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Kit Review: The Bravo Concealment Torsion Holster and Double Mag Pouch

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.

Bravo Concealment Torsion holster and double magazine pouch

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.

wearing the Bravo Concealment Torsion holster

showing no torsion

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.

mag pouch

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.

running drills

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 Patreon channel.

Conclusions

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.

Unsafe at Any Speed: The Springfield Armory 911

I have the opportunity each month to try out a different handgun—either a brand new model or an established model that are new to me—and then write a first-blush review article about it. As a one-gun guy I train exclusively with my carry pistol, so getting to shoot and review other models on a regular basis allows me to become familiar with different platforms and, essentially, survey the landscape of handguns. I enjoy this shoot-and-review process and sometimes there are unexpected rewards.

One such reward is the rare opportunity to find a fatal flaw in a firearm and warn my fellow citizens about it. Sadly, when shooting the new Springfield Armory’s 911 subcompact pistol this week, I found one of these flaws and folks need to know about it.

“This will get someone killed.”

The Springfield 911 is a new model of subcompact, hammer-fired pistol that is chambered in .380 auto. It is of the same design and dimensions as the Sig Sauer P238 (in fact my friends at a local gun range found that the magazines are interchangeable between the two models—at least they fit perfectly and feed dummy ammo—no one has tried to fire the pistols with the mags exchanged).

The Springfield 911 feels pretty good in my hand (and hands) and delivers very little recoil when shooting it. Also nice, I was able to get amazing accuracy from this little pistol…when it actually fired.

The problem arose immediately in my first string of firing. After the third shot, I got a dead trigger. After a couple of futile trigger presses, I cleared it and tried again dry. Still dead. I thought perhaps an internal component broke and called the range officer over for a look. He saw what model I was shooting and said that he knew the problem: the safety had engaged. This was a problem he had seen with every individual who had rented the gun and tried to shoot it. “This will get someone killed,” he remarked as we were both aghast, discussing the failed-self-defense implications of this design flaw. He is right. This is truly a fatal flaw.

Springfield 911

The Problem

The issue occurs in one of two ways: When shooting two-handed, the mild recoil impulse causes the meaty part of your support-hand thumb to flick the left-side safety lever up enough to engage it. The other way happens when shooting one-handed; the same recoil impulse causes the base of your trigger finger to slightly engage the right-side safety lever. I experienced the failure shooting two-handed, but not one-handed. My range-officer friend experienced the failure when shooting one-handed; I’m guessing due to his particular hand size and shape and grip.

The reason the safety lever is so easily engaged may be due in part to its location and design, but the primary culprit is the ridiculously weak toggle strength. It takes almost no pressure to move the lever from one position to the next. If it had any stiffness at all things might go differently. As it is, this is a “safety” lever that will engage or disengage at the drop of a hat. Meaning: in the frantic moment when you’re trying to save your life, your trigger will go dead and you’ll be defenseless against your attackers.

Right now my informed recommendation is DO NOT BUY. Springfield Armory needs to immediately address this fatal flaw. I highly recommend Springfield implement an immediate recall of the pistol and redesign of the component.

My Shooting Review of the Ruger Security-9

My Shooting Review of the Ruger Security-9

Ruger has recently been on fire, coming out with interesting and even compelling new firearms in quick succession. At a time when so many manufacturers are missing the boat, it’s good to see an American gun manufacturer doing some good things.

One of the new releases from Ruger is a compact 9mm pistol, the Security-9. It’s a double-stack, mid-sized pistol that very closely follows the dimensions of the Glock 19, but in a hammer-fired configuration that doesn’t show the hammer (it’s internal). The exterior and interior of the Security-9 make it seem very much like a larger version of the LCP II. But since it so closely mimics the Glock 19, it would seem to be a direct challenger…for nearly half the price!

Why Consider the Ruger Security-9?

Price and size vs. capacity would seem to be the strongest reasons to consider the Security-9. Its height, width, and length are almost identical to the G19 and it has the same 15+1 capacity. However, instead of a $500-$600 price tag, the Ruger comes in at $289-$380 (I’ve seen $289 already)…

Read the full review at the Eagle Gun Range Blog »

Report: Relentless Tactical’s Ultimate Concealed Carry Belt

For everyday wear I prefer a normal-looking leather belt as opposed to a tactical-style belt. Though I carry several EDC items on my belt, I want the easy-on, easy-off, normal buckle that a traditional-looking belt offers, but it can be hard to find this style of leather belt that is stiff enough to serve as an EDC belt.

About seven months ago I purchased the “Ultimate Concealed Carry Belt” from Relentless Tactical. Since then, it has been the only belt I’ve worn every day while carrying a Glock 19, 2 spare mags in a Kydex double mag pouch, iPhone in a Kydex phone pouch, and a TDI knife in a belt-clip holder.

 

RT Ultimate Concealed Carry Belt

 

I find the belt to be attractive and, even with the weave pattern I chose, in no way gaudy. The color is a good brown; neither too red nor too dark for my taste (the belt also comes in black). The edges are smooth and textured well with a dark burnished finish.

When looped once in your hand, the belt will not form a flat rigid ring like many steel or Kydex-core range belts, but the belt is stiff top to bottom. It is impossible to bend the leather from edge to edge. This is an imperative quality for a gun belt.

As I mentioned earlier I carry two magazines, a phone, and at least one knife on my belt in addition to my Glock 19 pistol. With this loadout, the belt has always felt and performed up to the task during the past seven months of every-day wear. I am very happy with the function.

 

Above: This is my normal everyday-carry loadout, 365 days per year. I typically wear an un-tucked shirt, which suffices for easy and complete concealment.

 

Leather belts wear and typically become softer over time. I wondered how this belt would hold up to both softening and to the wear of several Kydex loops and clips. While there is some wear, the exterior wear is not terrible thus far. Wear is minimal at the buckle and hole area; only a crease with no discoloration or cracking of the leather. The belt has completely held its edge-to-edge rigidity.

 

EDC belt

 

The only external wear showing is on the left side where my Kydex mag pouch rides. The interior of the belt loops have sandpaper to keep the the pouch from moving along the belt line. Even so, only one loop area shows wear. It’s not too bad, but there is some discoloration, as you can see below:

 

edc belt wear

 

I have not yet polished this belt and I expect that with a light polish this mild discoloration could be mitigated considerably.

Overall I’m very happy with the Ultimate Concealed Carry Belt from Relentless Tactical and I have no complaints to report. They have a steel-core belt coming soon and I expect I will give that one a try, as it will have the benefit of loop rigidity. In the mean time, I’m not looking for anything else. This belt gets a thumbs up from me.

IGFS Enhanced Duty Trigger – Failure After 19K Rounds

Since October of 2016 I’ve been running the IGFS Enhanced Duty Trigger in my EDC Glock 19. The action and function of this trigger was excellent and I was very happy with it in my carry pistol. The flat face makes for a more consistent press action and I find it easier to employ proper mechanics than with the stock Glock trigger.

While doing dry-fire practice this week I noticed that the trigger felt different and took a good long look at it. That’s when I saw that the safety tab was rather shallow on the trigger shoe. I confirmed that the safety mechanism no longer prevented the trigger from being improperly pressed to the rear. Not good!

This is the promo photo for the trigger. Notice that the safety tab protrudes prominently.

 

Here (below) is my IGFS Enhanced Duty Trigger after being installed on my Glock 19 last October. Notice here that the safety tab is prominent. I did confirm then that the safety mechanism worked properly.

IGFS Trigger

 

In the seven months that followed I carried this pistol all day, every day, and trained with it 3 to 4 days per week. I shot 19,000 rounds in that time and thoroughly enjoyed the trigger.

But here (below) is the trigger today after 19,000 rounds, 7 months after installation. The trigger safety no longer protrudes enough to keep the trigger from improper engagement. I inspected the trigger assembly for any impediments or damage and could find nothing. My conclusion is that the spring that engages the safety tab just wore out from use.

 

As you can see here (below), the trigger safety should be protruding more in the front so that the rear catch is exposed enough to engage and prevent the trigger from being improperly pressed to the rear.

 

Here (below) you can see where the mechanism is supposed to be when not engaged. Thousands of trigger presses just wore out the safety spring. No bueno.

IGFS Trigger fail

I contacted IGFS and told them about this. they responded to say that they’ve never heard of such a failure and will replace the trigger. That was a few days ago and I have no return or replacement details yet. I will report when I know more.

I like the IGFS Enhanced Duty Trigger and would like to continue to run it in my EDC gun. But I’d like to know that they’ve addressed this specific issue. This trigger is specifically for Glock pistols, which are known for 100% reliability. This component would not seem to fit the standards. For now it’s back to the stock Glock trigger that came with this pistol. I have stock Glock triggers with 60k+ rounds of use that exhibit no safety malfunction whatever. IGFS should do better.

Shooting Review: The Canik TP9 SA

by Andy Rutledge 0 Comments

While getting performance and quality on a budget is a goal for many first-time gun buyers, the reality is difficult or impossible to achieve. The TP9 SA seems to be the first legitimate answer to that quest in a full-size pistol.

In addition to the low price, the TP9 SA has several positive qualities that make it worthy of consideration, including interchangeable backstraps, eighteen rounds of 9mm in high-quality magazines, and perhaps the best trigger you’ll find on any striker-fired pistol at any price. I’m not kidding.

Read the rest of my review at the Eagle Gun Range blog »

Canik TP9 SA

Shooting Review: The Sig Sauer P320 Carry

by Andy Rutledge 0 Comments

Since I have for some time had my carry weapon system locked in, I don’t spend much effort trying to find the next pistol I want to buy. But once in a while a worthwhile innovation makes me sit up, take notice, and contemplate reconsidering my carry platform. The Sig P320 is one of these and I’ve been waiting with great anticipation to get my hands on a model other than the full size to try out…

Continue reading my review on the Eagle Gun Range blog »

Sig P320