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Over time, the weapon holster industry has changed significantly in the sort of materials it uses for holsters. One of these more recent materials, kydex, has an a variety of benefits and downsides that you must consider when buying a holster for your pistol.
But first, what's kydex? Kydex is a man-made thermoplastic material that now dominates that pistol holster market.
From a material perspective, its sturdiness and other fascinating traits make it tough to beat in this market.
Kydex is generally produced in sheets of varying thickness and color, which are then cut and formed. The sheets are non-porous and are simply shaped into the specified shape by heating, forming, and cooling the material. As well as weapon holsters, other applications for this material include aircraft interiors, food processing appliances, electric parts, medical products, and store fixture parts. Today, nearly every type of weapon holster ( IWB, OWB, Tactical, and so on) is available in a kydex version. When formed as weapons holsters, kydex sheets have a number of benefits over leather.
Moisture can soak into a leather holster and affect the weapon finish, as well as produce a bad smell. Kydex is water-resistant, making it a superb choice to be used in damp or tropical climates.
Additionally, you can simply clean kydex holsters with a wet fabric. With a Rockwell R scale toughness of ninety, a torn or damaged holster is a thing of the past.
Kydex holds its shape, which makes for simple re-holstering. Not just that, but holsters made of this material won't stretch or shrink under ordinary conditions. From a user viewpoint, kydex may appear to be a "comfortable" material for holsters, but the reality is, it is terribly cushty to wear on a day by day basis.
There are a number of holster makers in the industry who produce kydex holsters. Some of the better known makers include:
- Concealed Carry Holsters