Open Carry – Hiking & Backpacking Holster
When did I get so tubby? Oh boy.
I’ve had this holster for over a year, and the concealed carry holster for around five months.
Gun forums can be full of a lot of BS. I did read of some people getting their pistols snagged on branches when bushwhacking and having a negligent discharge (I won’t call it accidental). I can see how that might happen, so that factored into my choice of an open carry holster for hiking and backpacking.
Speaking of negligent discharges, I have seen – and heard – first hand and close-up, a negligent discharge (nothing to do with me I should hasten to add). Fortunately, only furniture was harmed, and alcohol was not a factor or even in the building. Witnessing an incident like that makes you keenly aware of the care you need to take, and as a consequence you become even more safety conscious when handling firearms. I cannot remember how long after the event I waited before telling Ginger about it.
Back to the holster. This holster has positive retention – unless the button is pressed the gun is not coming out. That should fool the bears and feral hogs and stop them stealing it off of me. (I am joking, I’ve never seen a bear. Feral hogs, well yes, they could be a problem if riled).
When I began wearing this holster I disengaged the Beretta’s slide mounted safety. There is a firing pin block and catching the hammer will just cock it. There is no way for the trigger to be pulled while it is in the holster. I figured it was one less thing to worry about when drawing the gun while wearing a fairly bulky backpack with lots of webbing and straps around. Now though, I keep the safety on as that’s how I carry the Beretta in my concealed carry holster. That makes the muscle memory almost the same for both holsters, which simplifies things. I still have to remember to press the retention release with this holster though!
Some people do not like having the holster retention release near the trigger, but I find the release lies exactly where my finger should be when I’m holding the gun – straight along the frame above the trigger. With the long double action pull on the trigger before the first round is fired this shouldn’t be an issue anyway.
Concealed Carry Holster – In The Waistband
I have to say that this inexpensive in the waistband holster it is very comfortable, and conceals well. It did take a few days to break it in; that is time for the leather to mold to my body and how I wear it. I prefer the lowest setting for the holster, that is with the gun low to my belt, so I had to adjust it. three different heights are provided. The only problem I’ve had was a squeaking sound caused by the metal clips rubbing on the leather. I cured this by fixing a small fabric pad to the backs of the clips. I used the looped part of a piece of Velcro sticky tape.
Another thing to note is that you can wear your shirt tucked in with this holster; though doing so makes accessing the weapon more difficult. To do this you have to work your shirt down between the clip and the holster. The only other downside I’ve found is that when you do this the holster’s belt clips are visible unless you only clip the holster onto your pants’ waist band behind your belt. However, this is not as secure as clipping the holster onto your belt.
The Beretta doesn’t ‘print‘ when I’m wearing it with my shirt un-tucked, even when I’m wearing shorts and a tee shirt. It’s harder to stop it printing when you tuck your shirt in. I don’t see this as a problem with the holster, just an issue trying to conceal carry with one’s shirt tucked in. Overall Ginger doesn’t tend to notice if I’m wearing it or not. And people won’t know it is there unless they brush against it. And people do not generally get that close.
The retention of this holster is good too, the gun stays nice and secure even when I’m running.
And yes, the weapon in these pictures is loaded, and there is a round in the chamber. However, the safety is on, and as mentioned above, the Beretta has a long and heavy first round trigger pull. It is safe.Copyright © 2017 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.