The Crew Custom Holsters OL' Classic OWB is your standard outside the waistband holster. It is manufactured from some nice heavyweight kydex or similar plastic. The one I received is for a full size 1911 style pistol. It arrived in black. I tried it with 2 different 1911's and it functioned flawlessly.
The design of the holster would make it very useful for everyday carry, IDPA, hunting, or any other thing you might want an outside the waistband holster for. The belt loops supplied fit my 1.5" belt nicely. The loops are also kydex, and are very deep, meaning that a really thick belt, or one of the double competition style belts, will fit through the loops. The loops can also be adjusted up or down on each side. This way, the holster can be lowered, raised, or adjusted for cant. Being that it is for a 1911, the inside sheet of kydex came up just to the safety lever. The outside piece is a little lower to help you get a good grip when drawing. This model OWB holster also covers the trigger guard completely. It is also molded around the mag release button so that it can't be hit accidentally. Some of the owb models have adjustable retention, this one does not. I didn't find this to be a problem, as the holster retained the firearm nicely. The draw stroke is also very smooth. Upon reholstering, you do get a good "snap" as the holster locks the gun in place. I did notice that it took a few draw strokes to break in the holster, as it was very snug when I first received it.
This holster is really nice. It is available in lots of colors and patterns, for a few extra bucks. There are also options for weapon mounted lights and lasers. Various belt clip options are also available, as well as a sweat guard, if one wishes. The only flaw I found with this particular model was that, with one of my 1911's, the safety would just touch the holster so that the firearm would not go in completely. I mean by maybe an 1/8". So I just filed that spot down slightly and it worked great. I called The Crew Holsters about this and they said I could send it in for them to fix, because it does have a lifetime warranty. They said they would look at the problem and I doubt that it exists anymore. If you're in the market for a good kydex style holster, give the Crew a call.
Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points
Claim to Fame: Outside the Waistband holster
Target Market: IDPA, concealed carriers, hunters
FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):
- Adjustable belt loops
- Available Options
- Full trigger coverage
- Good retention
What other aesthetic options or finishes are available? Lots of different colors, patterns and options.
What others are saying?:
MSRP = $45.00 for black, everything else extra
Retail = $45.00+
I need it now! Availability: The Crew Custom Holsters
- Good Retention
- Adjustable Belt loops (height and cant)
- Firearm availability
- Color and pattern options
- Light and Laser options
- Belt loop options
- Adjustable retention on some models
- Completely covers trigger
- Safety on 1911 hit edge of holster slightly
Score: 8.5+ Great