How To Find a Compatible Holster – Light Bearing Enigma
The easiest way to find a compatible shell is to check with each of the recommended brands linked below. Our recommended brands have a good variety of gun/light choices, and are known to work with the Enigma.
The Light Bearing Enigma was designed around the PHLster Floodlight, Henry Spark, and Dark Star Gear Rigel. Other manufacturer’s shells may fit, but results are not guaranteed. The LBE was designed around full size lights such as the Surefire x300 and Streamlight TLR-1.
NOTE: We are not affiliated with any other manufacturers, so if you have questions about their shells, you need to contact them, not us. Not all shells are created equal, and we don’t guarantee your experience with any non-PHLster product. These brands are a good place to start, but you must always try other brands at your own risk.
If none of the recommended brands cover your gun/light model, you’ll need to invest some time into learning the compatibility requirements and searching for a shell on your own. That’s not an easy process. It requires considerable holster expertise, and sometimes there are no Enigma compatible shells, especially for less common gun/light combos.
If you can’t find a shell here, you may want to consider removing your light and using the standard Enigma, switching to a combination supported by these recommended brands, or simply holding off on your Enigma purchase for now.
Note: Make sure you have a compatible holster in your hand BEFORE buying the Light Bearing Enigma, because a compatible option for your gun/light combo may not exist. If you blow through your 30 day return period looking for holsters, you won’t be able to return it if you can’t find one.
It’s obvious, but our shells are made to work great with the Enigma.
PHLster Floodlight – a “universal” holster that indexes on the light, meaning it fits most guns, as long as you have the correct light.
- Current fit options: Surefire x300, Streamlight TLR-1, or Modlite PL350. (Other lights are not supported and will not work with the Floodlight.)
Henry Spark – Full Size Lights – a light bearing holster that is molded to both the gun and light.
Henry Ember – TLR7 sub – a comfortable, minimalist light bearing holster for the TLR7 sub (not compatible with TLR7a).
Dark Star Gear
Dark Star Gear Rigel – First select your gun make, then check to see if there’s a “Rigel” model for your gun/light combo. ONLY the Rigel is compatible with the LBE, not any of the others.
JM Custom Kydex
JM Custom Kydex has the widest variety of gun/light combos. Make sure to read their FAQ page thoroughly before ordering so you understand what you’re getting.
Choose the “LB Enigma Compatible” option when ordering.
- JM Custom Kydex Wing Claw 2.5 Light-Bearing Holster – a light bearing holster that is molded to both the gun and light.
LAS Concealment Saya 2.0 – good variety of fits, including less common guns and gucci options.
The Saga Lux, Malus Sol, and Certum are compatible with the LBE. When assembling these holsters, you may need to use the square screw posts that come with the Tenicor instead of the round screw posts that come with the Enigma.
Tenicor models for full size lights – From this list, only the Malus Sol is compatible.
Tenicor models for small lights – From this list, only the Saga Lux and Certum are compatible. See the note below on leg leash adaptations.
What if I have a smaller light?
Check each of the links above to see if any of the recommended manufacturers have a shell for your gun/light combo.
Note: if your holster shell is shorter than the LBE faceplate, you will need to fold over the leg leash attachment during assembly. See how in this assembly video, starting at 20:16.
None of the Recommended Brands have shells for my gun. Now what?
Yikes. Well, if none of the recommended brands cover your gun/light combo, you’ll need to invest some time into learning the Enigma compatibility requirements and searching for a shell on your own. That’s not an easy process. It requires you to develop a level of holster expertise, which takes time. Sometimes there are no Enigma compatible shells available for certain gun/light combos, especially if it’s a cheaper brand or something less common for concealed carry.
If you can’t find a shell from the manufacturers above, you may want to consider switching to a supported combo, taking off the light and using the standard Enigma, or simply holding off on your Enigma purchase for now.
Your holster must meet ALL the requirements listed below to be compatible with the Light Bearing Enigma. DO NOT attempt to use holsters with the wrong attachment points, and DO NOT use the Light Bearing Enigma without ALL FOUR mounting screws in their correct positions. NO EXCEPTIONS.
The LBE attaches with four screws on the face of the holster. See the diagram here to see the hole spacing, and to see how the holes must be laid out on the holster.
Please note: just because it fits doesn’t mean it works well. There are many shells that will technically line up and fit, but just aren’t that great for Enigma use. We cannot guarantee an optimal product experience with other manufacturers shells, and that’s doubly true if they’re not on the recommended brands list.
- To be LBE compatible, the holster needs four mounting holes on the face of the holster laid out exactly as shown.
- The holster must be designed and blocked for these mounting holes – you cannot drill holes yourself in a holster not blocked for them.
- Check for proper grip clearance between the top of the Modwing and the grip of the gun.
- To preserve proper grip clearance, the mounting holes should be roughly level with the Modwing-L or Light Wing holes.
- ONLY the Modwing-L, Light Wing, and Tenicor camming bar are compatible with the LBE. If your holster has a different wing or claw, it is not compatible.
- “Sidecar” style holsters with attached magazine carriers are NOT compatible.
Watch this video to learn how the Light Bearing Enigma attaches to the faceplate.
DO NOT attempt to modify your holster shell to fit the Enigma. DO NOT attempt to modify the Enigma faceplate to fit your holster shell. This voids the warranty, weakens the materials, and could lead to a dangerous failure. DO NOT drill through the Enigma faceplate. DO NOT drill extra holes in your holster shell.
Please don’t take any chances with your safety. If your holster shell is not Enigma compatible, get a different shell, or don’t use the Enigma.
Where do I look?
If you can’t find a holster in the links above, try Google. Sometimes searching for your gun model + light model will turn up useful results. You can also join the PHLster Concealment Workshop facebook group and read the Guides (found at the top of the group page), or do a group search for your light or gun model (for example, “TLR-7”).
If you can’t turn up anything with a search, then a good option for your combo might not exist. Consider switching to a better supported light, or try a different holster system.
Can I contact you for help finding a holster?
No. We don’t keep track of all the gun/light combos on the market, and we’re just going to refer you to this post if you contact us. We wish you the absolute best of luck, but honestly, if your light isn’t supported by the makers above, you’re going to have a tough time finding anything. The Enigma is probably not the best choice for you right now.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading!
No, it will not work with the standard Enigma. Light-bearing holsters use different construction that is not compatible with the standard Enigma faceplate. Do not attempt to mount a light bearing holster to the standard Enigma faceplate. Do not attempt to modify your holster or Enigma. Keep an eye out for our new Light Bearing Enigma, coming soon! Join the Light Bearing Enigma wait list.
It will not work with the Enigma system. Even if your sidecar holster has a compatible concealment wing, it will not work with the Enigma due to the balance point of the wing mount. Do not attempt to use a sidecar holster with the Enigma. Do not attempt to modify your holster, or your Enigma, to fit a sidecar holster.
Probably not, but check the fit guide to be sure. If the holster and wing both have two holes with ⅝” spacing, it might work, as long as it meets all the other requirements.
No. DO NOT attempt to modify your holster shell to fit the Enigma. DO NOT attempt to modify the Enigma faceplate to fit your holster shell. This voids the warranty, weakens the materials, and could lead to a dangerous failure. DO NOT drill through the Enigma faceplate. DO NOT drill extra holes in your holster shell.
Please don’t take any chances with your safety. If your holster shell is not Enigma compatible, get a new shell. Check out our recommended brands, or make a post in the PHLster Concealment Workshop Facebook group asking for a recommendation.
All new non-light-bearing IWB (inside the waistband) PHLster holster shells are compatible with the standard Enigma faceplate. Older PHLster IWB shells are also compatible, but may require the addition of a ModWing or a Dark Wing, if they don’t already have one attached.
Before buying a new shell for the Engima, check the Fit Guide, and make sure to choose a shell that meets all the Enigma requirements (don’t forget to add the wing if the holster doesn’t come standard with it). Recommended brands include: Henry Holsters, Dark Star Gear, JM Custom Kydex, Eclipse Holsters, LAS Concealment, and many more. Ask your favorite brand if they’re Enigma compatible.
We do not guarantee compatibility with any other brands. The recommended brands listed above have been used successfully with the Enigma system, but your results may vary due to factors beyond our control. The holster market is huge and constantly evolving, and while we do our best to help you find a match, we cannot control what other manufacturers do.
For more help, join our user group on facebook: PHLster Concealment Workshop.