This is a discussion on Versa Carry. within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Bombsaway ...HOW is this better than a good, old fashioned IWB leather or Kydex holster that can be put on and taken ...
Mexican carry is a good way to hurt yourself & others. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of urological visits after blowing off a testicle due to not having your trigger covered and it snagging on your waistband while trying to seat your firearm into your waistband...
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I got my 9mm medium model in this morning and have been wearing it today.
Nicely made, fits my gun and belt well. Very easy on and off.
I always wear an under shirt and it is quite confortable, there is enough room in the clip on a 1 1/2 belt for the gun to have a slight cant and it conceals and fits fine at 3 to 3:30.
I am using it with a Glock 19 with a NY1 trigger spring.
I am sure most Glock users will hate that it does not cover the trigger, and would never use it for that reason. To each his own, with my gun and set up, I feel it is safe with the 8 pound trigger pull. I have often carried revolvers using hip grips and clip draws, and see don’t find it an issue.
Definitely not for everyone, and I will still use my standard IWB, but it is a nice option to have. I can’t carry in the office, so have to un holster and re holster several times a day, with the proper caution, it works great for that.
No trigger guard and reholstering could be a problem. At first glance....cool, convenient.....but it's a no for me.
Uncovered trigger problem aside, the gun has no protection from a sweaty body and with a gun pressed up against our skin, we are going to sweat. This means that at the end of the day, that gun is, at the very least, going to need to be field stripped, wiped down and have a coating of oil applied. Looks like too much work for me. I'm happy at the end of the day just to remove my gun from the holster, wipe it down with a silicon impregnated cloth and put in on its night stand holder. I don't want to spend time field stripping a gun I haven't shot.
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Count me among those who will pass on this method of carry. This contraption and a Glock are an ND waiting to happen.
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Attempting to be objective here without the usual and always present auto-obligatory "Trigger Guard Not Covered No Thanks!" postings.
Well..........used with a Stainless Steel...all sharp edges melted...semi-automatic firearm that sported a stiff, properly functioning "thumb safety" and "grip safety" - it would be OK & I couldn't see it causing any real heartache used with a Stainless wheelie that sported a very heavy DA trigger especially when worn behind the hip.
Otherwise I think that it could potentially cause some concerns - safety and otherwise and for certain with blued steel firearm rusting due to body sweat issues.
So...Examples: - probably OK with a smoothed up...melted...Stainless Walther PPK/S or smaller, melted, Stainless Colt 1911 pattern pistol with properly functioning external safeties which serve to physically block the trigger and hammer.
But, bottom line unless the firearms are fully "melted" AKA all sharp edges and points removed I think carry would be rather jabbing and uncomfortable which could lead to firearm fidgeting and that could be somewhat hazardous.
I should add that personally it would not be for me. I have known undercover dicks that would just pop a "J-BUG" into the waistband "small of back" and it would certainly be more secure than that.
Absolutely when reholstering I would take the unit off the belt - insert the firearm & then reinstall it on the body.
Actually, OK Shooter has the right take on this holster system. My Versacarry arrived yesterday and I tried it out with the intended carry weapon - Ruger LC9.No trigger guard and reholstering could be a problem.
Let's look at the pros and cons, as mentioned above.
Protection of firearm: I usually wear an undershirt, so "slide on skin" contact isn't an issue. No problem there.
Protection of body: The LC9 is all rounded edges, so it's extremely comfortable.
Safety: The lack of trigger guard is a valid concern. The LC9 has a manual safety (which I put "on" if using this holster, "off" with a regular IWB or OWB holster). Also, the LC9 has a long, firm trigger pull. I would not use this holster with the SR9c, which has a super-light trigger.
Reholstering: The instructions that come with the Versacarry explicitly state that you should remove the holster and re-attach the firearm to reholster.
Comfort: Extremely comfortable.
Overall, my assessment is that this is an option worth having if your gun fits the profile described above. It's a special situation holster - it won't replace your other systems, just add to your choices. Glock owners? No, not for you.
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I have used a Versa Carry for my LC9 with Crimson Trace LG412 for some time now and I agree with Shockwave. It is a very comfortable, concealable, and versatile. This method of carry is quite safe for an LC9. I am confident with the safety features and lines of the LC9 and carry it in the Versa Carry with one in the chamber. It may not be a good choice for every firearm and personal situation, but I think is a great carry option.
I had a exposed trigger shoulder rig and tossed it in the trash. Then I dug it out and cut it to pieces and trashed it again.
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At first it looked appealing, but it isn't for me. Besides the uncovered trigger, there is the issue of sweat and rust. My grandkids are over all the time. I have no problems wearing my guns around them using my current holsters, but would with the Versa Carry.
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