Intro to Galco and the King Tuk
Galco was founded in 1969 by Richard Gallagher; at the time it was known as The Famous Jackass Leather Company, which was a reference to the fact that their holsters were made of horsehide. The company gained fame Hollywood-style in the 1980’s when its Jackass shoulder holster became a recurring accessory for a character on the television show “Miami Vice,” which turned out to be a sign of things to come.
Today, Galco holsters continue to appear in more movies and television shows than any other brand. More importantly, they’re widely used by law enforcement officers all over the world on both the local and federal level. They’re also trusted by members of our armed forces; countless service members have used and do use Galco holsters during their deployments for the Global War on Terror.
For more than 40 years, Galco has built a well-deserved reputation for quality, and it lives on today in such top-tier holsters as the Galco King Tuk. Let’s take a closer look at the highlights in this Galco King Tuk review.
Features of the King Tuck Holster
Galco’s King Tuk is the sweet spot of the ccw holster world. It gives the wearer the best of two popular styles – Kydex and pancake – and it’s fully concealable. The King Tuk is exceptionally well made; the backing plate is cut from high-quality saddle leather while the front is made of Napa leather. Napa leather is soft, smooth full-grain leather that is treated with a unique process and dyed with care, all of which adds up to make it one of the most superior wearable leathers available.
The actual holster is formed from Kydex – thermoplastic acrylic-polyvinyl chloride – which is an incredibly tough, durable material. When Kydex is super-heated it can be molded to fit a particular firearm’s frame with impressive precision. As for its assembly, the Kydex is securely riveted in place on the pancake-style back plate while the leather itself has heavy-duty stitching along its perimeter, with special attention paid to stress points. So when we say this is a good quality gun holster, we mean it.
Wearing this Galco IWB holster is simple thanks to two metal belt clips – which are removable. To wear it, simply push the clips in place over the waistband or belt of your pants. Those clips can be moved up or down and placed in existing holes in the leather so the wearer can set the concealed carry holster to their preferred height and angle. The clips fit belts up to 1 ¾” wide. Separately sold are injection-molded c-hooks, which fit belts up to 1 ¼” wide.
Those hooks allow the holster to be worn in an extremely low-profile style, increasing concealment. With either set of clips, the concealed weapon holster is hooked onto the waistband for IWB (Inside WaistBand) carry. The Galco King Tuck is, as its name suggests, a tuckable holster, meaning the wearer’s shirt can be tucked in over the holster. This gives two options for concealment: untucked, loose shirt, and tucked-in shirt, which means it can also be used with dress shirts.
Your firearm is firmly gripped by the custom-molded Kydex holster, which leaves the muzzle open and covers the frame up to the entirety of the trigger guard. The gun is canted forward, which angles the grip slightly ahead, giving the wearer a more natural grip for drawing their gun. The back plate extends from ]the end of the slide to the muzzle leaving just the grip open, which is as it should be for comfort’s sake and usability. The great thing about the broad back plate is that it protects your skin from the discomfort of your gun’s rough edges – and that means it protects your gun from your skin and resulting sweat that can cause corrosion on some guns and the need for more frequent cleaning for all guns.
KingTuk Can Be Used With:
– Glock 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 31, 32, 33, 42
– S&W M&P Shield 9/40, M&P 9/40, J Fram 640 Cent
– 3.5″-3″ 1911’s, 1911 Commander and 1911 Gov
– Sig-Sauer P220/P226/P229
– Springfield XD 3-4 in.
– Ruger LC9, Ruger LCP
Weight: 12.8 ounces
Drawing, Re-Holstering, and Comfort with the Galco King Tuk
If you’re using the Galco King Tuk with your shirt untucked, drawing your gun is just like doing so from any other IWB holster: use your off hand to lift your shirt while reaching in and drawing your gun with your strong hand. If your shirt is tucked in, all you’re really doing is lifting the shirt higher, untucking with your off hand so you can draw with your strong hand.
Rapid presentation is absolutely possible with this Galco IWB holster, and that’s a vital part of a holster’s use. The Kydex does grip the gun firmly, so you will need to practice to master drawing with the proper amount of force, but that’s true of any holster; practice always makes perfect in the gun world.
Re-holstering your gun is simple because the pistol holster itself is made of Kydex, so it’s quite solid and won’t be smashed or crushed when the gun is drawn. Many firearms owners refuse to wear a holster unless it’s possible to re-holster the gun single-handed, and, happily, one-handed re-holstering is possible with the this incredible Galco holster. The only thing you’ll need a second hand for is if you’ve chosen to tuck your shirt in around it.
This is one of the most comfortable IWB holsters you’ll come across and it top’s our list of the available choices for IWB style holsters. The leather backing is lined and soft, and does not rub or scrape your skin in any way. And, as we mentioned before, the back plate completely covers your gun’s slide, so there’s no rubbing or pinching from the gun, either. The leather is also sturdy and isn’t going to wear out. The footprint of the firearm holster is large and conforms to the wearer’s body nicely, meaning it isn’t likely to print and give you away.
Now, that’s not to say the muzzle of your gun won’t show if you’re wearing extremely tight pants, but that would not be the fault of the holster. It’s true that the two black metal clips that hook over your waistband do show if you tuck your shirt in, but the average person won’t have any idea what those clips are for, and if they take the time to wonder odds are they’ll think it’s for a wallet or some sort of medical device. And if you wear a black belt under the black clips they’re not going to be noticeable to anyone whatsoever.
There’s a reason Galco’s holsters have a stellar reputation – because they’re well-made, comfortable, and user-friendly. The Galco King Tuk does exactly what it’s supposed to: holds your handgun securely in place while keeping it well concealed. The fact that it manages to be comfortable as well is an added bonus, as all gun owners know, there are great holsters out there that work well but feel terrible. With Galco, you get it all, and the King Tuk lives up to its name as the king of IWB tuckable holsters.