Comfortable Concealed Carry XDS Holster
The SHTF Gear ACE-1 Hybrid XDS Holster is an adjustable, tuckable, very comfortable concealed carry holster for your Springfield Armory XDS pistol.
Now, if we are correct, SHTF stands for “you know what”-Hit-The-Fan, and ACE stands for Always-Combat-Effective. Gives you some idea of the mindset of the folks who designed and sell this product!
The ACE-1 is an IWB (inside [the] waist band) holster with metal spring clips designed to allow you to tuck your shirt in over the top of the firearm to conceal it from view, and primarily worn in the 3 – 5 o’clock position on your body.
This holster is available in either Right Hand or Left Hand draw configuration. (When buying from Amazon, simply message the vendor through Amazon to specify that you want a left handed holster). Naturally it fits an XDS chambered in either .45 ACP or 9mm.
One thing that stands out about this holster is the guarantee. You have a 30 day satisfaction guarantee and lifetime metal belt clip replacement for free.
The SHTF Gear ACE-1 holster for the Springfield XDS is designed much like other IWB holsters of the 2 clip design. The leather extends upward so it acts like a buffer between the gun and you; then it’s cutout for a full grip purchase during draw.
There is no retention device, per se, but is designed to always hold the weapon securely.
Being a tuckable holster you have the option of concealing untucked with a large shirt or jacket covering the gun or tucking your shirt – even a t-shirt – down between the steel clips and the body of the holster.
Should you carry in a tucked configuration it would be wise to spend time practicing (with an unloaded weapon) lifting the shirt with your opposite hand and drawing with your gun hand. See the video below.
The SHTF Gear ACE-1 has the two belt clip design with 4 adjustment holes on each so that you can adjust how the holster rides both for height and forward cant. The included allen wrench is used to remove and reinstall the clips into different pre-cut holes.
This is probably something that you want to experiment with a little bit and then leave it in one particular configuration; it’s not something that you change on a daily basis. If for some reason you needed different configurations regularly, I would advise having multiple holsters (and don’t we all have multiple holsters for our XDS? 😀 )
This XDS holster is well crafted with laser cut leather, molded Kydex, Kevlar stitching and lifetime guaranteed spring steel belt clips that should accommodate up to an 1-3/4 wide belt.
This is a molded Kydex holster and the retention is built in to the design of the mold. While the firearm may seem a little loose in the holster when not being worn, keep in mind that when it is being worn there is additional tension provided by the curvature of your body and the tightness of your belt.
An included slip of paper from SHTF Gear explains how all of this is designed to work and offers the owner the opportunity to get warranty service any time during the lifetime of the holster that you feel there is incorrect retention.
What Do Others Think About The SHTF Gear ACE-1 XDS Holster?
On Amazon, this holster is a 5 star product. At the time of this writing, 22 of 23 reviews are 5 star with just one 4 star rating. Nothing below 4 star.
I have carried my Springfield XDS concealed on long (18 hour) car trips and had only minor discomfort due to the bucket seats, but that will be with any holster carrying your firearm at the 4 – 5 o’clock position. 3 o’clock is better for bucket seats but does not conceal as well on me when only wearing a T-shirt.
SHTF Gear ACE-1 Review Video