Every once in awhile, you run into something that you’ve never even thought about and you just want to write an old-school (like it’s 1994 and the internet is new) review of it. For me, I’m reviewing the Clipdraw.
Have you ever heard of Clipdraw? No!?
Me neither – until I was perusing Amazon for tiny comfortable holsters for a Glock 27. As you may, or may not know, buying a holster is a big deal. You must decide on, inside-the-waistband, standard, universal, pouch, and even specifically formed holsters for your specific handgun model. Holsters come made of everything from nylon and plastic to leather. Oh, and to top it off, if you’re a left-handed shooter, you can expect a harder search because all of the bad shooters are right-handed (kidding). The only thing that’s certain about buying a new holster, is that its gonna cost you a bit more than you expect.
While going through this process we all hate, I happened across something kinda interesting though. The CLIPDRAW. It’s a, bare-with-me-now… clip, that attaches to a handgun, that you, in turn clip on to your pants in lieu of utilizing a separate holster. It kinda turns your handgun into a big-assed, pocket knife (that shoots little supersonic pocket knives); and since my pocket knives have always been comfortable, how can a clip on a handgun NOT be comfortable? Because of that, I thought I’d get one and check it out.
…Is to make carrying a concealed firearm more convenient, comfortable, and safe. This is what I dub, a “one-piece wear” instead of having a holster and firearm (“two-piece”) that must work in conjunction with your pants, whereas the Clipdraw becomes part of the firearm itself. What this means is that you no longer have to worry about the fit of a holster or how the firearm fits into that holster. There are fewer moving parts to this process, making it less cumbersome.
People who carry firearms have come to accept the styles, choices, or options that have been presented to them to select from and have accepted the fact that they will never get what they really want but have selected the best option they could find. They accept that a holster adds a pretty significant width when attempting to carry that holster covertly. The pouch type holsters are thinner and more lightweight but usually have no thumb-break or mechanism to hold your firearm in place. A holster formed for your pistol in hard plastic can account for doubling the width of your actual handgun. a 1.1 inch wide pistol can require a holster that adds an additional 1 inch of width when the thickness of the material used to make the holster is added to the mechanism to hold the holster onto your belt loop or pants. A holster can become unnecessarily wide and cumbersome at the cost of concealability.
To most people familiar with firearms, it is a simple, logically driven, installation. You take off the butt plate (that’s what I’m gonna call it) at the back of the slide, and replace it with the Buttplate from the kit. The kit includes that butt plate, 4 allen screws ( 2 extras), 4 washers (2 extras), and an allen driver, some directions, and the clip itself. The extra clips are there just in case you lose one or two.
Logic will tell you that (1) You must find a way to attach the clip to the firearm, (2) You’ll say, oh, that’s why I need this new butt plate. It has screw holes. (3) then you’ll see the clip will screw in to these holes, and that’s why you’ll realize that you have these screws and washers. In case you’re kinda slow, The directions are perfect and make you wonder why Glock did not figure this out as an option as a kit first (although we all know its because an American had to create this idea due to the concealed carry movement). Besides, Glock would’ve charged waayyy more for this kit, even if it only took $1.28 to make.
Once you’ve screwed the clip on to your Glock, you’re done. You cannot get more flexible than Clipdraw; because you can use this, inside-the-waistband, outside-the-waistband, and on either the left or right side of your Glocks’ slide. Once your Glock has Clipdraw installed, you can secure your Glock to about anything from your pants, to the inside of your suit jacket pocket (even if that suit is hanging in your closet — You’re welcome). Although the directions do not ask for it, some of the comments on Amazon.com suggest that you might want to use a tiny bit of Loctite BLUE Threadlock to ensure your Clipdraw doesn’t work itself loose while firing.
Drawing Your Glock:
Drawing your Glock in the heat of the moment is pretty damned simple! You reach down, grab your beloved Glock, and draw just as with any other holster… except you may have to tug a bit harder to ensure the clip pulls away cleanly, especially if you wear loose-fitting pants (if that’s your thing). The clip itself is formed to fit to the outside of ones belt, but I find it more simple to run the clip under the belt, but clipped on to the pants.
That all said, you will also find that this will not the lead to the quickest means of re-holstering after you’ve drawn the weapon and pointed at some would-be attacker… I find that I’m always using two hands. ‘But then again, no one… not even Billy The Kid, ever needed to re-holster his handgun particularly fast!
Drawbacks and Recommendation?
Hells yea! I recommend it, but there are some drawbacks. With the flexibility of a clip, your handgun is more inclined to: (1) Move around a bit. Unlike a holster that attempts to keep your handgun in the same position regardless of the body concealing the handgun, the Clipdraw works in tandem with your pants and body (your fat, love-handles, and all). The handgun will move as your body and pants move. As an example; if you’re wearing tighter jeans, they will restrict more movement on your handgun than if you’re wearing the polyester (blend) slacks of a business suit. If there is LESS friction on the firearm, there will be MORE movement.
(2) Another possible drawback is that it may wear your pants out a bit faster (which must also be true with a standard holster as well). Additionally, since your Glock is not protected by a tight holster, you may begin to wear-out the bluing of your beloved Glock. But, who cares, its not made to look pretty (or you’d have a 1851 Colt Navy revolver). It’s made to save your life, or at least, give you a fighting chance to save your own life. It’s merely a tool, just like a pocketknife, actually.
(3) My 3rd item may, or may not, be a drawback — depending on who you are. If you’re a Glock person, it is not recommended that you have a round chambered when using a Clipdraw. This is because Glocks don’t have a traditional safety switch; it is therefore “possible”, for something to come in contact with the trigger and send a round flying within your pants (which will suck). Now, I can’t think of what might contact your trigger, but you know what, it’s not worth the risk, and it does not take more than .0356 seconds to grab the slide and chamber a round (especially if you’ve been paying attention to your surroundings as you always should be).
So… For less than $20 smackeroos, you can’t go wrong. When compared to traditional holsters, the Clipdraw is tiny and naturally, takes up less space. It is simple to use, but in the end, you can always go back to another holster if you don’t like the clip draw.
Buy a Clipdraw for sure.