I’m fortunate to have a number of choices for holstering my most-carried pistol — a GLOCK 43. With comfort being my highest priority, I invariably tend toward the smallest, lightest option available. For the last eight-plus months, that’s been the Lenwood Specter IWB Kydex holster. As you can guess from the length of this “test,” I’m a fan. First, though, apologies to the people at Lenwood . .
I try to photograph review gear when it’s NIB (new in box) to show the item in its best light. When they sent the Specter, though, I started using it right away, hence the holster’s scuffs and wear marks. Suffice it to say they were well-earned.
The Specter provides two choices of ride height. You probably won’t want to place the clip in its upper-most position. While it’s the best setting for the most covert carry, the holster and gun ride lower than the Gypsy Rose. Set to the low carry position, it’s hard to retrieve your gun from the Specter quickly and assume a good grip. That’s no bueno in a self-defense situation.
The Specter’s higher carry position maintains your mohaska at just the right height for quick retrieval while keeping your firearm well concealed. There’s plenty of room to assume a good grip should you have to clear
If you keep the holster in the higher position for an optimal draw, you’ll probably want to cut the lower unused portion of the clip off so it doesn’t protrude below the bottom of the shell. I’m sure I’ll get around to that some day.
The Specter’s fully ambidextrous. There aren’t any southpaws on TTAG’s team, but if you use the Devil’s hand to shoot, move the clip to the other side of the Kydex shell and you’re good to stow.
Retention strength’s adjustable with a turn or two of a Phillips head screwdriver. That compresses the rubber gaskets sandwiched between the Kydex to snug your gun just the way you like it. Lenwood also offers 12 color options to compliment your favorite shoes and handbag.
Because of the Specter’s minimalist, ambidextrous design, you can wear the holster in any position that involves a belt. Since I like to sit down occasionally, I’m not one for appendix carry. If you tote that way, though, the Specter should work beautifully.
Cross-draw? 3:00? 4:09? 5:17? It’s all good. If you flip the clip to the other side, you could probably make small-of-the-back carry work, though I share the opinion that the danger of falling on your gun and injuring your spine outweighs back carry’s concealment advantages.
When you want to carry on the downiest of down lows, the Specter’s tuckable. I carry it that way frequently and no one’s the wiser.
Lenwood sent their Hybrid Belt along with the holster. I can attest that yes, you really can stand on one. The well-made polyester-backed cowhide belt is uber-thick and tough as year-old beef jerky. It will comfortably support the heaviest of heaters.
A great gun deserves a great holster. The Lenwood Specter qualifies.
(measurements are for the GLOCK 43 model)
Height: (shell only) 4.25″
Depth: (shell only) 1.125″
Weight: 2.4 oz.
Colors: Typhon, as reviewed (eleven other options)
Ratings (out of five stars):
Comfort: * * * * *
Fuggedaboutit. Actually, you will. With the right pistol on a good belt, you’ll forget you’re strapped. Until you don’t.
Concealability: * * * * *
With its minimalist design carrying a slim single stack pistol (maybe even tucked), it disappears.
Value: * * *
At $55, it’s not cheap, but it’s a worthwhile investment.
Overall: * * * * *
Lightweight, flexible, concealable, and not unreasonably expensive. What’s not to love?