A collaboration between BlackPoint Tactical and Viking Tactics’ Kyle Lamb, the VTAC IWB holster is an adaptable and adjustable holster for concealed carry. Primarily designed for appendix carry, the VTAC IWB can also be changed for strong side IWB use, too. And, as you may have guessed, it does not suck.
A key feature of the VTAC IWB’s design is, for lack of a better word, a “lump” of Kydex on the body side of the holster down near the muzzle.
This “lump” pushes the muzzle away from your body, which in turn — and this is the important part — pushes the grip and rear of the slide closer to your body while simultaneously rotating the butt end of the grip in toward your body even further. As anyone who carries concealed will confirm, in most carry positions it’s the heel of the grip that prints (“prints” meaning pokes at your clothes and provides a visual indication of the gun you’re trying to conceal underneath).
BlackPoint and Viking Tactics have made this “lump” removable, should it not work for your clothing choice or carry location or personal preference.
I carried the VTAC IWB appendix style — SIG P365 inside — daily for about a month. It’s one of the very best AIWB holsters I’ve used. Fantastic concealment, great adjustable retention, adjustable ride height, rock solid grip on the belt clips, and no larger than absolutely necessary.
NOTE: in the photo above the “lump” is not installed. I’m really not a fan of appendix carry so, while the VTAC IWB holster was a great example of an AIWB holster, after the month of testing I removed the “lump” and began carrying strong side.
It may not surprise you that I summarily lost “lump.” She’s probably sitting alone in a boggy marsh, totally motionless except for her heart. My excuse is that I removed it at the old house and have since moved into the new house and most of my office is still in boxes and, while “lump” is somewhere, I have no darn clue where. Twenty minutes of digging through boxes full of loose crap and here we are, writing the article without “lump.”
BlackPoint’s VTAC IWB is molded to clear tall sights (which I don’t have) as well as pistol optics like the Shield RMS.
Again, I like the minimal footprint. Preferences on this can vary, but mine (for IWB) is to add the least additional footprint over the size of the gun as possible. The VTAC IWB delivers here, while still providing fantastic retention — adjustable for gripping pressure on the front of the trigger guard — and protecting much of the slide from body oils and sweat and such.
Belt clips are under firm tension even as seen above, so once the hook on the bottom side snaps over the bottom edge of your belt, they won’t be coming off accidentally. While they aren’t the easiest clips to actually get over your belt and pants waistline and get into place, once they’re there they’re staying there, and that’s crucial.
If you’re looking for a good AIWB holster, not only does the BlackPoint Tactical VTAC IWB not suck, it’s way high up on the list. It’s also rock solid for strong side carry, though for sure it competes stronger in the appendix position market, especially with the help of “lump.”