[HOLSTER REVIEW] Zero Carry Holster; YouTuber Big Tex Outdoors Tells It Like It Is


This reminds us of when we ran the article on the Versacarry holster. It wasn’t easy, but it needed to be said.

YouTuber Big Tex Outdoors does a quick review of a relatively new product on the market called the Zero Carry. He does an excellent job hitting each and every point and concern that we would have touched on.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • Tony Filipeli

    It is a plastic piece of crap.

  • Yenski

    Absolute BS about needing more training if you feel having a round chambered is unnecessary. There are very few situations where a second makes all of the difference in the world, and the added protection is just another level of smart on a dumb idea.

    • MAZ

      If you don’t carry with one chambered you might as well carry a rock in your pocket. And if you don’t feel comfortable carrying one chambered he’s right you either lack confidence in what you are doing or you shouldn’t be carrying.. The only life you may save by carrying an un-chambered gun is the criminals..

      • Yenski

        This is some of the most absurd thinking I have seen in a while. Why would a weapon be as useless as a rock? I would have far more than the one (non-lethal) shot I’d get with the rock.

        Also, it’s my confidence and training, not lack thereof, that means I would have the spare half-second to rack my weapon as I sight target and fire.

        This, you would know, is called being responsible, as most gun-fights aren’t about who can fire first, but best.

        • Paul Revered

          All the training in the world will not give you more time to respond to the situation at hand.

        • Bryan Fullerton

          I happen to agree to a point. Considering most people have no protection at all. Situational awareness can also be key. If you know things are about to get dicey take the precaution. I know of no situation where someone used their gun for self defense with such a tight limit on time that they couldn’t rack. I consider it personal choice and am just glad they are carrying.
          As a side note many people have been killed with rocks.

          • Yenski

            This is precisely my thinking; with the caveat that maybe law-enforcement professionals and others who may actually have to fire their weapon putting a round in the chamber.

          • Bryan Fullerton

            Another good example. I consider it a serious put off when someone wants to call names if you don’t agree with them as well. I got here through youtube somehow. Some good info but not impressed with the personal opinions stated as fact and everyone is stupid that doesn’t go along. So far I have made it 45 years without carrying. I’m looking at to carry or not to carry and these guys are getting hyper about having a round in the chamber. lol

          • I may have to actually fire my weapon. I hope I don’t have to, but I carry it because I may actually have to fire it. You could also just leave it in the car or leave it at home if you believe you won’t actually have to fire it. Carry with or without one in the chamber – it’s your choice.

    • Kristi

      You keep telling yourself that!!!

      • Yenski

        Thank you. I WILL indeed tell just this, but not to myself. I will tell people who are the absurd notion that “finger off the trigger is MY safety” is a good idea.

        • Kristi

          If I ever encounter you being attacked by dangerous criminals, I’ll remember your safety tip!!!

    • David Fps PuertoRico Alayon

      how about an instance where you need to use 1 hands to fight off the attacker and another to fire the weapon from a hip retention? take a damn class

      • Yenski

        Really? In the instance that I am in direct physical contact with an attacker, drawing a weapon is the LAST thing I want to do. As anyone with any sort of ACTUAL training would know, in a one-on-one fight the winner is generally the more highly trained. If for any reason there is more than one assailant, then the fight generally always goes to the person who’s friend shows up first.

        I take it you have never been in a life or death fight though, no?

        • Dúnadan

          You clearly never have.

        • Kristi

          WOW!!! You don’t live in the United States, do you?

          • Yenski

            Attention to detail is a favored saying in the US Army. Try it.

          • Kris V

            This mate bloody lives in a country you cannot carry unless the Judge feels you need to……so the arguement is mute at the best.

      • Bryan Fullerton

        Well now that you mention it. I would draw and rack the slide with my right hand and fend off the attacker with my left. Yes I can do that and yes I have practiced that. Can actually do it faster with one hand than with two. :)
        Try not to pop a blood vessel guys. lol

    • Rick Clines

      Really it’s all about preference. I don’t carry chambered for the simple reason if I get surprised and the attacker manages to get my gun, he can’t just grab it and pull the trigger. People can call it stupid if they want, it really makes no difference to me. It’s my choice, not theirs. No situation can ever be perfect, so you just setup the most comfortable way you can. I personally always have a good sense of what’s going on around me. I’m just very observant. To each his own. The classes are great, and thinking you are ready by taking them doesn’t really mean much till it actually happens. In class you know something is about to happen. In life, you don’t. The most important thing is, a gun doesn’t keep you out of danger, your head does. No gun can ever replace you just paying attention to what is going on around you. That can give you all the time in the world to do whatever you need…even rack a slide.

      • Dr. Obvious

        so your carry plan is based upon the thought that you WILL lose your weapon. that thought is more important to you than thinking you want to be able to get off a shot quickly.
        God bless you

        • Yenski

          Do you wear a seatbelt?

          • I wear a seatbelt. That’s why I carry with one in the chamber. I never know when I will need either.

          • Dr. Obvious

            Nice try. Seat belts come in handy in case of accident. If I was so paranoid as to think I was going to get into an accident every time I was in a car, I would only drive 10mph or only sit in it in the driveway. Which is more equivalent to an unloaded pistol.

          • Yenski

            No, it’s nearly the exact same thing. You hope for the best, and prepare for the worst, but make educated choices based on many factors; including the likelihood of an accident happening.

            If you were a law-enforcement professional, or down-range as a service-member, I’d say keep one in the chamber ANY time you are on red status, (not in the DFAC). But I doubt you are…

            For anyone not in the direct line of danger, the scale points more towards keeping the weapon safer, even if only incrementally.

          • Dr. Obvious

            So since you are not a race car driver you just drape the belt, and you’ll click it just before any accident

          • Yenski

            That’s not even close. There is no risk-vs-reward in your scenario at all.

            Everyone commenting here seems to have deep-seated confirmation bias, which, looking at the site, makes sense. Of course an instructor would tell you what you want to hear; you fucking PAY them to. Of course YOUR ideas mean that my decision is stupid, it isn’t YOURS.

          • Dr. Obvious

            You said it

      • Yenski

        I agree completely. Most of the people here however, would like to think themselves as the type that would draw and fire before an attacker, yet be in a situation where they didn’t have a second to chamber a round.

        You either catch the bad guy by surprise or you don’t. Either way, firing a weapon, “as fast as you can” has never been effective as I’ve seen. Generally it’s the person that fires most effectively that gets the kill.

      • Just so I’m sure I have it straight, you don’t carry with a round in the chamber to keep someone from being able to fire it without racking the slide? Is that to buy you time to get the gun away from them or to give you time to vacate the area? Time is the exact reason that I carry mine with one IN the chamber. The time that it takes to make the gun ready to fire could make all of the difference in the world. A secondary reason that I don’t carry with an empty chamber is that I may not have the use of both hands when I need to fire. Maybe I’m holding a flashlight, opening a car door, or trying to keep a dog off of me. Really, I don’t care how others carry. I’m just sharing my reasoning for carrying with one in the chamber vs carrying with an empty chamber.

        • Yenski

          I like that you responded in a concise way, rather than most her just ranting.

          For me, the amount of time needed is very small compared to the likelihood of using it. Nearly any situation that I could reasonable find myself in, in a day-to-day situation is pretty much a moot point when it comes to time. Either someone bursts into the room and shoots me, in which case it doesn’t matter how I carry; or they are robbing a group that I am a part of, in which I find I would have enough time to draw rack and fire before they know what is going on.

          If I’m alone in a bad neighborhood holding a flashlight while gun-toting people sick hounds on me… then I guess I’d chamber one.

    • Dr. Obvious

      very few situations where a second makes all the difference? yeah, and 99.99% of the time you draw a weapon it is one of those situations. god bless you in your choice of carry. may you never need your weapon.

      • Yenski

        You know this by experience of course…

        In my own experience, most often the first few shots miss, from either side, as adrenaline is pumping and nerves are shot. The first hit goes to the person with better training.

        • oblivious

          In my experience, The people who are having to pull a concealed weapon are most likely encountering a drawn, “cocked and locked” assailant. Good luck with an empty chamber.

          • Yenski

            How many times in your life have you encountered this scenario?

            On the other hand, how many times have you been in a scenario where you are in a crowd of people?

            Accidents happen; it’s just a numbers game.

        • Michael Kunze

          You are an idiot…And what happens there you obvious god among men when you face an attacker armed with a knife inside the golden 21 feet? You do not have the time to draw and rack the slide before that person closes the distance to you. I hope to God that you are not an instructor of any sort.. You will get someone killed with your mentality.

          • Yenski

            In that instance, there is little difference unless you leave your holster open as well. In a knife fight, chances are that you’ll get injured, that’s just the way it is. If you have a locked and loaded weapon with an open holster, accidents will happen, also just the way it is.

            I’m not saying that you aren’t well-trained, or that you aren’t careful. What I am saying is that accidents are called accidents because no one INTENDS to do them. Shit happens.

            As for the instructor bit, no, I am not. Your instructors will tell you what you want to hear though, because, (like many ranting here) you pay to hear what you want to hear. You are obviously going to side with someone who tells you yes.

          • Bryan Fullerton

            And here we go with the name calling. I sure hope you and your short temper are not instructors of any kind.

        • Dr. Obvious

          Unless of course, the other person is grabbing you and stabbing you.

    • Jeff A. Waller Sr.

      I come from a background of 20 years in law enforcement, so not having a round in the chamber would be absolutely unacceptable. I’ve learned that the second or two chambering a round can mean life or death. I agree that if you are not comfortable with that then perhaps you should not be carrying. However, different people have different reasons for their opinions on this. Ultimately though, it is each persons choice to carry with or without a round in the chamber. Just my opinion.

      • Yenski

        As a law enforcement officer, you probably come into contact with undesirables with weapons far more than most of these people who just went and got a conceal carry for the hell of it. Most people have a far greater chance of injuring themselves than actually firing and saving someone’s life.

        Case in point: when asked to rate their driving ability, greater than 80% of people thought that they were greater than average at driving. Not only is this statistically impossible, it’s dangerous.

        I have had training, but I’m no longer deployed. Having one in the chamber is counter-intuitive.

        • I gave the military a test drive before deciding not to sign up. I can see why military people would be against carrying with one in the chamber.

          • Yenski

            I’m not even sure how to take this comment. What do you mean by it?

        • Aoi Warai

          Something I learned in martial arts long ago: if the opponent is inside your guard before you react, you’re already losing. The same is doubly true for weapons; if someone is that close to me when I realize the threat, then that spare second doesn’t matter because they had the iniative. I’m not getting the iniative back because a chambered round bought me a fraction of a second, when what I needed the most was cover, movement, or situational awareness and my mind mapped a move or two ahead. Starting from 0 isn’t going to be undone by a chambered round, that’s superstitious thinking.

          I’m frankly at a loss for words that “to chamber or not to chamber” can become such an intense, acrimonious debate. It’s even more embarassing to see people claiming to be law enforcement or military with years of training letting it become such an over-simplified, emotion-unhinged point of contention. I once had this debate (a friendlier, curiosity-focused version of course) at a range with my brother. On-hand were a p99c-qa and a p226 or some-sig. We raced to see who could draw-empty-reload, then we traded weapons. 30 mins later no one was the clear victor, but both performed better with the weapon they trained the most on.

          I can draw and chamber one handed nearly as fast as I can two-handed, and while it’s obviously not ideal that way, in some kind of extreme scenario (with one side of my body pinned or disabled somehow), if I can reach my sidearm, I can fire it regardless, chambered or not. A chambered round is the least of my concerns if the threat has caught me at a “code white” threat awareness. That’s basically being the antelope happily sipping from the watering hole while the croc is flying through the air.

          • Yenski

            I agree with you on so many levels. I think the real reason most would carry red would be, “because I want to.”

    • jon

      To be honest, carry how you feel comfortable. That said, from day 1 of carrying I would NEVER consider carrying an unchambered firearm.
      I will say I’ve never met a firearms instructor who would recommend carrying unchambered. And if I did ever meet one, to be honest, I wouldn’t give a nickle for any “training” from them.

      If you’re drawing your firearm, it’s the absolute last resort. The LAST thing you want is anything, and I mean ANYTHING in the way of that last means to protect yourself and your loved ones.

      Maybe it’s because I’m not a huge gambler, but if it’s on my side, there’s one in the pipe.

      • Yenski

        I respect that, but I also don’t always prepare for the LAST resort over day-to-day activities. Should you do so, would mean you travel with your go-bag permanently attached to your back.

  • Redline

    I like this guy! Simple and to the point review, with some decent carry pointers to reinforce his point.

  • DZ

    Also it does not secure the weapon and could easily fall out.

    • Michael Kunze

      Or even have the firearm move around in your waistband and breaki the prong off then you have a loose firearm with no retention at all..Not saying that the zero carry provides ANY retention with the exception of keeping it generally in the place you put it.

  • Charles LaRou

    I would like to chime in on this. The Zero Carry is a modern version of an old
    school Police/Street Gang hack. Some people refer to these things as ‘Down and Dirty’ or ‘Field Expedient’. To get your head around this, imagine you carry your weapon in the waist band of you pants. (also imagine you don’t have a megalithic, extra terrific concealed carry holster) It is just your body and belt holding your gun in place. This leaves a chance for your weapon to slide down your leg and out through your pant leg. (not cool) ………. Now you need something ‘Down and Dirty’ to solve this problem. Originally, the Grand Daddy to the Zero Carry was Coat Hanger wire cut to length and a hook at each end. That’s it, nothing more. I won’t judge this practice or device for anything more than it is … Field Expedient.

    As for having a round in the chamber; I carried a .45 ACP for 3 years on duty.
    By policy and procedure, the chamber remained empty while holstered. We
    trained to jack a round into the chamber in one fluid motion, as we drew the
    weapon. This method was drilled into us over and over. It worked for me.

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