Out of all the products I have reviewed thus far on Front Site Post, none will be more experienced than this one. Many know the Crossbreed name including myself. Prior to this review, I personally owned a MiniTuck. I have felt its comforting bulk in nervous times, I have adjusted and cared for it for nearly 3 years of concealed carry use. I can speak personally and at length about its deep concealment, and a host of other pluses. This review is also about the MiniTuck’s bigger brother, Crossbreed’s original SuperTuck. The SuperTuck is the pattern from which the MiniTuck was fashioned. Subtly but noticeably different, the two holsters between them can fit anything from a pocket .380 to a full-frame .45. Crossbreed currently accommodates dozens of pistols, from the common Glock to the less common HK and Walther pistols. Even the new FN FNP line is an option.
Speaking of which, for those of you who carry a full-frame pistol everyday, the deep concealment capabilities of the SuperTuck on larger pistols may interest you. Whereas my experience with longevity, build quality and comfort will come from my personal experiences with the MiniTuck and a Ruger LCP, I will be relating my findings on Crossbreed’s performance and concealment capabilities on a Glock 22 with a SuperTuck. First, the MiniTuck.
Small Frame Concealment
The backbone of Crossbreed’s CCW holsters is the SuperTuck holster. This versatile holster design was scaled down for small frame holsters to become the MiniTuck. Though they share essentially the same design and footprint, small frames – the Ruger LCP for instance – utilize the “MiniTuck” name instead.
Though small pistols like the LCP and the Bersa 380 don’t have much to hide in terms of slide or barrel, the MiniTuck still sits well below the belt line just the same. Really all that sticks out is the grip. It makes finding where to put your trigger finger a matter of consistency and repetition, but it also makes the pistol virtually invisible with any top layer.
Speaking of top layers: The MiniTuck (and SuperTuck) bear the “-Tuck” part of their name due to a unique feature of the holster. Unlike other holsters, where the shirt has to be untucked or loosely draped around the pistol, Crossbreed’s holsters allow a small gap between the outer half of the holster and your pants, where you can tuck your shirt in as normal. One less giveaway that you are carrying concealed. This is achieved through the “SnapLok” J-hooks that come with every IWB Crossbreed holster, and they perform exactly as designed, snapping into place once the bulk of your belt passes the pinch point of the clip. After it is in place, I usually have to lift up on the edge of the clip to get it back over the belt – it is really on there.
Combine a small pistol, a unique leather interior and a way to tuck in your shirt, and you’ve got a winning combination. Carrying concealed is just that. There is no effect on silhouette, no printing, no anything. Not to mention it is a much safer arrangement than sticking it in your pocket, as many pocket gun owners do. DAO trigger pull is only so safe when carried with the trigger exposed like that.
Large Frame Concealment
As I live in a fairly gun-restrictive state, deep concealment is a must for me. I do not enjoy the sensation that at any time I might “print” the fact that I am carrying with my shirt, and so I tend towards smaller pistols, as I have mentioned. I also know that there are brave souls out there who prefer to carry full frame pistols, preferring a full grip and the range of “big boy” calibers that come with such a sacrifice in weight and mobility. The SuperTuck was designed with this exact user in mind – and while the MiniTuck ensures no printing whatsoever, the original SuperTuck was designed for the carry of full frame pistols, while reducing printing.
In this department, the holster performs exactly as advertised. It was surprising how little printing occurred with a loose button-up shirt. Once again, the best position for carrying was the 4 o’clock position, which not only kept the pistol from changing the “head-on” silhouette, but the slight cant that the holster comes with from the factory seemed to be best at this angle. As with the MiniTuck, the cant is adjustable to multiple positions. It also features the same tuckable “SnapLok” J-clips as the MiniTuck, meaning a bloused shirt can be used to further help your silhouette and keep you from accidentally flashing that bigger, now unmistakable grip of your Glock/1911/etc.
We have reviewed holsters in the past here at FSP, and we will review holsters in the future. While solely Kydex and other “Rig holsters” are fantastic bits of kit that everyone should own (that goes double for the Warfighter), Crossbreed holsters should be at the top of the list for you when looking at a holster for your own personal protection, and that of your family. For the average civilian, the CCW holster is the most important weapons-related gear you will buy. Responsible not only for your adherence to the law but your own personal safety, a quality holster can be the difference between safe re-holstering an self-injury, and, very literally, life and death. It is important to note that Crossbreed makes their holster backs out of a hide blend. The leather is almost 1/4″ thick and will take some breaking in. Having used the holster for years, and being keenly aware of its quality and few shortcomings, Crossbreed Mini- and SuperTuck holsters get full marks with us.
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