Looking for a single holster to do all things? DeSantis thinks they have designed the carry rig for you.
The new Outback rig can be used as an inside the waistband or outside the waistband holster. DeSantis uses a removeable polymer clip to hold the leather holster when used as an IWB rig. The clip allows you to tuck a shirt over the top of the gun, and can be rotated a full 360˚ to get the proper position for your need.
If you prefer to carry OWB, there are slots at either end of the leather scabbard to run your belt through.
Another way the company is trying to make this a universal holster is that it is generic in fitting. It comes in two sizes. The smaller of the two sizes will carry “most small autos and 1911s.” The larger of the rigs should fit “medium to large autos and small revolvers.”
The pouch area that holds the weapon is shaped like a funnel with both the leading and trailing edges having the same slope. According to the company, this allows you to wear the rig on either side of the body.
Frankly, I’m not a fan of holsters that try to do too many things. In my experience, they tend to fail in doing anything really well. It appears the Outback lacks any retention beyond the friction provided by the non-fitted leather panels, meaning that it is very important to have a good quality belt that pulls the gun in tight.
If anyone tries one of these out, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section. The MSRP of only $24.99 will be attractive to many, but I have concerns about how well this rig will actually perform in a self-defense role.