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Hello fellow Steyr users,

Since we don't have any good non-leather holsters for the Steyr M9-A1 here in Austria, I treated myself to a Cleveland IWB holster. Communication with Bobby & Jeanette went realy well, and they were extremely friendly and helpful.
Unfortunately I have not found the time to really wear it, I just put it on for checking the retention. For my taste, the retention was way too hard when tightening the screws normally, so I put some additional small rubber o-rings between the leather and the kydex (see second photo), and now I really like it!

It will probably be a couple of month before I will have used it enough to review it, so please be patient. ;)

Regards,
Red
 

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Good looking holster.
 

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I have been a very satisfied customer of C.H. for awhile now. I bought his holster and his carry belt. If gets better as you "season" it by wearing it. You will find (imho) that within at least 7-10 days you will forget you are carrying your pistol period. Top notch product, and top notch customer service. You didn't go wrong with C.H. And welcome to SteyrClub. :)


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Still hoping that Santa will drop a new AUG under my tree. *sighs wistfully*
 

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That looks like it's for the C5L instead of the X5L. the X5L is a much larger light. I had the same concern with super-tight retention - I took a heat gun to mine and fixed it right up. I also added a magnet to activate Viridian's ECR system, so my light/laser now activates automatically upon drawing the weapon.
 

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The holster is for the M-A1 with a Viridian X5L Gen2, which is way smaller than the Gen1.

Unfortunately the IWB carry at 3-5 o'clock did not work out for me, it never felt comfortable.
So I ended up "modifying" the whole thing. (Sorry Bobby for violating your product!)
I cut the leather to fit the shape of the Kydex and mounted the belt loops directly on the screws also holing the hybrid together. (see 1st attachment)

With those modifications I now use the holster for IWB Appendix carry and I love it! Two notes on that:
First, it does take a little getting used to having a gun pointed at ones private parts (and legs, in some sitting positions). It's a decision everyone has to make for himself, and for me using a gun and holster I trust, it works out.
Second, I at first had reservations to drawing from a different position IWB (now 12 o'clock) than OWB (4 o'clock). But I now train completely different for the IWB holster than for OWB. (Without getting too much into the details: OWB mostly 5-20 yards, IWB 1-5 yards).
Also the appendix carry prints less (than 3-5 o'clock) when I wear my T-shirts (see 2nd attachment). Standing up I'd say it's not much of a difference (both are pretty well concealed), but when I'm sitting down, the grip does not start to become obvious.
The last attachment shows, how the holster and gun ride while carrying. (For the appendix carry I use a normal leather belt, for I can still draw well and it's more comfortable than one with stiffeners.)
Sorry for the bad quality on the last two, but I ended up using the webcam, because else I was always off...

So even though I modified the Cleveland holster and took it away from its original style, I think it was worth every penny!

PS: Just in case someone wonders: the rubber is a Hogue Tool Grip (small)
 

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