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Light Bearing PHLster Enigma - Instructions

Learn how to assemble, adjust, and wear your Light Bearing PHLster Enigma. You’ll find an overview of all the possible adjustments, plus tips and tricks for concealment and comfort. Take some time to experiment with the different adjustments and techniques until you find the best combination of factors for your unique body shape.

Please note – you MUST have a holster that meets all the compatibility requirements from the Light Bearing Enigma fit guide – no exceptions. Do not attempt to make a holster work if it doesn’t have all four mounting points in the correct location. You’ll end up with serious safety and performance problems, as well as voiding your Enigma warranty. Just don’t.

How To Assemble Your Light Bearing PHLster Enigma

The following instructions are for both right and left handed users. Note that the faceplate will be installed logo side up for right handed users, and logo side down for left handed users.

Video Instructions:

Description

A relaxed paced, beginner-friendly walk through of the entire Light Bearing PHLster Enigma assembly process. The techniques in this video can be adapted for right or left hand use. 

Written Instructions:

Click here for written instructions for attaching the Light Bearing Enigma to your compatible holster shell. Note that the faceplate will be installed logo side up for right handed users, and logo side down for left handed users.

Once you have assembled your holster on the faceplate, use chapters 4-6 of the Standard Enigma instructions for attaching the belt to the faceplate. The leg leash attaches through the tab at the bottom of the faceplate.

How To Use the Leg Leash

The Enigma leg leash holds the holster down when you draw. Proper adjustment is critical to getting a comfortable and secure fit. Watch the first video below to learn how to adjust your leg leash correctly — be sure to try both leg leash routing methods to see which one is better for you. The other videos cover how to shorten the leg leash (for smaller users), how to change your leg leash to a different material, and how to troubleshoot if your leg leash loosens throughout the day.

NOTE: If your leg leash tab sticks out past your holster, click here.

For more tips and troubleshooting, check out the blog post for adjustment help and alternative solutions.

Description

How to properly wear and adjust the PHLster Enigma leg leash. Learn the two different routing methods, and how to adjust the leg leash for best results on your body. Whether you’re just starting out with the Enigma, or whether you’re having issues that need troubleshooting, reviewing this video is the best place to start.

How To Install Enigma Accessories

The Light Bearing PHLster Enigma can be upgraded with a number of optional accessories. Learn what they are and how to install them here.

The optional Sport Belt accessory installs in place of the regular nylon belt that comes with the Enigma. The Sport Belt improves comfort and provides additional support with an elastic back panel.

The sport belt installs on the Enigma faceplate using the same hardware as the original belt. See the video below for more detailed instructions.

The Reduced Size Buckle is an optional replacement for the magnetic buckle that comes with the Enigma. It’s recommended for smaller users, or people who want extra space on their belt to carry other gear. If the regular buckle sits on your hip bone and causes a pressure point, try this one.

  • Reduces buckle span by 3″
  • Recommended for smaller users (30″ waist or below)
  • Takes up less space, allowing you to accommodate additional gear items
  • Attaches with the original hardware included in the Enigma hardware kit

To install, simply remove the original buckle capture and  magnetic buckle from your Enigma faceplate, and install the Reduced Size Buckle in its place using the same hardware. It installs directly to the Enigma faceplate.

To review the full Enigma assembly video, scroll up this page to the assembly instructions at the top.

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This video shows how to install and adjust the Sport Belt. Note that the Sport Belt adjusts from both sides, so you can easily change the centering of the back pad.

The Sport Belt is an optional Enigma accessory that improves comfort, and helps keep the Enigma belt tension more consistent.

How To Get Good Concealment - A Step-By-Step Guide

Our Concealment Mechanics graphics and videos will walk you through the steps to getting good concealment with your Enigma. Most people don’t get perfect concealment right away – it takes some work to dial things in for your unique body shape. You’ll need to experiment with your gun placement, belt tightness, Enigma adjustments, and wedge placement to get your best possible concealment.  

This video series will walk you through how to find your concealment sweet spot, how to use the Poke and Check method to determine if you need to make adjustments to your concealment, and how to decide whether you need to add a wedge.  You can also check the Engima adjustments section above for help with configuring your Enigma for your body.

Once you get past the basics, you can also learn more about the deeper technical and psychological factors that make for good concealment. There’s a lot of information, but you can go at your own pace.

Adjustments and Configurations

The Standard Enigma can be adjusted several different ways. You can learn more about the possible adjustments below. 

The Light Bearing Enigma has four belt attachment holes on either side of the faceplate. These work the same as the holes in the Standard Enigma faceplate.  They control grip tuck, grip rotation, and optic printing. Please watch the Standard Enigma Poke and Check video below for instructions on how to determine which belt attachment holes are best for your body shape.

To make gross adjustments to the amount of grip rotation you get, you can change your light bearing Modwing inserts. A light bearing Modwing will come with a short and tall insert (top left of picture).

The tall insert will give you the most grip rotation (more than is necessary for most guns). The short insert will give you moderate grip rotation. Using the wing alone, with no insert, will give you the least amount of grip rotation.

If in doubt, start with the short Modwing insert.

Please note: If you’re not getting enough grip rotation with your light bearing holster, consider adding a wedge instead of increasing the wing height. Since light bearing holsters are wider and flatter, they tend to resist the action of the wing, which adds stress to the holster and can lead to cracks and premature wear. Wedges can give you precise control over grip tuck and rotation, and also tend to make your setup more comfortable, as well.

Also note: Only use a light bearing Modwing on a light bearing holster. Never use a standard Modwing, as it will crack your holster shell.

The LBE was designed for the Floodlight holster, which accommodates full size lights and duty-sized weapons. If your holster shell is smaller than the floodlight, the leg leash attachment point may stick out past the shell, which can make it dig into your thigh when seated.

When using the LBE with a smaller shell, you can solve this issue by folding the leg leash attachment under the faceplate and trapping it under the faceplate or under the nearest screw.

NOTE: Normally we say not to crease the faceplate material, however the leg leash is a low stress part, so this is fine.

DO NOT CUT OR MODIFY YOUR FACEPLATE. See the Enigma Safety page for more details.

Smaller users may need to shorten the leg leash drop. You can do this by fastening the leg leash through one of the larger faceplate holes rather than through the leg leash slot. See the video below for more detailed information.

If you’re having problems with your gun being too tight or too loose in the holster, first double check that you have the correct holster shell for your gun and light model. Aftermarket modifications to the gun may cause problems with retention.

Next, read this article on how holster retention works, and test your retention as shown. Do not test holster retention by shaking the holster upside down – that is not the correct way to test. 

If you’re using the PHLster Floodlight holster, MAKE SURE you have adjusted your holster correctly using the instructions

If these steps don’t resolve your issue, you can contact the manufacturer of your holster shell for help. Before you do so, please make sure you’re testing your holster retention correctly.  

Reminder: Do not test holster retention by shaking your holster upside down.

The Enigma is a skeleton. You start with the basic bone structure, and then you flesh it out to suit your body shape and your individual comfort needs. Since everyone is different, it takes some experimentation and customization to get the level of comfort and concealment you want.

The Enigma is designed to be a hardcore piece of fighting equipment that can survive extreme scenarios. In order to make it hold up to those demands, we chose materials for strength and rugged durability. The Enigma is designed to be ergonomic and adjustable – but it’s NOT soft.  

Skin comfort is an important factor in overall concealed carry comfort, and that’s why we made the Enigma as open to customization as possible. The easiest way to achieve skin comfort is just to wear an undershirt, camisole, underwear, or a bandeau under your Enigma. However, if you prefer to wear your Enigma directly against the skin with no undergarments, there are a variety of comfort solutions available, from aftermarket covers to sport belts to creative DIY solutions. You can choose whatever mods you need to get to your desired level of skin comfort. Like everything Enigma, expect it to take some experimentation.

You can add a wedge to your holster to improve both comfort and concealment. Learn more about wedges.

DIY tutorial on how to make your own wedge.

We welcome you to join the PHLster Concealment Workshop group on Facebook. It’s a large and active community with people from all walks of life. See how other people are wearing their Enigmas, and get inspiration for mods and adjustments. You can see the Enigma in action on people with different body shapes, with different wardrobes.

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Here’s how to use the Poke and Check method to adjust your Enigma. This will help you figure out which belt attachment holes are right for your body. Note that while this video is for the Standard Enigma, the same principles apply to the Light Bearing Enigma.

Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting

•  Enigma safety – MUST READ

•  Care and maintenance

•  Washing instructions

•  What to do with the extra belt or leg leash material

Reminder: Do not use a holster shell unless it meets ALL requirements in the fit guide.

Don’t try to make it fit or make it work. You will void your warranty, and you may cause serious safety issues. Just don’t.

•  Are there alternatives to the leg leash?

Can I take the leg leash off?

I don’t like the leg leash material. Can I change it?

•  What if the leg leash is too long. Can I trim it?

•  What if the leg leash prints in leggings?

As a general rule, if your leggings are tight enough to see panty lines, they’re tight enough that your leg leash may show. Adjusting it so it’s in the crease of your buttock will help minimize the visual impact. You can also try the alternative leg leash routing method from the instruction video in the leg leash section above. If you prefer an aftermarket solution, check out the Bumster from Levo Designs.

If you’re having problems with your gun being too tight or too loose in the holster, first double check that you have the correct holster shell for your gun and light model. Aftermarket modifications to the gun may cause problems with retention.

Next, read this article on how holster retention works, and test your retention as shown. Do not test holster retention by shaking the holster upside down – that is not the correct way to test. 

If you’re using the PHLster Floodlight holster, MAKE SURE you have adjusted your holster correctly using the instructions

If these steps don’t resolve your issue, you can contact the manufacturer of your holster shell for help. Before you do so, please make sure you’re testing your holster retention correctly.  

Reminder: Do not test holster retention by shaking your holster upside down.

•  3 Key principles of concealment

•  Finding your concealment sweet spot – Remember that the concealment principles are universal, and all bodies are unique. If your exact body type isn’t shown in the video, you can still use the concealment principles to find your own sweet spot.

•  The “Keel Principle,” and how longer holsters can often be more comfortable and concealable

•  Basic Concealment Mechanics

•  Appendix carry tips for larger folks – abdominal fat distribution and appendix carry

•  Wedges – what is a wedge, and do I need one?

•  Appendix carry comfort – how to find your boundaries, and learn to sit and move comfortably while appendix carrying. Note – this is especially important with light bearing holsters, since they are wider and often longer than non-light bearing holsters.

•  If the Enigma’s magnetic buckle sits over your hip bone and causes a pressure point, try switching to the reduced size buckle instead.

General comfort tips:

The Enigma is a skeleton. You start with the basic bone structure, and then you flesh it out to suit your body shape and your individual comfort needs. Since everyone is different, it takes some experimentation and customization to get the level of comfort and concealment you want.

The Enigma is designed to be a hardcore piece of fighting equipment that can survive extreme scenarios. In order to make it hold up to those demands, we chose materials for strength and rugged durability. The Enigma is designed to be ergonomic and adjustable – but it’s NOT soft.  

Skin comfort is an important factor in overall concealed carry comfort, and that’s why we made the Enigma as open to customization as possible. The easiest way to achieve skin comfort is just to wear an undershirt, camisole, underwear, or a bandeau under your Enigma. However, if you prefer to wear your Enigma directly against the skin with no undergarments, there are a variety of comfort solutions available, from aftermarket covers to sport belts to creative DIY solutions. You can choose whatever mods you need to get to your desired level of skin comfort. Like everything Enigma, expect it to take some experimentation.

We welcome you to join the PHLster Concealment Workshop group on Facebook. It’s a large and active community with people from all walks of life. See how other people are wearing their Enigmas, and get inspiration for mods and adjustments. You can see the Enigma in action on people with different body shapes, with different wardrobes.