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Updated on December 13, 2013
Kydex, a durable leather-alternative, has quickly become a favorite holster material for gun enthusiasts alike. Although it’s not as sturdy as its injection-molded carbon fiber counterparts (like the Blackhawk Serpa Holster line), Kydex’s popularity has steadily increased during the last decade because of its sturdiness and its scratch and water resistance.
When it was first manufactured 44 years ago, Kydex was intended for aircraft interiors (think: tray tables, air ducts, armrests). Now the line of plastic can be found in almost everything—from medical equipment to exhibition displays.
With a hardness of 90 on the Rockwell R scale, the material can be purchased in most gun holster styles from brands like Blade Tech or Uncle Mike’s. The holsters typically start at about $25, which can be a little more expensive than nylon or synthetic ones.
The informational video below walks you through the decision-making process that goes into buying a Kydex gun holster.