Magnetic VS. KYDEX Holsters

Recently I was
fortunate enough to get a new handgun, a full size Glock, which was something I
was eyeing for a very long time. The gun I picked up came with a custom KYDEX
holster that was custom made for inside the waistband (IWB), that was a pretty
good fit, however it wasn’t perfect. So I did a head to head comparison with
the magnetic holster from JM4 tactical, and here is how they stacked up.


Both holsters fit
well, with the KYDEX being backed by leather, but a thin strap of KYDEX on the
front, versus the XL-3 Original Holster which covered the entire slide, and up
through the back of the handle. This is unique as it provides a snug fit, as well as the magnet also helps…but I
will cover that later. The other major things that I noticed is that the
Original fit well with clothing, especially alternative wear, such as pants
without a belt. Compared to the KYDEX holster I had which needed a belt, the
magnetic holster doesn’t require one at all…. meaning I could carry in sweats,
gym shorts, pants with/without a belt, which is so much more versatile. It also
helps as now I can carry my full size firearm that I train with regardless of
my outfit, and I can carry it where I train the most while drawing
from…consistency is key when practicing.

Another subset of fit is how well does a holster retain the
firearm….you know the whole reason to get a holster in the first place. This
was a hands down winner to the JM4 Original holster. As I said above, the holster
covers the whole slide, similar to a glove. Compared to the KYDEX which grips
only at a few points, it was a lot more snug. Where the Original really shines
is the magnetic retention. I saw the videos from Chad, the CEO for JM4, showing
the retention so I figured I would try that same thing, and as sure as the sun
will rise tomorrow it worked, with considerable force multiple times. The KYDEX,
yeah, it spilled out immediately, with minimal to no retention at all. Not good
if you are carrying and you go tail over teakettle in an altercation, while
hunting, or in my area slipping on ice.

Another side benefit of the holster is the ability to
rapidly remove and place in a vehicle to make it easier to access, and then put
back on the belt afterwards. This is something that my other holster flat out
couldn’t do at all, relegating me to put it in the center console or the glove
box, not a place where I could readily access it.

I have been shooting for almost 20 years and been carrying a
firearm for over 15 and this is hands down the best holster I have used thus
far. I will be updating this with a several month reviews discussing wearing it
daily, any wear and tear on the holster itself, and any other important finds I
have in the future.

Author: Ian Bolser