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

There are two Enigma models: The 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 attached beneath the trigger guard?

My gun does not have a light or laser attached.

Get the Enigma.  See the Fit Guide to learn which holster shells will fit.

My gun has a light or laser attached.

Get the Light Bearing Enigma.  The LBE was designed around the PHLster Floodlight holster shell, but will fit many other brands.  See the instructions 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 here.

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 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. 

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