“At points in my career, I have had a need to carry it in a matter that it was readily accessible yet also concealed.”
What is a good price for and inside the waistband kydex holster? Driving to a local outfitter or police store, I used to anticipate spending $45.00 on the low side. I know this because over the last 12 years, I have purchased an array of holsters for my Glock 22. At points in my career, I have had a need to carry it in a matter that it was readily accessible yet also concealed. The market for concealment holsters has boomed over the last few years and lots of new challengers have entered the arena to challenge those that first come to mind when we think about good holsters. Enter Clinger Holsters.
They have entered the market and produced a wide variety of holsters, all under $70.00. For the purposes of this review, I had the opportunity to review the V2 Stingray holster. It enters the market in the extremely affordable market at $39.99 (at the time that this article is being written, it is marked down to $35.78).
At first glance, this does not look or feel like a sub $40.00 holster. The kydex is textured and is lightweight. It feels like a minimalist holster. At this point, they do not have an option for my G22 with light affixed. The belt clip on the holster is made of plastic, all of the other hardware is metal and well machined. The holster came packaged in a canvas type bag adorned with Clinger’s logo, a giant crab. Also contained within the bag was extra hardware for the holster.
The belt clip on the holster has two positions to choose from, one at around 45 degrees, and the other perfectly vertical. There are two screws under the belt clip that adjust the tightness of the holster in relation to fitment of the handgun. On that note, the handgun seats well into the holster. The holster has additional coverage on the inside of it to protect your handgun from sweat. The holster also provides complete coverage over the magazine release to prevent mishaps. I adjusted the belt clip to straight up and down to fit my preference.
How Concealed Is It?
Being a minimalist myself, I really appreciate the small footprint of this holster. It successfully conceals my full size handgun in appendix and dominant side behind the back. When fixed to my dominant hip side it was fairly noticeable. I was able to quickly and properly draw the handgun from all three concealed positions.
Another feature of this holster is the flared opening. This is very important in that eventually, after needing to draw your handgun, you’re going to need to put it away. This holster makes it very easy to re-holster. The holster didn’t change positions or move around on my waist when drawing it, which makes holstering all the easier. I was able to holster my handgun with out the use of my offhand.
If I wanted to get nitpicky with this holster, I could complain that the belt clip is made of plastic and therefor more suspect than a metal one. Even with it being made of plastic, it doesn’t feel like it will fail anytime soon. After evaluating a product, I like to consider if I will use the item again. The answer in this case is that anytime I need to carry my G22 in a concealed position, this will be the holster I turn to.
At the end of it all, I have to assign this a numbered rating. I really like the lightweight and minimal design with the comfort and functionality of this holster, that gets it high marks in my book. I am going to notch it down one spot because a metal belt clip would have been the cherry on top.
This holster scores a 4 out of 5.
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I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.
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