U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Holsters are something you shouldn't skimp on when carrying concealed. The second thing you should not skimp on is a good belt. I have tested a lot of holsters over the years, and the one brand I keep going back to is Bravo Concealment.
Bravo Concealment offered to send me their new Torsion 3.0 Gun Holster for my Glock 19 and their Cinturon Gun Belt. I was excited to test out the new holster and I am always on the lookout for a good gun belt.
What sets the Torsion 3.0 apart from the Torsion 2.0 is that it is made using plastic injection molding instead of the old method of using Kydex. There are several advantages for the manufacture such as the speed that they can turn out the holsters is greatly increased with injection molding. In the long run it is also cheaper although the startup cost is a lot higher than Kydex.
The first time I got a look at Bravo Concealment's injection molding was when I got a chance to review their BCA 3.0 OWB Holster. I thought it was a massive improvement over their BCA 2.0 OWB Holster which I also loved. The BCA 3.0 is still the holster I use when I am carrying my gun on the outside of my waistband.
The user wears the Torsion 3.0 inside their waistband. I have one of Bravo Concealment's Torsion 2.0 holster for my Glock 43. The Torsion 2.0 made of Kydex. The Torsion 3.0's injection molding gives the holster a more finished feel over the old material and design.
The injection molding technique uses molds instead of a press technique that Kydex requires. Using molds allow Bravo Concealment more freedom in the aesthetic department. It allows Bravo Concealment to do things like adding their logo to the holster and adding a replica slide lock, it gives the Torsion 3.0 a complete feeling.
One of the best things that Bravo Concealment did with their Torsion 3.0 holsters is the added adjustable retention. By using a standard Phillips head screwdriver, the wearer can adjust the holster from medium light retention to medium heavy retention.
I found that the retention of the Torsion 3.0 holster right out of the package was perfect for me. Just for testing, I used the holster at both extremes of retention. I always ended up going back to the default retention.
Setting the Bravo Concealment to the lightest retention setting made it feel like my gun was going to fall out. It might be in my mind, but it felt like the gun was dangerously loose. I only used this set for a day because of my fears.
When I set the Bravo Concealment Torsion 3.0 holster to the max setting for retention. The holster held the gun in a stable position. I was able to remove the Glock 19 with only a little force until I put it on to use it. When wearing the holster, the retention was a little too much.
Pulling the gun out at the range was a little too hard with the Torsion 3.0 holster set on the max retention. I went back to the default setting and pulling my Glock was silky smooth. I was also able to re-holster the gun without any issues. I would recommend that the wearer only change the retention setting if they find the default setting unusable.
Concealability is essential when it comes to holsters. I have had some holsters that print so much that they were unusable. One of the reasons I like Bravo Concealment holsters is the work that they put into making their holsters nearly invisible. The Torsion 3.0 is no different.
Bravo Concealment added a 10-degree cant to the Torsion 3.0 to improve concealability. The cant does help the gun's outline disappear under a shirt. The holster also drops out of sight due to how they designed it to ride on the user's belt.
The print seems to be smaller than the Torsion 2.0. It looks like the injection molding process allowed Bravo Concealment to make the Torsion 3.0 a little thinner than the Torsion 2.0. There is not a big difference, but it is noticeable.
With the popularity of red dots on handguns growing, holster companies are going to have to take these in to account when making their products. Bravo Concealment built the Torsion 3.0 to be compatible with red dot sights and threaded barrels as well as suppressor sights which give the users greater flexibility of what pistol set up to run.
Comfort is another big factor when it comes to holsters. The Torsion 3.0 does an excellent job in this category. Its comfort level is on par with other IWB injection molded holsters when the user wears the holster at the four 0-clock position. I found it a little more comfortable than the old Kydex design.
The holster has 1.5-inch belt loops which work with most belts. Some duty belts are 1.75, but when wearing a duty belt, the wearer most likely would be wearing an outside the waistband holster.
All Bravo Concealment holsters come with a 30-day “test drive” which lets the user decide if the holster is right for them. They also back up their holsters with an excellent lifetime warranty. The holster is currently available around $40.
Overall, I am impressed with the improvements of the Bravo Concealment Torsion 3.0 holster over the Torsion 2.0. Since both are the same price, I would go with the 3.0 unless you want a Kydex holster then the 2.0 would be for you.
I also tried on the Bravo Concealment Cinturon Gun Belt. A good gun belt is critical when carrying a gun. A cheap belt will not hold a holster very well and will end up sagging. I have been using a Slidebelt Survival 2.0 for a while, and more recently I have been using a Nexbelt EDC, and I love both.
The Bravo Concealment Cinturon Gun Belt is designed to carry a concealed pistol. The belt was made with 1.5-inch width double layered webbing that gives it a very stiff feel. The buckle is made of steel alloy.
Bravo Concealment offers the buckle in brushed nickel or matte black. I got the buckle with a matte black finish. The finish is excellent and very scratch resistant. The one complaint I have about the Slidebelt is how easy it scratches. I have no such complaints with the Cinturon Gun Belt.
The Cinturon Gun Belt does not have notches like other belts. The wearer pulls the 1.5 nylon webbing through the buckle, and a rod locks the belt into place. The wearer moves the rod towards the opening to unlock the belt.
The Bravo Concealment Cinturon Gun Belt held in place very well while strapped on my waist. The belt had minimal movement when I was carrying my firearm which is critical for carrying a handgun. The belt does its job as advertised.
The Cinturon Gun Belt is a very stiff belt. I like stiff belts, but this belt is one of the most rigid belts I have ever used. I would have liked to see Bravo Concealment cut down on the stiffness just a tad. It is as stiff or stiffer than a duty belt.
The belt looks great for wearing with cargo pants. I didn't like the way it looked with my jeans or khakis. It just has this tactical look that I try to avoid. If you want the tactical look, then you are going to like this belt. It just isn't the look I like to go with for most of my outfits.
Like its holsters, Bravo Concealment backs up their Cinturon Gun Belt with a lifetime warranty. The belt sells for around $50 which is about $50 cheaper than the other gun belts I use.
For the price, it is a good belt. It does what a good gun belt is supposed to do when a person is wearing a gun. The belt holds the gun in place with very little sagging or movement.
I don't like the look for most of my outfits although it looks great with cargo pants. If you want the tactical look, then you are going to love this belt. It just isn’t the look for me.
Readers can find both the Bravo Concealment Torsion 3.0 and the Cinturon Gun Belt at https://www.bravoconcealment.com/
About John Crump
John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%'ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at www.crum