Gear Review: Urban Carry Holster, Yay Or Nay?

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Is the Urban Carry Holster worth your money? Let me share my own experience with this concealed carry holster here.

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Urban Carry Holster Review | To Buy or Not to Buy?


I've been carrying the Urban Carry concealed holster around for several months now and can say that, until recently, it was one of my two preferred methods of carrying a concealed gun.

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In fact, when it comes to deep concealment holsters, I'd say this holster is as close to perfect as you'd hope for, though far from flawless depending on your body type and the clothes you wear.

The Urban Carry Holster does take some getting used to and requires more drawing practice than most others on the market. While I'm wearing it right now as I sit here and type this, I don't even know it's on unless I focus on it.

It is that comfortable. The first time I put it on and showed it to my wife, though, she actually said to me, “is that a gun in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?” I shoot you not — she actually said that.

The bulge was that big. Then again, I was wearing a full-size Springfield XD, in the appendix area.

After that initial shock of, “damn, it makes me look happy,” I realized that carrying a full-size handgun may not be the best idea for this holster, so I chose a different route.

Drawing Delay

Even though I have the medium size one, I carry a snubby 5-shot revolver in it, and it works well. There is still a learning curve when drawing because most revolver holsters are not apt to flow like a regular clip holster is, especially when you carry a spare tire around as I do.

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The holster is a different concept in that, instead of drawing your weapon, you draw the entire holster out of its resting spot, and then pull the gun out. It's different but possible to get fast with enough practice.

Having said all of that, I can see where some people will have issues with it. Personally, I keep my belt as tight on my waist as I can stand before it cuts the blood supply off to my feet.

Therefore, that makes for a harder draw. The fact I've got a larger than life belly doesn't help, either.

You can practice different methods of drawing to help. However, I admit my belt was a notch looser than it used to be when I wore this combo.

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Speaking of the belt, the Urban Carry Holster does require the use of one to work. Basically, you just run your belt through these hoops, and then tuck the holster into your pants.

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It looks like a cell phone holster, with the gun totally hidden in the pants.

It's especially great for someone who likes to carry a backup gun but doesn't want to use their ankle. It's in deep concealment for small guns, people really have no clue it's even there.

Bigger guns, like my XD, don't disappear how I wanted them to, though.

Therefore, I'm not sure I'd recommend someone carrying a full-sized pistol in it. Even though it won't print like a handgun, it is large.

Plus, getting a larger gun unholstered proved to be more difficult than I wanted, even though I practiced with it for several months.

Urban Carry Holster Fails

Now, on to the real downfall of the Urban Carry. While it seems to be of high-quality materials, the stitching on the one side is starting to pull off, and I see 10 holes worth of stitches that are no longer there.

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Once stitching begins to break, it doesn't usually stop. Therefore, it is just a matter of time before it won't hold the gun anymore.

Urban Carry Holster Recommendation: Nay

It is for that reason I've retired this holster to home duty and cannot recommend it to someone. I can see the concept and if it had held up the way I wanted it to, I would not hesitate to give it my stamp of approval for deep concealment holsters.

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The stitching is coming undone, and the last thing any of us needs is for our gun to fall out of its holster.

Watch this urban carry total concealment holster review from John Cameron:

I cannot, in good conscience, recommend a holster that may not perform as it should and may actually be dangerous if a gun falls out. Is the Urban Carry Holster price of $65 any enticement for me to recommend this product?

I still say safety is more important than price range.

Do you own an Urban Carry holster? Has yours begun to fall apart as mine has? Let us know in the comments what you think about it.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 13, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

18 Responses to :
Gear Review: Urban Carry Holster, Yay Or Nay?

  1. RogerB says:

    Tha mil a second could get you killed in a mil a second. I’d NEVER wear anything like that. No way Jose, Jose might kill me.

  2. bandit says:

    As for me ” IT SUCKS” Waste of money ‼

  3. Shawn Lee says:

    I got one for Christmas, supposed to fit my P89. this holster is a piece of crap!!! soo disappointing!!!
    trying to get ahold of the company to return it now!!!

    1. No sir says:

      You’re a fucking idiot for carrying a P89

  4. JungleCogs says:

    Concealed carry is quite popular now (all across the USA). This presents many great new business opportunities… a good thing. However, there are no assurances that all products introduced will be “good things”. The old adage, “Buyer beware” still holds true. One good way to begin that process is to read fair third party reviews as this one.

  5. Greg S says:

    Pretty sure it has a lifetime guarantee so send it back and get a new one.

  6. Mikial says:

    Doesn’t look like something i would consider using. Not ridged and doesn’t look like it would have good retention. Another gimmick, make a few bucks product to capitalize on the concealed carry uptick. As for comfort, I carry a full sized G21 in a good quality Crossbreed IWB and I don’t even notice it’s there standing or sitting.

  7. Cecil Howard says:

    I don’t conceal anymore. We are a open carry state. I hate concealed carry. Thay can shove it where the sun don’t shine. Build some open carry holsters.

    1. Patrick Wilson says:

      Cecil please do not take this as a criticism, to each his own method, but when I carry I want it to be concealed, I don’t want some asshat knowing that I have the capability to end him….I want it to be a complete surprise…just my take on the subject…stay safe…stay armed!

      1. WilliamHarrington says:

        My thoughts exactly. Why let the thug know you can fight back.

    2. Mikial says:

      There’s lots of good open carry holsters; Bianchi, DeSantis, Blackhawk, Safariland, Uncle Mike’s, Hogue, etc. Take your pick. We’re an open carry state too and I do see people carrying openly, especially on motorcycles and even in Wal Mart. But open carry attracts a lot of attention from all kinds of people; some good, some bad and my personal preference is not to let everyone know I’m carrying.

  8. WilliamHarrington says:

    It is possible that a person could resew the holster using the same holes and a heavy duty thread. I have repaired a knife case of mine this way and see no reason why it wouldn’t work for the holster. It is entirely possible that your repair will be stronger than the original.

  9. Marvin says:

    I tried a friends. I have to say I Looked HAPPY TO SEE EVERYONE, lol and saw that it would be embarrassing. That was while sitting—standing wasn’t as bad. This isn’t for me, especially if women are around.

  10. JM says:

    Might be time for a relook since the G3 and G3e are almost completely redesigned.

    Still looking into it myself, but they seem to have fixed most of the issues with the G1 and G2 that you seem to be reviewing.

  11. Brian Lefkay says:

    Purchased defective holster on Thursday. Urban Carry contacted me on Tuesday and said gun frame dents/damage was my fault because retention screw was too loose, lol! They didn’t even ask to send in holster for review, made their decision on my remarks and pictures provided. They said gun was going to forward, freakin losers. Once you pass retention clips, the trigger front guard hits the grommet. Anyway, stopped by Ace Hardware today and added another grommet spacer, holster works fine now BUT unnecessary damage already occurred. I assume the leather holster pattern was cut to small or retention clips were placed wrong position. Anyway, I’ll be sharing my experience on several website platforms and hope they enjoy the free advertising!

  12. Larry says:

    I tried carrying in the new G3. Works fine for me as far as concealing and after short break in period it was pretty comfortable. Problem is, the magazine always gets released. Sometimes you don’t know it until it’s removed from holster. Once it fell down my pants leg.

  13. Mark Blankenship says:

    I currently own 4 of the leather lock, 2 for Sig 365 and two for 1911, the Sig holster work ok, the 1911 holsters not so much, I just ordered one for a Prodigy, had an incredible difficult time with web page, lost order form 3 times, finally got one to go through but after fact realized it had dropped the optic ready portion of the order, now I’m getting the wrong holster. Now my choice is keep the wrong holster or pay to send it back for exchange or refund. Not very happy with either…….my advice be careful with the order form on the web site.

  14. Valor Trooper says:

    Urban Carry holsters are a reasonable approach to securing a pistol in the holster while allowing an easy unincumbered pistol draw when required. I ordered and received a Urban Carry holster for my Girsan MCP35 pistol and am very satisfied with the holster, No brakein or retention adjustment was required, and the quality of the holster was excellent. Made in the USA. priced reasonably, and with a 10 year warranty are issues, in addition to a referral by a satisfied customer are the factors that led me to examining and purchasing from Urban Carry. Competitors in this market may complain about Urban Carry however it is, in my opinion, the fact that they (competitors) did not discover this opportunity before being launched by Urban Carry.

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