Gearing up with the Liion Defense OWB holster. High-end KYDEX® from America’s Heartland.
Deciding which handgun to purchase can be quite the process, especially if that firearm is going to be used for defense or competition. The handgun itself is usually not a cheap investment and if you are like me, new sights a light, and possibly some other upgrades are usually not too far behind. By the time you get those things accomplished and spend the time training to being able to run that firearm adequately the amount of hours it has spent on your person or in your hand practically makes it part of the family. And the same goes for a holster.
Personally, I believe that after all the effort a cheap or less than stellar holster just won’t cut it. Like many other gun lovers, I look at holsters as a way to not only carry my firearm, but to also protect it. A reliable holster needs to secure my handgun while keeping it safely at the ready and quickly or easily accessible. It will be rugged and durable, not easily broken or destroyed. And it will be comfortable. While there are several other considerations, these are three I think we can agree.
I was at a local gun show recently and a somewhat local company called Liion Defense caught my eye with some good-looking KYDEX® holsters. In fact, upon closer inspection I found the holsters to be very well formed with clean cuts all the way around. So, I decided to give one a try.
I selected an OWB holster to fit my Glock 19, which wears a TLR-1 weapon light. The holster fits the G19 perfectly. Nice and snug. And it stayed that way while wearing it daily. Weather I was running or jumping or just carrying concealed on any given day, the Liion Defense holster was proving both reliable and comfortable. A firm tug is required to remove the weapon from the holster, but not so firm that it is difficult. I invited a new female shooter to give it a try at a professionally instructed handgun course. As she learned to build a proper draw stroke, she put the holster through lots and lots and lots of draw and holster repetitions with zero issues. Even now, after it has been good and broken in, I have yet to experience the firearm inadvertently coming out of the holster with or without the weapon light mounted.
This was a particular feature I liked. Many of the holsters I’ve used over the years accommodate a WML, but won’t allow you to run the gun without it. Trying to do so would result in retention issues. This is not the case with the Liion Defense holster. Light or no light, retention is always very good. Another aspect I found interesting about their design is how they get the retention. More times than not I’ve found holsters getting their retention point at the trigger, but the Liion seems to gain the retention by utilizing various areas of the handgun. So far there are no symptoms of wear on the slide.
The Liion Defense holsters are slightly thicker than most, measuring in at .08”. Many other manufacturers make holsters from .06″ KYDEX®. This makes the Liion a little more robust, but without becoming to clunky or excessively large. The OWB holster I have is also open at the bottom, which allows dirt and debris to easily be cleared from the holster, in case you find yourself fighting from the dirt.
The OWB holster from Liion Defense has quickly become one of my favorites. With this exceptional level of quality, add the fact that they are built right here in Kansas (Good ole’ USA) and have a 100% fully transferable warranty, and that makes buying a Liion Defense holster a no brainier for me. There might be a short waiting period though, the turnaround time is currently about four weeks. Because they are truly a high-end shop, each holster is manufactured to meet the specific details of each individual order.
Check out Liion Defense online at http://liiondefense.com. Don’t forget to “Like” the Liion Defense Facebook page and follow them on Twitter. You can also watch them on Youtube and catch them on Instagram, too.
* The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely those of the original authors and contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Guns & Tactics Magazine,
the administrative staff, and/or any/all contributors to this site.