I used to carry my Glocks with just a trigger guard tied to one of my belt loops. It worked really well for low-pro, quick applications and for general hoodrat shid with my friends. But for legitimate concealed carry for a whole day in dynamic environments — I’m talking about all the environments outside of your hometown and your high school sweetheart — for those environments, you need a little more retention and security on your gun.
The Bravo Concealment Torsion holster is a little more than a trigger guard. And in this case, more is way more.
We’ve all heard of Bravo concealment and a lot of people have bemoaned their increase in business and decrease in quality. I have been one of them, but I can’t be mad at their — spoiler alert — best entry yet: the Torsion holster.
The instant a company calls their own product innovative, my shields go up. In the gun world, we’re constantly bombarded by gimmicks and imaginary performance gains.
The gimmick or innovation (you decide) with this holster is that it’s got a 10° inward (yaw) cant that keeps the grip — which is what usually prints like a mofo (at least for skinny mofos like me) — closer to the body than the pope is to little boys (pretty close).
Leave now with that bit of salient knowledge, or keep reading to see the details that make this holster so much more.
The Torsion holster is a kydex IWB (inside-the-waistband) holster for use anywhere around the beltline. It comes in black only and costs just under $60, shipped.
It doesn’t accommodate lights because of the clip mounting placement to make the 10° cant, but Bravo makes other IWB holsters that can bear lights. Torsion doesn’t accommodate compensators, Lonewolf frames, or P80 frames either, BUT it does fit suppressor sights, threaded barrels, and slide-mounted red dot sights like the RMR, Viper, Romeo, and RMS.
Note: you can cut the front of your holster to fit your comp, if you’re feeling handy with a blade and some sandpaper. 90% of retention in kydex holsters comes from the trigger guard anyway.
Mounting is accomplished by 1.5” clips, the only option. They are adjustable, which is nice for height-over-beltline and 7-8° of pitch adjustment.
Bravo was struggling for a while to make holsters for anyone but Glock bois, but I’m glad to see they’ve expanded to 45 different models of the Torsion holster for common carry guns, but I’d like to see them expand to CZ (my main EDC) and more.
They currently make this holster for Glock, HK, Smith & Wesson, Sig Sauer, Springfield, and Walther. Check their website to see if they make one for your specific model.
The fit is nice, very crisp, positive retention. The trigger is covered, which is normal, and all the retention comes from the trigger guard bottom and front, which is also normal.
I have a complaint here, as the holster detail is too much on the inside of the holster, as intense definition that doesn’t add to retention just increases the wear and tear on the gun. Not a deal-breaker for me, but I know it is for some of you (shoutout to my resale bois!).
Space is used efficiently and one of my first thoughts about this Glock 17 holster, compared to my others, was that it’s quite compact.
It sits nice where I carry it (shoutout to my appendix bois!) and adds nearly no weight to the already robust Glock 17 handgun.
I prefer loops for security, but these are the best clips you can get, to my knowledge, as they wrap completely around the belt.
The big deal when it comes to wearing this is — you guessed it — the 10° cant, which keeps the handgun grip closer to the body.
Because the holster is so tight against the body, especially using two clips (I rock one clip and so does the guy who created it), it can be a little weird to get used to sitting or bending with this holster. The effect is amplified by carrying a full-size gun, obviously. If you appendix carry already, you’re used to this delicate balance of placement of holster, belt buckle, and privates.
Bravo has the retention thing down to a science. For my skinny arms, pulling my Glock 17 free is an easy fight against a very balanced level of resistance. With the 17 drawn, putting it back is just as easy because the kydex is thick enough to retain a pretty wide gape (heh) to return the gun into.
The height-above-beltline is great stock and is further adjustable. I can fit my dickbeaters around the grip easily. The picture below is a good illustration of how important the height-above-beltline is for being able to draw your gun.
Bravo Concealment’s drop-out-of-sight (DOS) line was created to keep guns closer to the body of their carrier. They’ve succeeded with the Torsion because of a simple 10° angle added to the holster.
There are no gimmicks here, just actual, simple innovation to create a smart carry option that is in my rotation for the Glock 17 now. I just ordered one for 43, as well, which I think will make that gun disappear on my beltline. If they’d make one for CZ P-01, I’d carry it everyday (clears throat at Bravo Concealment).
If you are okay without a flashlight on your carry gun, I strongly recommend adding this holster to your carry options.
*Yo, I got this for free/I bought it to do what’s called T&E — testing and evaluation. It means I got this thing, am not bound by any agreement to be nice in my review, and I get to beat the piss out of it and treat it rough-like. My opinion is mine and based off of my time with the gear/gun/product/service.*