Review: Mission First Tactical IWB/OWB Handgun Holster

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posted on December 12, 2020
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We are probably all familiar with convertible holsters, rigs that can change from IWB to OWB by switching some clips. But what if the holster can go from IWB to OWB to appendix carry without changing hardware? That’s the thinking behind Mission First Tactical’s IWB/OWB holster that uses only one clip to do it all.

Now, before you roll your eyes and say, “Here we go again, a holster that promises to do everything but really does none of it very well,” let me stop you and say I had the same reservations when I read this claim in Mission First Tactical’s marketing. Having reviewed nearly a hundred holsters over the last couple of years, I’ve seen a lot of them not live up to their hype. I get it. There is reason to be leery. But stick with me here.

The MFT IWB/OWB starts with a simple taco shell made not from Kydex but from .08 inches of Boltaron, a similar polymer material that claims to stand up better to heat and wear than Kydex. Several reputable holster makers have either already switched or plan to change in their upcoming new products. MFT has making Boltaron holsters from the beginning. Having worn both, I can’t tell a big difference between the two materials in daily use. In fact, if the fine folks at MFT hadn’t told me which this was, I would have assumed it was Kydex. That’s what I get for assuming. 

Anyway, the simplicity of this design is what sets it apart from many other holsters. Not only does it do the basics—hold the gun securely, cover the trigger and trigger guard, and stay attached to my belt—it does it with a single wide clip that is stiff enough to hold firmly all day but flexible enough for easy on and off.

But here is the best part: Unlike most IWB/OWB convertibles, this one doesn’t require a second set of hardware to make it work both ways. To convert from IWB to OWB, just move the clip over to the other side. Two screws and you’re done. Easy breezy. Oh, and that same conversion also makes the holster completely ambidextrous. The clip can also be adjusted for a 15-degree cant. Retention is a single screw under the trigger guard.

As for colors, the one they sent me, adorned in the Star Spangled Banner, is only available at major retailers. Only black is available online. However, sources at the company told me they are working on a website reboot that will offer additional colors and prints for web customers.

At $49.99, the MFT IWB/OWB is a bargain for the quality and versatility. I experienced zero issues the entire time I wore it. It’s a strong, comfortable option for a great convertible holster.

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