The handgun whether it be a pistol or a wheelgun is a classic tried and true defensive tool. From conceal carrying citizens to the street cop walking the beat, the handgun has had an important role in self defense for hundreds of years. There’s always a lot of debate over what handgun maker is the best, which caliber is the most effective, are steel frames better than plastic and so forth. While most of the arguements are just personal preference, what we can all agree on however, are the accessories we use with our handguns. Bad quality magazines and ammo can make even the most renowned pistol little more than a pretty paperweight. Likewise, an uncomfortable and restrictive holster can make carrying your handgun a burden.
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We’ve also updated our review below after using the product for almost 4 years.
Enter the Versa Carry holster, made out of durable molded Kydex and a plastic rod at the base, it’s a simple as simple gets. To use the Versa Carry holster you simply insert the plastic rod in your pistols barrel, slide the pistol between your pants and waist and secure the clip onto your paints or belt. I’m a fan of keeping things simple, and the Versa Carry holster does just that.
At first look you would assume your gun will easily slip out of the Vesa Carry holster while carrying it. The slight angle of the barrel rod keeps the holster attached firmly to the gun and once the holster is up against your waist and clipped onto your belt, it is held snuggly and securely. There’s no need to adjust tension, angle or height like with other holsters. Just slide the holster into the gun (as opposed to sliding your gun into a traditional holster) and that’s it. It also works very well for carrying on the small of your back. Speaking of other holsters, the Vera Carry is tiny, about 75 percent smaller than most other holsters on the market. That means less weight, more ease of movement and better deep concealment, which is very important when conceal carrying your pistol. And like many other holsters, there’s no fumbling around trying to put your holster on or take it off, no need to remove your belt, it clips on and off in seconds.
A few other key benefits to the Versa Carry holster over your traditional paddle or waistband holster, it’s fully ambidextrous and works with almost any gun of the same caliber. The Versa Carry holster is Available currently in small and medium lenth models for 9mm and .380 with .25acp, .32acp, .40S&W and .45acp available soon and revolver models in the works. They retail at just $19.99, more than 50 percent cheaper than many other holsters on the market.
There are a few drawbacks to the Versa Carry holster however. The biggest drawback is you can’t carry your handgun in the Versa Carry holster with a round chambered, well you can but it certainly isn’t recommended. If you already use the “Israeli carry” method of carrying your handgun loaded but without a round chambered, then this really isn’t a drawback to you. Otherwise the few seconds needed to rack the slide and chamber a round may be the difference between ending a confrontation or being a victim. Because of this I’ve started doing chambering drills to help me rack the slide and chamber a round much quicker while using the Versa Carry holster.
Another drawback is there is no protection of the trigger. This is where the warning of no live chamber may come from. Because of the simple compact design of the Versa Carry there is nothing covering the trigger, and the gun actually is resting right up against you. While the trigger may snag against your underwear, undershirt etc, there’s no way it can snag on your belt or pants as the Versa Carry holster rests against it. To test if this drawback may be the Achilles heel of the holster, I used the 9mm Medium and Small Versa Carry models with different handguns (and different types of clothing).
Along with a snap cap chambered I tested the holster with my SigPro 2022, Glock 19, Para Hawg 1911 (not a 9mm but it’s the most compact pistol I currently own), S&W Sigma and even a Walther P1. After unholstering it with the holster clipped in different positions at least 20 to 30 times per gun I didn’t have single snag that pulled on the trigger, or a snag at all really. I would still however heed Vera’s warning and carry it without a chambered round.
The Versa Carry Holster is the lightest and smallest holster I’ve ever used, and while it may not be for everyone, I’ve started to use it when I carry. It does have it’s drawbacks, but where it shines it shines very brightly. The small lightweight design gives you less restriction and more movement and just makes it plain easier to carry your handgun. It’s universal and ambidextrous, no need to buy a holster for a certain gun or for left handed or right handed shooters. One holster to carry them all. And finally, it’s inexpensive at just $20 each, that’s more money for mags and ammo.
– Very small and light
– Comfortable to wear and doesn’t restrict movement
– Ambidextrous and works with almost all handguns
– Easy to attach and detach from your belt
– Affordable at just $19.99
– Doesn’t cover trigger
– Can’t use with a chambered round
UPDATE: Vera Carry is working on an attachment that will cover the trigger guard and still remain ambidextrous. It’s available now Amazon.com with Free Shipping.
REVIEW UPDATE 5/15/2015: So I’ve been using the Versa Carry on and off over the past three and a half years and it seems to be holding up very well still. I also upgraded to the new Versa Carry holster that includes a trigger guard. So far I’m still happy with the holster, especially if you want something light and discreet.
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