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 G3 Holster is the top choice. Custom build your own now.
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 Urban Carry G3 isn’t new, it’s a remake of their second generation holster. Urban Carry took some major points from reviews about the holster and released the G3.
The Urban Carry G3 Holster 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 G3 holster are almost unlimited.
What to Consider Before Buying an Urban Carry Holster
You might be wondering: what’s so unique about the Urban Carry G3 Holster?
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.
Urban Carry Holster Patented Design
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 G3 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.
Carry Positions of the Urban Carry Holster
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.
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 and second generation Urban Carry 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 G3, the newest available.
The leather does take a couple days to break in, but the G3e may take a week or more. You can use something like Bick 4 by Bickmore to speed up the process.
Below the Waistband (BWB)
Contrary to the IWB and OWB, which are not totally concealing your gun, the patented Urban Carry fits below your waistband in the same area as your jeans pocket.
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 G3 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.
The Urban Carry also allows you to wear your shirt either tucked in or loose.
One awesome feature of the Urban Carry G3 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 & Red Dot Compatible Option
The G3 holster option has a flared rather than a narrowed, rounded muzzle end. It’s suitable to holster pistols with a trigger guard laser, rail lasers even Red dots. This means you can holster your pistol even with a laser sight still attached to a rail.
Urban Carry Holster Warranty
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.
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 Urban Carry Holsters
There are also other Urban Carry holsters which are worth considering.
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