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PHLster Enigma Instructions

All Enigma models and accessories.

Other PHLster Products

Instructions and tips for all other PHLster products.

PHLster Enigma Instructions

First, choose your PHLster Enigma model to find instructions on how to assemble it and how to adjust it. You can also find helpful info about how to wear your Enigma, how to adjust the leg leash, how to get comfortable with it, how to install optional accessories, tips and tricks for success, troubleshooting, and much more.

Enigma safety – must read.

The faceplate is the thin, flexible piece of gray material that will go over the holster shell.

Look at the shape of your Enigma faceplate to determine which Enigma model you have, or check your receipt.

The Enigma Express is pre-assmbled and comes with a holster shell. 

The Express faceplate has one big oval hole in the middle.

The Standard Enigma comes disassembled and does not come with a holster shell. It is for guns without a light or laser attached.

The Standard faceplate has two large round holes in the middle, and 6 small holes on each side. 

The Light Bearing Enigma comes disassembled and does not include a holster shell. It is for guns that have a light or laser attached.

The Light Bearing Enigma has two long, parallel slots in the faceplate.

Other PHLster Products

Holsters and Accessories Manual

Download the PHLster holsters and accessories manual. This PDF document includes important safety information and instructions for PHLster belt-mounted holsters, clips, soft loops, wings, attachments, and a visual guide to IWB Floodlight adjustment.

Modular Wedge Kit

Watch the instruction video to learn how to use the PHLster Modular Wedge Kit. 

We also recommend watching the Poke and Check video and the Concealed Carry Comfort video, found here.

PHLster Floodlight IWB Adjustment Instructions

Learn to properly adjust your inside-the-waistband Floodlight holster. Do this first, before using it.  If you are trying to troubleshoot a fitment or retention problem, reviewing this video should be your first step.  

Important: Please be sure you are testing IWB holster retention correctly.

Click here for a full IWB Floodlight assembly video.

PHLster Floodlight OWB Adjustment Instructions

Learn to properly adjust your outside-the-waistband Floodlight holster. Do this first, before using it.  If you are trying to troubleshoot a fitment or retention problem, reviewing this document should be your first step.  

Click here for a full OWB Floodlight assembly video.

City Special Retention Adjustment

To adjust the retention on your PHLster City Special revolver holster, simply loosen the screw and slide it towards or away from the trigger guard.  Moving towards the trigger guard loosens the retention, and moving away from the trigger guard tightens it.

Important: Please be sure you are testing holster retention correctly.

For a full City Special holster assembly video, click here.

Summit OWB Holster Instructions

Here’s how to configure and adjust your PHLster Summit OWB holster.

IWB Holster Retention Too Tight?

The PHLster Skeleton and PHLster Pro Holsters have fixed retention, and are not adjustable by the user. If your holster retention feels too tight, please watch this video. Note that aftermarket parts and modifications, including frame or trigger guard stippling, can affect your holster’s retention feel.

Important: Please be sure you are testing holster retention correctly.

ARC Switches - Modlite

The Modlite PL350 comes with PHLster ARC switches. Use this instruction video to replace switches.

ARC Switches - X300

IMPORTANT: You install ARC switches at your own risk. GO SLOWLY, and do not force parts apart or together. Review ALL instruction material before starting.

There is some variation in the metal switch armatures in newer Surefire X300 lights. The factory switches may be difficult to remove, and the ARC switches may be difficult to install. If you encounter resistance, STOP before you break your light. Try the tricks in these videos:

If your factory switches are difficult to remove, watch this.

Hot water trick for getting the ARC switches on easily.

If you’re wondering why some switches are difficult, discussion here.

If you continue to encounter difficulty, STOP and contact PHLster customer support. 

Arc Switches - TLR1

Use these instructions to learn how to install Arc Switches on a TLR1.

Ascent Pouches

Here’s how to use the PHLster Ascent pouches

Concealed Carry Comfort Tips

How to get comfortable with your concealed carry gun and holster. Technique tips, holster comfort mods, and carry position advice for ALL body types, including how to sit with an appendix carry holster.  This is not just for PHLster holsters and not just for appendix carry – you can make any brand of IWB (inside the waistband) holster more comfortable by learning these skills.