FourGuysGuns over the years has received quite literally 67 different instances of people asking to review their Kydex. When we first started out, Kydex was the up and coming “thing” and was all the rage thanks to prevalence of it’s appearances on instructors both local and on the web like Haley and Costa. Flash ahead 5-6 years and anyone one with a toaster or press and some sheets of Kydex is “the new best holster company.” Even the Kydex manufacturing process and raw materials has come leaps and bounds over the past several years as well as material and methods of creating have boomed. From ways to fasten the Kydex, Boltoron, whatever.. to mounting options, colors, patterns, eyelets, and cuts… it is showing no signs of slowing down. But I digress.
Why is this “The Kydex Review No One Wants To Do” you ask? I refer back to the 67 different holster companies and their request for reviews. This is not us saying everyone sucks. This is us saying that molded plastic around common firearms looks the same, behaves the same and fact of the matter IS the same. Now that is not to discount those that are higher quality fit and finish or better and more defined molds, they exist. But let’s be honest, those companies that are growing and making money let alone thriving in the Kydex holster making industry are providing a consistent finished product that is better than you, me or my brother’s cousin’s stepsister’s husband Bill who used to be a SEAL Force Team Ranger Delta 9. Sure they all have maybe a “feature” or “trademark” type thing that differentiates theirs from another Kydex company, but other than that small feature or “thing” It is the same materials, same mounts, same blue guns. Here is what we feel separates companies from one another and we applaud and encourage it.
A thriving Kydex/Holster manufacturer has built a culture around their product. Whether it be effective marketing, great customer service, amazing turnaround time or even a goofy off the wall thing. Maybe they are consistent in fit and finish. Maybe their clientele has better word of mouth and reputation. Perhaps maybe you just happened to get the right brand in front of the right camera at the right time with the right person using it. It doesn’t matter. As a Kydex manufacturer that is thriving and growing YOU are doing a GREAT JOB at growing not just the market but also the culture shift and we love it. YOU are starting a business and (hopefully) doing something you like or love. YOU have built a culture, following or market around something RIGHT that YOU are doing. But please, take no offense that we did not review YOUR particular holster because at the end of the day there is not enough of a variance or innovation between manufacturer A, B… all the way to Z. If we showcased every holster maker to the FGG fans every time we were asked, we would see a new holster roughly every 2 weeks from someone else. To be fair, that’s marketing not reviewing.
The brands highlighted here are companies that fall into some of the criteria we had mentioned before. These companies either have built a relationship, , refined and polished a consistent fit and finish above and beyond, innovated something interesting and “outside the box” or created new and improved ways of older styles of holster making. These stood out to us above and beyond what we all see day to day with OWB, IWB and AIWB type plastic holsters. These are the companies that over the past couple years we have taken notice of, have worked with on multiple occasions or feel are steering the boat in a good direction. Some were review items and some were purchased with our own money so I can vouch our due diligence has been done on these companies and it is not the aforementioned marketing versus review.
We hope you enjoy.