Crusader Weaponry: Custom Kydex Tactical Holsters


Joe at Crusader Weaponry has found some interesting tactical holsters that he wanted me to take a look at.  Having worked for G-Code Holsters last year, I have learned a few things about Tactical Kydex… not just from them but from everyone making it.  This stuff Crusader has partnered up with is different.


Pretty much all a Kydex holster is, is a thermo-plastic made of PVC Acrylic, extruded in sheets, cut and formed under heat and pressure to form a holster.  Simple stuff, really.  What makes it all complicated is how to get the holster onto your Tactical Gear or Belt.  Clips, loops, buttons, snaps, straps, and hooks… and then you add the quick disconnect stuff, which adds cost, complexity, weight, and bulk.


The company making this stuff for Crusader is Kinetic Concepts Tactical, or KCT for short.  KCT has take a rather clever approach that is both simple and easy to use – and it minimizes the bulk.  PALS slots. I like that.  Simple, no bulk, light weight.  It holds to the gear secure enough for Government work, but really doesn’t take too much effort to take on and off.  I like that.  A lot.


On a Chest Rig, anything on it adds bulk and that means you can’t get as low as you may need… Or on a battle belt and things start snagging seatbelts and such.  You want it to be as flat as you can get it… And this is pretty much as flat a solution as I’ve ever seen.


The quality is right up there with the rest of the Upper Tier stuff that’s out there.  The holster is strong and very ridged.  Tough.  All the edges are blended out and I can feel no sharp edges anywhere.   The rivets are set proper and the lamination is about as flawless as you can get with Kydex.   What I like the most about it… It’s cost.   It’s only $45 bucks for most of the color options, and there are a lot of color options.  For 5 bucks more you can get some camo patterned options.  Multicam, Digital, Kryptek… Oh, and Carbon Fiber.  Nice.  Here’s the thing… You don’t need to buy anything else to go with it.  It’s just a holster and not a system you need to get to know.  It’s just a holster.  Simple.

Available for all your popular tactical type handguns.  If your gun is not listed, well, I did say popular… Just kidding, give KCT a shout and see if they can hook you up.   Good folks there at KCT, and they want you to be satisfied with your gear.   They have Mag Carriers too.   Check them out here.   Use the Discount Codes.   Get geared up.

This is good kit.  This is going on my battle belt…

4 thoughts on “Crusader Weaponry: Custom Kydex Tactical Holsters”

  1. I looked on the link and I have just one question about the design…Why do the holsters leave the last .25″-.5″ of the slides & muzzles exposed? The last thing in a field holster I want is an exposed muzzle…..Get rid of that cut-out portion that exposes the muzzles ie; cover the muzzle and it’d be GTG.

  2. Nice holster…my only “gripe” is the pictures that Joe is using. Half of them show guns & magazines with blue painter’s tape on them and can give the impression that the holsters would scratch the finish without the tape on there. The M&P looks horrible. Not the best picture advertising IMO…just sayin’.

  3. Quiery on You Tube under plastic made at home holsters. I watched some of them being made with plastic sheeting and a torch, (fold over heat and form fit etc). Looked very good and cost about $5. Later testing on the line seemed to be functioning about as well as an expensive on line purchase…

    1. Most all Kydex holsters are all made the same way. G-Code’s different – and I can’t disclose that, but everyone’s else is all the same. Pretty much like all the YouTube videos show.

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