DC Holsters – Deep Concealment, Definite Comfort, Downright Convenient

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Carrying a concealed firearm requires you to make several challenging decisions.  Which make, model and caliber of firearm you will carry?  How often you will carry your firearm?  Where on your person you will carry your firearm?

Of course, holsters play a large role in these decisions, and the large number of holster manufacturers and types of holsters offered, only increases the possibilities for those who carry concealed. Holsters provide varying combinations of concealment, comfort, and convenience, but unfortunately, you can usually only find two of these three characteristics in any given holster. In other words, one characteristic is usually reduced at the expense of raising the other two. With a DC Holster built for a Kimber Pro Carry II, however, I found all three characteristics equally strong.

Deep Concealment

The “DC” in DC Holsters stands for “deepcover,” as the holster is meant to conceal a handgun under a tucked in shirt. It does this very well, easily hiding a Kimber Pro Carry II under a t-shirt, dress shirt, and dress slacks. For dress slacks however, you’ll need to have pants that can accommodate the extra space required by the holster. With other looser fitting pants, the DC Holster fits easily, and is concealed best at either the 3:30 or 4 o’clock positions.

The holster’s slight forward cant pointed the stock of the 1911 up, where it disappeared under a shirt. The only part of the holster showing was the black metal belt clip, which, if wearing a tucked in shirt, you can partially hide by slightly un-tucking or “blousing” your shirt over it.

Tuck-able holsters like the DC Holster, while meant for concealment under a tucked shirt, of course provide excellent concealment under an un-tucked shirt as well. Wearing the DC Holster with an un-tucked shirt or sweater allowed me to totally conceal the black metal clip. Concealment confirmed.

Definite Comfort

The DC Holster’s leather and Kydex construction come together to create comfort not only as a matter of how the holster feels when you’re wearing it, but also as a matter of securely and safely holding a handgun. The leather backing feels great against skin (if wearing it tucked) but feels even better against a cotton T-shirt (if wearing it un-tucked under a second layer of clothing). The Kydex form that’s attached to the leather fits each gun perfectly and offers a good level of retention as the design allows a gun to “snap” in place. The Kimber Pro Carry II slid easily into place, always felt secure, and came out with a firm tug.

The DC Holster’s unique design and shape of the leather backing provide the perfect amount of friction for secure retention and comfort while standing, sitting, walking, driving, or doing any number of other movements throughout the day. The holster never needed adjustment and never felt cumbersome.

That old gun carrying adage, “Comforting, not comfortable” may soon become “Comforting and comfortable.”

Downright Convenient

Other tuck-able holsters exist on the market, as do other holsters made of leather and Kydex. Each has its strengths and weaknesses, and some measure of subjectivity exists in how you’ll evaluate what works best for you. What intrigued me, however, is that I not only found the DC Holster to provide deep concealment and definite comfort, but I also found it to be downright convenient. Compared to other holsters meant be tucked in for maximized comfort, the DC Holster is very easy to put on and take off. Part of the reason for this lies in the fact that the DC Holster uses less leather than other holsters, as well as just one clip instead of two. As such, when not using it as a tuck-able holster, I was able to put it on easily as a standard IWB holster – no fuss or fidgeting.

The other convenient feature of the DC Holster is the fact that the Kydex allows for one-handed re-holstering.

The DC Holster for the 1911 retails on www.dcholsters.com for $60, and the company offers holsters for numerous other handguns. The holsters are created by Greg Purcell, a USPSA Master Shooter who, as a locksmith, needed a deep cover holster that fit his work and lifestyle as a licensed concealed carrier. He set about to create a better deep cover holster, and in doing so made one not only with definite comfort but also one that is downright convenient to wear.

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18 Comments (Add Yours)

  1. Sneaky Pete has a holster that is worn on the outside and resembles a cell phone.

    1. I have 3 sneaky Pete holsters. One for Kimber Crimson carry
      One for Ruger LCP an one for my new Kimber solo CDP
      I can wear any thing an it conceals the gun ,tucked or none
      Tuck. Go to http://www.sneakypeteholsters.com/ . All leather
      About 54.00 ea you won’t be disappointed.

      1. Sneaky petes does not sell holsters for full sized glocks or for any taurus judge.

      2. I have a Sneaky Pete holster for a LC9. A bit on the bulky side. A owb holster is the best way to go if you can get away with it.

  2. I am a retired Special Forces MSG. This was informed. There has been times that I would
    enjoyed having a holster like this.

    1. WANT A VERY GOOD LEATHER HOLSTER,,CHECK OUT ross leather I FINDLY FOUND A HOLSTER STRONG ENOUGH TO CARRY MY 24/7 45ACP THERE AND WITH A FAIR PRICE.

  3. i have found that the clip on holster fall off too often. how do you stop this from happening. i am wearing one know. melvin conder thanks.

    1. Melvin, are you saying that the clip falls off the holster? I would contact the manufacturer for repair/replacement.
      If you are saying that clip-on holsters keep falling off, then I would chance style of holster to one that attaches to the belt. Average ‘pouch’ type clip on holsters are cheap in price and design. Step up to a better holster… you won’t be disappointed or end up leaving your gun lying on the ground somewhere.

  4. I have been using my Sneky Pete for a year. AWESOME holster. I have never had any problem with the clips over the belt. The clips must be over the belt not the belt and pants. I carry a Taurus PT 709 slim.Good concel gun too.

  5. I use the DeSantis N87, also a clip-on holster. Not leather, but does have an added pouch for 1 extra magazine. It is easily changed for L or R handed use. For extra $13 approx. you can add a Thumb Release which attaches to holster using velcro. I’ve used it in both OWB & IWB carry and with/without belt. Mostly clip it directly to waistband of denim jeans & have never had a problem with it coming off. Did have problems with pistol coming out of holster when ‘drop pants in bathroom’, but the optional Thumb Release fixed that. Have never lost magazine from the stretch pouch affixed to holster. Only changes I’d like to see: 1. longer finger release tab on clip. 2. Tighter bend at end of clip opposite the finger release tab (as it does sometimes make it hard to get ‘inside’ of clip past waistband of jeans).

  6. It seems that you always talk about holsters that men use. What about women? We usually prefer a purse with an outside pocket of some kind to hold our weapon. When are you going to get around to us?

    1. the female body has so many different configerations it is very hard to suggest a holster LIKE would you be willing to wear a wide thick lether belt it wouldnt fit your beltloops,could you wear it with your dress slacks that dont have belt loops and wouldnt be strong enough for a clip on .unless you go to a exstreme concealment BUT then its very hard to get to your weapon .SOOOOO THIS BRINGS YOU TO A SPECIAL PURSE ..HOPE THIS HELPS THANKS FOR THE READING

    2. Several years ago, I met a middle-aged couple and noted the man was carrying a concealed pistol. I mentioned it and his wife said “see, I told you someone would.” We talked a little about CC and she told me she was also carrying, bet you can’t see it . Well, no luck. She pulled up her sweatshirt to show me the handmade terry-cloth holster, hung by snaps and straps from the lower edge of her bra. The holster held a small .25 cal semi auto. Her natural body contour concealed it all perfecfly. Her guy told me he always has to check.

  7. Thanks’ again Mark for this awesome Holster Review , and this is what I have been waiting for because I am a 1911 freak and I carry a Kimber Pro Carry II and this indeed the Holster I have been waing for because right now I carry OWB and with this Holster I can now carry IWB thanks’ again Mark this is my new Holster -Jeff Hayden

  8. I would like to see a review of some shoulder rigs please they are my choice

  9. Personally I like the N82 Tactical holsters. I have two, in different sizes, and they are extremely comfortable. Also, they hold onto the body so well that I have been able to wear one without a belt with no slippage and without pulling my pants down.

  10. I have never had any problem with the clips over the belt along with a carry style of IWB

  11. I just got my white hat holster for my glock 26 , I’ve worn it for 4 weeks straight , never having a problem with it, very comfortable for IWB carry.

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