Review: We The People Freedom Platform Holster

There's convertible holsters, and then there's a holster that can be worn 2,500 different ways.

posted on March 11, 2023
We The People Convertible

If you’ve hung around the gun world for a while, you’ve probably encountered something called a “convertible” holster. No, you can’t drive it with the top down. But it can be just as cool. A typical convertible holster offers at least one, often more options as to how to wear it—OWB, IWB, IWB appendix, etc.—simply by swapping out some hardware. Move a clip from front to back, for example, and the IWB becomes an OWB.

We the People has taken the convertible holster concept to a whole new level with the Freedom Platform, which they claim can be configured over 2,500 different ways. Now, I’m no mathematician, so I can’t verify that their claim is correct even counting with all my fingers and toes, but judging from the number of ways I figured out how to configure the setup, let’s assume someone on their staff probably got that number right. This holster can be configured a ton of different ways. Want an appendix rig? Got it. Outside the waistband with a paddle? Yep, you can do that. How about belt loops instead of the paddle? Yessir. Attach the mag pouch with the holster or separate it? Either way works. You get the point.

I do have to admit, however, that when I opened the box I was more than a bit overwhelmed. Each set of configuration hardware comes in its own black bag, and there were half a dozen of them along with the main pouch holding the holster. The experience was more than a typical unboxing.

Freedom's backThe Freedom Holster Platform starts with a Kydex shell with holes pretty much everywhere for all sorts of clip and loop attachments, from J-hooks to belt loops to an OWB paddle, and the holes are all ambidextrous for the lefties out there. I counted 15 holes and two adjustment slides. That’s a lot of drilling for one holster. Plus, it comes optic ready as standard, a must in today’s market. One thing it is missing, however, is adjustable retention. This misstep isn’t a deal killer, but it would be nice. The factory setting held the gun just fine.

We the People sent me one for my Glock G17, which I don’t normally conceal carry, so I played with the OWB configurations instead. Adding the belt loop and then switching to the paddle was super easy with a basic screwdriver. Both carry methods were solid and easy to use. The belt loops are for 1.5-inch belts, perfect for everything I wear.

Both the paddle and belt loop options held the holster securely, not a single slip or feeling like it would fall off or out. The first test I ran it through was some dry fire draw practice, and it performed flawlessly.

At $129, this might seem a bit on the expensive side, since you can get other Kydex rigs for less. But, can you buy 2,500 of them for that price? Probably not.


Hornady AR Gunlocker
Hornady AR Gunlocker

First Look: Hornady RAPiD Safe AR Gunlocker

Keep your tactical long guns nearby and secure.

Drills for the B-8 Target

Is the venerable B-8 the best target for defensive pistol training?

I Carry: FN America Five-seveN 5.7 mm Pistol in an ANR Design Holster

In this week's episode of "I Carry," we have an FN America Five-seveN 5.7x28 mm pistol carried in an ANR Design Standard Outside the Waistband holster and new FN GUNR and DFNS 5.7x28 mm ammunition.

First Look: Real Avid Armorer's Hammer

Available either by itself or with a punch set.

First Look: Full Forge Gear Extreme Lite Plates

NIJ Level IIIA protection in an easy to wear configuration.

Roundup: Five Low Power Variable Optics (LPVOs)

Having one scope on your rifle for near and far distances can be very handy.


Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.