The KCarry holster bills itself as the “most comfortable holster you’ll ever wear.” Maybe. But the product is fundamentally unsafe . . .
The simple elastic that covers the gun, including the trigger, does little to keep the trigger from being pulled while it’s still in the holster.
I tried this with several pistols, including a GLOCK 19, the firearm used in their advertisement. I found that I could completely pull the trigger with my index finger or my middle finger. That’s because the elastic is soft enough to not just touch, but put light pressure on the trigger itself.
If, during the stress of the draw or just plain missing it, you reach too far back on the gun, only by an inch or two, your finger can land in the trigger guard and pull the trigger.
Keeping the trigger secured is the one thing that all holsters MUST do. This one does not. Red flag. Buzzing sounds. Lights and sirens. Negative Ghostrider, the pattern is full.
Of course, the way to mitigate that glaring safety issue is to carry without a round in the chamber. And frankly, why not?
The draw on this gun is already slow and cumbersome. Unlike traditional shoulder holsters, there isn’t a thumb break to hold the gun in place. Instead, it’s a Velcro tab with a ring at the bottom. You pull the ring up and then you can withdraw the firearm.
This really takes two hands. One to pull the ring up, the other to withdraw the firearm. It’s possible to draw one-handed, but you need to be particularly deft. The tab will close back down while you’re grabbing your pistol.
You’d better hope that you can be pretty still during the draw for that. Considering that hassle, what’s another second or two to chamber a round?
This is a conceal-carry holster for people wearing the right clothing. It’s not a conceal-carry-and-ever-hope-to-get-to-your-gun-quickly holster for anyone.
Unlike traditional shoulder holsters, this one has a wide fabric strap across the front. This means you can’t hide it, like you would a traditional shoulder holster, with it over your shirt but under a sports coat or unzipped jacket. The front band is pretty obvious.
For men wearing a sports jacket or suit coat, the band shows even if you can button your coat, which, while wearing the KCarry holster with a 1911, I could not. It canted the gun too far forward to get the jacket buttoned.
For some women, it would be possible to wear a top that would cover the handle of the gun, as well as cover the front strap below their breasts. They’d have to unbutton, or take the top off in order to actually draw the gun. Then, after disrobing, they’d have to pull the Velcro tab up, pray they don’t shoot themselves or someone behind them, then draw the gun.
I think the odds of actually getting that gun into the fight are slim to none.
If you’re willing to forgo being able to get to your concealed gun in a crisis, as well as deal with the fact that the trigger can be manipulated through the holster, then the KCarry holster’s a fairly comfortable way to hold your pistol. It’s not any more comfortable than a well made traditional leather shoulder holster, although it does hold large framed pistols tighter to the body than the old school shoulder rigs.
RATINGS (Out of Five Stars):
The KCarry holster isn’t a safe or effective carry option.