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He Got His “Answer”

Posted by Rob Longenecker on September 1st, 2006

All of you know that I love it when you write and call me to tell me how much you’re loving your new (and old) Tucker holsters. But every once and a while, someone really nails it and captures lightning in a bottle — the essence of owning a Tucker.

This guy is one of them. He said it even better than I could and he really nailed why The Answer has proven itself time and time again to be their answer to a final IWB carrying solution.

Heck, he even educated **me** on why customers love The Answer so much (and that takes some doing!).

It was such a treat for me to read, I thought everyone here who either had The Answer or was just thinking about one — should get a chance to read the great things you folks say about Tucker’s products.

Don is a very intelligent, very experiences concealed-carry guy who has had enough holsters and training to know the difference between the good . . . the bad . . . and everything in-between.

He knows why a full firing grip is important. His experience allows him to see that Tucker’s knows what #&@$% he’s doing — that Tucker’s experience in shooting, in carrying as a professional — it’s all there in every groove of the design.

So here it is. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.


“I recently received the Answer, from Tucker Gunleather. I’m not posting pics since everyone’s seen a LB Premier II and the pics on Tucker’s website are very nice, high resolution ones. As promised, here’s my review.

First of all, if Rob Longenecker ever decides to get out of the holster business, he could have a great career teaching ethical business practices at any university. When he says he will promptly return a phone call, or email, he means it.

When he says he will deliver a holster in three weeks, it’s there. This is sadly rare in today’s business experience; making these seemingly simple things really stand out.

As I expected, the workmanship on the Answer is first rate. I was unaware of the thin, suede lining on the back side, when ordering. Smart addition, as it will obviously protect me from the fastener backings.

The suede is very well tanned and buttery soft, with plenty of nap to make for a firm and stabilizing grip to either skin, or fabric. The hardware is top quality, American-made, stainless steel, with stainless finish washers.

The sight channel is ample, with plenty of room to spare. Further evidence of the thought put into this design are the meaty, leather washers between the belt hooks and leather plate. These will help to keep the leather closer to the body and help the hooks to better pivot as needed.

The washers also enhance the Answer’s ‘tuckability’, by not pinching the shirt tail. The little touches, like the flared lip on the back of the trigger guard area and the inclusion of an allen wrench, complete the package.

It’s clear that a lot of thought and insightful design went into this holster.

There is absolutely no excess material on this holster, anywhere. The, so called, “body shield”, is cut with an eye that could only come from years of experience carrying 1911‘s. It mates perfectly to the sharpish, adjustable rear sights on my Premier II and gives solid protection from the extended thumb safety.

When fully inserted, the muzzle of the gun is precisely flush to the bottom of the holster. The Kydex portion of the Answer is ultra-thin. Not the usual injection molded rubbish offered by most companies.

It is perfectly molded to the pistol, providing a secure fit without compromising the thin profile of the 1911.

In terms of carry, the forward cant is right on the money. I tend to like an ample amount, and had figured on adjusting The Answer for more. Not necessary! The adjustments provided on the belt hooks give three distinct and viable positions when using the holes in parallel.

First, extreme low ride, for deep concealment and added security. Second, puts the Kydex shell at exactly-level with the belt and top of the waistband, bringing the grip higher, to completely clear the belt and hooks.

This position puts less pressure over the rear of the slide and allows for a much faster draw.

Third, is ideal for those who prefer extreme high-rise. It brings the gun up significantly, snugging it directly under the bottom of the rib cage.

This kind of attention to detail is much appreciated by those of us who put on and take off our guns with our pants; all day carry comfort. I commend Mr. Longenecker and Mr. Tucker for providing me with a fine product.

A lot of people have commented that the Answer seems expensive at $125. You have simply to see it and hold it to understand why it’s a bargain.

The only flaw I can see thus far, is that one of the belt clips doesn’t quite make a full, 180 degree bend. As such, the little “whale tail” tangs don’t seat underneath the belt, as they do on the other one.

Not a disaster, and doesn’t diminish the overall rating of, Excellent.” 

— Don DeBusk, August, 2006

Note: I replaced the misbehaving belt clip immediately.



7 Responses to “He Got His “Answer””

  1. Don DeBusk Says:

    “I replaced the misbehaving belt clip immediately.”
    And that, he did.

    What Rob didn’t mention, is that I didn’t even ask him to!

    A note regarding Rob’s committment to OUR satisfaction: When I originally ordered my Answer, I told Rob that I intended to use it in an upcoming IDPA match, to test its performance. He suggested that it was, perhaps, NOT a good choice for IDPA, due to its IWB design. Only after telling him that I only train and compete with what I carry, did he agree to SELL me an Answer; in ANSWER to my needs! I have never had a businessman EVER try to UNSELL me on his product. But, by doing so, Rob reinforced his personal committment and sense of responsibility to his customer.

    It’s rather amazing to call Tucker Gunleather and speak with Rob. You will literally get an, “Is this what you REALLY want? Are you SURE this is what will work best for YOU?”, type interview. It’s as though Rob actually gets in your head and wants nothing, but to make sure you’re making the BEST possible choice to fit YOUR needs.

    He shoots-in-the heel, every adage we’ve come to believe about the dollar-for-product relationship. The dude REALLY cares!
    Moreover, he’s an experienced pistolero himself. Like Tucker, he KNOWS what he’s talking about.

    Rob Longenecker is no salesman. He is a personal defence CONSULTANT!

  2. Tucker Gunleather Blog » Blog Archive » You Bet I’d Have a Tuckable Holster! I Wear One Every Day. Says:

    […] Whether you “tuck” or not, it’s hard to beat a Tucker Gunleather IWB for function, quality and fit. See what this customer has to say about his Tucker Answer IWB. Click here. […]

  3. jeb shepherd Says:

    Im with don, in my first ever idpa match i used the answer as my holster and it worked fine, for the format of the match if you shoot with your carry gun you should use your daily carry gear + mag carriers can’t get much better training for 10 dollars a match

  4. Tucker gun leather experience? Says:

    […] Originally Posted by jkroner659 Any of you guys have a tucker holster/belt? Oh, DARN! An excuse to post pics of my holsters… I carry OWB, in an HF-1, Belt, Holster and Mag Pouch. The workmanship is second to none and by far the best I’ve ever seen. For IWB, I carry in The Answer, which I have found to be the most comfortable IWB offering I’ve ever tried. I carry a full-size Les Baer 1911 in it, all day everyday. Check out my review on the Tucker Blog. I will never own anything but a Tucker product again. Rob Longenecker is about the nicest, most straight-forward and honest guy I have ever dealt with. __________________ "The laws that forbid the carrying of arms …..disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes."–Cesare Beccaria (1735-1794) […]

  5. Kevin Says:

    I have a xd 45 4″… How much is the answer holster and how to a get one?

  6. Rob Longenecker Says:

    Kevin, I sent you an email.

  7. unloarlEurosy Says:


    As a fresh http://www.tuckergunleatherblog.com user i just wanted to say hi to everyone else who uses this board 😉

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