So what’s the downside? Well, any holsters shaped for a 1911 will be useless with the grips attached. However, any custom or universal large-pistol holster made to accommodate rail attachments will work, which is what you’d have to use if you had a 1911 with an integrated rail anyway. Besides, Recover Tactical sells holsters designed specifically to work with their grips. They sent me the HC11 holster for the 1911 grip kit to try out. It’s available in passive retention (just tug and the gun comes free) or active retention (a lever on the side of the holster must be activated to release the pistol) and is designed so any accessory of any size can be attached to the rail. It holds the weapon securely, with a tab that locked into a corresponding hole in the grips—and fits and hangs as any rigid paddle holster does, though with a thicker duty belt, the holster is held quite far away from the wearer’s hip, almost like a competition holster.