When you’re looking for a reliable holster for everyday carry, no doubt you’ve come across one of the holsters from Urban Carry.
Relatively new to the holster market, the folks at Urban Carry are quickly gaining momentum with a line of ultra-sturdy, ultra-comfortable holsters for both IWB and OWB carry.
But with a handful of options to choose from, which Urban Carry holster is the best?
That’s exactly what we look at in this review. But if you don’t want to spend a few minutes reading over our thoughts, I can tell you straight away which of the Urban Carry holsters is best…
After testing each one for nearly 180 cumulative hours between myself and other editors, both at home, at work, and on the range, we all agree that the Urban Carry G2 Holster is the top choice.
What makes this holster different is its design. The Urban Carry is made to be carried not Inside the Waistband (IWB) or Outside the Waistband (OWB), but Below the Waistband (BWB).
The G2 isn’t new, it’s a remake of their first generation holster. Urban Carry took some major points from reviews about the holster and released the G2.
The Urban Carry G2 is a leather pouch designed for super deep concealment and rapid draw. It’s completely ambidextrous, so it can be used for both right- and left-handed shooters. You can also carry it strong-side or cross-draw.
The possibilities when using the Urban Carry G2 holster are almost unlimited.
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Table of Contents
- 1 What to Consider Before Buying the G2
- 2 Our top pick: Urban Carry G2 BWB Holster
- 3 Specifications
- 3.1 Cadet (Ruger LCP, S&W Bodyguard, Kimber Micro, and similar)
- 3.2 Trooper (Glock 42, Sig P238, Ruger LC9, and similar)
- 3.3 Lieutenant (Springfield XDs 3.3, Shield 9/.40, Glock 43, Glock 26, J-frame revolver, and similar)
- 3.4 Captain (Glock 19, Springfield XDm 4”, Shield .45, Commander 1911, and similar)
- 3.5 Colonel (Glock 21, full-size semi-autos with 5” barrel, and similar)
- 4 Other Great Holsters from Urban Carry
- 5 Alternatives to the Urban Carry G2 Holster
- 6 Our Final Thoughts on Urban Carry Holsters
What to Consider Before Buying the G2
You might be wondering: what’s so unique about the Urban Carry G2?
Being Below the Waistband (BWB), it positions your firearm on the front of your thigh behind your pocket. Drawing is a breeze; you simply lift the magnetic catch, pull upward in a smooth motion, and most of the holster withdraws, bringing with it your firearm.
The patented holster features a small pocket on the muzzle side to prevent your firearm from spilling out of the leather when you draw. As you draw the holster, it delivers your handgun directly to your palm, requiring no more effort than drawing any other Inside the Waistband holster. Even if you’re wearing a shirt over your waistline, you can grab both shirt and holster and lift in one motion.
The redesigned Urban Carry G2 is available in five sizes: Cadet, Trooper, Lieutenant, Captain, Colonel. They’re designed to fit firearms from AMT to Zastava and everything in between. From the smallest pocket pistol all the way to the Glock 21, the manufacturer has a size for them all.
In fact, there are only three handgun carry positions the Urban Carry would not work for. These are shoulder, ankle, and Small of Back (SOB) carry. The holster works best when situated at the 11:00 or 1:00 positions, so it rests on the thigh behind your pants pocket.
You also need to remember that larger handguns may cause ‘printing’, i.e. where the pistol can seem fairly obvious when it’s concealed. Concealed carry is more ideal with small- to medium-sized firearms.
One thing you must always consider when looking for concealment holsters is your local, county, and state regulations about carrying a concealed weapon. This includes any areas you may regularly travel through over the course of your normal day.
Because there are first generation holsters out there, you may see some for sale used. But to gain all the benefits of the new design, make sure you’re getting the G2, the newest available.
Our top pick: Urban Carry G2 BWB Holster
The Urban Carry is loaded with features that should appeal to beginners or seasoned shooters, men or women, white- or blue-collar workers, and people of all body types.
With a little practice, anyone can learn to be a quick draw with the Urban Carry. Its design is unique in that you don’t draw the firearm. You draw the holster.
It secures to your waistband (using a belt is recommended) and has a magnetic flap that flips over the outside of your clothing.
The leather does take a couple days to break in, but the G2e may take a week or more. You can use something like Bick 4 by Bickmore to speed up the process.
Below the Waistband (BWB)
This keeps it off your waistband so you don’t have a holster digging into your hips. The leather is even flexible enough that when you sit, it should bend easily and still be comfortable.
From the outside, the shape of the G2 helps avoid ‘printing’ of the firearm. In fact, in several videos I watched, it simply looked like a cell phone in the pocket, unless I specifically knew it was there.
Choice of Wardrobe
Unlike many other holsters, the Urban Carry can be worn with or without a belt, on sweatpants or shorts, dress pants or jeans. It’s not recommended to wear with skinny jeans or tight clothing like leggings.
But, the G2 might be an excellent holster for women who want to carry a small pocket pistol. Women’s clothes, jeans in particular, tend to have microscopic pockets, so this is an excellent alternative.
The Urban Carry also allows you to wear your shirt either tucked in or loose.
One awesome feature of the Urban Carry G2 is the magnet added to the bottom, or muzzle end, of the holster. This magnet helps to keep your firearm secure in the holster, even while upside down (though it’s not 100% guaranteed to hold upside down). It keeps your pistol in the correct position when you draw.
Laser Compatible Option
The G2 holster option has a flared rather than a narrowed, rounded muzzle end. It’s suitable to holster pistols with a trigger guard laser or rail lasers. This means you can holster your pistol even with a laser sight still attached to a rail.
Turning Point Distribution, LLC offers an astonishing 10-year warranty on the G2. According to their website, “Turning Point Distribution, LLC warrants its Urban Carry® holsters and accessory products to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of ten (10) years from the date of purchase.
This warranty is subject to the proper Care and Maintenance of the product and the proper use of the product as detailed in the Consumer and Safety Information.”
You can also return the unopened and undamaged product within 30 days for a full refund.
Recoil Reward Points
Turning Point Distribution, LLC, also has the Recoil Reward Points program. These accumulated points can be used as cash for future purchases.
Every dollar you spend is equal to 1 Recoil Point. Ten Recoil Points equals $1 in cash. This could really pay off if you have guns of different sizes.
Let’s talk a little about the different sizes of Urban Carry holsters.
Cadet (Ruger LCP, S&W Bodyguard, Kimber Micro, and similar)
- Smallest model
- Overall Flat Size: 11.75” x 5” x 0.25″
- Size Folded Worn: 8.5” x 5” x 1″
- Weight: Apx. 7.6oz
Trooper (Glock 42, Sig P238, Ruger LC9, and similar)
- Overall Flat Size: 12.75” x 5.25” x 0.25″
- Size Folded Worn: 9” x 5.25” x 1″
- Weight: Apx. 7.9oz
Lieutenant (Springfield XDs 3.3, Shield 9/.40, Glock 43, Glock 26, J-frame revolver, and similar)
- Overall Flat Size: 13” x 5.75” x 0.25″
- Size Folded Worn: 9.5” x 5.75” x 1″
- Weight: Apx. 8.1oz
- Just missed the cut for our best Glock 43 Holsters picks (see why)
Captain (Glock 19, Springfield XDm 4”, Shield .45, Commander 1911, and similar)
- Overall Flat Size: 14.25” x 6” x 0.25″
- Size Folded Worn: 10.25” x 6” x 1″
- Weight: Apx. 8.5″
Colonel (Glock 21, full-size semi-autos with 5” barrel, and similar)
- Overall Flat Size: 15” x 6.5” x 0.25″
- Size Folded Worn: 11.5” x 6.5” x 1″
- Weight: Apx. 9.6″
When ordering your Urban Carry, make certain to look at their sizing guide. You’ll first click on the firearm manufacturer and then select your model. Also, if you have laser or rail-mounted, be sure to select that when you place your order.
Other Great Holsters from Urban Carry
There are also other Urban Carry holsters which are worth considering.
Let’s take a look at each one…
1. Stoker Off-Body Holster
This is the urban carry holster with some modifications that makes it a great addition to your car, desk, boat, on your nightstand, or under a wheelchair. It comes with mounting screws and velcro backing.
Additional velcro is available if you want to forgo the mounting screws so you can take it with you and use the holster in various locations. It’s also available in black or brown and in sizes small, medium, large, and extra large.
2. Urban Tote
For the ladies out there, there’s the Urban Tote. This concealed carry purse is made of soft, brown leather. The two shoulder straps are attached to the purse via copper rivets and contains wire cord through each to prevent ‘slash and grab’ assaults.
The Urban Carry holster is stitched into one side of the purse, which has a small zippered pocket and an large open pocket. The holster is ambidextrous and has the same sturdy magnet as the G2 on the covering flap.
The Urban Tote would make an excellent gift for that woman in your life.
Alternatives to the Urban Carry G2 Holster
Since the Urban Carry is so unique, there isn’t much in the way of an alternative. So, let’s look at some popular Inside the Waistband holsters.
This holster is similar to the Urban Carry, but it’s made of molded polymer instead of leather.
It features a clip to secure the holster to your belt, and can be worn at the appendix either Inside the Waistband or Below the Waistband.
This is a hybrid leather/polymer Inside the Waistband holster.The leather provides the backing of the holster for a more comfortable feel.
The polymer shell holds the holster in place and a single clip to secure it to the waistband. This holster is also tuckable.
Our Final Thoughts on Urban Carry Holsters
You can see the Urban Carry G2 seems to be a versatile deep concealment holster.
There have been a number of improvements made since the Urban Carry first came out. For anyone who wants deep concealment, the G2 might just be the perfect holster ever designed.
Because it’s a deep concealment holster, it will place your gun inside your pants in about the same area as your pocket, but a little deeper.
This makes it more comfortable for everyday wear, especially if you do a lot of sitting. Urban Carry’s supple leather holster allows for a quick draw, but maintains retention when carried.
The Urban Carry G2 comes available for numerous pistols, both semi-automatics and revolvers. It comes with an extraordinary 10-year warranty.
Urban Carry also offers a holster for your car, desk, or boat, as well as a concealment purse for the ladies. No matter what you carry or where, Urban Carry has something for you.