Recently I have decided that I am going to try my luck shooting a few IDPA matches next year in CDP. I have become very comfortable shooting the STI 2011 platform and decided to order an STI 2011 Hex Tac 4.0. Typically, the first thing I do after purchasing a new competition gun is go to Comp-Tac’s website and order a new International holster. I have been using this holster configuration with various firearms for quite a few years now and thought this was a good opportunity to try something new. By pure coincidence, I stumbled across Long’s Shadow Holster, Inc and a few emails later had a Huron holster on order.
As a lot of you already know, there are quite a few good kydex holster manufacturer’s and even more less than desirable manufacturer’s on the market today. It seems like everyone has an Uncle Wally making kydex holsters out of their garage and the market has become flooded with options. The only problem is you never quite know what you are going to get, which is why I have always played it safe with the manufacturers with a good reputation with competition shooters like Comp-Tac, Bladetech and a few other popular brands. I came across a photo of an STI Hex Tactical alongside a holster that I did not recognize on the STI Facebook page. That holster ended up being a Huron, by Long’s Shadow Holster, Inc. I had never heard of Long’s Shadow Holster before then, but in the photo it looked like a good quality holster. After some research, I found that Long’s Shadow Holster is a newer company out of Longmont, Colorado that has been making holsters since 2013. They pride themselves on supporting Veterans, although I am not a Vet, I have a lot of respect for this. Long’s Shadow Holster has a very user friendly website, easy to navigate and place your order. Price point of the Huron is on point with its competition starting at $72.99. This is the base price, which can go up depending on what attachment and color you choose.
After looking at all of the holsters that Long’s Shadow Holster had to offer, I decided to go with their Huron holster. The Huron is their IDPA legal competition holster that best competes with the Comp-Tac International that I have been using for many years. This holster has been designed to accept most of the standard industry hangers so there are a few options when you place your order, this is convenient if you already have a bunch of holster attachments laying around. I decided to go with the Comp-Tac PLM since it was the only IDPA legal attachment they offered. The other options seemed to be more drop offset hangers for USPSA. I was very impressed with the color options Long’s Shadow Holster offers. Most manufacturers offer a few different colors, but Long’s Shadow Holster had sixteen options to choose from. They offer the standard holster colors along with various carbon fiber options, a multi-cam and multiple Kryptek colors, which is impressive for a holster company. Lead times were very reasonable, they actually had black in stock ready to ship, but since I opted for the Carbon Fiber Police Blue I was given an estimated four to six weeks. I was very pleased when my holster arrived in just under five weeks; there is nothing more frustrating than placing a special order and having it arrive a few weeks after the estimated time.
When I received my new Huron holster in the mail I was nothing less than impressed. You never know what a new product is going to be like when you order it unseen and Long's Shadow Holster did not disappoint. The Huron is made of thick kydex, which should survive the test of time. This holster is going to live a life in the abusive competition world and I am sure it is going to hold up as expected. My STI Hex fit in my new holster perfectly, the guys at Long's Shadow Holster definitely do their homework when it comes to fitting a gun to the holster. After a few dry fire practice draws I could not be happier, every draw and re-holster was very smooth and effortless. I look forward to taking the Huron to the range to run it through some live fire practice drills. Adjusting the retention of the holster is made quick and easy with four adjustment screws along the side of the holster. The Comp-Tac PLM is a very nice feature and pairs with the high quality of the holster perfectly. The PLM mount has a push button, clam shell locking device making it simple to take on and off your belt. The adjustable bar of the PLM makes it easy to adapt to multiple belt sizes.
One of the best things about Long's Shadow Holster is their customer service. I emailed early on a Saturday morning with some questions about the compatibility between my STI and their holster. I could not believe it when I received an answer to my question within fifteen minutes. We emailed back and forth for a while and with every email they were professional, helpful and went out of their way to help me out. In my opinion this was huge, good customer care can be hard to come by on the internet and this really impressed me. Last time I contacted Comp-Tac, it took three days to get a response and the information they supplied was incorrect.
As for the cons of this holster, I really only had one issue. The Huron holster I received had very sharp edges around the top of the holster that my slide would drag against during my draw and re-holster. Kydex is extremely rough on the slide of any semi auto and is known for wearing down even the toughest finish. After a lot of draws, these sharp edges were definitely going to speed up this process. This was a very simple fix, after about 15 minutes with some 400 grit sand paper every edge has been nicely rounded off and will hopefully help preserve the finish on my slide. It is not uncommon to have to knock down burrs on kydex from any manufacturer and hopefully in the future Long’s Shadow Holster improves this. Other than that I could not find any other flaws with my new Huron.
Long's Shadow Holster, Inc. is a legit holster manufacturer that makes a high quality kydex holster. They do not just make holsters for competition, they offer holsters for everyday carry and law enforcement duty holsters. Along with their holster lines, they have mag pouches and a new line of competition mag pouches coming out in the near future. If they are IDPA legal, I plan on trying them out as soon as they are available. Next time I am on the market for a new holster, I will be checking out the Long's Shadow Holster website (www.lsholster.com) first to see if they have what I need.