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The Gryphon - Ultimate Light-Bearing IWB Holster


Product Description

**THIS IS A CUSTOM PRODUCT and is subject to an estimated lead time of approximately 20-30 days. Please note that our estimated lead time is an ESTIMATE, and may not always be exact. If a delay is present for custom orders placed during specific time periods, a notice will be posted on the homepage of our website - www.alphaconceal.com.**




In Greek mythology, the gryphon was a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagle’s talons as its front feet. Because the lion was traditionally considered the king of beasts, and the eagle the king of birds, the gryphon was thought to be the king of all creatures. It was also known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions.

The Gryphon is our Ultimate Light-Bearing Inside the Waistband (IWB) holster, and is so named for several reasons: the two Appendix Clips on the front of the holster are said to resemble the talons of a gryphon, and the concealment claw helps hide the fact that you’re carrying, protecting the most priceless possession of all: your life.


  • The Gryphon is designed to be worn in any position inside the waistband – the holster hooks onto your belt and is worn inside your pants.
  • This holster is ideal for carrying concealed with a weapon-mounted light. It will not function without a light/laser attachment (read more below).

About This Holster

We refer to this holster as our Ultimate Light-Bearing IWB because it truly doesn't get better than this: it comes standard with a number of features that offer incomparable concealability: its slim design prevents excess bulk, its smooth rounded edges offer maximum comfort, the detachable claw on the left side of the holster aids in concealment, and the two Appendix Clips (as opposed to a singular clip) offer maximum stability. 

The Gryphon is molded to fit a specific handgun model with a particular rail-mounted light, such as a TLR-1 or Inforce APL; your handgun and light will only fit in the holster that is designed specifically for it. Furthermore, if you do not have a weapon-mounted light on your handgun, this is NOT the holster for you - Please view our Phoenix Ultimate IWB instead. The Gryphon will not function properly without a weapon-mounted light/laser attached. 

The Gryphon comes with two of our Appendix Clips, which hook onto your belt. The clips are available in two different sizes: 1.5", which most belts will fit through, or 1.75". The clips also come with multiple predrilled holes, which allows for adjustable ride height and adjustable cant. You choose which size Appendix Clips you prefer during checkout.  If you're not sure which size you need, you can always head over to our Extra Hardware section to purchase larger Appendix Clips. This style of clip also allows the customer to tuck their shirt in.

The customer can choose to remove the clip furthest from the concealment claw if they prefer a one-clip style holster. You should not remove the clip closest to the concealment claw, as it will cause the holster to be unbalanced. Please note that the design of the holster and belt hardware placement may vary due to the order details a customer selects during checkout - it is not always possible to place the clip on the curve of the holster.

The holster comes with adjustable retention. It is controlled by the two screws that hold the concealment claw into place. This allows the customer to select a tighter or looser fit on their gun. 

The concealment claw on the left side (right side if you're a left-handed shooter) of the holster rests against the back side of your belt, forcing the grip of the gun further into the body than normal, aiding in concealment. This is something that most customers need to get used to, as it can be uncomfortable at first. Therefore, the concealment claw is detachable, in case you decide it’s something you’d rather do without.

This holster is made from one piece of Kydex, strategically molded around the gun and weapon-mounted light/laser attachment, and fastened together with quality hardware. All of the hardware comes with a lifetime guarantee, and if at any time it breaks or is lost, we will replace it at no cost to the customer.

The holster can be customized in your choice of 34 different colors or patterns. Click here to view color options.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that due to the amount of space necessary to accommodate a weapon-mounted light attachment, the top portion of the holster near the trigger guard will be wider than on a non-light-bearing holster. Depending on the exact dimensions of the particular weapon-mounted light, this open space is approximately 1/8" to 1/4". Please be assured that this is completely standard, and does not affect the functionality of the holster. As is the case whenever using a firearm, caution should be taken at all times to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you.  

DISCLAIMER: When ordering a light-bearing holster, customers will see a dropdown menu for handgun model, and a separate dropdown menu for weapon-mounted light/laser. Customers select the models they are using from each respective dropdown menu. 

Please note: all of our available handgun options, and weapon-mounted light/laser options, are listed in each dropdown menu. This DOES NOT mean that every option from one dropdown menu is compatible with every option from another dropdown menu. NOT ALL FIREARM AND LIGHT/LASER COMBINATIONS ARE COMPATIBLE WITH ONE ANOTHER. Please be sure to check the manufacturer information provided by the manufacturer of both your firearm and light/laser to ensure compatibility. If the light/laser is not designed for the firearm you select, a holster cannot be made for it. If you're unsure about compatibility, please contact us before placing an order.

Product Reviews

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  1. favorite

    Posted by A.L.R. on 30th Apr 2019

    my favorite holster. thanks alpha!!

  2. Another great holster from Alpha

    Posted by Larry A. on 21st Jan 2019

    I've been a customer of Alpha's for years and this holster is exactly what I would expect from them. I own several different kinds of their holsters and have never had anything but positive things to say. This holster is right up there with the best of them.

  3. Favorite holster

    Posted by KelLash on 16th Dec 2018

    I decided to pick this up after already owning the version that isn't light compatible (the Phoenix). I love the Phoenix (I have 2, one for my Glock 19 with RMR, and another for my Glock 43 no mods) but I wanted a holster that I could use when running the TLR-7 on my 19. This holster functions extremely well, and is my new favorite for concealed carry when using the TLR-7. Thanks Alpha!

  4. Best Yet

    Posted by Max on 10th Nov 2018

    As someone who has been carrying for nearly a decade, this is my first "real" holster, and I have to say, where has this been all my life? Literally the most comfortable holster I can imagine. I carry at 3-4 o'clock typically, but with this, I can do that or AIWB with ease. Lead time was highly accurate, military discount was available, and questions were answered swiftly. I can complain about anything, but in this case, I literally couldn't ask for more. But I do have a warning: plan on being a repeat customer, I know I will be.

  5. This is the perfect holster

    Posted by gmt on 14th Oct 2018

    Bought this for my m and p 2.0 compact, the 4 inch model, with olight pl mini. My search for the perfect holster is over. This one does it all for me. Easy to conceal, as comfortable as you can get, great design, perfect price especially if you get it on sale, and quality, quality, quality! You can tell Alpha takes their time to make sure their gear is done right, and with all these other companies popping up, that's one thing that lacks big time. I wouldn't trust anyone but Alpha.

  6. Finnaly, a comfortable IWB that conceals

    Posted by Chip$ on 9th Jul 2018

    I've tried almost every IWB holster under the sun. Concealed Carry can be uncomfortable especially with a light attached. The Gryphon is incredibly well built, with thoughtful and functional details that set it above all its competitors. I often forget I'm carrying an HK45C with TLR3.

  7. WOW!

    Posted by Nick on 24th Apr 2017

    All I have to say is this holster was well worth the wait. I love the two clips up front, have had other holsters that did not, and this system does not move unless you want it too. I have run other appendix rigs in the past and they have not been comfortable. This is by far the best holster I have worn and dont even notice my concealed weapon. I run a glock 19 with a TLR-1 and this holster complements my gun well. Thank you alpha concealment, you do great work

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