Concealed carry holsters that i just dont trust

Here Are 4 Concealed Carry Holsters That I Just Don’t Trust


When it comes to holsters, there should always be a few guidelines to follow when choosing the best options for your particular needs. I, personally, follow the guidelines outlined below when selecting a holster:

  • It needs to completely cover the trigger guard of my firearm
  • It needs to offer adequate retention of my firearm
  • It needs to keep the barrel of my firearm clear of any obstruction
  • It needs to allow me to safely carry with a round in the chamber

In my eyes, if any of these guidelines are not followed, you could be setting yourself up for an unsafe way of carrying your firearm.

With the above guidelines in mind, here are four holsters that I simply do not trust.

The Handgun Sling™


the-handgun-slingScreenshot courtesy of The Handgun Sling™ YouTube video

This thing was featured in a recent article, and the vast majority of the comments have supported my thoughts that were outlined. This concept is essentially a piece of elastic with a rod and a ‘coin’. If you want to see how it works, check out this article.


  • No trigger protection whatsoever
  • No proper retention of firearm
  • Having to place an obstruction inside the barrel



versacarryScreenshot courtesy of Versacarry® YouTube video


This concept was covered extensively in an article of mine a while back, and my thoughts still hold true to this day. What we have here is another method of carrying that is marketed as a minimalist design. However, see that yellow rod in the image above? Yep, that goes inside your barrel. We also don’t have any trigger protection on one whole side of the firearm. That’s just the beginning. Read all the details in this article.


  • Having to place an obstruction inside the barrel
  • Trigger guard only protected on one side
  • Plastic base has been known to break off
  • Pieces of plastic can strip from rod and end up inside barrel



clipdrawPhoto courtesy of Clipdraw via Facebook

This minimalistic product is essentially a piece of metal attacked to the back of the firearm via screws. It acts just like a clip on a pen, and is said to keep the firearm in place this way. If anyone ever considers using this, a trigger guard is a must. With this carry method, the entire firearm is 100% exposed. That’s scary.


  • No trigger protection whatsoever
  • Need to modify firearm with new backplate
  • No proper firearm retention

Zero Carry®


zero-carryScreenshot courtesy of Zero Carry via website

I threw up an article and video here, where a YouTuber goes over this carry method. Like he says… it’s less than ideal in my eyes. We should, at all costs, make sure that nothing is inside our barrel. Whether it slides out easily or not, the only things that should ever be in your barrel are a cleaning rod… or a bullet on it’s way out.


  • No trigger protection whatsoever
  • Having to place an obstruction inside the barrel
  • No proper firearm retention

The idea here is simple: secure methods of containing your firearm while carrying concealed are so incredibly important. While innovation moves us forward, I personally feel that safety is sometimes sacrificed for this ‘minimalist’ approach.

Would I go as far to say that these products are gimmicks? I don’t think so. I believe that each inventor stands behind their idea and product, and we simply have opposing views. However, there is something to be said about maintaining a high level of safety and with these products, they don’t meet my requirements that I have laid out.

I’ll stick with my go-to holster.

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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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  • Namtaf

    The Sling is fine if used exclusively with the gun in the video – a S&W Sigma. My Sigma came with a 12 + pound trigger. It was hard enough to make it go off when you wanted, let alone by accident! (LOL)

    No, none of these look like a good idea. The holster absolutely must have good retention. If your violent encounter begins with someone physically assaulting you, the last thing you want (and need) is for your gun to come out of its holster when your knocked to the ground.

  • James Bowles

    I have a cheap pocket holster that covers the trigger…just don’t want to have something accidently get in there…like keys, etc…like to keep the pocket for just the gun but we all know that doesn’t happen 100% of the time…..have one that came with a clip but I don’t use the clip. I make an exception because it fits in my hip pocket (so it is all that is there), no holster will fit it, and it is a very long trigger pull…

  • Jeff Herndon

    nun of them are no quicker to get your gun out than a good holster so why use them . and yea i always like having my gun stuck to my sweaty side on a hot july day is south east GA . yea so nice !

  • TRStrunk

    Sneakypete is the best holster I have found. Does everything a concealed holster is suppose to do while at the same time gives you the convenience of an open carry holster.

    I’m not a salesman for sneakypete. I have no financial interest in this holster but when something I feel is good out there I try to pass it on.

  • Jim

    The clip on works just fine on a Sig Pro da/sa for iwb clip on to good leather belt. Don’t recommend this for glock type triggers

  • KYDEX – KYDEX – KYDEX – I would never use an Uncle Mikes (or similar) universal nylon holster. I was a fan of molded leather until Kydex became so popular. Now I carry my pistol with a round chambered and the hammer cocked. NO PROBLEM

  • ucfgrad93

    Wow, there is no way I’d ever consider one of these so called holsters.

  • Go Faster

    Those things are a JOKE. Someone attempting a get rich quick scenario that could get you injured.