Holster Review: Crossbreed Reckoning IWB

posted on February 8, 2020

Crossbreed has always been known for its leather and kydex hybrid holsters that offer a custom kydex mold for maximum retention coupled with a leather backer for maximum comfort. What they have also been known for is maximum frustration when it comes to retention adjustment. Long time customers and new converts alike have complained that they can’t tighten down or loosen the holster’s hold on the gun because all the kydex and leather were held together by permanent binders.

However, with the Reckoning IWB, Crossbreed has not only answered those customer complaints, they added some extra features that addressed another concern: printing. And they did it all while adding a third feature nobody expected.

First, let’s talk about retention. How do you add retention to a holster without totally changing its design? With the Reckoning, Crossbreed simply added an innovative adjustable retention device between the leather and kydex layers that features a plastic paddle that tightens down against the trigger guard with a 1/8-inch hex screw. Not only is this new system super simple to use, it can be tightened so hard that the gun locks into the holster and can’t be pulled out at all—but not permanently because you can always back the screw out enough to set the retention where you want it. Additionally, the seven screws that hold the back to the front can be individually adjusted. Well done, Crossbreed. Retention adjustment problem solved.

The second issue is printing. In fairness, this is not a Crossbreed-only issue. It’s a problem with any IWB holster that doesn’t have a claw: the butt of the grip can stick out too much, a dead giveaway that you’re carrying. The Reckoning tackles this two ways. The trigger guard clip at the rear of the holster is pushed up a bit on top of the guard instead of beside it, thus pressing the grip back a few degrees. Crossbreed also offers their optional Crux Concealment System, which consists of a kydex claw that attaches via the retention-device screws. Combine the two and the gun virtually disappears.

The bonus feature that nobody saw coming is an optional IWB/OWB convertible kit that features great clips that don’t require you to take off your belt to strap on the holster. Instead, the OWB Speed Clips loop over your belt and hold fast with tabs. Converting from IWB to OWB is simple with a basic Philips screwdriver. It’s not a quick process, as it requires moving several screws, but it’s doubtful most customers will convert back and forth often enough for this to be an issue.

At a starting price of $55.96 and available in three leather backer options and kydex for a host of pistols, the Reckoning is a good value for a well-made, comfortable holster with many of the features Crossbreed customers have been missing for years.


riflescope facing right
riflescope facing right

First Look: Zeiss LRP S5 FFP Riflescope

Zeiss recently announced the launch of the new LRP S5 series of first-focal-plane riflescopes.

Review: Zev Technologies Core Duty Rifle

Zev Technologies has steadily increased its footprint in the firearm industry. Best known for placing its unique design spins on components for the most popular Glock and SIG Sauer pistols, this Centralia, WA-based company is also in the AR market.

First Look: Birchwood Casey 36-Inch Single Gun Case

Birchwood Casey is known for their targets and shooting support gear, and now they have just released a soft-padded case ideally suited for AR-15 and AK-pattern rifles, called the Single Gun Case 36 Inch.

I Carry: IWI Masada 9 mm Pistol in a KSG Armory Holster

In today's episode of "I Carry,"we have an IWI Masada 9 mm pistol with a Meprolight MicroRDS red-dot sight in a KSG Armory holster.

What is the Greatest Defensive Skill?

You can say what you want to about your favorite defensive school or those advanced-fighting techniques you learned, but the greatest defensive skill that a person can develop is simply awareness. I will freely admit that developing effective awareness is anything but simple, but being able to spot trouble before it is close enough to get in your face will certainly save you from a lot of trouble and possibly even some pain and grief.

Fightin' Iron: The Guns of George Mathews

Sometimes, custom gunsmiths don’t get credit where credit is due.


Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.