Standard Enigma vs Light Bearing Enigma – What’s the Difference?

There are three Enigma models: The Enigma Express, the standard Enigma, and the Light Bearing Enigma.  Each model attaches to the holster shell differently, and they are not interchangeable.  Which one do you need?

Does your gun have a light or laser attached in front of the trigger guard?

NO: my gun does not have a light or laser attached.

Get the Enigma Express or the standard Enigma.  See the different models here.

YES: My gun has a light or laser attached in front of the trigger guard, or under the barrel.

Get the Light Bearing Enigma.  The LBE was designed around the PHLster Floodlight holster shell, but will fit many other brands.  See the fit guide to learn how the LBE attaches and determine if your shell is compatible.

Are the Lightbearing and Standard Enigma Faceplates Interchangeable?

No.  The regular Enigma is designed to work with guns that DO NOT have lights or lasers attached.  It WILL NOT work with guns that have a light or laser.  Do not attempt to make it fit — the geometry is wrong, and you will break your holster or Enigma.

To fit the regular Engima, your holster shell needs two mounting holes directly under the trigger guard, and space to mount a modwing.  For more specific fit instructions, click the standard Enigma fit guide.

The Lightbearing Enigma is designed to work with guns that DO have a light or laser attached.  It attaches to the face of the holster, not through the wing.  The Lightbearing Enigma faceplate is designed to support the increased weight and different balance of a weapon mounted light.  For specific fit instructions, click the Light Bearing Enigma fit guide here.

The two different Enigma faceplates are NOT interchangeable.  Do not try to “make it work.”  Do not modify your holster to attempt to make it fit.  Do not modify your Enigma faceplate.

Choose the correct Enigma for your needs. 

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.