Review: Bullseye IWB Tuckable Hybrid Holster

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Bullseye Holster’s IWB Hybrid Tuckable Holster for the Sig Sauer P329.

So I decided to stick with appendix carry after all. The pros just out-weighed the cons… for me anyway. I still stand by a few things: 1) if you’re not absolutely, positively obsessive about trigger discipline, don’t carry at all, let alone appendix carry and 2) having a double action only or traditional double action (DA-SA) pistol (with a long trigger pull and, preferably, a hammer) makes carry in this manner infinitely more palatable. I’m going to jump the gun here and add a third: buy a Bullseye IWB Tuckable Hybrid Holster.

As you know from my Crossbreed SuperTuck and White Hat Max Tuck reviews, I love hybrid holsters. If you’re carrying concealed, I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t carry this way. However, as much as I love – and I do mean love – Crossbreed, their appendix carry setup isn’t right. As I mentioned, the smaller (read: narrower) the better. The width of the Crossbreed Appendix combined with the offset, single clip is, in my very humble opinion, a poor design. It’s too wide to allow you to comfortably bend as you were designed to and having the clip on the opposite side of where the weight sits is just a bad idea. It will allow the heavy side (you know, where the gun is) to sag downward, deeper into the waist band, making a consistent draw difficult. The two people I know with this holster have agreed with my assessment. I won’t buy it. Nothing against Crossbreed as a company – this one is a miss for me. I hope they redesign.

The holster riding comfortably in my Crossbreed Instructor Belt. See Crossbreed? No hard feelings!

The holster riding comfortably in my Crossbreed Instructor Belt. See Crossbreed? No hard feelings!

Luckily, there is Bullseye Holsters. I didn’t know this company existed when I wrote my Appendix Carry Outbrief article. Had I, I might have taken a softer approach on comfort.  These guys built a holster that has everything I consider mandatory for safe, comfortable appendix carry: a single, center-mounted attachment point, a design as narrow as the gun allows, a fully protected trigger and, perhaps the holy grail, a hybrid design (leather pad paired with a kydex “scabbard”).

I found these guys at a local gun show. I had just purchased a Sig P239 (review forthcoming) at the show for, coincidentally, appendix carry. I wanted something with a hammer and my P220 Compact with my horrible Old Faithful holster was too big, heavy and uncomfortable. I figured I’d pick up the P239 in 9mm and make my own holster. Turns out Bullseye saved me the trouble.

As I was walking proudly away from the table where I had purchased my P239, the guy said, “Oh yeah, I’m supposed to give you one of these. I think these guys are in the back of the hall and, since you bought a gun, they’ll give you a deal on a holster for it” and handed me a Bullseye Holsters coupon. I didn’t think much of it because, as I mentioned in my principles of concealed carry, I hadn’t even shot the gun let alone shot it enough for me to think about carrying it. Last thing on my mind was a holster. But a deal’s a deal so I continued browsing while keeping my eye open for the Bullseye table.

Bullseye Holster's IWB Hybrid Tuckable Holster with the Sig Sauer P239

Bullseye Holster’s IWB Hybrid Tuckable Holster with the Sig Sauer P239

When I finally happened upon their booth I almost jumped for joy: Just looking at their holsters was enough for me to know my search was over. Exactly what I had wanted. Another interesting design feature: they cut the kydex so there’s a long, rectangular tail. As they heat and mold the kydex (which they were doing at the show) that tail becomes the clip. So not only do you have a center-mounted clip, it’s integral to the holster. No hardware to loosen or scratch the gun. Since it’s ALSO made of kydex, theoretically and if you were so inclined, you could remold it to suit your particular application.

I was sold. I bought two. One for my new P239 and one for my trusty Springfield XDS .45 so I could use it while I was breaking in and familiarizing myself with the new gun.

As expected – the holster is a dream. It really is everything I want in an appendix holster: comfortable, secure, stable. The single clip makes it easy to don and doff quickly and the “spring” of the kydex holds it securely where you place it. The guys working the booth were awesome, answered questions and were just generally good representatives of the gun industry. The quickly addressed my only concern (what if the kydex clip breaks?) by telling me a) it won’t (followed by a demonstration as to how strong the stuff actually is and b) if it does (it won’t, he again assured me) that they’ll replace it free of charge.

Sold. I’ll buy one for every gun I carry and then I’ll stop looking for holsters.

Seriously – I’ve been carrying it daily for 3 months and couldn’t be happier.

The Details

www.bullseyeholsters.com
Now available on Amazon, too:
Right Hand, Glock

Cost: $49.95 (or cheaper if you can catch them at a show – they’ll deal with you. And, even if they didn’t, find me a hybrid holster this comfortable for less than $49.95 and I’ll buy it for you.)

Time to deliver: For me, cash and carry. Website says all orders ship within 3 days. Again, that’s head and shoulders above the vast majority of the custom kydex holster industry.

Customer service: Outstanding. I met them at the show and they were awesome. I’ll buy from them again in the future, no questions asked.

Final Verdict: Buy one for every gun you carry. If you don’t want to appendix carry they have regular IWB options or you can rotate this version to any position you want.

About Andy

Andy is a veteran of OEF and OIF and currently works in the surveillance industry, keeping an eye on the bad guys. He's been an NRA Certified instructor for over two years.
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3 Responses to Review: Bullseye IWB Tuckable Hybrid Holster

  1. Joe Hernandez says:

    BUYER BEWARE!

    I am very hesitant to write a negative review but I feel somewhat forced to do so for two reasons. Reason number one is that I am a advocate that customer service should always come first when running a business. Secondly and most importantly, I feel the need to point out what I consider a product to be not only a faulty defective designed holster but to also put an average person such as myself in to a deadly situation if I were ever in a situation in which I needed to pull out my concealed carry weapon.

    I own a Smith and Wesson M&P Compact 9mm. I am left handed and needed to purchased an IWB so I could conceal carry my weapon using the appendix method. I asked many of my LEO colleagues what holder they recommended. Hands down they all recommended a reputable Florida owned by the name of RDR (Rounds Down Range) which id solely family owned and operated out of Fort Lauderdale.

    At the advice of my gun dealer, I went with something he had stocked on his shelf; a Bullseye Holster. The packaging clearly stated that it was a “left handed holster made for a S&W M&P”. I purchased this item and immediately holstered my weapon as soon as I got to the car. This “form fitting” holster allowed my weapon to be engaged down so far that it was pressing against my magazine release causing my magazine to be ejected. The weapon went approximately ¾ of an inch past what should have been the stopping point. This holster was obviously faulty, defective or poorly designed.

    I immediately went to the Bullseye website and they claimed that their recommendation for returns was to go through them and to Not return the products to the dealer.

    I Called Bullseye the following morning and spoke to someone by the name of Rodney that claimed to be an owner. I explained how my weapon was going too far deep in to the holster causing my magazine to be disengaged.

    Rodney asked me to send photos of my weapon both holstered and un-holstered. I emailed him several pictures which clearly showed the dangerous issue I was having. Rodney replied back acknowledging there was an issue and asked me to send the holster to him at my cost so he could put an extra rivet in it.

    I found this resolution to be unacceptable. I would have much rather him offer to either immediately send me a replacement and or cover the cost for me to this potentially deadly holster back to him to get it out of circulation.

    I later received a call from his brother and co-owner; Rob. Rob was quick to defend his item by stating I was holstering my weapon incorrectly. I asked myself; “how does one exactly holster a weapon incorrectly to the point of causing a magazine to eject?”. I got the same run around from Rob that I did from Rodney (2 brothers that are running this company).

    My final words are they should have spent the $10 to email me a shipping label to return the item and I would have never gotten to the point of frustration I am at now.

    If you simply Google “Bullseye Reviews” you will find many other deadly issues similar to mine.

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    • Andy says:

      Joe – I’m sorry you had a negative experience with Bullseye. I have had exactly the opposite.

      When my P239 clip cracked, they quickly sent me another one free. I have absolutely no complains against them as a company.

      I take issue with your repeatedly calling it a “potentially deadly” fault. It’s an inconvenience to be sure, but deadly? That seems to be a bit dramatic. A deadly fault would be something like, say, a design flaw that snagged the trigger upon reholster. Something that actually called the firearm to fire when unintended or become dangerous when firing, as something from the holster became lodged in the bore, like those holsters that secure the gun with the bushing in the bore. I forget what they’re called.

      I fail to see how a holster that ejects the magazine is deadly. You’ve identified the fault – you should take corrective action and not use the holster until it’s corrected satisfactorily. If you utilize the holster after identifying the fault without fixing it and find yourself in a situation where your firearm is useless, the HOLSTER didn’t create that deadly situation. YOU did.

      I agree that your situation is unacceptable but, as a holster manufacturer myself (more on that later) I think it’s on the irresponsible side to throw words like “deadly” around with a holster unless the holster is directly creating a deadly situation. In this case, it’s clearly not.

      My teaching partner uses an M&P Shield with the Bullseye AIWB and couldn’t be happier. I know you’re using an M&P compact and perhaps there is a design flaw. I would recommend taking a video of the holster demonstrating the fault you’re experiencing and sending it to them. I’ve found Rob to be extremely reasonable. I’m 100% confident he’ll make it right if you approach it in the correct way. Another approach you can take is to do a little dremel work to create a relief for the mag release. I’m sure that will work.

      I’ve used these holsters with about 6 different guns – admittedly not a M&P SC – and haven’t experienced anything like what you’re describing. I’m NOT discounting that you’re having the problem. I’m only saying that it sounds like an anomaly to me.

      I mentioned being a holster manufacturer. Like most people who concealed carry, I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on holsters. I’ve found certain manufacturers that have features I like and others with features I can’t stand. I’ve designed what I believe to be the perfect AIWB holster – it’s comfortable, concealable, minimalist, etc. I’m wearing the prototype as we speak and I’ll be announcing it over the next few weeks. Please stay tuned!

  2. Bagpipe Mike says:

    I’ve had my Bullseye holster for several years now. Got it “made” for my gun on site at a gunshow. By one of the brothers I think. Holster worked out great. I love it for my 80% CCW gun. A Taurus TCP. Within a week’s wearing the leather formed perfectly to me and my firearm. At about the two year mark, I broke the clip. I was in a hurry and broke it. I flexed it too far. Carried that holster to gunshows for a year before I ran into the Bullseye guys. Showed them the holster, admitted I broke it and just wanted to purchase another one. They custom fit a new one on site, no charge! No argument or debate. It’s important to understand, in my opinion, these are good solid CCW holsters for citizens. They are NOT bulletproof, Rambo, tactical, combat rigs. Go elsewhere for that. Under $35? Very good. I’m very happy with mine and have recommended Bullseye to friends who I care about. Bagpipe

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