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Just got the Desantis Pro Stealth IWB holster earlier this week. I bought it online from the Desantis website at www.desantisholster.com. Total price with shipping was just under $40. I received the holster just 48 hours after ordering so I was extremely satisfied with the ordering process and the turnaround time. Desantis was a great company to deal with and the holster was exactly what I thought it would be.

The holster construction is of ballistic nylon with a solidly built metal belt clip that is ambidextrous. You can switch it from left to right depending on which hand you want to draw with. It also has a built in magazine carrier on the front of the holster that comes in very handy. It easily fits an extra magazine for my XD9 without problem. The sticthing and build quality is first rate and there are no sgarp corners that dig into your side. The trigger is completely covered which helps ensure safety when drawing and the holster does not impede your hand-to-grip grab so unholstering is easy and secure. The front end of the holster is open but my XD9 sits about 1/4"-1/2" inside the end so it's pretty well protected.

Wearing the Pro Stealth is easy and comfortable. I feel it's the most comfortable for me at the 2:30 position. It supports the gun well while I'm wearing it and doesn't tend to print the handle against my side at that position. I have worn the holster for a few hours at a time so far and have had no issues as far as concealability and comfortability. I can easily conceal my XD9 service with a normal fireman's duty belt, pair of one size up jeans, and a regular t-shirt untucked. Sitting, bending, and moving with the holster at 2:30 presents no problems for me. I'm 6', 170 as far as size goes so you have an idea. With the nylon construction, it does not irritate your skin and it doesnt bite you as you move around. After wearing it for a few minutes, it's comfortable enough that I tend to forget that I have a service model XD strapped right next to my junk! :)

Drawing from the holster is simple. Pull up my t-shirt, reach, grab, pull, and fire. The pistol slides right out quickly, easily, and without drama. It's also very quite due to the nylon. The only negative with the holster comes in during the re-holster. VERY difficult with one hand. One of the few design limitations of the nylon construction. Having the extra mag in place actually helps a little bit, but one-hand re-holstering is very tough without a grat deal of pratice. For me, this wasn't very much of a concern. I was more worried about ease of use, comfortability, and concealabilty which I feel the Pro Stealth certainly excels at.

For the money, I don't think you could go wrong with the Desantis Pro-Stealth. It's construction, ease of use, comfort, concealabilty, and price make it a great holster for someone looking for an affordable IWB holster. On a scale of 1-10, I'd certainly have to rate this holster an easy 8.5-9.0. The only negative being the ease of re-holstering one-handed. If that's not of big concern to you, than this is easily going to prove to be one great holster that you should consider.


The rig...



With an untucked t-shirt and one-size up jeans (33 size as opposed to 32)



Underneath the shirt... (LOL at the furry belly!!)

 

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Nice, I have to give my pro-stealth about a 8-9 as well. If you want to get rid of that handle, I just cant the angle slightly forward. The clip is tight enough (and still is after about 6 months) to hold it in that position.

I think the only IWB that handles one handed re-holstering would be a rigid hard plastic variety.
 

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I agree that DeSantis makes nice holsters, but I wish they would get rid of that clip and make a nice IWB for the XD with belt loops. I have their Cozy Partner for my CZ-75 and love everything about it except the body protector (I will probably cut it off with a utility knife soon). It is not available for the XD though. I bought on of their other IWBs with the clip for the XD and 50% of the time the holster comes off with the gun when I draw. I am replacing it with a FIST #20 IWB which I have on order. FIST makes good gun gear too.
 

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packing_in_la said:
Nice, I have to give my pro-stealth about a 8-9 as well. If you want to get rid of that handle, I just cant the angle slightly forward. The clip is tight enough (and still is after about 6 months) to hold it in that position.

I think the only IWB that handles one handed re-holstering would be a rigid hard plastic variety.
Actualy, any good quality leather IWB holster will have reinforcement around th mouth to allow on handed reholstering. If a holster is not reinforced to allow this do NOT buy it. Being able to reholster one handed is a necessity for carrying. You do not want the first responders to see you with a gun in your hand and holstering with two hands is inviting trouble.
 

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manygunner, let us know how the FIST IWB works out. Getting my CCW soon for work, and my "uniform" is simply jeans and company t-shirt, untucked. thanx
 

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I have been carrying my PT140 and/or the PT145 in a desantis stealth pro since getting my CCW. The reholstering is very much a bummer, but the cost and comfort were right. If you want a rigid plastic type, I think desantis just came out with one called the scorpion that has loops.
 

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manygunner said:
packing_in_la said:
Nice, I have to give my pro-stealth about a 8-9 as well. If you want to get rid of that handle, I just cant the angle slightly forward. The clip is tight enough (and still is after about 6 months) to hold it in that position.

I think the only IWB that handles one handed re-holstering would be a rigid hard plastic variety.
Actualy, any good quality leather IWB holster will have reinforcement around th mouth to allow on handed reholstering. If a holster is not reinforced to allow this do NOT buy it. Being able to reholster one handed is a necessity for carrying. You do not want the first responders to see you with a gun in your hand and holstering with two hands is inviting trouble.
Well, we were talking about pro-stealth (a kydex holster), but I agree a leather holster will hold its form better and let someone "one hand re-holster", especially if its reinforced.

My wife has a little Galco leather holster for her 5 shot S&W revolver, and it is very rigid.
 

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I'll be picking up different holsters as I go, but I needed something that was comfortable enough to carry IWB and affordable enough for my needs right now. I really liked the Milt Sparks holsters, the Tucker's, and some of the FIST stuff, I just didn't have the extra cash on hand right now to get in that deep. Next year may be a completely different story though... :)
 
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