By November 29, 2006

Fobus E2 Evolution paddle holster

My very first holster for my Glock 27 was an Uncle Mike’s inside the waistband holster made out of nylon. It did one job very well: concealment, but failed miserably at another job: comfort. It was tough sitting in a car or up against a chair with a gun jammed inside my pants. It also made my jeans fit funny, and I didn’t like the idea of sweating directly onto the grip of my Glock.

I bought another Uncle Mike’s holster, a typical design that attached via two belt loops. It was also nylon and was very lightweight. When I used to shoot a lot it was difficult for me to clear my gun from the holster before engaging my targets. I bought a leather Yaqui slide holster from Galco, and while it was beautiful and made for fast presentation, it stuck out pretty far and wasn’t concealable. Comfort, concealment, concealment, comfort. Motherfucker.

I started looking at paddle holsters after reading about some new models in Guns & Ammo. I didn’t know much about them, other than that they looked pretty uncomfortable due to the large, uh … PADDLE that extended inside the pants to anchor the rest of the holster and firearm in place. The skin-side part of the paddle is usually backed by a tacky surface to keep the holster in your pants during a draw. I pulled out my entire Uncle Mike’s inside the pant holster more than once at the range. Sweet.

I decided on the Fobus E2 Evolution paddle holster for a few reasons. One, it was cheap. Two, it was made especially for my Glock 27 (although the 26 will fit, also). Three, it was made out of impact-resistant Kydex, which is a plastic. Four, it was cheap. I didn’t want to spend Galco prices on something that wouldn’t meet my two requirements. All Fobus holsters carry a lifetime guarantee. I can’t imagine the force necessary to break one of these, though. I purchased the E2 Evolution paddle holster for $29 on eBay from Lippman Enterprises. They sent out my order quickly, and I’d buy from them again.

The Fobus has a retention screw near the muzzle of the gun that keeps the pistol secured. One of the big advantages of the RX18-based Fobus over my fabric Uncle Mike’s is that re-holstering the pistol is easy. The fabric holster goes flat after the draw. The Fobus’ hard polymer material is very durable and retains its shape after the draw. After wearing the E2 for almost two weeks I have to say it was a lot more comfortable than I expected. I wore it pretty much 24/7 since last Saturday, and if you were around me when I had pants on, chances are the Fobus and my Glock 27 were there with us. I never felt like the holster would come out of my pants or the pistol would fall out. All in all, I am very satisfied with the E2 holster.

As you may see in the “Am I Packing?” companion quiz, the E2’s biggest shortcoming is that it’s not very good in the concealment category. I wear tshirts and jeans throughout the winter, and even with my largest shirts the E2 will sometimes “print.” While my G27 is closer to my body with the Fobus instead of the Uncle Mike’s holster, the hard Kydex protrudes out much farther than its nylon competitor. The E2 is more comfortable, more convenient, and more practical than the Uncle Mike’s, but unfortunately it’s just up to the task of concealment.

As a product, I rate the E2 very highly. Perhaps my expectations were too high for the paddle holster in general, but as far as concealment goes I rate this near the bottom of my holsters. While I doubt I will use the E2 during the spring, summer, and fall, I will probably use it during the winter when I can further cover up with a coat or jacket.

Fobus E2 Evolution paddle holster, I bust out four and a half out of five STFU mugs!
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6 Comments on "Fobus E2 Evolution paddle holster"

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  1. Chanan says:

    Thanks for the compliments (-:
    one thing though – the Fobus holsters are not made of “Kydex” ! they are made of a special blend – RX18. which is NOT PVC
    “Kydex” is a brand name for PVC.
    Thanks again
    Chanan

  2. drfaulken says:

    Oh! Thank you for the clarification. I will edit my post accordingly for accuracy.

    I dug my Fobus E2 holster out of my equipment box last week and started wearing it again because I missed it so much. It’s cold here, so I am able to cover my G27 with an overcoat. I really like the E2 a lot.

    Thanks again for your comment!

  3. drfaulken says:

    Gibberish reader Stomper sent me this today, it’s a good read:

    RX18 and Kydex holster write-up, including RX18’s advantages over Kydex-based holsters. For example, RX18 retains its shape when warm/in hot conditions.

  4. Coop says:

    How did you manage to draw your G27 out of your E2? I had to pry mine out of the holster. Never buy one again. I can’t believe that there is that much difference between your E2 and my E2 and I know there is no difference in our G27s.
    It seems nice to wear, no issues there, except with the aforementioned “printing”. I would like to wear it, but if I can’t get my weapon out of it quickly, what’s the point??

  5. drfaulken says:

    Hey Coop — I’ve adjusted the retention screw on the outside of the E2. My other Fobus holster is the “regular” Evolution, and doesn’t have a retention screw. It’s a LOT harder to draw my Rock Island 1911 from the regular Evolution holster, but the E2 is, and always has been, a breeze.

    Do you have an E2 or the regular Evolution holster?

  6. Ian says:

    I loved reading your review. My question is I have been looking at a fobus e2 for my rock island armory 1911 compact and since you own the gun nd the holster I wanted you opinion on it. Thanks