I’ve been carrying the Urban Carry concealed carry holster around for several months now and can say that, until recently, it was one of my two preferred methods of carrying a concealed gun. In fact, when it comes to deep concealment, I’d say this holster is as close to perfect as you’d hope for, though far from flawless depending on your body type and the clothes you wear.
The Urban Carry Holster does take some getting used to, and requires more drawing practice than most others on the market. While I’m wearing it right now as I sit here and type this, I don’t even know that it’s on unless I focus on it. It is that comfortable. The first time I put it on and showed it to my wife, though, she actually said to me, “is that a gun in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?” I shoot you not—she actually said that.
The bulge was that big. Then again, I was wearing a full-size Springfield XD, in the appendix area. After that initial shock of, “damn, it makes me look happy,” I realized that carrying a full size handgun may not be the best idea for this holster, so I chose a different route.
Even though I have the medium size one, I carry a snubby 5-shot revolver in it, and it works well. There is still a learning curve when drawing, because it is not apt to easy flow like a regular clipped holster is, especially when you carry a spare tire around like I do. The holster is a different concept in that, instead of drawing your weapon, you draw the entire holster out of its resting spot, and then pull the gun out. It’s different, but possible to get fast with enough practice.
Having said all of that, I can see where some people will have issues with it. Personally, I keep my belt as tight on my waist is I can stand before it cuts the blood supply off to my feet. Therefore, that makes for a harder draw. The fact that I’ve got a larger than life belly doesn’t help, either. There are different methods of drawing that should be practiced that do help. However, I do have to say that when I wear this combo my belt was a notch looser than it used to be to aid in a quicker draw.
Speaking of the belt, it does require the use of one, in order to work. Basically, you just run your belt through these hoops, and then tuck the holster into your pants. The result is what looks like a cell phone holster, and the gun is totally hidden in the pants.
It’s especially great for someone who likes to carry a backup gun, but doesn’t want to use their ankle. It is so deeply concealed for small guns, that people really have no clue that it’s even there. Bigger guns, like my XD, don’t disappear how I wanted it too, though.
Therefore, I’m not sure that I’d recommend someone carrying a full-sized pistol in it. Even though it won’t print like a handgun, it is large. Plus, getting a larger gun unholstered proved to be more difficult than I wanted, even though I practiced with it for several months.
Now on to the real downfall of the Urban Carry. While it seems to be of high-quality materials, the stitching on the one side did start to pull off, and I counted 10 holes worth of stitches that are totally gone. Once stitching begins to break, it doesn’t usually stop. Therefore, it is just a matter of time before it won’t hold the gun anymore.
It is for that reason that I’ve retired this holster to home-duty, and cannot recommend it to someone. The concept is there, and if it held up the way I wanted it too, I would not hesitate to give it my stamp of approval for deep concealment holsters. But, the stitching is coming undone, and the last thing any of us needs is for our gun to fall out of its holster. I cannot, in good conscience, recommend a holster that may not perform as it’s supposed to, and may actually be dangerous if a gun falls out.
Do you own an Urban Carry holster? Has yours began to fall apart like mine has? I’ve only had it since February, so it shouldn’t be coming apart yet. Let us know in the comments what you think about it, and make sure you sign up for Gun Carrier’s FREE newsletter to keep up to date on all we do.