I’m a self-diagnosed holster geek. I even wrote a whole book about holsters for concealed carry. It’s okay, though. I’ve had plenty of desensitization training and am recovering, and can now leave the house for short periods of time without buying a new one.
With that said, when I evaluate a new holster, I like to really give it a go—none of this pansy business of wearing a holster for an hour or so and then passing judgment.
When I got an opportunity to check out the new Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0, I figured I would implement the “go big or go home” testing strategy—after all, one of the things the company heavily promotes in the 3.0 upgrade is a steel-reinforced support panel. What better way to test structure support improvements than by toting around a heavy gun?
So I requested a model built for the FNH FNX-45 Tactical pistol, a large handgun that carries 15+1 rounds of .45 ACP ammo in its double-stack grip and sports a 5.3-inch threaded barrel, optical sight mount, and weighs 33.3 ounces empty. Fill that magazine up with 15 rounds of .45 ACP and I think it weighs just less than a Mini Cooper convertible. I figured this would be a good way to see exactly how sturdy the new steel-reinforced Cloak Tuck 3.0 really is.