by Chance Ballew - Thursday, January 12, 2012
I recently reviewed the CrimsonTrace Lightguard, and I noted that I had yet to find a holster for it. Galco has come to the rescue, offering a version of its Summer Comfort holster for Lightguard-equipped pistols. The holster is lightweight and, as the name says, very comfortable. The snap-on design allows for removal of the holster without removing your belt, so putting the holster on and taking it off is a less complicated procedure.
Out of the box, the holster is a bit stiff and requires a little use to break it in to smooth out drawing and holstering the firearm. The stitching is solid and the saddle leather used in construction is heavy duty, despite its light weight. The design of the snaps means the holster takes up less space on your belt compared to other inside-the-waistband holsters. For us thin guys, this definitely helps with concealment.
I carry the rig at about the 4-o'clock position, and the holstered gun, when worn, feels a bit top heavy, but that's more a function of carrying a full-size Smith & Wesson M&P with a laser and a light. The forward cant of the holster makes for a smooth draw and keeps the butt of the gun clear when you're sitting. There is no strip of leather to keep the slide of the gun from contacting your body, so an undershirt is recommended.
With a retail price just south of $75, it's a durable and comfortable carry holster. Look for Summer Comfort holsters for Lightguard-equipped pistols to hit shelves in the next few months. Judging by the success of the Lightguard, you'll probably want to grab them fast.
E-mail your comments/questions about this site to:
For questions/comments about Shooting Illustrated magazine, please e-mail:
You can contact the NRA via phone at: NRA Member Programs
To advertise on Shooting Illustrated, visit nramediakit.com for more information
Get the Shooting Illustrated Reloaded newsletter for at-a-glance access to industry news, gear, gun reviews, videos and more—delivered directly to your Inbox.