I was saved from frustration by Josh VanHeusen, a skilled, young entrepreneur and craftsman who got it right! His custom-built Kydex holsters might lower your anxiety level as well.
I had used various pistols in competition, but none seemed right. Trying Glock’s new Model 34, I also decided to buy their light/laser. After all arrived, I tested them thoroughly on the range, replaced the connector, and decided I liked them both. The light was bright and the laser did the job admirably. But it is a bit on the large side.
It was time to buy a holster. That’s when the frustration began. No one made one for a Glock 34 with Glock’s light/laser. After 3 years of waiting, I still could not find the holster I needed.
I don’t really have a need for such a rig in competition except for the instances which include a night shoot. It is imperative you have at least a light on the pistol, and in some instances, a laser helps as well. Since I had no holster for them, I had to carry the light/laser in my pack, put the light/laser on the pistol at the right moment, and then take it off to shoot the next event, which might be immediately.
I showed up at a match recently, and while walking around in the clubhouse, noticed a guy standing behind several workbenches. He had never been there before, so, curious, I sauntered over. The guy was making custom-built holsters right on the spot. To make a long story short, I sent the light/laser to him. And Voilà! I now have a holster that works!
Josh VanHeusen of Wilder Tactical makes custom holsters using Kydex, a strong, thermo-moldable plastic. He has a great many pistol models, allowing him to form the holsters for about any pistol or revolver you have. His inside-the-waistband models do not irritate the skin at the pressure points, while his outside-the-waistband models are made with several advances in thinking to give you the minimum holster while including what is necessary. The gun is held firmly, will not fall out, but is quickly retrievable in competition or defensive situations.
This guy thinks out of the box, having learned early on the norm is not always the best. His patented designs fit the body better, reduce unnecessary material, and reduce the pressure points on the body.
He is an innovative young man, unencumbered by the fetters of a large company’s marketing division and the norms required for a profit margin—norms that never quite fit your needs. He can also match both the style and the color you want.
By Jacob Gottfredson