Springfield Armory Factory Supplied Polymer Paddle Holster
The PH1 paddle holster, kind of a “mini” owb (outside waist band) holster comes in the box with the purchase of a new Springfield Armory XDS pistol. Yet just because it is “free” and “plastic” does not mean that this little holster does not have a role in the carry of your XDS.
The XDS Gear PH1 is very much like a Fobus holster, and since it has stamped on it “made in Israel” I’m not so sure it isn’t made by Fobus, a highly regarded manufacturer – and leader – in injection molded polymer holsters.
Incidentally, my PH1 had stamped on the back “.45Acp 40 9mm”, so, combine that with scuttlebutt and what seems logical, I expect the XDS to be available soon in .40 S&W, making the decision of which XDS to buy all the more difficult for some!
What I Like About The XDS Gear PH1 Holster
Here is what I like about the XDS Gear PH1 holster that came with my pistol, for starters, it was “free” (aka, no additional cost).
Considering that some holsters actually make the firearm and ammo appear inexpensive, it’s nice to get what would retail for $15 – $25 included in the box for no extra charge. On the flip side, if you hate the thing you probably wish you could just bought the XDS pistol in a smaller box for less money.
I also like that the PH1 is polymer or plastic of sorts, so it never needs maintenance, will not be destroyed by perspiration or weather events and will probably last forever. These holsters are extremely durable too, not like the plastic stuff when I was a kid.
As a “clip on” belt holster, the PH1 is easy to just pop on my pants either with or without a belt, in fact, I’m using it right now as I sit at my desk and write. It is a really easy holster to just clip on and wear your XDS.
It fits snug up against my body for the most part so I’m not likely to bang it on something and I can slide it around, irrespective of belt loops, to make it comfortable for sitting or to accommodate a particular style of chair.
Like all holsters of it’s type, the PH1 is adjustable for tension, easy to grasp (or “purchase” as the pros say, and has a molded guide for the front sight so it does not snag going in or out.
What I Do Not Like About the PH1 XDS Paddle Holster
With all those kind words said about this neat little XDS holster one might think there is nothing I do NOT like about it or would improve if I could. Au contraire!
What I have noticed, with certain pair so jeans, is that since the XDS protrudes through the bottom of the holster I will sometimes end up with brass colored powder like markings on the very front of the side of the slide where it has rubbed the brass rivet of the jeans!
Additionally, unlike the XD paddle holsters I have seen, there is no “cant” or angle adjustment to this holster, it is what it is. Fortunately I do not really find that to be a problem for my usages so far.
Other than that I cannot really find to much to pick on about this holster. While it is not perfect for every situation, to be sure, and is not a concealed carry holster for the XDS unless you always wear a big shirt or jacket over it, I certainly consider it in the “range” or “utility” category for my purposes.
What do you think? Do you ever use your XDS Gear PH1 holster that came with your XDS?