To some, the Browning-designed single-stack 1911 might seem like a fading star in today’s world of micro-compact, high-capacity firearms. But there are still lots of reasons to love the pistol and carry it. 

Thankfully, companies like Galco have brought the carry solution for the 1911 into the 21st century, and we’re happy as clams about that. Let’s look at some ways Galco has made carrying the 1911 easier and more comfortable.

On the Hunt

I’ve been looking for the best 1911 to suit my needs for a couple of years now. I have a couple of specific requirements for it. First, I don’t want it to be a safe queen. While the idea of owning a fancy or collectible 1911 is appealing, my blood isn’t that rich. Ideally, the handguns I buy have a defense-related purpose. 

I've been looking for the right first 1911 for the past couple of years, and I think I'm really close to calling this Smith & Wesson my baby. (Photo: Paul Peterson/

Secondly, I want to be able to carry the gun. When compared to my current carry setup, the P365X, that leaves me with Commander-length 1911s for anything that would resemble a close comparison.

Which 1911 is the right one for me is another story, but for testing purposes, I got a S&W 1911 Pro Series, which I’ll be sure to review at a later date. I reached out to Galco and asked for their best options to carry the compact little 1911 in an AIWB setup. A couple of weeks later, a package arrived with a few surprising – not to mention comfortable – options for carrying this Smith & Wesson.

First, the Basics

In total, Galco sent me three holsters and a holster accessory to test. I got a Triton 2.0 Kydex IWB, a QuickTuk Cloud IWB, a MyCloud IWB Accessory, and a Yaqui Slide holster. Let’s start with the basic Kydex holster first, dubbed the Triton 2.0. This holster is the most ideal AIWB that Galco sent me. On the outside, it doesn’t boast any features that would stop you in your tracks. Upon further inspection, though, you may notice some nice features on this basic Kydex holster.

The first thing I noticed about this holster is how tight all the screws were. This isn’t always the case, with other Kydex holsters I’ve gotten needing a bit of Loctite right out of the box. While these screws may very well need some Loctite down the line, they don’t appear to be moving anytime soon. 

The QuickTuk Cloud (left) and the Triton 2.0 (right) needed no adjustments or Locktite right out of the box, a welcome sight. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

The second thing I noticed was not new but still a welcome sight for me. These aren’t my first Galco holsters, but this is my first Galco Kydex, so it was nice to see that the Uniclip made its way onto the Kydex holster. While there is nothing wrong with a traditional metal V-clip, I’ve found them to deform over time or when using a belt/pants combo that is thicker than normal. While I don’t have the same hours with the Galco UniClip as I do with the more traditional metal clip, I would say that the difference is obvious upon first inspection. The UniClip seems more secure, and part of that is because of how the clip extends back through itself to secure to the belt. 

The UniClip is one of the best in the industry for construction quality and retention. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

The only negative I would say about this holster is that I typically want a claw on my AIWB so it can press the grip further into my body, thus concealing it more. It’s not a dealbreaker but more of a “would be nice to have” sort of feature. 

While this holster made for a typical AIWB experience, it wasn’t until I started diving into the cloud holsters and accessories that carrying got really comfortable.

Carries Like a Dream

I’ve written about my fondness for the Galco Cloud lineup before. I simply haven’t found anything else like it. So, when I found the MyCloud Accessory kit in the package, I was happy and intrigued. I hadn’t heard of this accessory, but I was eager to try it out. 

Galco has always made holsters for a very comfy carry. (Photo: Paul Peterson/

Essentially, it’s the moisture-wicking backing of the cloud holster lineup. Instead of nylon on the one side, like my KingTuk Cloud or new Quicktuk Cloud, it has a loop front. The kit also comes with five adhesive hook patches designed to be placed on the holster. You can see where this is going. 

Within a minute, my Kydex holster carried a whole lot easier with the addition of the MyCloud accessory. Everything became much more comfortable, and it wasn’t long before I took the other adhesive patches and added them to my primary carry holster for my EDC, the SIG P365X.

I wasted no time adding the MyCloud accessory to my EDC holster and carry on the P365X. I carry that in a Vedder holster, but the nice thing about the accessory is that it can be applied to any holster. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

Ultimately, I’m not yet proficient enough with the 1911 platform to call it my EDC. While I have worn it in the AIWB position for testing purposes, it’s not something that I would feel comfortable doing every single day. That’s where the other QuickTuk Cloud comes into play.

Moving to a BUG

Since I do like this 1911, I’ve decided to carry it as a backup gun. The Kydex holster could be used, but it wouldn’t be ideal. Instead, Galco sent me a QuickTuk Cloud that’s just right for being a BUG holster to carry at the 3 o’clock position. The QuickTuk is ideal for either appendix carry or 3 o’clock, and as the name suggests, is designed to be added to the pants quickly. This is partially because there is only a single UniClip to get onto your carry belt.

The more I carry this at the 3 o'clock position, the more I like it for a backup. (Photo: Paul Peterson/

Unlike my KingTuk Cloud, which can take some finagling to get both hooks onto the belt, this one goes on without much effort. The padding covers the entire slide and hammer but not quite the extended beavertail on this model. If I had one negative about this holster that would be it, as the beavertail pressed into my skin at times. Still, I wore this holster on an all-day range trip, and it wasn’t until the end of a very long day that I started noticing it. 

The compact package and comfortable carry solution make this S&W 1911 Pro Series ideal for a BUG. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/
The only complaint I have is that I wish the holster covered the entire beavertail. Still, a very comfortable carry and it will take a full day to start to notice it. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

The QuickTuk also has multiple options for mounting the UniClip, allowing you to adjust the ride of the holster to your liking. Overall, this seems like a holster that will stand up to years of abuse while carrying and provide a safe home on the body.


One thing you can always hang your hat on with Galco is the fact that everything is made right here in the USA. Note the moisture wicking material – as a sweaty guy, I can tell you it really works. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

If you’re looking for a quality holster, look no further than Galco. While the company cut its teeth on leather holsters, it has innovated over the years and come out with some great products. Galco has brought carrying the 1911 into the modern age, and I, for one, am grateful. If you like carrying in comfort, I highly suggest checking out a Galco Cloud holster for your next carry solution. 

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