner777.wordpress.com/?s=Crossbreed+Holsters
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.
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 www.crossbreedholsters.com 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.