Spent yesterday morning running defensive drills with my EDC, in which I have to fight my way to my gun.
A review of G-Code’s INCOG Eclipse and Eclipse Shadow holsters. I’ve been using these holsters for years and wouldn’t trust my life to any other model.
You can get the Eclipse for any one of 56 gun models and sizes and the Eclipse Shadow comes for many guns with one of several different light setups…
Bravo Concealment has been making holsters and other accessories for more than 10 years and their products are deservedly well known. One of these newer holsters is the Torsion IWB holster and its distinctive for its native ability to torque the grip of your pistol in toward your body in order to enhance concealment.
Full disclosure: I recently received the Torsion holster and a double magazine pouch from Bravo Concealment to use and evaluate for review. I carry a pistol IWB and double magazine pouch OWB all day every day so I’ve been trying these components out and putting them through their paces for normal everyday carry and for dynamic defensive drills at the range. Here follows my raw evaluation of this kit.
Features and Components
The first thing to note is that the Torsion holster does not come in a model that accommodates a weapon light, so while using this holster I had to slightly alter my normal EDC with a pistol that doesn’t have a light. I know that not everyone carries a pistol with a light mounted, so that may not matter everyone. I prefer to have a light as do many other EDCers, so this missing configuration is something of a disqualifier in some cases.
But there’s plenty this holster does have. The holster accommodates a threaded barrel, tall sights (up to .355”), and a pistol with a red-dot sight. These are very nice pluses and I’m sure many folks will warm to those features of the Torsion holster.
The Torsion holster can be run anywhere on the belt and when using both of the holster’s clips, the holster does do a good job turning the pistol’s grip in toward your body. That’s a very nice concealment trait and more manufacturers should devise similar features. If you’d like to wear the holster tucked in, however, you’ll need to remove the secondary clip. The holster rides just fine with the single clip and I found it to be quite comfortable and stable. The clips are made so that they’re very unlikely to ever come out when you draw your pistol. I like these clips.
One problem with the single-clip configuration (the way I prefer to use it) is that the holster loses the torsion characteristic, meaning the holster does not tilt the pistol grip into your body. The result is not terrible, however, just not as good as with both clips. I think it’s a viable option, but the single-clip concealment is not really as good as some other holster (my normal edc holster, for instance) and I see this as a knock against it.
The double magazine pouch is sturdily made, but it has a few flaws that I find pretty annoying.
Firstly, the mag pouch has a slightly curved profile so that it better fits your body contours, but I found the curve to be far too slight. The pouch needs to have a more pronounced curve if it is to be properly form-fitting and comfortable. Secondly, the way it’s made to allow the belt loops to bolt onto the back of the pouch leaves far too much material in the way on the outside front edge of the holster. This “wing” of the pouch gets in the way of your index finger when you go for a magazine. I found it to be pretty uncomfortable and clumsy. Moreover, the pouch rides too high so that the top is about 3/4” above your belt line. This puts material in your way when you go to index and draw your magazine.
Lastly, the mag pouch configuration places the two magazines far too close to one another. When going for a magazine quickly, as for an emergency reload, I found my hand was all over the second magazine and when training I managed to pull out both magazines a couple of times, dumping one onto the ground. I remember this flaw from a few years ago when I used a previous generation of Bravo Concealment mag pouch. I ultimately switched to another brand that does a better job in the configuration.
The Kydex used for both the Torsion holster and the double magazine pouch are of good quality and texture; glassy smooth on the inside and lightly textured on the outside. Feels like material that’ll last quite a long time and stand up to much abuse.
Observations From the Range
I adjusted the single holster clip to its lowest setting to allow for the deepest ride in the appendix position where I carry it and I believe that most folks will like that ride height, as it allows for a full grip on the pistol before drawing. As for me, I found that it was still too high a ride for my taste (I use deep concealment and draw differently than many folks). So that’s not really an objective ding against the holster, it’s just not for me.
I ran quite a few dynamic drills that included running, crouching, drawing from concealment, executing speed reloads, etc… and had relatively few problems—most of which are detailed above in the previous section. The one thing I didn’t like about the holster was that the higher-than-normal ride height caused the pistol to bounce around a bit too much when I was running. I didn’t get a very secure feeling from the holster in those running passages, but it did stay in place. So no real problems.
For more insights and a far more detailed look at the features, check out the full review video on my Youtube channel.
Overall, I’ll give the Bravo Concealment Torsion holster a solid B. It could have been a B+ had the holster accommodated a light-bearing pistol. The double magazine pouch I’ll give a C. Bravo Concealment should do much better on that item and I’m sure they can if they decide to.
I’m going to hang onto this holster as I’m sure I can get some use out of it in some cases where I can’t carry in the appendix position. I’d like for it to conceal better in the single-clip configuration, but it’s still better than 90% of the holsters out there. The price is excellent for what you get and I believe that many folks will love this holster.
Did the first ruck of the season this morning. 5 miles with a 25 lb pack and my normal EDC loadout. 1 hr 10 mins. Kept up a 120 spm pace. Feet say ouch now.
Today’s drill was the same one from this early-winter-2018 video. I’m shooting at 20 yards onto 6″ steel (today’s was on 4″ steel), doing a soft breakfall to my back then drawing from concealment to put one round from both right and left sides around cover from my back, then up to kneeling over the cover, the going prone for 1 shot from both right and left sides.
Marksmanship is a bit more challenging when you’re on your back/side and prone on your sides. This drill challenges my ability to remain accurate while using cover from the ground. The kneeling shot is just to practice rising to a knee from my back, facilitating the transition to prone.
This is a simple drill for exiting a restaurant seat to take a lower profile and put a couple rounds on target at 20 yards (presumably after having told your friends or family members to find floor behind cover away from you) on a half-size torso target (the little red one).
It’s just a drill to practice efficient, safe movement for direct engagement. It’s about technique rather than realism. This is not a scenario drill that accounts for lines of sight or other people. Technical skill first.
This is a simple drill that works from a prone, “hostage” position. Moving quickly to cover, clearing garments, and getting the gun up and putting critical hits on target at 20 yards in just a couple of seconds involves a lot of kinetic skills. Good practice.
I did 50-ish reps of this one today. When I replace the magazine, I just rack the slide and don’t worry about the lost round. It’s best to chamber a round regardless of whether or not there’s one already in the chamber. I just had a gunfight and likely have no idea how many rounds I fired. Gas it up and chamber a round to be certain.
Today I took turns running drill reps at 25 yards with my friend Ashley. It was Ashley’s first time to run any practical drills like this and one of the first times he’s trained at 25 yards. He did a fantastic job of running practical manipulations and use of cover. So fun and so valuable!
This is a drill to practice good hits at medium range from different angles while using cover.
The point here is to properly use cover of an odd configuration to engage a target several times while never emerging from the same place twice. Four shots from four different positions forces you to learn to use your body to provide a stable platform based on what the cover requires of you…all while maintaining good accuracy on a small-ish target (here 8″) at medium range (in this case, 23 yards).
You’ll notice that I finish with covered sul position. This is so that I can scan my area for more threats while not looking like a deadly threat to friendlies in the vicinity. Most folks won’t even notice that there’s a gun in my hand (have a care not to unnecessarily frighten folks when you’re doing good).
This week’s drill works on ground mobility/dexterity and marksmanship from compromised positions. Good to know how to handle shooting from your back and while prone. I had to spend an extra round or two in each of these reps. MOAR TRAINING.
Wearing some knee/elbow pads, as ~35 reps of this drill is a bit punishing on the skin!