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Enigma Express vs Standard Enigma – Which is Better?

Short answer, if we make an Express for your gun, you should probably get the Express. While the Express and the Standard have similar performance, the Express is easier to use and more streamlined. For more details and special considerations, watch this video, or scroll down to read more.

Enigma Express:

The Enigma Express is our only enigma that comes to you fully assembled with a holster.

The Express also comes with our angled EMOD wing inserts already installed.  If we do not currently offer a holster for the Express that is compatible with the gun you wish to carry then you’ll want to look into our Standard Enigma. Even though your Enigma Express will come to you fully assembled and without the adjustment holes that are available on the Standard Enigma, you can still make custom adjustments by switching out the smaller wing insert for the larger wing insert that comes with your order, or by adding a wedge.

Standard Enigma:

The Standard Enigma comes to you completely disassembled.

It does not come with a holster, and it is therefore up to the customer to select a compatible non light or laser bearing holster of their choosing. See our holster Fit Guide in the bottom right pop up window for more information on holster compatibility. Unlike the Enigma Express, the Standard Enigma comes with 12 adjustment holes on the faceplate, which allows you to adjust things like cant, grip tuck, and slide tuck. These adjustments are necessary when using holsters made by other manufacturers. It also comes with a full size magnetic fidlock buckle for easy on and off. Note that the Standard does not come with our EMOD wing inserts, but can be added during the checkout process. 

Let’s Review!

Standard Enigma:

  • Comes disassembled
  • Holster NOT included
  • EMOD (angled) wing inserts NOT included
  • Comes with standard size fidlock buckle
  • Comes with six faceplate adjustment holes

Enigma Express:

  • Comes fully assembled
  • Comes with a PHLster Skeleton Holster
  • Comes with two EMOD (angled) wing inserts
  • Comes with reduced size fidlock buckle
  • No faceplate adjustment holes

Which one should YOU get?

If you wish to carry a gun that we make an Enigma Express for then we would highly encourage you to go with the Express. This will allow you to cut down on set up time, and get right to the best part. If we do not offer an Express model for the gun you wish to carry, and you DON’T have a weapon light or laser on your gun, then you’ll want to go with the Standard Enigma, but note that this will take some setup time, customization, and holster selection. See the fit guide for holster recommendations.

If you need special holster features, such as extra muzzle length (why) or a molded-in wedge, you will need the Standard Enigma, plus a compatible shell with the features you need from the Fit Guide.

Each of our Enigma models have their own academy that is available on our website. Please consider browsing the respective Enigma academy for the model you want to purchase before buying so that you can get a full grasp on the product.

Note that if your gun has a WML or laser you’ll want to look into our Light Bearing Enigma. You can find the holster fit guide for that HERE.

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