Is a Holster With a Built-In Magazine Carrier Right For Me?

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With the advent of our Minotaur IWB holster last year, a growing number of customers are all asking the same question: is an all-in-one holster right for me?

Our Minotaur IWB holster is categorized as the “total package” because it’s part handgun holster, part single magazine carrier. And that’s something a lot of customers literally begged us to create. So we listened to your needs and wants, and came up with a design we loved.

Hundreds of our customers swear by The Minotaur. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best holster design for everyone’s body or carry preferences.

Luckily, there’s another option: making two separate pieces part of your EDC. That is, one handgun holster, and a separate magazine carrier. And a comparable number of our customers swear by that set up too.

In the photo above: At top, our Apollo Appendix IWB and a Single Pistol Magazine Carrier. At bottom, our Minotaur IWB. 

Below, we break down the pros and cons of our Minotaur IWB versus two separate pieces of gear. The most comparable gear to our Minotaur IWB would be our Apollo Appendix IWB and our Single Pistol Magazine Carrier.

  • Depending on the size of the gun you’re carrying, The Minotaur can feel a bit bulky, while two separate pieces (such as The Apollo IWB and a Single Pistol Magazine Carrier) does not.
  • The Minotaur does come standard with a curved design, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be a perfect fit for your body type. If you’re carrying a bit more weight around your midsection, or are very lean, the curved design can actually be somewhat uncomfortable.
  • The Minotaur can only be worn in the appendix position. It is best concealed in the middle of your belt, where the belt buckle normally sits. You’ll need to move your belt buckle slightly off-center in order to achieve this.
  • Although The Apollo IWB is optimized for appendix carry, it can actually be worn in any position inside the waistband – so can our Single Pistol Magazine Carrier. This gives the customer more carry options than The Minotaur would.
  • Both The Minotaur and The Apollo come with our standard 1.5” appendix clip – The Minotaur comes with two, simply because it’s a larger rig that needs more stability, while The Apollo only comes with one. A second clip ins't necessary on The Apollo because it's a smaller holster.
  • Both The Minotaur and The Apollo come with adjustable retention.
  • The footprint inside the waistband is nearly identical for both options.

In the photo above: The Minotaur IWB is best concealed in the middle of your belt, where the belt buckle would normally sit. 


In the photo above: The footprint of The Apollo Appendix IWB and the Single Pistol Magazine Carrier is nearly identical to the footprint of The Minotaur.

Regardless of the holster you’re using, if you’re carrying in the appendix position for the first time, it will take some getting used to. Check out this blog post for 5 Things You Need to Know About Appendix Carry.

Do you have additional questions about either option? Let us know in the comments section!

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