Holsters are like shooting stances or training protocols—everyone has a favorite, and everyone swears by them. There are many fans of Bravo Concealment holsters, and after checking out their Torsion line, I can easily see why.
This particular one tested – the Bravo Concealment Torsion or DOS holster – is meant for the Glock 43 – their single stack, much awaited, ultra-compact 9mm designed solely for CCW or back up applications. And if you carry concealed, you know that your gun is only as good as your holster. That is to say does it conceal well, is it secure, and can you get to it with ease? For this particular holster, yes, yes, and yes.
This particular gun-tote is different from other IWB offerings for a few reasons. One is that it has a roughly 30 degree cant built into the architecture of it, so the holster hugs your body. What’s more, is the placement of the belt clips create a type of reverse tension, that pull the grip into your body, minimizing printing. While I wore this with two belt looks, on Bravo Concealment’s website, they espouse using just one for ease of on-and-off, and I can see how that is a good tip. It did take an extra second to get both belt loops on and off. Retention also is great, and adjustable through the standard Phillips screw retention device found on most holsters.
Moreover, you can adjust the ride height and cant with the screws on the belt clips, pictured to the side. What I also really like about this holster, is the cut out for an extended or threaded barrel. Not many companies take this into consideration, which I wish they did. Specifically if you’re shooting an aftermarket barrel, holsters that don’t have this extra porthole for the barrel to jut out are rendered useless with anything except the factory load out. Given the sheer prevalence of customized Glocks, smart move!
This holster is uber-comfortable. In fact, when carrying a G43, I often forget I’m wearing it! Printing is minimal. Oh, and did I mention that this holster is versatile enough to carry appendix, or IWB 3-5 O’Clock! You can even carry it small of the back if you like, but I personally don’t recommend carrying that far behind you.
Overall, it’s a very fine holster, made in the USA from high quality Kydex, by shooters, for shooter. Engineered in the great state of Texas, Bravo Concealment puts out great products. We also have a holster/mag holder combo for the illustrious G19 in testing, which has performed excellently thus far in a competitive setting!
Pros, what we like: Price is right, feature rich with an outlet for a threaded barrel, adjustable ride height and cant, ability to wear appendix or strong side, and most importantly – comfort and it barely prints!
Cons, what we don’t like: Two clips can get annoying for taking it on and off, but luckily, you can reduce to 1 clip and functionality remains!
Alex Castiglione lives in Atlanta, and is an avid outdoorsman and competitive shooter.
Where-abouts include getting after it in his garage gym, practicing martial arts, hitting the trails, or running CrossFit and Strongman competitions for his non-profit which holds fundraiser fitness competitions dedicated to aiding Bully breed rescues, dog rescues, or other non-profits with similar missions.