Review: CrossBreed Freedom Carry IWB Holster

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The Crossbreed Freedom Carry Holster

I have recently “commandeered” my wife’s Glock 19 and have been carrying it pretty regularly in my Alien Gear Cloak Tuck IWB. I’d heard a number of good things about CrossBreed, but had never bought one, so I was definitely interested when Phil told me I would get one in for a review, specifically the Freedom Carry model that CrossBreed has “recently” come out with.

CrossBreed bills the the Freedom Carry as being able to be “worn in several positions without sacrificing comfort” and is currently the most versatile holster in their lineup. Due to it’s shape and fit you can carry larger firearms in the appendix position, which is a challenge for most of the other hybrid holsters I’ve encountered.

Pretty simple. But definitely comfortable to me.

Pretty simple. But definitely comfortable to me.

The Freedom Carry is available for more than 300 different firearms (311 if you count the available options in the selector on their order page). This includes full size guns, guns with lasers, guns with red dot sights, and even some lights (and it looks like they will accommodate the new Glock MOS). It can be bought for both left and right handed configurations and it is available in three different colors: hand-dyed black cowhide, premium cowhide, and natural horsehide. The starting price is $64.50 with up-charges for the different materials and retention clip options.

The kydex portion of the holster is oriented vertically on the holster, setting it up for a straight draw with no modifications. The versatility comes from having an adjustable position on the upper clip mount. The bottom bolt is mounted in a fixed position, and the upper is in a slot allowing for the clip to lock at a number of angles. This flexibility allows for the wearer to carry in any number of positions: appendix, cross draw, strong-side, etc.

The upper retention bolt of the clip allows for side to side adjustment making it simple to cant it to your preference.

The upper retention bolt of the clip allows for side to side adjustment making it simple to cant it to your preference.

The leather is cut in such a way as to put material between your body and the slide. But it does not have any extra material, giving it a very slim profile.

Observations

I received the hand-dyed black cowhide (with the standard clip), right handed, configured for Glock 17, 19, 22, 23, 25, 31, 32 (obviously the same mold pattern).

The first thing I did was to take it out of the package, stuff the Glock 19 into it, and put it on. I was currently wearing my Lenwood Leather Belt, and the holster worked perfectly with it, the clip seating firmly around the belt. I have to say, this was one of the most immediately comfortable “inside-the-waistband” holsters I have had the pleasure to wear. I went about my day, including running some errands and some work in the back yard, and I never felt the holster digging into me, nor was I really “aware” of it.

Skin side of the leather. Very smooth and comfortable.

Skin side of the leather. Very smooth and comfortable.

It has a pretty smooth draw from the holster and I have done bunch of dry fire training with it. There is not a huge lip of leather to have to contend with so re-holstering has not been an issue, though that is certainly a concern as this gets more broken in over time.  The clip itself stayed firmly attached to my belt–I’m always a little leery of clips that you do not thread the belt through.

Just enough kydex to lock the gun in place.

Just enough kydex to lock the gun in place.

CrossBreed holsters come with a “Two Week, Try it Free Guarantee” and a lifetime warranty. Personally, I was able to tell within a day, which surprised me from a leather holster—normally I’d expect at least the couple of weeks (they offer) of break in with daily wear.

The benefit of the holster only having enough leather to protect from the slide is that there is less to break in, and the shape lends itself to easier form fitting to the wearer’s body. And that is exactly what happened with mine.

The holster does a pretty good job of retaining the pistol (at least the Glock 19; other models could be different) when the holster is not currently being worn (contrasted to the Alien Gear which is a little bit looser off the body; though very tight when being worn so not a big deal in my book).

The Freedom Carry does a god job of retention. Unless I shake the holster aggressively, the pistol will stay in the holster.

The Freedom Carry does a god job of retention. Unless I shake the holster aggressively, the pistol will stay in the holster.

Another contrast with the Freedom Carry (against the Alien Gear) is that the kydex is not interchangeable. So if you have a couple of different guns, you will need to order a separate holster for each (whereas you can get different shells for the Alien Gear and change them out with the screws).

My biggest complaint is that they do not appear to have a molding compatible with my new Surefire XC1 (though in all fairness I don’t think many manufacturers do yet). I suppose it is possible that one of the other accessory moldings could work—I just don’t have one.

The CrossBreed has some of the best molding I have seen.

The CrossBreed has some of the best molding I have seen.  I wish they would make one to accommodate the Surefire XC1.

Conclusion

I now have a difficult choice, having to decide between my Alien and this Crossbreed holster as my preferred choice for a hybrid holster. Fortunately I have a shell for my XDs for the Alien so I can make my choice based on that.

I don’t think there is anything that beats a well-made leather holster for comfort, though the downside is that some well broke in holsters can get a bit of sag to the leather making reholstering difficult. That said I’m generally not one to holster/re-holster while it is on my body—if I take it off (aside from worst case scenario) it will be still inside the holster.

If anyone here has a CrossBreed Freedom Carry for a gun other than the Glock, please comment and let us all know how it works for you. I know I’d certainly be interested to find out how it does with other weapons.

For more information, go to CrossBreedHolsters.com.



Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • aguywhoknows

    Worst holster I´ve seen this year so far.

    Ejection port not blocked out, trigger guard not blocked out properly, material has some glossiness from overheating and the edges don´t look buffed at all.

    I see a steady decline in the articles posted on TFB. Get it together…

    • Doc Rader

      Ummm… Can you educate me as to why those specific points you listed are bad? The holster was comfortable and it retained the pistol well. It was easy to draw and reholster.

      • DancesWithGlock

        They aren’t necessarily bad, but there are much more refined hybrids out there. Some manufacturers use the ejection port to make up for poor retention elsewhere. Causes weird wear and kydex shavings. Check out SHTFGear. Terrible name. Great Holsters.

  • JSmith

    I have a Crossbreed Supertuck for my Glock 19. They are comfortable holsters but the kydex portion doedn’t run the full slide length. The exposed site always ends up rubbing a hole in my jeans after about 3-4 months.

    I have a StealthGear for another pistol. They shell on that holster provides better coverage for the whole slide.

  • USMC03Vet

    Don’t really care for Kydex or leather. Are you going to do a review on the new Alien Gear Tuck 3.0?

    • Doc Rader

      I’m not aware that I personally will be, but I would bet some here will.

  • Nate H

    I have a Galco KingTuk. It’s a very nice hybrid, conforms well to the body, retains the pistol very well while worn, haven’t tried shaking it our when it’s not on me; my XDm comes out and goes into a different holster at night. The clips are very nice, that sucker don’t move at all once it’s clipped onto the belt. I dunno, I have a S&W model 59 I’d like get an IWB for, but I’m having a hard time finding one. I really like the Galco, but I’d be willing to give this a go if they made one for my Smith.

  • Bucho4Prez

    I have had the Crossbreed super tuck for my Walther PPQ for years. Been very comfortable, and retention has not been an issue while wearing. I did opt to replace the belt clips with the plastic models that wrap around the bottom of your belt. So far so good. I don’t intend to carry anything else that is of equivalent size. I have another holster for when I am carrying something more compact.