New “Criterion” IWB holster from Milt Sparks:


The Criterion or model CR-1 was developed in response to customers who prefer the cant and ride height of the model Nexus as compared to our model VM-2, but lamented the lack of a reinforced mouth band on the Nexus for one handed holstering. 

The Criterion features our self closing, neodymium magnetic belt loop system that has the same holding attributes as the traditional one-way snap, but is much easier to align and fasten to the belt. The steel cup portion of the magnetic closure shields the belts edge from putting direct pressure on the loop connection that might cause accidental separation as sometimes happens with regular snaps. And because there is no need to allow for additional space inside the loop as would be necessary to work the one-way snap, a closer belt loop, to belt fit can be had.

Other features include:

  • 100% Grade A cowhide construction, cut from the bend of the hide.
  • A full metal reinforced mouth-band to aid in safe one-handed holstering of your sidearm.
  • Designed to be free from any exposed metal hardware on the body side of the holster that could come into contact with the users’ skin.
  • Approximate 25° cant on 1911 models, compared to the 18° - 20° cant of our model VM-2 for 1911.
  • The Criterion is designed to ride as low as possible in the waistband while still allowing for a full firing grip on initial hand contact.
  • As with all of our holster models, plenty of clearance is provided around the magazine release button to keep the release from being inadvertently depressed.
  • Available in either all rough-side-out (RSO), natural finish, or smooth-side-out (SSO), black, cordovan, or tan.

As of this writing, the Criterion is available for the various 1911 models and Glocks, with other popular gun models to be supported, soon. Please call to check for firearm availability as our capabilities are subject to change as we find time to develop our patterns.

CR1 - Rough-side-out natural, or smooth side out black/cordovan/natural tan finish. $135
CR1-SH- Shark mouth-band reinforcement and loops RSO or SSO . $165
CR1-EL - Elephant mouth-band reinforcement and loops RSO or SSO . $185
SCL - Extra self closing loop for Criterion/Nexus holster. Price to be determined.

Mounting hole spacing for the Criterion, is the same as the VM-2 and NEX which means the loops will interchange between the three models.


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