Update: Out Of Business 6/29/2014
Unfortunately it seams like KirchComp is out of business. Several members of Loose Rounds have tried to purchase and get new gear from KirchComp. Staff have also tried to contact KirchComp to return gear that we have been testing. No answers have been received from KirchComp or it’s owner. KirchComp’s website is also gone. KirchComp made good gear but unfortunately, as has happened with several small kydex business’s, it seams like they could not keep up with demand. As Always, Loose Rounds recommends Dark Star Gear (DSG) Holsters. DSG has a site banner on the left side of the page.
Several months ago, I ran into KrichComp.com while trying to find a holster for a new G42. I was inquiring about a nice holster I saw in one of the many forums I frequent. The person, who posted the picture, happened to be the owner of KirchComp, a custom Kydex gear maker. After speaking with the owner and seeing what KirchComp offers, we started to make arrangements to review some of KirchComp’s gear. One thing that caught my attention when looking at KirchComp’s website, was the price point of the products. The holsters and magazine pouches KirchComp was offering were very nicely priced, making multiple gear purchases very affordable. KirchComp sent several holsters and magazine pouches for review. The holsters and magazine pouches have been used for several months now and I found KirchComp has very good gear.
KirchComp is a veteran owned business. The owner has been in the military for about a decade with the last four years in EOD. With experience being deployed in active combat units, KirchComp started experimenting with Kydex back in 2007 for those units. He first focused on weapon accessories, knife sheaths, flash light carriers, magazine carriers and multiple other tool carriers that soldiers needed/wanted. Word caught on to what he was doing and he started making custom carriers for deploying military members. Kydex became a hobby, a lot of time was spent on building other people’s ideas and learning the materials. In 2011 the owner started making Kydex holsters with his prior experience making gear for military units. KirchComp officially came into its own this past year.
KirchComp sent us several holsters and magazine pouches to review. I was very impressed with the initial looks of KirchComp’s various gear and the very affordable prices they were offering. As soon as I opened the large box that was sent, I could see the quality and serious professional look of KirchComps packaging. KirchComp has taken the time to package each one of its products and included custom business cards with each item. Also, each package contained a small pack of Vibre-Tite VC-3 Threadmate, for the hardware screws. A nice touch to help prevent any screws from coming loose. Over the last few months of testing, the Threadmate was not needed but it was nice to have on hand if needed.
A total of five (5) holsters and two (2) magazine pouches were sent by KirchComp . All of these holsters were for various Glock’s. I inspected these items and could tell KirchComp spent a lot of time finishing/buffing the Kydex, insuring a high quality product was being sent out. I specifically asked KirchComp to send me several different holsters and I received these in just a few days. I was skeptical that the craftsmanship might not be up to the standard I was used too, as KirchComp’s pricing is extremely reasonable, but I was blown away at the attention to detail and quality of the gear. KirchComp is clearly spending a lot of time finishing each piece of Kydex gear.
KirchComp gear has a few unique features that work nicely. On a few of the magazine pouches and holsters I received, there was a raised hole in the center of the Kydex, with an extra soft loop. This allows you to quickly convert these carriers, from outside the waist band to inside the waist band carry. The inside the waist band soft loops have the directional snap that most should be use to.
KirchComp uses color matching eyelets and hardware when making two-tone holsters. These are some nice visually popping features to make the holster stand out. KirchComp added a tension adjustment screw on one of the holsters sent to Loose Rounds. This feature gives you the ability to adjust the tension of the holster to your desired setting.
KrichComp will make you some very nice custom concept gear that you may think up. I would expect them to charge you for this as it is time consuming and at times difficult.
I have been using the KrichComp gear for a few months now. I have been using it at the range and carrying the holsters on a daily basis during that time. I have some clear favorites out of the gear that I was sent but all the holsters work very well. KirchComp specifically asked me about the carry belt I use. I informed the owner I use Volund Gearworks ATLAS belts and he stated this was one of the belts he used in designing KirchComp’s hard loops. All the holsters were very comfortable and concealed well. I was surprised at how well the full size holsters concealed. Printing was minimal to non-existent with the full size holsters. Retention and drawing from all of the test holsters, was on par with many of the other brands of Kydex holsters I have used.
One of the full size holtsers KirchComp sent had been used quite a bit. This is a gunmetal gray full size Glock w/TLR1 light holster. I specifically asked for a used holster so I could test out the durability. This particular holster was carried by the owner of KirchComp, for several months and used in various firearms courses before being sent to Loose Rounds. I have been running the holster hard (3 months) and its holding up extremely well. In fact, the holster still looks pretty damn good. All of the other holsters are holding up nicely as well. There should be no problem with KirchComp gear lasting a long time, even under hard training/range use.
KirchComp gear is very well thought out, quality stuff. At this time, and for those who have a tight budget, they are very hard to beat. KirchComp has its own unique design/look, as you can see in the pictures. You get the feeling that if someone showed the holster to you, you would know it was a KirchComp holster. With all Kydex gear companies, the price goes up and so does the wait time, as demand grows. I’m sure this will also happen with KirchComp as more people get their hands on the gear. If you are in the market for a quality Kydex holster or other gear, strongly consider KrichComp.
For more pictures and info on KirchComp gear, visit their Facebook Page at: www.facebook.com/KirchCompHolsters