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January 13, 2011
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Video: Garrett Industries Silent Thunder holster review

Notice in the video how Garrett Industries has managed to bond a high grade of leather to Kydex

Some carriers love leather, while others swear by Kydex. But what if you could have the best of both worlds? The Garrett Industries Silent Thunder line of holsters does exactly that.

Leather is obviously a great material for making holsters, but it can have its drawbacks. Garrett Industries has managed to minimize those drawbacks by bonding a high grade of leather to the Kydex.

According to the company, "The Silent Thunder line is a break-through in Kydex holsters and is our signature holster line. The Kydex outer shell provides excellent impact resistance as well as easy, one-handed reholstering. The inner bonded leather sheath cradles the firearm with smooth-side leather that is easy to maintain, SILENT, will not wick oil away from the weapon, forestalls finish wear and provides the smoothest draw possible with ANY holster. Inner shell is permanently attached through a process developed by Garrettt Industries."

I have made the Garrett my daily CCW (with full sized Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm) for some months now, and I can say it has quickly become one of my favorites.

The Silent Thunder Holster Line is available as Inside the Waistband (IWB) and Outside the Waistband (OWB).

In the video to the right, I review the OWB version. I can’t vouch for the IWB as I have not used one, and to be honest, I just not an IWB kind of guy.

I hope this brief review is useful for those looking for a top of the line CCW OWB holster for any off-duty LEO or dedicated civilian.

About the author

Will Brink is owner of, a site dedicated to improving the performance, health, and fitness, of the LE tactical community, and, a site dedicated to all things performance/fitness/health.

Previously, Will has been an adjunct trainer for Smith & Wesson and developed two courses for them: Applied Stress Training I and II. He developed the Practical Applied Stress Training (P.A.S.T) program for tactical LE, which focuses on improving performance under stress.

He is been writer and industry consultant for over two decades having been published in a wide variety of publications, relating to performance, nutrition, health and fitness, bodybuilding, and other topics, including Tactical Response, Muscle Media, MuscleMag International, Lets Live, Muscle n Fitness, Life Extension magazine, Townsend Letter for Doctors, IronMan, Muscular Development, Inside Karate, Exercise for Men Only, Physical, Power, Body International, Oxygen, Penthouse, Fitness RX, Big, as well as others over the years and in many different languages, as well as a monthly column in MuscleMag International called “The Intake Update.” His articles focusing on performance, health, fitness, etc, can also be found on various websites from to and many others.

In his spare time, he likes to review shooting related gadgets...

He can be contacted via or

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