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 the video, or scroll down to read more.
The Enigma Express is our only enigma that comes to you fully assembled with a holster. It has a smaller, more streamlined faceplate, and the belt attaches directly to the faceplate for the slimmest, most minimal silhouette.
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, you can still make custom adjustments by switching out the smaller wing insert for the larger wing insert that comes with your order, changing the buckle placement, or by adding a wedge.
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 left pop up window for more information on holster compatibility. Unlike the Enigma Express, the Standard Enigma comes with 12 adjustment holes on the faceplate. These adjustments are necessary when using holsters made by other manufacturers, which may have variation in dimensions. 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 they can be added during the checkout process.
- Comes disassembled
- Holster NOT included
- EMOD (angled) wing inserts NOT included
- Comes with Fidlock buckle, or add the optional reduced size buckle
- Use the Standard Enigma if we don’t make an Express for your gun
- Comes fully assembled
- Comes with a PHLster Skeleton Holster
- Comes with two EMOD (angled) wing inserts
- Comes with Fidlock buckle, or add the optional Express reduced size buckle
- Adjusts for grip and slide tuck
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.
Each of our Enigma models have their own instructions pages on our website. Please consider browsing the instructions and tips before buying so that you can get a full grasp on the product.