Blade Tech IWB Holster

Blade Tech was one of the pioneering companies in the development of using thermoplastics for holsters.  Today, they are one of the largest plastic holster manufacturers in the world.  They carry a large variety of holster styles and accessories.  

One of the holsters they make is the Universal Fit All inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster, hereafter referred to as the UFA.  The UFA is relatively inexpensive and includes rubber belt loops that are adjustable to fit 1.25", 1.5", and 1.75" belts.  The belt loops also have pull-the-dot snaps for easy donning and doffing of the holster. 

The UFA is made from thin concealex, a material similar to kydex.  The texture of the concealex is smoother on the outside.  In my experience, concealex holsters and accessories tend to be a bit less stiff than kydex, which is a good thing. 

Compared to the excellent Comp-Tac Infidel, the UFA acts more like a clamshell.  When the pistol is drawn out of it, the whole holster flexes to release.  The retention on the Infidel comes from the dimple in the trigger guard so the release is snappier and less jerky.  I've found no practical differences in the draw times for either holster. 

The important question everyone wants to hear when discussing an IWB holster is "how comfortable is it?"  The answer is comfortable enough.  I have had no comfort issues with the UFA, even when worn for extended hours.  The UFA does have its' belt loops arranged like the Summer Special.  For those people who like their IWB holsters to have the belt loops fore and aft, then the UFA may not be to your liking. 

The Blade Tech UFA sells for around $40.


2 Comments on "Blade Tech IWB Holster"

  1. D.L. on Sun, 11th Oct 2009 4:25 am 

    I have one of these holsters for a 1911, it’s a decent holster for a decent price. The only complaint I have is that since it is a minimalist design it has a tendancy to “roll” over the top of the belt when your gun’s muzzle isn’t in it. It would be more stable if it was slightly longer and rode lower in the wast band.

  2. admin on Tue, 27th Oct 2009 4:00 pm 

    Yeah, I would prefer that it be full-length instead of open at the bottom, like the Comp-tac Infidel.

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