By David Crane
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April 7, 2011
Last updated on 4/15/11.
While we’re on the subject of pistols, we should probably mention a really terrific inside-the-waistband (IWB) ultra-concealment holster for Glock pistols made by DC Holsters that DefenseReview (DR) has had the pleasure of using over the last year, ever since our trip to the Bellingham, Washington area to train with tactical instructor John Romaszka of Romaszka Tactical Training (RTT). The one we’ve been running since May 2010 is a prototype version, but we recently received the latest production version from the company, and it looks even better (see top photo at right), despite the fact that it’s not yet patinated. Once it gets a good patina on it and darkens up a bit, it will look even better.
DC Holsters IWB concealed carry (CCW) holsters combine a very low-profile/low-signature aspect with a high degree of comfort. It accomplishes this with superior design and use of materials, integrating a relatively large high-quality leather backing with a correspondingly high-quality kydex holster, creating a leather/kydex hybrid holster that perfectly fits DR’s Gen. 3 Glock 19 (G19) high-capacity semi-auto compact 9mm (9mm Parabellum/9x19mm NATO) pistols. The G19 is currently the author’s primary carry gun (concealed carry), and our DC Holsters IWB holster makes carrying the G19 as enjoyable and low-profile an experience as possible. The weapon doesn’t seem to print at all under your shirt when standing up. Both holster and weapon retention are excellent thanks to the strong spring steel belt clip and tight fit of the holster, itself, which holds the gun pretty tightly under natural tension.
Editor’s Note 1: Notice the (loaded) 17-round Glock 17 (G17) magazine in DR’s G19 in two of the accompanying photos. If you’re going for maximum concealment, DR would recommend using the 15-round G19 mag. However, if you can get away with it, the 17-round mag is sometimes preferred. Nothing wrong with having two extra rounds at your immediate disposal!
The brains and artistry behind DC Holsters is competitive shooter and gunsmith Greg Purcell, who also happens to be Defense Review’s most trusted AR triggersmith. There’s no one we trust more than (or as much as) Purcell to install after-market match triggers on DR’s tactical ARs. Plus, he’s a super-nice guy, which is just as important.
Bottom line, this holster is the best IWB holster DefenseReview has ever used, and we highly recommend DC Holsters leather/kydex IWB holsters for anyone looking for a superlative ultra-concealment/deep cover holsters for concealed carry (CCW), undercover law enforcement (LE), or LE off-duty use. You simply can’t go wrong with this holster. Two big thumbs up!
Editor’s Note 2: As much as I may like it to, the “DC” in “DC Holsters” doesn’t stand for “David Crane”, although it should (kidding). It’s stands for either “Deep Concealment” or “Deep Cover”. We’re not sure which. By the way, you’ll notice the author is wearing a Milkor USA t-shirt and Levi’s 505 jeans (we also like Levi’s 501 jeans). DefenseReview is a fan of both companies’ respective products.
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