Family 1st Defense
I discovered N82 Tactical holsters in April at the 2018 USCCA Expo in Louisville. The company, pronounced “Nate Squared, named after the two founders Nate Beard and Nate Johnson, had an exhibit at the expo with an impressive inventory of product.
The unique design of these IWB holsters caught my eye — an oversized pad with soft, nappy suede on one side and smooth pliable leather with Kydex retention on the other.
One of the Nates explained the purpose of the pad is to completely isolate the firearm from the body, without an undershirt. The suede is the only material that actually touches the skin. He also pointed out another cool feature: a layer of synthetic neoprene (wet suit material), sandwiched between the two layers of leather, which prevents potentially corrosive sweat from wicking through the leather to gun.
As I stood there listening to Nate #1, I became acutely aware of the “aggressive grip texture” on my holstered Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 2.0, rubbing against my back like sandpaper. Something good had steered me to the N82 booth, so it only seemed right to make a purchase. I ended up buying one of the N82 Ambassador-series holsters — a two-clip model with passive retention, similar to the one pictured here.
More than 90 days later, I can tell you with confidence that this is the best holster I’ve ever owned. It truly provides day-long comfort for all concealed carry applications, except those that may require you to dress in beltless pants. (The Ambassador design includes a pair of plastic clips to keep the holster in place, so it does require a belt.) The Ambassador’s passive retention is actually quite firm. However, for those who desire a bit more security, the Pro Tandem model provides a unique twist-to-release, active retention system.
Most N82 holsters use plastic to hold the firearm in place, and are therefore molded for specific guns. A few models utilize elastic material for retention, thus fitting multiple makes and models. N82 even offers a holster specifically designed for women — the Hers — which is compatible with many compact pistols, and does not require a belt.
The Ambassador and Pro Tandem holsters provide a number of cant and ride-height adjustments. The single clip models, such as the Professional and Envoy, are less adjustable but only slightly so.
How about concealability? I carry between 4 and 5 o’clock at the small of my back. The two-clip design wraps the rig tightly around my waist, keeping everything close to the body. An untucked tee shirt is all that’s required to hide my firearm.
I’m enthusiastic about N82 Tactical. These guys have designed a truly unique holster that can be worn year-round with most of the clothes in your wardrobe. Give one a try. You have nothing to loose because they come with a 30-day return policy and lifetime warranty.