A holster should be versatile. It should be comfortable. It should securely fasten your firearm, yet still give you an easy draw experience. The UTG Concealed Belt Holster is able to meet those needs and do so for a surprisingly budget-friendly price. Designed to be ambidextrous based on where you clip the holster to your belt, anyone with a concealed carry permit will find this holster can provide the all-day comfortable wear that you need.
The Plastic Clip: Good, Bad, or Ugly?
Let’s address the one problem with this holster’s design right away: the plastic clip. The clip is built into the holster, so you can’t swap it out. It’s a smooth clip, so affixing it to your belt or your waistline is pretty easy and smooth. Unfortunately that also means you’re just as likely to draw your gun inside the holster as you are to have a successful draw because the clip slides off as you pull up. If you’re not careful, that might even cause the holster to slip off your belt on its own.
How do you minimize this issue? We found that wearing it as an IWB holster was the best solution while wearing a belt. We put the clip between the belt and the waistline of the pants and this helped to provide more stability during a draw. It wasn’t a perfect experience, but at this price point, it performed well.
The Velco Strap: Difficult or Easy?
A good holster must secure your firearm in a drawing position at all times. Many holsters include a strap that runs along the back of the grip to make this happen. In theory, a quick flick of the thumb is enough to then prepare for a draw. The Velcro strap on the UTG Concealed Belt Holster doesn’t quite give that experience.
The strap itself isn’t always easy to grab. If you’re not used to its placement, then you could find yourself in trouble during an emergency situation. The Velcro also tends to pick up lint from your clothing over time, making the strap less effective unless you peel that lint out – and that’s not easy to do. We recommend practicing with this strap as part of the drawing process to get familiar with its design.
This Holster Is Bigger Than You Think
We actually feel like this holster is built more for a 9mm compact than for the other firearms that are recommended for it. That doesn’t mean you can’t carry other defensive firearms with this holster, but it does mean that they might float around a bit if they’re not properly secured.
If you need a backup holster or you’re trying to get used to your first concealed carry experiences, then we can see the benefits of owning the UTG Concealed Carry Holster. It may not be the best full-time daily holster, but for training purposes or light carrying needs, it will get the job done.