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Urban Carry Holster Gear Review
Is the Urban Carry Holster worth your money? Let me share my own experience with this concealed carry holster here.
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Urban Carry Holster Review | To Buy or Not to Buy?
I've been carrying the Urban Carry concealed 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 holsters, 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 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 most revolver holsters are not apt to easy flow like a regular clip holster is, especially when you carry a spare tire around as 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 as I can stand before it cuts the blood supply off to my feet.
Therefore, that makes for a harder draw. The fact I've got a larger than life belly doesn't help, either.
You can practice different methods of drawing to help. However, I admit my belt was a notch looser than it used to be when I wore this combo.
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Speaking of the belt, the Urban Carry Holster does require the use of one to work. Basically, you just run your belt through these hoops, and then tuck the holster into your pants.
It looks like a cell phone holster, with the gun 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's in deep concealment for small guns, people really have no clue it's even there.
Bigger guns, like my XD, don't disappear how I wanted it to, though.
Therefore, I'm not sure 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.
Urban Carry Holster Fails
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 is starting to pull off, and I see 10 holes worth of stitches that are no longer there.
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.
Urban Carry Holster Recommendation: Nay
It is for that reason I've retired this holster to home-duty and cannot recommend it to someone. I can see the concept and if it had held up the way I wanted it to, I would not hesitate to give it my stamp of approval for deep concealment holsters.
The stitching is coming undone, and the last thing any of us needs is for our gun to fall out of its holster.
Watch this urban carry total concealment holster review from John Cameron:
I cannot, in good conscience, recommend a holster that may not perform as it should and may actually be dangerous if a gun falls out. Is the Urban Carry Holster price of $65 any enticement for me to recommend this product?
I still say safety is more important than price range.
Do you own an Urban Carry holster? Has yours begun to fall apart as mine has? Let us know in the comments what you think about it.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 13, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
February 5, 2021 at 7:57 PM
Thank you for an honest review. Very refreshing and much appreciated. I’ll stick to my Crossbreed.
February 5, 2021 at 4:00 PM
Which version are you reviewing? The original, or the G2? Simply wondering.