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Concealment Sweet Spot Guide

There are three key components to appendix carry concealment, and they all work together to produce the desired result: getting enough grip tuck, grip rotation and finding your concealment sweet spot. To get good concealment and reduce printing, it’s important to start with finding your concealment sweet spot. The most practical and popular method of […]

What Holsters are Compatible with the Light Bearing Express?

Bottom line up front: Our Floodlight holsters are the only holsters compatible with the Light Bearing Enigma Express. We know that this can be a bit confusing, because the Enigma OS models can be used with any compatible holster, but the Enigma Express models are designed around the specific holster they come with. For the Light […]

Enigma Express vs Enigma OS – Light Bearing

There are a few major differences between the Enigma OS – Light Bearing, and the new Enigma Express Light Bearing.  Whether or not you decide to upgrade is a personal decision, and depends on your needs. Generally speaking, if you’re happy with your current setup, there’s no need to upgrade. If you’re looking to solve a specific comfort challenge, read on to see if the new updates will make a difference for you.

Sport Belt Instructions

To install the optional Enigma Sport Belt accessory, first choose your Enigma model.  (Make sure to choose the correct model, because the instructions for attaching the sport belt are DIFFERENT for the Enigma Express and Enigma OS.) Once you choose your model, scroll down to the “accessories” section to watch the sport belt instruction video. […]

PHLster Concealment Class – View Ahead Assignment

Welcome! This page has view-ahead material for the instructor level PHLster concealment classes. Please watch this video playlist before class. Because this is a more advanced class, getting familiar with these concepts and principles will help us use our class time more efficiently, and allow us to spend more time on hands-on application, as well […]

Written Instructions – Light Bearing Enigma LH

These instructions are for the Light Bearing PHLster Enigma, left handed assembly. If you are right handed, click here. If you’d prefer video instructions instead, please click here. SAFETY WARNING: Make sure your holster is compatible. Do not modify, drill, sand, or cut your Enigma faceplate in ANY way. Thoroughly read the Enigma safety page and […]

Concealed Carry Comfort Explained

Comfortable concealed carry is a skill. We break down the mystery behind what makes holsters comfortable in a step-by-step process that you can follow. We cover how to troubleshoot and solve all the most common holster comfort issues, such as:  Your holster pinches or pokes when you bend over Holster is uncomfortable against the skin […]

Reasons Why Light Bearing Holsters Don’t Work With the Standard Enigma

Previous Next One question we get fairly regularly is WHY you can’t use a light bearing holster on a Standard Enigma or Enigma Express. Short answer: it’s unsafe. Longer answer: while holster design is complicated, we’ve broken down three of the main reasons why into simple illustrations. This is not an inclusive list, and there are […]

Concealment Worksheet

If you need help with concealing your gun, start here. This worksheet walks you through the process of finding your concealment boundaries, finding your sweet spot, and using the Poke and Check method to fine tune your concealment. This will help you identify any concealment or comfort problems, then observe the causes and effects as […]

Do you need extra holster length?*

*If you’re carrying a longer-muzzled gun or a revolver, adding extra holster length may not be necessary for you, but for short semiautomatic guns, it’s often helpful.

Guns with short muzzles can be top-heavy and difficult to conceal comfortably. To solve this, some holsters have extra length added to the muzzle end. Like the keel on a boat, the extra muzzle length helps balance the holster, making it more comfortable and easier to conceal. This is especially true if you have a bit of a belly, which tends to push the grip out more and make the muzzle dig in.

Note that while extra muzzle length reduces grip printing, it can increase muzzle printing, which can be a concern with lower carry positions and tight fitting pants such as leggings or yoga pants. 

Learn more about the Keel Principle here.