A couple weeks ago I posted my review of the Cattleman holster by Simply Rugged. I was so impressed with it that I couldn't wait to purchase another Simply Rugged holster to use with a firearm that, well, actually sees use--my Glock 26.
Having already browsed through the Simply Rugged site, I knew exactly what I wanted: The Defcon 3. To explain why, I'll back up a bit.
When I first became interested in concealed carry, I had never heard of kydex (a type of plastic utilized to make holsters), but I was quickly advised that it was the best (some say only) way to safely carry a Glock. This instance of a man who negligently discharged his Glock while reholstering is often referenced.
In short, his leather holster began to lose its shape and a piece of it hooked the trigger, causing the firearm to discharge. It is my understanding that he uploaded the pictures himself as a caution to others.
Because there is no manual safety on a Glock, it is of paramount importance to not only keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire, but also to prevent anything such as a shirt tail, deteriorating holster, etc. from getting inside the trigger guard/holster while holstering the gun.
This is critical for any firearm, but Glocks (and other striker-fired pistols) are less forgiving in this respect.
And that's why until now, I've stuck with kydex. Then I read about the Defcon 3.
The Defcon 3 is a leather pancake holster with a reinforced mouth at a price much lower than many other makers I'd looked at. There aren't many reviews of it online, so having taken the plunge I wanted to share my findings.
SimplyRugged.com describes the Defcon 3 as a concealed-carry holster that can be worn inside- or outside-the waistband. As mentioned, it features a reinforced mouth, but also a "flab tab"--that is, a piece of leather that wraps around the top of the sights to keep them from digging into your, well, flab.
As with most pancake designs, it incorporates 3 slots for strong side carry with the option for cross-draw (micro-pistols are excluded from the cross-draw option).
Inside the waistband carry is possible through a pair of loops that come standard on the Defcon 3; if IWB carry is desired, you just flop out the loops and snap them around your belt.
In practice, I have no idea what the mouth of the holster is reinforced with, but I feel completely confident after handling it. My guess would be a piece of kydex is sewn between layers of leather, but I'm not dissecting it to find out.
As with the Cattleman, I found the quality and look of the holster to be exceptional. Because of the build, the carving and stamping options are not present for the Defcon 3 as they are with the similar Cuda model, but I actually rather like the stitched look. Very sharp in oxblood.
The Defcon 3 rides comfortably for me in either IWB or OWB. As I have become more comfortable with concealed carry over the years, I tend to use OWB most of the time, but I love the option of either with one holster. This is also the best looking holster I've seen advertised to do both.
Sorry about the pictures of my behind, but I wanted to include images of what the holster looks like on-body. I purposely wore a shirt that is not oversized or designed for concealed carry; it's just a standard button-down that I bought for work. Untucked button-down is pretty much my standard dress, and I tried to move around a bit. The gun isn't invisible, but I'm comfortable wearing it this way, although I have other cover garments available that hide it better. I digress.
I enjoy carrying my Glock in the Defcon 3, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to others, particularly to those who may have doubts about carrying a striker-fired pistol in leather. The story I referenced above shouldn't be disregarded, it should serve as a reminder to be responsible. No holster is infallible, and none should be neglected or taken for granted.
That said, I find my Simply Rugged holsters to be of great quality that will be utilized and appreciated by responsible gun owners.