The Versa Carry design is a little unorthodox for some, but uses a polymer skeleton around the gun, and an extension that goes down the barrel to secure it.
by Brian Jensen
Inside-the-waistband carry, or IWB, is considered one of the most discreet concealed-carry methods, making a T-shirt and shorts possible while carrying in places like my sunny Southern California. Even larger weapons can disappear on your body when quietly tucked into your waistband.
Versa Carry has been coming up with a lot of innovative ideas on ways to secure a handgun inside the waistband, and its latest is a small J-frame revolver setup.
While most holster makers produce a traditional version designed to be worn and secured inside the waistband, Versa Carry approaches it differently. The company creates a polymer outer skeleton that goes around the outside of the pistol, but the gun is primarily secured by a small extension that goes into the barrel from the muzzle. The pistols may change, but the diameter of the caliber does not. So you only need one holster for your 9 mms, and one for all your .38 Spls., as long as barrel lengths are similar.
The pistol is just tucked in under your waistband, and the gun is held in place by a polymer clip or extension integral to the holster. It seems very good at keeping the bulk of a J-frame from being noticeable. The downside I saw from the company’s website is that to reholster, you’ll need to pull the holster out of your waistband and reset the gun in the holster and then replace it back in your waistband. If being able to discreetly reholster is a concern for you, then this something to consider.
Reduced material in the holster translates to less bulk in concealment. This type of carry may not be your cup of tea, but I was interested enough to ask for one of the holsters to try it out. The idea is interesting, so I look forward to seeing how the Versa Carry translates into the execution of IWB.