I am always looking for a good holster. I put the standard model Thunderwear holster through a test and evaluation period to see how it performs. This holster was recommended to me by a co-worker. I am a big fan of inside the waistband holsters because they conceal well in nearly any type of attire. The reason behind testing Thunderwear is because I was looking for a holster that would be good to wear in gym clothes or loose fit clothing where other types of holsters are not suitable.
Thunderwear offers different models, The Standard Model and The Combination Model.
The standard model has two pockets, one for the gun and one for an extra magazine or whatever you decide to put in it. They claim the holster is made for the type of gun you specify. I found this to be false as they come in three sizes (small, medium, and large).
The combination holster also comes in three sizes (small, medium, and large). It is a three pocket holster that has two of the same size pockets in the front and a back pocket that is directly behind the front pockets. The back pocket is designed to carry cash, badge, handcuffs, etc.
Out of the packaging, Thunderwear appeared to be constructed well. It is lightweight and constructed of double layered denim material with binding seams around the edges of the entire holster. The back of the holster that goes against the body features a three layer moisture barrier. The holster attaches around the waist with a six inch Velcro strap.
Thunderwear is designed to sit in over the groin area, which for me was different. I first put this holster on with gym clothes. Under Armour All Season Gear workout pants and a t-shirt, to be exact. I was impressed with the ability to conceal a Glock 26 with +1 magazine extension. I asked some of the Blue Line Defense instructors if I was carrying a firearm, and they said no. When I showed them, they were impressed at the holster’s ability to conceal my gun.
I have not seen any retention issues with this holster. This would definitely be considered a level zero holster as there is no retention to it. The holster is what I would consider a pocket that the gun sits in. The only thing keeping the gun in the holster is gravity and the amount of pressure on it from the elastic around my waist from the pants I was wearing. I did wear this holster while working out at the gym one evening and did not have any problems with it coming out. I have not tested it while running, but have a co-worker who carries in a Thunderwear when he goes running and said he has had no issues with retention.
I was skeptical about the comfort of this holster, being that the gun sits in the groin area. The holster is cut so that it sits comfortably over the groin area. If you are not used to carrying in a inside the waistband holster, this holster may not be for you, but if you prefer this type, then this holster is worth a shot.
My biggest concern with this holster is that it is not ridged, at all. Especially since it sits over the groin area, I believe there should be some rigidness to it to prevent the trigger from being pulled through the soft denim material. With that being said, it would take some effort and pressure to pull the trigger while the gun is in the holster. I just prefer holsters with hard material around the trigger guard to assure me that there is absolutely no way the trigger could be pulled.
As I mentioned, it is a soft holster, so it will not hold its shape when the gun is drawn. This makes holstering a two handed job, which I am not a fan of.
Thunderwear is a very affordable holster, priced from $44.95 for the standard model and $59.95 to $69.95 for the combination model.
Our Overall Ratings:
The Good: If you are looking for a comfortable deep concealment holster, Thunderwear is where it is at!
The Bad: If you choose to carry in this holster, I would be mindful of the safety issues that I addressed.
Overall, this is a good holster for deep concealment at an affordable price.
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So you want to improve your shooting?
As with anything, firing your handgun requires regular practice develop and maintain an acceptable level of proficiency. For most, it’s not something that comes naturally with little practice. An important part of building your skills is dry fire practice. Dry fire practice is the process of manipulating, aiming and triggering your handgun without ammunition. If done on a regular basis, dry fire practice will improve your shooting.
Why dry fire and not live fire?
Dry fire can be done in different environments and does not require you to spend hours upon hours at a range. We know that developing proficiency with motor skills requires a large number of repetitions to build muscle memory. Let’s face it, shooting live rounds can quickly become expensive and cost prohibitive for many people. Additionally with live fire, it is often difficult to detect bad habits in yourself such as anticipation, eye blinking and the lack of follow-through. With dry fire practice you are able to detect and correct these bad habits without the help of a firearms instructor standing over your shoulder. Now, that’s not to say that attending a class with an instructor is a bad idea. Dry fire practice is just another method to build skill when you are not on the range.
How often should I practice dry firing?
That depends on how serious you are about being a proficient marksman and how seriously you take your firearm as a defensive weapon. If you are the type of person that rarely goes to the range to practice live fire, then dry fire won’t help you much. Dry fire and live fire go hand in hand. As an instructor, I encourage my students to practice dry firing their firearm on a weekly basis for about 5-10 minutes each practice session. The goal of dry practice is to get as many quality repetitions as possible. Don’t get sloppy! Many of us at Blue Line Defense practice this regularly and follow it up with live fire exercises on the range.
Isn’t it bad to dry fire my firearm?
Most modern center fire firearms will not see any negative affect. Dry fire is only bad on rim fire style firearms, such as a 22LR.
Dry Fire Safety
Before we discuss some dry fire drills, we need to address safety. It is imperative that you ensure that your firearm is UNLOADED and that there is absolutely NO live ammunition near you when you are practicing dry fire drills. You need to pick a location that will allow us to safely practice. Preferably some sort of backstop that is capable of containing a round. Yes, I know we are using an unloaded firearm for dry practice, but it doesn’t matter… have a backstop! When you are running through your dry fire drills, be sure that your firearm is not pointed at anything that you would not want to destroy even if the gun were to discharge. I would also suggest having some type of dummy rounds. You can purchase dummy rounds at an affordable price from Law Enforcement Targets.
1. UNLOAD and clear your firearm. As mentioned above, place all live rounds far away from the location you have chosen for dry fire practice.
2. Place a target in a safe place, preferably in front of your chosen backstop.
3. Visually and manually inspect your firearm, magazines or speed loaders, and dummy rounds to ensure there are no live rounds present.
4. Conduct your inspection again.
5. Conduct your inspection again for live rounds. CHECK, DOUBLE CHECK, TRIPLE CHECK!
Dry Fire Drills
Draw and Present
From the ready position, with your firearm in the holster, draw and present the firearm to the target. Do not press the trigger. Re-holster your firearm. Repeat this five times.
Draw, Present and Dry Fire
From the ready position, with your firearm in the holster, draw and present the firearm to the target. Press the trigger to the rear. Scan and assess for additional threats. Re-holster your firearm. Repeat this five times.
Dry Fire, Dry Fire, Dry Fire
Step 1: From the ready position, with your firearm in the holster, draw and present the firearm to the target.
Step 2: Press the trigger to the rear. Keeping your finger on the trigger, take your reaction hand and cycle the slide.
Step 3: Re-gain your grip with both hands. Slowly let your trigger finger forward until you feel the trigger reset, and press the trigger again.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 five times.
After repeating steps 2 and 3, be sure to scan and assess for additional threats. Re-holster your firearm.
If you practice these simple drills you are sure to sharpen your skills the next time you hit the range!