This review is long overdue. And for that, I apologize to the rockstars at Bravo Concealment. The Texas based company has consistently turned out quality holsters, and their Drop Out of Sight (DOS) holster is no different. It is one of the best IWB options I’ve seen. The good news is that my procrastination has allowed me a considered perspective on how the DOS works. I’ve been wearing it off and on now for several months, and I’m here with some first hand impressions.
Form and Function
The DOS has two defining features that set it apart from other IWB models. It is designed to Drop (you guessed it) Out of Sight. The clips are set high on the holster, but attached to the Kydex lower down. As such, it rides more deeply. The belt crosses the gun fairly high on the grip.
The second feature is related to the first. Instead of one clip, the DOS uses two, and they’re spaced out to the sides of the gun. While this makes the holster wider, and requires more Kydex, it keeps down the bulk of the holster. Most one-clip-holsters put the clip in the center, which adds to the girth of the holster. Girth is bad. Two clips also keep the holster from shifting during the draw. One clip holsters sometimes pivot a bit, especially if the belt is too narrow for the clip.
Fit and Finish
It is Kydex and rubber, so finish is going to be limited by the materials themselves. Still, Bravo has a nice finished product. The edges are clean, and the Bravo logo is subtle. This is consistent across all of the holsters we’ve seen from them.
And the guns fit perfectly, as you’d expect. Anything less from a Kydex holster shouldn’t be tolerated. In-waist-band holsters will often rely on the tension of the user’s belt to add a bit more hold. That’s especially true for leather. But a solid IWB Kydex holster should still snap in and out, and this one does.
I wish I’d opted for a larger holster. The DOS system is robust. When talking to Bravo about this review, I’d gone with what I was carrying–the GLOCK 42. The .380 isn’t tiny, but it is light. This doubled system feels solid enough to hold a 1911, and I think that’s what I’ll try next. I’ve been looking for an IWB that would allow me to confidently carry my SIG P226 (with 20 rounds in the magazine). Spreading the weight like this seems like a logical way to approach deep cover for a heavy gun.
As is, the GLOCK 42 isn’t going anywhere. The DOS starts at $69.99. Wait times are in that 4-6 week range (on the outside). The .06 Kydex holsters are available in black or brown, and Bravo can do the hard loops or soft loops, and work with other options like high sights and/or threaded barrels.