Tommy Theis runs Arkansas-based Theis Holsters. He hand-makes every holster, mag holster, and belt that comes out of the shop, and test draws from each holster to ensure proper fitment. I really like single-clip, hybrid holsters, and thought I’d try one from Theis — their EZ-Clip — for my H&K P7 . . .
It’s a little weird to make a holster for a P7, what with the squeeze cocker on the front of the grip. Different companies accommodate it in different ways. Theis shaped the Kydex so it runs right near the line where squeeze cocker becomes trigger guard, allowing for as much of a full grip as possible while also fully covering the trigger guard. All good news here.
Molded Kydex is riveted to a leather backing, as is the norm in a hybrid holster. I got mine in regular ol’ cowhide, but a premium cowhide — smoother, thinner, softer — is also available. Theis used to offer horsehide, but apparently the quality of the leather being imported into the U.S. recently has been below Theis’ standards so that option is on hold for a while.
Kydex trimming was done extremely cleanly. Edges have been nicely rounded and there are no burrs or rough spots anywhere, inside or out.
The belt clip is isolated from the Kydex by a couple of rubber grommets, helping to keep things quiet while also allowing the clip to more easily pop over your belt. There are six holes that allow you to adjust for ride height and cant. The clip itself is well-designed and very easy to get on while leaving basically no margin for accidently popping over your belt on the draw. A purposeful lift up on the tab at bottom is needed to unhook it from the bottom edge of your belt.
Retention strength isn’t adjustable without heating up the Kydex to either snug it up or loosen it a bit. Again though, Tommy actually test fits and draws from each holster before it leaves his shop, and I’m perfectly happy with the retention level on this one.
If you’re testing a holster like this (basically any hybrid leather/Kydex) for retention, just make sure you’re doing it while you’re wearing it, with your belt snugged up in the same way it will be as when you carry. That squeeze from your belt presses the leather against the gun and the gun against the Kydex, so it’s going to hold on a little harder than when it’s off your belt.
I find the EZ-Clip to be very comfortable and easy (EZ) to wear all day long. Single clip holsters like this are much easier to put on and take off than double-clip holsters, and they’re my preference for any pistol that’s basically the size and weight of this P7 or smaller. Let’s say GLOCK 19 size or smaller. Anything more than the P7 in weight and I start to prefer the two-clip jobs to further spread out the weight on my belt. However, I only wear a “gun belt” for competition and my daily belts tend to be a bit floppy. If you wear a better belt you could easily carry a larger gun in this style holster.
A Kydex outer shell is great as it’s thin, light, durable, remains open even without the gun it in so you can reholster easily and safely, and I haven’t found that it wears firearm finish any more than leather does. Maybe even less in some cases. I like how secure the clip is on it and I like that nice “click” when the pistol snaps into place inside of it.
A leather backing is nice as it evenly distributes the weight, molds to your body and to your gun — and keeps getting better over time — has some grip against clothes and skin to keep the holster in place, yet rarely irritates.
This sort of hybrid design might be the best of both worlds, and Theis makes a really fine example at a good price.
- MSRP: $55
- Gun Models: Available for a few dozen different firearm models + various light/laser options.
- Location: Can be worn IWB or OWB
- Cant: Adjustable for various cants or no cant.
- Coverage: Partial slide coverage (as pictured) or full slide coverage.
- Materials: Kydex outer shell in any color you want as long as it’s black. Leather backing in standard or premium cowhide (horsehide on temporary hiatus).
Ratings (out of five stars):
Build Quality * * * *
Really nice. Made by hand in the U.S.A.
Fit * * * * *
Fits the P7 perfectly. Retention is spot-on, sight channel is good, draw and reholstering is smooth, audible “click” when the pistol goes in. The leather is also sized just right.
Comfort * * * *
I like this style of hybrid holster. It ends up being a little wider than a Kydex-only job, but the leather spreads the weight out and provides a bit of grip that helps to keep the holster right where it’s supposed to be. Your body is protected from the gun and the gun is protected from your body (sweat and whatnot). It just keeps getting better and better as the leather breaks in and molds to you and your pistol.
Overall * * * *
Really good holster using high quality components, made with care and tested before it ships. Combined with a competitive price and great service it puts Theis solidly above the norm.