Review: Cleveland's Holsters (Model C9-A1)

Discussion in 'Holsters' started by Dax, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. Dax

    Dax New Member

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    Hello SteyrClub! (And people new to Steyr/holsters/firearms!)

    So (finally!) I have found a company that makes an IWB (Inside Waist Band) holster for my C9 Steyr. And more specifically, one that accepts my Viridian C5L laser attached. (You can get it molded for non-lazer/flashlights, of course) Since I got the holster a little over a week/week and a half ago, I have changed from my Intratec CAT-9 to my Steyr for EDC (Every Day Carry).

    After day in and day out use/borderline abuse I can give my solid recommendation for Cleveland's Holsters.

    In my unprofessional opinion, this is some top notch work. I easily can say that this rivals the amazing quality that Blade-Tech produces. (And I have my Blade-Tech for OWB (Outside Waist Band) use. It also is simply a great product.)

    First thing I notice was the (Horse hide) leather. A much different feel from the cow leather I have worn in and out for years from riding chaps to leather jackets and accoutrements. Stiff yet flexible, less "porous" is the best way to describe it. It was for the first 2 days kind of noticeable that I had changed from my previous EDC holster to Cleveland's because the size difference and "hard feel" of the holster I had been using. Obviously carrying my Steyr was a serious upgrade in size and weight from my Intratec, but with this holster (versus my Blade-Tech) "Comfort" is the best word I can come up with. (Yes, comparing OWB and IWB is a bit like apples and oranges, but both are comfortable! I just prefer not to profile so much while Conceal Carrying. Go figure, right?)

    The second thing is the Kydex. A nice, solid Kydex molding specifically for my firearm. (Again, just like Blade-Tech!) It fits like a glove, first time, every time. It just has that "Made by someone who cares" feel to it. I akin this to cooking: You can tell when the person who made your food loves what they are doing. The quality shines right through. Well as much as I can tell you from my untrained eye, this just has that feel to it.

    Third thing: The screws. I admit, I was leery on this one. In my package was some lock-tight and instructions. Folks, LISTEN TO THEM! :) I have had to tighten my screws almost daily to keep it where I want it. I specifically have not used it because I wanted what I felt was a decent time to use and review this holster, and I plan on locking my screws down later today. When he says "You WILL lose a screw" he means it. (I have not, but was close) But just a quick turn of a screw and it retained its retention and fit just fine.

    Cleveland's holsters boasts "49 different positions to CANT your firearm" and that is really, REALLY nice. I took a couple of hours moving it up and down finding the right carry for me. The clips that attach from the waistband are solid. Once attached and adorned, they stick solid. To adjust I had to really work at moving it back and forth. So it is nice to have it stick and not move. If you have to pull your firearm for practice or for protection, it feels solid coming out of the holster and is smooth. It takes a small bit of practice to slide back in because of my Viridian attachment, other than that it goes well for putting it away, nice firm and audible (not loud) "click" of it fitting into position.

    I have logged about 10 miles of walking with this holster. (As in straight walking for health, not just running around town all day stuff) so it has been through a lot of hot weather and a lot of movement. Again, the best review I can give is its comfort. I hardly notice it now, and actually have reached back on occasion to remind myself that yes, I did put it on.

    Last bit of pride: Not only is this a Wisconsin company it is nice to support local (for me) and national business!

    Enjoy the pictures, and hope this helps people looking for an IWB holster for Steyr/any other firearms. I heartily give Cleveland's Holster a solid :thumbsup:

    Thank you!

    Dax
     

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  2. ETH77

    ETH77 Premium Member

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    Excellent review! If I were going to add a IWB for my 75B to my repertoire, I'd definitely look here.
     

  3. cleveland

    cleveland New Member

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    Thank you VERY much for posting the review!
     
  4. Talyn

    Talyn New Member

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    How does it re-holster with the light attached? Looks like a tight fit.
     
  5. cleveland

    cleveland New Member

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    It is a tight fit, we vacuum mold the Kydex to each firearm for an exact fit. I'll let him tell you what he thinks of reholstering it, but I found it to be pretty easy going once I found the best angle to come in at.
     
  6. Dax

    Dax New Member

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    Actually, REALLY well. I slide my finger down to the laser where you press it on and guide it to the kydex. The horsehide flexes enough to guide it in. It IS tight, but smooth in transition. Once the threshold of the opening is breached, it is a "slow" slide into position when you hear that "click" and it takes on its usual feel of being in its correct (molded for!) position.

    First time out it took me about a good 45 seconds plus to figure it out, and now it only takes maybe tops 10 seconds to re-holster start to finish.
     
  7. Kennydale

    Kennydale New Member

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    one thing i have found as a new gun owner. Is trying to find that right holster. Especially if you have a gun that is not as popular as a Glock. Right now I have a holster system that works well for me. But I like the idea of the Cleveland Holster having a large variety cant settings. Hope to stop bby their booth at the NRA Convention in Houston this weekend, & Thank you Cleveland Holsters for the set of Admission tickets from Facebook.:salute::salute::salute: