Successful concealed carry for civilians requires finding not only the right gun or the right means of carry but also the right combination of handgun and holster. Some handguns and holsters go well together; some, not so much. One of my favorite combinations for concealed carry is a Colt Defender in a Crossbreed SuperTuck Deluxe. The strengths of this setup offer 1911 action; 1911 width (or lack thereof); grooved, rubber stocks; easy combat grip and draw; comfortable, all-day carry; and rugged reliability.
As I talk with industry experts and shoot more, my appreciation for the 1911’s action grows, including the straight-back trigger pull and the manual safety that locks not just trigger but also the slide. Other actions may be less complex but all require practice. As such, practicing with a 1911 continues to prove its profound worth as a defensive sidearm.
With slide widths traditionally under an inch, the 1911 is easier and more comfortable to conceal. In a Crossbreed SuperTuck, the only additional materials in between waistband and hip are thin but strong pieces of leather and Kydex. That adds up to less thickness and therefore greater comfort for concealed carry.
Grooved, Rubber Stocks
You can get finger-grooved rubber stocks for virtually any handgun, but the Colt Defender comes equipped with them. I’ve put other stocks on the Defender and soon switched back. Despite their girth, the rubber stocks offer superior purchase and terrific feel. The Crossbreed pulls them in close so that there’s minimal hang-up on clothing that drapes over them.
Easy Combat Grip and Draw
Crossbreed cuts the leather backing on this holster to allow a combat grip on whatever gun is carried in it. For the Defender, that means easy access to the rubber stocks, resulting in a quick and sure draw from concealment.
Comfortable, All-Day Carry
A Colt Defender sports a three-inch barrel and weighs 24 ounces. Add seven rounds of .45 ACP on board and you have small and chunky defined. Thankfully, the Crossbreed SuperTuck distributes that weight across its large leather backing attached to two metal clips that attach to your gun belt. Not your dress belt or any other belt. Your gun belt. Do that and the Colt in the Crossbreed will carry comfortably, all day.
The Colt Defender (MSRP $1,039.27) is no fancy-pants show gun. It’s all business. Same goes for the Crossbreed SuperTuck (MSRP $69.75). Both are functional wonders, eminently durable, and together provide for rugged and reliable carry, no matter what your environment.
Got a favorite gun/holster combination? Let us know about it in the comments below…
— Mark Kakkuri
Learn more about Colt and Crossbreed in the Guns Magazine Product Index.