VersaCarry Gen1 vs Gen2, tactards, and general concealed carry…

Well, the World’s Most Controversial Holster in the World controversy reared its head again yesterday after Ammoland posted up an article about the product.

Rob Pincus chimed in and he and I shared a discussion on twitter yesterday about the subject… He is not a fan.

Richard Mann also weighed in, mainly pointing to all the “Tactards” (His word. Not mine) who have never even tried the darn thing and quickly deride it as as “being the most dangerous way to carry a gun since Plaxico Burris” (My words. Not his) even though they dont know anything about it.

I have done several reviews on this holster design in the past…. Gen 1Gen 2Revolver model…. and Gasp! Like I have said, I like the holster and do in fact use it from time to time… the Gen 1 model that is.

I have said it before and I will say it again:

I am of the opinion that its not really as dangerous as people want to think it is.

The biggest issue that many people have with this holster is the fact that these holsters do not cover the trigger of the handgun. For many, that is an immediate dis-qualifier. I am of the opinion (and it is just my opinion… YMMV) that with IWB carry and a double action trigger its not really a legitimate problem. Yes, that slaughters a sacred cow, but I will tell you that I spent a good long while attempting to pull the trigger while the gun was holstered in my waistband and was never able to do so. While being carried the gun is safe…. even with one in the pipe.

That’s a bold statement, I know. However, I do think it is a non-emotional, non-Internet-Flametastic analysis of the situation. I said it then, and I will again say it again now… If you can get past the mental hurdle that this holster design presents, this might actually be of some use to you.

With regard to why I always point to the Gen 1 version being superior, I had someone email me yesterday asking me that very question so I will talk about it briefly here. There are a few things which you can read about in the Gen 2 review I did, but the major underlying difference is the angle of the gen 2 model’s “retaining rod” (for lack of a better term) being at a much sharper angle than the Gen 1 version. The sharper angle makes it much more difficult to put the gun onto the holster, and IMO was an unnecessary change that made the holster less user friendly. Its the same thing with the revolver model, and thats why I prefer the infamous Gen 1 even for revolver carry.

Another thing that I will point out about this holster design is in rebuttal to a question Rob posed the other day on Twitter. He asked “What are the REAL advantages that come with the RISK of exposed trigger? … If it is 12% more dangerous and offers 0% CC Advantage… why bother?”.

Now he has a good point. That being that if it is in anyway “more dangerous” – remember these are guns we are talking about here… the consequences of mistakes are steep – and if there is no net gain, then why increase the risk at all. In response to that question, I pointed to the fact that it is very, very light weight. Another benefit that I didn’t point out but should have is how low in the waistband the VersaCarry allows you to carry the firearm. If you look at the below picture, look at the top of the hook on the VersaCarry in relationship to the gun and try to draw an imaginary line all the way across the gun. Thats how low the gun is going to sit below the top of your belt.

Ruger LCR

I never before have realized what a difference in comfort this makes in concealed carry until I started carrying my LCR this summer. Most holsters out there sit the gun several inches higher, making the grip protrude higher and “print” more easily and this adds to the overall discomfort of carrying concealed.

When you can find a holster that carries as low as the VersaCarry allows you to carry, it completely changes the entire dynamic of how comfortable concealed carry can be. When I carry my LCR and even my Glock 26 in the VersaCarry not only does the risk of “printing” almost completely disappear, but it also brings you to that point where you “forget that you are even carrying a gun”. I know that is a ridiculously overused phrase, but with a gun as light as the LCR it does begin to ring true. Its also a feature that I will be looking for in all of my holsters going forward from this point on. Its now one of the top three factors for me personally when it comes to comfortable concealed carry… The other two being gun weight and gun thickness.

So once again, dont just completely dismiss the holster out of hand just because it slaughters a sacred cow. If this is a tool that might be useful to you then give it a try. Yes, be very, very, very careful and deliberate with its use, but IMHO when carrying a gun with a heavy double-action trigger and if you use your brain then you should be fine. If this design is a deal breaker for you, then by all means use something else. There are certainly plenty of quality holsters out there on the market to choose from.