Last winter I bought a Smith & Wesson Model 13 which is a 3" K-Frame .357 magnum revolver with the intention to use it as a carry gun. The revolver proofed to be a shooter and therefore worthy of a quality holster in order to carry it effectively. I have usually always carried a firearm on my dominant side at the 4 o'clock position but decided I wanted to give appendix carry a try. The search began...
When you begin your search for a Kydex holster you will quickly discover there is an endless sea of options. However, you will not find a lot of options in an appendix rig; even fewer made to accommodate a revolver. Roger's Custom Kydex Holsters is an exception.
When I began talking with Roger he was familiar with outfitting revolvers in kydex and already had a line of appendix holsters catering towards Smith & Wesson J-Frames. I asked if he could make one for my Model 13 and he shipped me what he called his V4 AIWB (Version 4 Appendix Inside the Waist Band) I carried with this holster for just short of a month; along with several trips to the range I found my K-Frame was not being supported effectively by the single J-Hook on the holster. Roger and I exchanged a few emails and he cooked up the V5 AIWB. The Version 5 offers several improvements:
- Thinner Kydex (.06 instead of the usual .06 front and .08 back)
- Adustable Ride Height for comfort, concealment and access
- Eight Different Colors
- Lower profile for comfort and concealment
- Two belt loops instead of a single J-Hook
RCKH V5 AIWB In Use
Drawing and holstering from the V5 is a one handed affair and can be accomplished without much effort. Being able to adjust the ride height (three positions) of the holster enables you to find the position that will offer you the best compromise between comfort, access and concealment. Experimenting with the different positions I found that the middle setting suits me best. The hardware is robust and has not given me any problems. Roger backs all of his products with a Lifetime Warranty.
I've found concealment of a firearm in the appendix position is very effective but many folks complain of discomfort during this form of carry. The smaller profile of the V5 makes it more comfortable while seated and nearly invisible while walking about. The heel of my revolver's grip does print if I only wear a light t-shirt; but I also have a full-size Houge MonoGrip where a smaller grip would be less obvious.
Once the weather begins to cool this fall I will once again begin wearing my Model 13 more often and will revisit this review again at a later date.
Roger's Custom Kydex Holsters can fit virtually any handgun into kydex along with magazines and shell carriers. Roger's newest creation is a kydex Handcuff Holster which illustrates his ability to do custom work. Be sure to LIKE 'RCKH' on Facebook!