I haven’t tried the Versa holster, but calling it a “holster” strikes me as a vast exaggeration. Our man over at gunmartblog.com understands the obvious objections: “The biggest issue that many people have with this holster is the fact that these holsters do not cover the trigger of the handgun.” Yup, that’s an issue. Or is it? “After having spent some considerable time over the weekend working with this holster, I believe that if the gun is handled in a safe manor and typical care is taken, then there should never be a problem.” Unless there is. [Versa’s website promises an “optional trigger guard” in the future.] “The other major contention others are having is the holstering/re-holstering of the firearm.” OK, now you’ve got my attention . . .
Secondly, I am of the belief that in 99% of situations where a civilian concealed carry holder draws their gun, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to re-holster…. and certainly there is no need to hurry to do so. If you had to fire your weapon and the cops are on their way, then just set your gun on the ground when they show up. If you didn’t shoot anybody and the situation diffused itself, then you should probably take as long as possible to calm yourself down and then re-holster as carefully as you possibly can. If you are a civilian CWP holder, just dont do it. If you have to, then take the holster off and then re-holster. There is absolutely no need to do a speed re-holster of any kind.
I’m not 100% sure about that 99% stat. In fact, I would LOVE to see some actual hard data on how the average Defensive Gun Use (DGU) de-escalates after a shooting. Using the same wet-finger-in-the-air calculations, I reckon at least 10 percent of civilian shooters re-holster their firearms after a DGU.
As well they might.
IF you’ve well and truly stopped the immediate threat (i.e. the perp or perps are immobile or they’ve run away), you really don’t want to be holding your firearm when the cops show up. Nor do you want to put it down; you won’t have access to it if hostilities resume. What’s more, someone may take the gun, which is an absolutely vital piece of evidence in your defense.
I reckon you should re-holster, assume a non-threatening posture and keep your hands up and away from your body.
Also, it’s entirely possible that you may have to leave the scene of a DGU. If so, you REALLY don’t want to be seen running down the street holding onto a gun. Nor do you want to abandon your weapon. You want to re-holster. So how easy is it to reholster the Versa carry [assault] clip?
Re-holstering must be done by removing the holster from the carry position first. Many have deemed this a major problem as well, but I personally dont feel that it is a deal breaker. For one, if you do need to re-holster, it can be very quickly and easily done. I was able to do so completely and go back to concealment in approximately five seconds.
Five seconds is an awful long time for re-holstering. And that’s five seconds without all the fun and excitement of a full adrenalin dump coursing through your blood stream. Without needing to maintain situational awareness (i.e. not look at your holster). In fact, I can’t see the Versa clip working at all.
The company’s website and video doesn’t address this issue. In the safety warnings section of their site, there’s this: “DO NOT use this product to carry any handgun with a live round in the chamber.”
Case closed? TTAG will contact the company for their response and get a clip for a full demo. Meanwhile, while all holsters (and guns) require some sort of compromise, there are some compromises that aren’t worth making.