August 05, 2019
By Eric R. Poole
Founded in 2012, Mike and Brooke Vedder’s company is relatively new to the holster business. However, they’ve already managed to consume a considerable share of the market with their concealed carry holsters. Within the last two years, Guns & Ammo’s staff has reviewed two of their most popular models: the LightTuck Kydex, a single-clip inside the waistband (IWB) holster, and the LightDraw, a versatile outside the waistband (OWB) rig. Since those reviews, Vedder Holsters has introduced several other models, such as a pocket holster, spare magazine pouches and gun belts.
Vedder’s newest introductions include several configurations that pair a cowhide or horsehide leather backer with a hand-formed Kydex shell. Available in various color combinations with clip or belt slot options, the sight of these hybrid-material holsters conjure up images of Crossbreed’s leather-backed Kydex rigs first seen in 2005. In fact, Vedder even uses the same “Tuck” suffix in the names that also describe several Crossbreed IWB models.
Vedder’s IWB holsters differ in that the spring-steel belt clip is adjustable for cant via two screws and is attached to the Kydex shell. Crossbreed’s spring-steel clips are mounted to the leather backer, making the profile wider by comparison. As a result, Vedder’s approach allows its RapidTuck to be worn more comfortably in the appendix (AIWB) and crossdraw positions than Crossbreed’s comparable Freedom Carry IWB. Both carry well between three and five o’clock. Pricewise, Vedder’s cowhide RapidTuck saves $5.
I ordered the RapidTuck IWB with the optional horsehide backer (an additional $15) for a SIG Sauer P365 and carried it for three months in each carry position. Two weeks after starting, I adjusted the belt clip for a slight forward cant that improved my grip on the draw. As with other leather holsters, the leather backer slowly conformed to my body shape, which helped this holster earn a perfect comfort rating with the P365.
What I appreciate about a Kydex shell for an IWB rig is that it doesn’t collapse when the gun is absent, meaning that it can be reholstered while worn IWB. Tightening a belt improves the friction fit retention, but the RapidTuck is always quick to draw from.
Vedder Holsters RapidTuck IWB (Right-Hand Draw)Materials
: Cowhide leather or horsehide (tested); kydex; spring steelCarry Type
: Inside the waistband (IWB)Retention Type
: Level 1; friction fitAdjustability
: Yes; cant onlyMSRP
: $60, cowhide; $75, natural horsehide (tested)Handgun Fit
: More than 75 semiautomatics; SIG Sauer P365 (tested)Accessory Rail Accommodations
: NoPositions to Carry
: IWB; 3 o’clock to 5 o’clock (right hand); appendix; crossdrawAverage Time to Attach
: 35 secondsComfort Rating
: 5/5Concealment Clothing
: Untucked shirtAverage Draw-to-Fire Time
: 1.41 secondsManufacturer
: Vedder Holsters, 352-729-6749, vedderholsters.com
*Note: Draw-to-fire time is the average of five clean draws from concealment under an untucked shirt that produced an A-zone hit on a stationary target positioned at 21 feet.
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