I had a conversation with several other gun writers yesterday about carrying a gun on your belt. The consensus was that if I am going to belt carry a pistol, it ain’t gonna be no pocket 380. My experience over the years is that belt carry is seldom practical unless you want your whole life to revolve around carrying your gun. For that reason, I pocket carry, and as a fairly big guy, I can easily get away with the Springfield XD-S .45 in my pocket. Once before in these pages I shared my “secret” $25 source for pocket holsters, and I will do so again, but this time I want to share some of the other products from this ingenious company. If you carry in a purse, pocket or other “pouch” type of concealment, or if you want to hang a Kel-Tec P32 from your neck, you should check them out. I call these deep concealment holsters.
First I have to explain, this company used to be called “Double Tap Holsters” but after a threatening letter from another “double tap” in our industry, the owner decided to change the name of the company to Armored Carry. The products are the same but the name has changed.
Perhaps we should start with “why do I need a holster for my pocket/purse anyway?” Because it is certainly a fact that women have been carrying revolvers in purses for generations without a holster. Plenty of people have carried revolvers in their pocket without holsters as well.
The answer is really twofold. One is that just because it has been done doesn’t mean that there haven’t been accidents. Sure, keeping a revolver in a separate compartment of your purse, especially a zippered compartment, is a no brainer for most women concerned with being able to protect their own health and welfare. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make a mistake and throw your keys in there without thinking, which could get hooked into the trigger guard upon removal. The same goes for a dedicated right front gun pocket in your pants.
Worse than that, just as an aside, is what I have seen many women do, which is to keep the gun in a snapped leather holster inside their purse. This 100% prevents quick and effective access, which requires you to “stage” your gun when you perceive a threat. Once you cry wolf a few times on that it not only gets old in a hurry, you end up discounting real threats when they occur.
My second point, or way of looking at what I would call “deep concealment” holsters, is that small autos are not revolvers. A double action revolver has a built in “safety” of a long, hard trigger pull. No so on small autos, especially striker fired small autos. I would never ever ever ever ever ever ever carry an XD-S without a protection for the trigger guard. Likewise a Kahr CW/P380, Taurus TCP, Ruger LCP, or any of the small Kel-Tecs. You could argue that they have a long trigger pull with resistance, but it just isn’t enough resistance, and certainly not the resistance of a revolver. You absolutely must have a trigger guard cover of some kind that will stay on the gun no matter what.
Armored Carry makes what in my opinion is the best pocket holster on the market, and it also is great for purses, fanny packs and what have you. If you look at the pictures, both sides of the holster have a hooking mechanism on them. When you remove it from your pocket, it snags on the edges and pulls free. This makes for the fastest pocket quick draws possible. The holsters are made of molded Kydex, so they never wear out, and more importantly, they never fold over the way that leather pocket holsters inevitably do. Currently Armored Carry has these holsters available for most common pocket pistols, as well as revolvers and some compact versions of full frame guns. They can custom make a holster for your gun if you send it in as well, and they come in both right and left hand versions. Contact the company directly at [email protected].
The neck holster is an interesting idea. I have seen other neck holsters over the years but haven’t tried them. The Armored Carry holster works great for the Kel-Tec P3AT, and they also make it currently for the Ruger LCP and Kahr P380. Again, these can be custom molded if a blue gun or sample is available. I find that the gun has to be really light for the neck holster to not feel like an albatross. The P3AT is like carrying nothing.
Of all of them the one I haven’t really tried is the trigger guard shield you see here in the pictures. At $10, there is little reason to ever carry a revolver in your purse or fanny pack without a trigger guard protector again. This is 10x truer for small autos. In a purse, you can tie the lanyard off to a cut made inside and the holster will fall away when you draw it. If you are going for the absolute lightest and smallest, this trigger guard clip holster is an incredible deal, and one that will do what you need and nothing more. Currently this holster is available for most small autos, revolvers, and many full frame guns as well, because a lot of people have ordered them for their nightstand guns as well.
Deep concealment isn’t for everyone. Some people just aren’t comfortable unless they have a full frame large caliber auto with 17 rounds in it on their belt. But if you prefer convenience and comfort, yet feel compelled to always have a gun within reach, present company included I might add, the Kydex deep concealment holsters from Armored Carry are a huge score, and absurdly cheap. I have carried their pocket holster for well over a year now and it is still 100% as new in appearance and function. Armored Carry is a tiny company, so like with many articles here, get your order in early Monday morning when the digest goes out if you want it in a timely manner. By now I already would have clicked and ordered after looking at the pictures, but thanks for reading until the end.