A couple of months ago, I came across a small company called Old Faithful Holsters. Their Facebook page touts them as “the World’s Stealthiest and Most Comfortable Holsters” so I wanted to put them to the test. After all, can there really be a such thing when every gun owner has different opinions about what works and doesn’t? Obviously, everyone should consider their individual type of weapon, holster position, type of clothing, and body type when ordering a holster.
Founder Thomas Tedder started Old Faithful Holsters in 2010 with a revolutionary idea; offer the best designed and highest quality holster on the market at a price that makes their competitors cringe. As Thomas explains on his About Us page:
I have always loved guns and exercise my second amendment right to carry a firearm. I started making holsters when I couldn’t find the holster I needed and, of course, I don’t do anything without thinking it through thoroughly. I went through many design iterations before I was completely satisfied and in the end I settled on a design that is better than anything available on the market today from any other company.
The design uses higher quality leather than anyone else. It’s not just more expensive, it is a different type of leather with the perfect amount of waxes and sealers to make it more comfortable, more beautiful and more resistant to moisture than standard skirting leather embraced by the “big names” in the industry. It’s also a thicker piece of leather so you won’t feel a pistol poking you in the side.
The shape of the leather allows you to quickly grasp the pistol’s grip without running into leather. Most other holster makers still haven’t figured this out and the few that have realized it want to charge extra to cut the leather to where it should have been in the first place.
The shape of the leather has another feature missed by others in the industry. Our holsters have wide tabs to evenly distribute the weight of a fully loaded pistol across your waist instead of at one point.
For the past few months, I set aside my trusty XD paddle holster and strapped on two versions of the Old Faithful holsters for my Springfield Armory XD40 and Kimber Ultra Carry. I tried one of each type, the outside the waistband high rider and the inside the waistband hip holster. For as long as I’ve owned pistols, I’ve carried predominantly a paddle holster, so each one of these was a new experience.
The website is very easy to navigate and it appears that they provide holsters for nearly any type of pistol used for concealed carry. Old Faithful allows customer to choose between black or tan leather and a variety of Kydex molding options. I really like that the carbon fiber option doesn’t add to the pricetag.
For the first few weeks, I wore the waistband high rider since I was more comfortable with outside the pant holsters. What I really liked about the high riders is that I don’t have to wear really long shirts or jackets to keep the weapon concealed. The holster carries the pistol slightly below the belt line and keeps the pistol tucked snugly against the body, nearly eliminating “imprinting” (the outline of the gun showing through the shirt). The Kydex outer shell was perfectly molded for my pistol as ordered.
I also tested the holster while walking, speed walking, and a light to moderate jog. Initially I was worried about retention of the firearm in case I had to run or sprint. I was surprised that the pistol didn’t budge a bit during such activity. The molding is so exact that the pistol will only slide out with proper pressure by the wearer. It was also very difficult for anyone to pull the pistol out of the holster at any other angle, which comes in handy in the event that a criminal tries to disarm you. The pre-stamped leather prevents the pistol from digging into the skin and provides a level of comfort not always found in high centered holsters.
Once I had put the high rider through its paces, I switched to the inside the waistband hip holster for my 1911. I have to admit that I was very uncomfortable with the holster at first. As time went on, I decided to try moving the holster slightly further back around the waistband. After a few adjustments, I found a spot that was comfortable, considering. It took me a few days to get used to, but it seemed that as time went on, the holster conformed to my individual body style. The leather made carrying almost an afterthought. I began not even recognizing that I was carrying after about a week, except when I got in a vehicle.
Living in Texas, one has to be careful about wearing a concealed weapon inside the pants because of the heat. Sweat leaking onto your firearm can do some damage after a long period of time unless you’re a diehard cleaner like I am. Old Faithful seem to take this into account when they stamp the leather to serve as a barrier between the body and the pistol. The clips are very durable and hold the waistband tightly to prevent shifting during daily activity.
After wearing each holster for a number of weeks, I found myself gravitating away from the paddle holsters and really appreciating the stealth provided by Old Faithful’s inside the waistband holsters. They are comfortable, well-made, and allow for the best concealability of my firearm.
The best part about Old Faithful is that they have a 30-day challenge: try out their holsters for 30 days and if you don’t agree that it’s the most comfortable and concealable holster you’ve ever worn, they will give you your money back and YOU CAN KEEP THE GUN HOLSTER for FREE. After trying them out, I can attest that the money you spend on an Old Faithful holster is money well-spent. Just make sure you don’t make the same mistake I did and forget to annotate if you’re a left-handed shooter!
For $75, their holsters come fully assembled to the specs you identify during the ordering process. If you want the same quality and prefer to do the work yourself, you can order the holster kit – again to the specs you identify – for just $39.97-$45.97, depending on options. Check out their website here or their Facebook page for more information.