After some time away from the computer and electronic media in general, it’s nice to get back to bringing up good content to share. Stay up with our site as we will be posting again this week on another topic of good note: State to State travel with your CCW. We know some folks headed out to Sturgis, and vacation time is no time to be unprepared to defend yourself as you travel across these United States.

June 28th, 2015, we got a chance to get out on the range and have a good learning experience with two of our classes, and the great opportunity to put some serious gear through it’s initial paces. You already read about the Axelson Tactical rifle, and we were lucky enough to get our hands on a couple of holsters from TRex Arms, thanks to Lucas from the company. One of the offerings is the Sidecar, an AIWB Kydex rig with an integral spare magazine caddy. We also got ahold of the Nomad AIWB platform in Left handed and light bearing configuration, but the review of that one will be forthcoming

We received the Sidecar, Sniper Grey on color, in  short order from the company. This holster is in right handed configuration to the specification of both of us at CDT, but TRex can, and will, make their holsters in a variety of weapon hands and cants. My first impressions of the rig was awesome: rigid in the right areas, solid construction with high quality components. I am a passionate G-Code Incog user, and was skeptical that anything else would be as comfortable or as secure as my Incog…..needless to say, my first impression of carrying the rig was one of “Alright…this may just give G-Code a run for its money”. It’s comfortable…close to as comfortable as any AIWB rig I’ve tried, and your handgun sits low, at the appropriate 1 o’clock position,  and secure in the holster. The medium height sweat guard was also comfortable, and didn’t dig into this “Not as lean, still as mean” Marine’s gut. Your gun makes an nice audible “click” when fully seated, and there is no additional movement once it is seated. The trigger and trigger guard are completely covered at all times, as they should, making any interaction with theBang Switch a near impossibility. As with any new holster, the fit is tight upon first use. Maybe a little too tight for running the rig right off the bat, but a few sessions of drawing, loosening or tightening the retention screws,  or perhaps even a slight modification with some sandpaper, and it would be right as rain.


The mag caddy performs just as well as the holster and sits nicely at your 12 o’clock position in your waistband to facilitate intuitive drawing of the magazine when you need it. The ride of the spare is perfect….not too low as to not be able to get a good purchase on it when drawing it, and not too high that it jams into your diaphragm every time you sit or bend over. Again, as with the holster, there is no additional movement once the spare is seated. What I really liked were the mounted belt loops. These were thick, and rigid, and held the holster firm along your belt line. The Sidecar has a comfortable, gradual curvature that follows your waistline nicely, and the belt loops keep the whole rig in position without slippage.


I put the Sidecar on at 6:30 am the day of the shoot, and it did not come off until close to 9 pm. At NO TIME during the day was the rig less than pleasant to wear. At times I completely forgot I was carrying it at all, and that was throughout the full spectrum of movement during the day: House to car, car to breakfast, car to range, all of the range drills, debrief at the table, and the ride home. Printing of any kind was minimal, and any in fact probably had more to do with yours truly’s waistline then the actual rig. I carry a G19 for EDC, and the gun basically disappears into your body while in the Sidecar.


Drawing was smooth and fast, and re-holstering from retention was effortless. In fact, I noticed no let off with my skills with the Sidecar from the much used Incog that I normally carry. In short, I would not hesitate to switch this rig out with my normal carry gear should I need another or something should happen to my Incog.

Next up to put it through it’s paces is CDT’s Tom Dillon, and some video of the rig in action will follow. Throughout the following months we will be using the Sidecar for some classes and while we are teaching as well. The Sidecar, and the many more offerings from TRex Arms, come in a wide range of colors and configurations, light bearing options, and carry styles; even if you need something particular that you don’t see on their website drop Lucas an email, and they can do their best to accommodate your particular need. Check ’em out at or on their Facebook page at and tell them Crucible Defensive sent ya!

– Atchison