Tucker vrs Garrett Ind IWB, Which one?

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    Tucker vrs Garrett Ind IWB, Which one?

    I am in the market for a new IWB holster. I currently own a Old Faithful and High Noon Closing Arguement. I am not completely satisfied with either. I like the Old Faithful more than the High Noon due to concealability but it's still not what I would consider comfortable. So I am looking for another hybrid holster. I am looking for something a little different than the Crossbreed, Galco, SHTF and Old Faithful. That is why I have narrowed it down to the Tucker The Answer IWB and Garrett Silent Thunder Fusion IWB. I like that they both have a full backing behind the leather.

    So my question is for those of you who own and use either of these holsters. What do you like and dislike about the holster? If you owned another type of hybrid holster what do you like about either of these that you didn't like about your old holster? One thing I need to ask myself is if the Tucker is worth ~$40 more than the Garrett as funds are tight and I don't want to waste good money on another holster.

    And if anyone has any other suggestions of IWB holsters I should consider let me know?

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    I have a garret silent thunder STX (OWB) for my G36 and like it quite a lot. The draw is quick and quiet; the mounting options include clips or slide, the customer service is excellent. I have not tried the Tucker. What about price point - or is that not an issue? I did have a Crossbreed Super tuck and did not use it very often - the tucker looks quite similar.
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    I have four Garrett holsters, 3 x IWB and 1 x STX 2.0, but I haven't tried the Fusion. I would expect it to be comfortable but I can't say. But I can say that the Silent Thunder IWB is very comfortable. I have them for my Beretta Nano, HK USPf9 and HK P30S. The feeling of the kydex against my skin doesn't bother me and it's a lot more comfy than the Theis hybrid (like a Crossbreed) that I had. The nice thing about the IWB vs the Fusion or Solo is that since the entire shell is kydex lined with leather it's very easy to holster the gun; it can't collapse when empty.

    Sorry I can't specifically comment about the Fusion or Solo. My experience with Garrett overall has been outstanding, though. I have two of their K1 mag carriers as well.

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    Let me add that in general I prefer the IWB to any hybrid. The backing sheet always seems to jab me in the gut. The large leather sheet of most hybrids is also hot and sweaty in my experience. One big advantage of the IWB is that it's super easy to don and doff and the cant is very easy to adjust. There are several different hardware options ranging from leather or kydex loops to kydex clips. The design of the clip is terrific and really locks the holster down to where it won't move around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Compa49 View Post
    I am in the market for a new IWB holster. I currently own a Old Faithful and High Noon Closing Arguement. I am not completely satisfied with either. I like the Old Faithful more than the High Noon due to concealability but it's still not what I would consider comfortable. So I am looking for another hybrid holster. I am looking for something a little different than the Crossbreed, Galco, SHTF and Old Faithful. That is why I have narrowed it down to the Tucker The Answer IWB and Garrett Silent Thunder Fusion IWB. I like that they both have a full backing behind the leather.

    So my question is for those of you who own and use either of these holsters. What do you like and dislike about the holster? If you owned another type of hybrid holster what do you like about either of these that you didn't like about your old holster? One thing I need to ask myself is if the Tucker is worth ~$40 more than the Garrett as funds are tight and I don't want to waste good money on another holster.

    And if anyone has any other suggestions of IWB holsters I should consider let me know?
    Although I have no experience with either holster I have considered the same situation. The Silent Thunder Fusion is not available for order at this point in time. I contacted Garrett asking when they expected to resume production and have just now received a reply. The information given is that "They go back on the website the first of every month". I've ben watching their website almost daily and have not seen the holster available. Maybe I missed the "window". Although I like the holster I'm not sure I'd be wiling to wait a month to order and a little over a month for delivery. I replied to the Garretts asking for clarification, and am waiting a reply.

    The advantage that I see to the "Answer" holster is that it does offer adjustable retention. Other than these thoughts, as I said I have nothing to contribute to your search. Best of luck, I'll be watching to see how things develop.

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    While I don't have a Tucker "The Answer", I do have a Tucker "Texas Heritage" for my XDS.

    Tucker's quality is top notch. Unfortunately, it is solely leather construction (the answer is a hybrid leather/kydex) so, with mine at least, holstering my firearm is impossible to do one handed (not good). Because of this, I don't wear it very often. I instead opt for a simple kydex IWB.

    I do wear my my Texas Heritage when I need to tuck a dress shirt in over my gun. In this aspect it excels.

    I would recommend Tucker Gunleather, but then again, I haven't tried many others.

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    OP,

    I am not farmiliar with either holster you are asking about however I am very farmiliar with High Noon holsters and have been using them for about 6 years now in several configurations.

    Just for my info what don't you like about the High Noon Closing Argument ?

    I have the High Noon Alter Ego which is the same holster but without the 15 degree forward cant and I am very pleased with it. I carry AIWB.

    If I don't want to carry tuckable then it works just like any IWB holster. Well made with sight track, slide guard, tension screw and one hand re-holstering.

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    Thanks for your reply.

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    Garrett's website blows. Call them on the phone if you want a Fusion. They do take orders for them.

    I had a Fusion for my G26.
    Likes- comfortable padding by your body, smooth silent draw, excellent retention, fast delivery time
    Dislikes- just too bulky for my taste, and the kydex clips are prone to break

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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrguy View Post
    Although I have no experience with either holster I have considered the same situation. The Silent Thunder Fusion is not available for order at this point in time. I contacted Garrett asking when they expected to resume production and have just now received a reply. The information given is that "They go back on the website the first of every month". I've ben watching their website almost daily and have not seen the holster available. Maybe I missed the "window". Although I like the holster I'm not sure I'd be wiling to wait a month to order and a little over a month for delivery. I replied to the Garretts asking for clarification, and am waiting a reply.

    The advantage that I see to the "Answer" holster is that it does offer adjustable retention. Other than these thoughts, as I said I have nothing to contribute to your search. Best of luck, I'll be watching to see how things develop.
    I've been emailing the Garretts for the past couple days, great helpful people. They allowed me to place an order on the phone since they only accept a certain amount of orders per month. I would have to guess this keeps delivery times reasonable. The customer service was exceptional! Very happy with the way I was treated over the phone. Remember they did not have to accept the order they could have easily had me wait until the next time they had the product up on their website. Can't say enough about them! If you decide to get this holster make your order right on August 1st, first thing in the morning!

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    If the Fusion is bulky the IWB may be the way to go. I will concede that the clips they use can break- I've had one of mine break on me. But they replaced it immediately under warranty. You can run the holster with leather loops if you don't want the kydex ones. But I will say that the way the kydex clips work is so superior to other kydex clips I've seen that I can live with them being more fragile.

    The IWB is barely bulkier than the naked gun. It's more compact that most kydex rigs I've seen. The leather lining puts Garrett in a class by themselves.
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    Not to sound like the Fusion is a bad product or anything.... I really think its a great product. I'm a pretty small guy, 5'10" and 170 pounds so I have better luck with less bulky holsters and I don't need extra padding like some folks might prefer. Great company, great product!

    Also, don't forget the solo. Same setup but smaller footprint and a single clip.

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    Thanks for everyone's advice. I prefer my Old Faithful holster over my High Noon because it is more comfortable. It is also less bulky and therefore at least in my mind more concealable. I also don't like the clip on the High Noon because it allows the holster to tilt a bit on my belt. And yes I am using a gun belt. It is a 1 1/2" Crossbreed belt. I did change the clips on the old faithful with Comp-Tac c-clips. It does make putting the holster on and taking off more difficult since I have to feed the belt through the clips but I prefer that to large metal/kydex clips since most of the time I am in a tucked shirt. I am going to get a OWB holster for times when I will have a cover garment but need a good comfortable holster for work. The other reason I am more interested in the 2 clip design is I am somewhat active at work and like the extra stability the 2 clips provide.

    Still not sure which one I am going to get. I like the adjustable tension screws on the Tucker but the Garrett is about $40 cheaper for almost the same thing. I wish I had a money tree so I wouldn't be so worried about wasting money if the one I get doesn't work.

    Thanks again to all who responded.

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    The clip Garrett makes is pretty unusual. It's curved so that the part that locks on the belt crosses your belt at an angle, creating a lot more contact. They lock in very firmly to my 1/4" Bullhide Belts belt. Even my Nano is held firmly, and due to the larger body of the holster the USP is rock solid. I suppose I'll come off as a Garrett fanboy and really I suppose I am! Hard not to love a company that makes such good products and backs them with such incredible service. Next up will probably be a Garrett carrier for my Surefire flashlight.
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