The Light-Compatible Sidecar (for a gun + weapon light only) is a dedicated appendix holster that features a built-in mag carrier. Carrying an extra magazine in the appendix position can help balance the weight of the firearm, and distribute the bulge that can sometimes occur carrying AIWB. But the most important benefit is having an extra magazine at your disposal – a prudent necessity when carrying a firearm.
The mag carrier is canted slightly for increased comfort and easier access due to natural body mechanics. Both the firearm and magazine carrier feature variable retention so you can adjust them to your preference. Every Sidecar comes pre-installed with two Tuckable Clips on the front, and a Raptor Claw next to the trigger guard. The Claw pulls the firearm grip closer to the body to improve concealment. It can be adjusted or removed to suit your preference.
These holsters come with a mid-height shirt guard and are compatible with slide-mounted optics and suppressor height sights up to 0.375″ tall.
Holsters for Micro-Compact guns (M&P Shield, Sig P365, Glock 43/43X/48) are cut to accept micro red dots such as the Shield RMSC, Sig RomeoZero, Holosun 507K, etc, but will not fit standard slide mounted optics such as the Trijicon RMR.
The Light-Compatible Sidecar only works when a weapon light is mounted onto the firearm. For our non-light-compatible version, click here.
To see what pattern upgrades look like, scroll to the bottom of the page.
If I take the light off my pistol, can I still use this holster?
Negative. The retention of light-compatible holsters is based on the light. So if the light is not present on the pistol, there is virtually no retention and nothing prevents the pistol from sliding deeper into the holster than it should. At which point the draw is very difficult.
Can you wear this holster and tuck a shirt in over it?
Yep! The shirt can be tucked behind the clips. The clips will be visible over your belt.
How does this compare to “flex” appendix holsters?
Sidecar-style appendix holsters with “flex” material between the gun and the mag can be more comfortable for certain body types. In our experience, this comes at a cost (consistency, stability, durability under stress), which is why we’ve chosen to stick with the fixed design of our Sidecar, as it provides a more stable and concealable platform.
Because the Sidecar is built as a single unit without flex, it always sits on your belt line the same way, making draws clean and consistently smooth every time. It also makes for faster and more consistent reloads, as the magazine is always canted at the same angle and twist. Additionally, there is no risk of the Sidecar pulling apart in actual force-on-force situations. Our holsters aren’t designed to look gucci – they’re meant to take daily abuse and wear and keep performing well. Utility over fashion.
I’m… larger. Can I wear this holster?
It’s difficult to give a simple yes or no answer to this question, because everyone is a little different. However, there are lots of larger folks who use and like the Sidecar. Whether or not it works for you depends on what you wear, how tight your belt is, and your personal preferences about comfort.
How tight can this Sidecar get?
While the light-compatible Sidecar won’t be as tight as a regular Sidecar due to the weapon light compatibility, it can still be adjusted to be pretty tight. The particular weapon light the holster is made for can also affect overall retention. Retention can also be affected by being on/off the body and under a belt; so when your Sidecar arrives, be sure to test on the body and play around with the screws.
Which shirt guard height do you all recommend?
We recommend the mid guard. It helps with re-holstering, helps keep your shirt out of the holster, and once the pistol is removed won’t jab your stomach as much as a high guard.
Available pattern upgrades.
For the non-light-compatible version (for guns without weapon lights), click here.