The PHLster Enigma, a BIG WIN!

Hi all, this is Shelley Hill and in November of 2020 I saw the Enigma REVEAL Live Event. I was intrigued so I contacted Jon Hauptman of PHLster to ask a few questions. Jon was very happy to talk to me and a week later an Enigma showed up on my doorstep…NO STRINGS ATTACHED. He just wanted my opinion and I am freely giving it.

My SIG P365XL with Romeo Zero Red Dot, 2 Dark Star Gear “Hitchhiker” Holsters and 1 Enigma

Let’s start with the name. The definition of enigma is something puzzling, baffling, mysterious or perplexing. PHLster truly chose the BEST name. The Enigma is NOT a holster. It is NOT a belly-band. I called it a concealment belt until I saw on their website that they call it an ultra-low-profile concealment system. BINGO! That is EXACTLY what it is…a system.

After I received my Enigma I watched 2 videos that PHLster provided via YouTube.

First I watched the entire EAI video. When it was over I was a bit stressed that I would have a hard time putting the system together so I did something that has served me well in the past, photos and “stop and go” learning.

Before I took my 1st Dark Star Gear holster apart, I took photos of it intact. I then took photos during the whole “breakdown” process so I would know how to put it back together so I could switch back and forth from the holster with clip to the Enigma. I also put the hardware in a labeled bag.

Next, I set up my “work area” EXACTLY like Jon did in the video so I could follow along. Once my “copy cat” area was in place I started the video. I would pause after each set of instructions, do it, play it again to confirm, and then move to the next set of directions. I did NOT pull my hair out, nor did I grow old or start day-drinking so I considered that a BIG WIN!

Now, it was time to watch the EAG video to make all the little customized adjustments. I went through this in a similar fashion and I am glad I did because the Enigma can be adjusted in many ways so the fit is perfect. It took me a few adjustments through the “breaking in process” and it was WELL WORTH IT so do not skip this part!!! I admit that the “leg leash” freaked me out a bit but once again, PHLster rose to the occasion because once adjusted properly, I could not even tell it was there.

I committed to wearing my Enigma as my EDC (Everyday Carry) 100% of the time for a month. The first week of my 1 month commitment I knew that I wanted this system as a part of my daily carry options so I ordered another holster from Dark Star Gear. It arrived a week later and I got it set up for my EDC in 5 minutes.

I wore the Enigma under scrubs during 8-10 hour shifts. I wore it driving in my car 10 hours each way to visit my family around the holidays. I wore it while working at my desk for 8 hours at a time. I wore it with casual elastic pants and I even wore it with jeans just to see how it worked. It passed the “accessibility, concealment, comfort and easy to put on and take off” test. I have sensitive skin so I wore a camisole under my shirt to protect my skin from irritation. This is also the technique I use on the range when training or instructing.

Now it was time for some work presenting from the “holster” with some timed draws. I have not tested this with live fire but I have worked on timed draws at 5 yards, from concealment, to first trigger press during dry practice. I set the par time at 2 seconds and worked my way down to a sub second draw. I was consistent drawing to first shot from this new system at 1.4 – 1.6 seconds but I must not tell a lie, the wheels completely fell off at 1 second. An absolute crash and burn! LOL! That was not the Enigma’s fault….that was ALL ME because I am also working with a new smaller pistol.

This wonderful creation has opened the door to new wardrobe options, not just for women but for men as well. It is concealable, easy to access, comfortable, and affordable. No more excuses…..wear your gun!

Shelley Hill

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