Gunfighters INC New and Improved Gen2 Kenai Chest Holsters

Remember the Kenai Chest Holster we posted about last year? Well the folks over at Gunfighters INC showed off their Gen2 Kenai Chest Holster over on their Facebook page recently. What’s new with the Gen2 chest Kenai Chest Holsters? They will now be made in house on their own CNC molds which they claim will improve production, this in turn should improve the holster retention as well as help make their holster flatter and sit closer to the users chest. From their Facebook post:

We are building custom molds with a CNC – mostly cleaner, crisper definition and allows us to better control retention and have cleaner channels for sights, slide releases, etc.

Biggest thing though is it has allowed us to change the bias between the front and back shell. Basically it means the part of the holster against the body is flatter and lower profile.

Their new Gen2 Kenai Chest Holsters will be available for the following handguns with more on the way:

– Glock 20/21, 40MOS, 17 and 19
– Ruger SRH
– S&W N, X and L frames

They’re currently only available for right handed shooters in black, MAS Grey or Coyote. They retail for $150 over at The Kenai Chest Holster is marketed towards hunters, hikers, fishermen and the outdoorsman. Why would you want a chest holster vs one on your belt? Comfort while carrying a large frame pistol, accessibility when wearing bulky winter clothing and keeping your pistol dry if you’re wading through water. For the demographic they’re aiming at I can see this being a viable option. For those patrolling malls not so much.

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  • gunsandrockets

    Glock chest holsters?

    In all seriousness, because of the time spent riding in cars, I could see the utility of a Glock chest holster for ordinary police on patrol.

    • Tim

      It beats have a Glock pointed at your crotch.

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        As someone who carries appendix, I agree.

    • BattleshipGrey

      I practice getting to mine and releasing the the retention with it on my belt all the time in the squad car. No problem with practice.

    • Woody Dixon

      We actually have quite a few customers who use the Kenai exactly for this purpose, particularly with smaller firearms. It’s actually fairly concealable if you use some sense in the way you dress and have realistic expectations. (Ie, you can conceal a Shield or G43 under a button down. You can’t conceal a 10″ Barrel 500 S&W no matter how hard you try.)

      • Bill Revoir

        Woody, are you referring to the original Kenai for the Shield and G43, or do you currently have those available for the Gen2?

        • Woody Dixon

          Original, the Gen2 will be available for those guns in another month or so. With the smaller guns the Gen2 stuff is less important, since they are so thin to begin with.

  • Tim

    Thanks for the post. I must have missed the earlier one lay year.

  • BattleshipGrey

    How would these be on a run? Just curious since I run very rural routes and have met some aggressive dogs. I’d make my own though if they work for jogging, $150 is way too steep.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Ive found that Def Tec or similar is quite effective at repelling pups that want to play rough.

      • BattleshipGrey

        I’ve been armed each time I run, but I’ve carried pepper spray and used it before. I just sprayed a bit in the air and he changed his tune.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          As long as you are up wind.

          Im an animal lover so im more likely to break out the non lethal option first for a dog than a person.

        • JDC

          Try the new “pepper gel”. Unless you are in gail force winds (and why jogging in that?) the gel can be used into the wind and little chance of getting blow back affecting yourself.

          I did make a rig one time out of one of those cross chest camera rigs and a regular carry holster. Worked OK, but you’d have to look at each gun, holster and camera rig to come up with the right combo. As others have commented chest rigs can get expensive.

          So, when you are running, I guess it is “haze grey and underway?”
          (Old Navy guy here)

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      Have you checked out Hill People Gear Kit Bags? They are the same principle but concealed instead of open. They still arent necessarily cheap costing about $100 (a little more or a little less depending on which version you get), but it can carry more than just your gun.

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        I second that. HPG’s chest bag would be a great option. Put a gun + your wallet and keys and phone right on your chest.

        • RadicalizedModerate

          I can’t say enough about my HPG chest carry rig.

          I prefer the concealment that HPG provides. When you come upon someone in the wilderness, it’s usually by chance and is an rather abrupt meeting. I prefer to reduce the startle factor with concealment.

      • Woody Dixon

        We’re big fans of the HPG kit bag (it’s a great product!) but our holster serves a different purpose – for times and places where a bag is cumbersome or zippers are undesirable. A big one would be fishing with waders in bear country, where a bag would significantly increase draw times.

        • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

          I agree they have different jobs. I do not mean to say I do not see a use for your product. In fact I made a similar setup to carry a Ruger Mk3. Though I have never thought of the Kit Bag as being slow.

          And thanks for pitching in. I do appreciate when a company seeks out discussions on their products to offer further information.

          • Woody Dixon

            It’s not that it’s slow, its just that it’s less going on if you’re also wearing a fishing chest pack and waders. Like I said, I like the Kit bag.

            We try to engage with people because gives us a chance to both receive feedback and answer questions…. hopefully giving everyone a chance to learn something.

        • Stuki Moi

          Do you work for the manufacturer?

          For trail running, the less “dense” a gun is, the easier it is to stabilize against the chest when running/jumping. In improvised “chest/belly” bands, the LCR “fullsize” (3inch) is even nicer than Glocks in that regard. Glock 17 surface area, at 16-17 or so ounces with 5 hardcast cartridges, and a grip long enough to draw quickly from less practiced positions in a REAL hurry.

          Not sure it’s a market even on your radar, but if so, could you look into creating a holster for it?

      • BattleshipGrey

        I have checked them, and I like the concept, but the price is still too steep for me. I’m not opposed to making something similar though.

  • Hellbilly

    These are great for use with a large back pack. With traditional hip holsters, in my experience, the backpack can interfere with your draw and it will often ride on top of the firearm or keep bumping into it. Additionally, while hunting with a pistol in the chill of the winter, heavy coats like to block the hip holster and prevent a one-handed re-holstering of the pistol. I will be ordering one of these for the Glock 40 MOS soon.

    • Stuki Moi

      Not to mention trying to draw a pistol from inside a pair of waders, when a Griz wants to fight you for his fishing spot….. Or draw a wet one holstered on the outside…

      It’s a bit steep for an experiment, but I wonder if is suitable for trail running with the lighter supported pistols. If so, they should make one for the 15odd ounce full sized LCR “running gun.”

  • Seems like a great thing for keepin’ a big honkin’ bear gun out the way of your camping or skiing gear.

    That first Glock looks like someone cut the big orangle plastic muzzle piece off to make it look more realistic, though.

    • Phillip Cooper

      More than likely it’s a G17L or a G34.

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        It’s also got a threaded aftermarket barrel, so all bets are off.

        • Phillip Cooper

          We are referring to the slide length.

    • Woody Dixon

      It’s a Lone Wolf Glock 20/21 Long Slide on a FDE Glock 20 Frame. Basically the same thing as a Glock 40MOS.

  • Woody Dixon

    Thanks for the mention! We keep adding more firearms on a daily basis as we produce more molds. Like we said in the FB post, traditional Kydex molding techniques allow for a ~50/50% bias. With the new CNC molds we’re able to play with that – with the large revolvers pushing upwards of 70% toward the front shell. We’ll be applying this concept (and some other related trickery) to our OWB and IWB holsters in the near future to increase either comfort or concealment depending on the gun.

  • A Fascist Corgi

    Yay. An excuse to start a debate over which gun is the best choice for defending yourself against a charging brown bear.

    If I didn’t already have a Gen 3 Glock 20, I’d probably go with a Glock 40 MOS.

    I read a forum post from a guy that claimed to be a highly experienced bear hunter and hunting guide who supposedly killed hundreds of bears with handguns. He argued that a .44 magnum revolver with at least a 4-inch barrel and loaded with hot hollow points was the best choice for defense against charging black bears because the bullet would do so much damage to the bear that it would immediately stop in its tracks and start frantically spinning around and biting at the “bee sting”, which would then give you the opportunity to finish it off with more shots. He said that weaker rounds wouldn’t reliably have that effect on charging black bears, but if you did want to go with a semi-auto handgun, then he said that 10mm was the best choice.

    For huge brown bears (which are typically much larger than black bears), he reaffirmed the common wisdom within the gun community that solid hardcast rounds fired out of large revolvers were the best choice because you needed more penetration in order to reliably incapacitate them. I personally don’t 100% agree with him on that because I’ve read numerous reports of Glock 20s loaded with modest hollow points reliably stopping large charging brown bears.

    • YZAS

      Well, we don’t have any brown bears around here… but i do have a SW 686 pre-lock 4″ .357 riding in one of these Kenai chest holsters that I like to carry with me under my zipped jacket when I’m in the bush (hunting, camping, etc). I keep it loaded up with some hot Buff Bore hard cast stuff. Quite the boom. Enough to give me a chance against a black bear, which is the meanest thing in our woods. One thing not mentioned in the reviews is the rattle with the lower buckles. Took me a little modding with some ranger bands and paracord to get it nice and quiet. Now I love the thing. Hardly notice I’m carrying a full sized .357, doesn’t interfere with my pack, doesn’t pull down my pants or get buried under the bottom of my jacket and stays nice and protected from the weather, yet easily presented. I even keep some snake shot with me just in case (although not big on shooting anything I don’t plan to eat, or isn’t trying to eat me). Anyway, thought I’d pass it on. It’s very well made. Not sure how much ‘flatter’ they could get it to the chest, but they sure as hell could quiet the rattle in the lateral buckles, saving people having to come up with creative mods.