Finding a concealed carry holster that’s safe, allows rapid access to the gun, and is comfortable to wear can seem like an unwinnable battle. A Texas company is changing that.
The Quick Click & Carry (QCC) holster is made by JM4 Tactical of Abilene. This leather holster uses—get this—magnets. There’s one on the outer side of the sheath, and another in a leather flap that, depending on the model, is either sewn on or is integral to the sheath itself, and folds over the waistband.
The QCC works best as an inside-the-waistband setup. Though it can be worn externally, it’s most discreet and the gun is most secure worn on the inside. This is a distinction that one needs to make upon ordering, along with right- or left-hand orientation.
The original QCC design has the integral belt flap, and holds the handgun deeper inside the waistband. An updated high-ride cut raises the holster in relation to the waistband, so the gun is carried a bit higher. There’s a version of the high ride that allows for use of a tucked-in shirt.
As a relatively small-framed person carrying subcompact but not tiny firearms, a Glock 42 and Kahr 380 CT, I much prefer the high-ride version. Although it cannot secure a larger gun, like a Glock 19 very well, the higher orientation keeps the muzzle from painfully poking my thigh. I do have to be conscientious about using good posture when seated; otherwise, it prints from under shirts. Slouching makes the grip protrude and print. The firearm is also very accessible and easy to draw, with no danger of falling out.
The QCC is one of the few waist-borne holsters advertised as being OK to wear without a belt. I have found that depends on the pants. With loose-fitting or mid-rise jeans, printing can be a problem without the support of a belt. But at no time has the rig felt to be in danger of falling off, including when using the restroom. JM4 Tactical reminds users who run for exercise or work that the high ride style is subject to falling off. I’ve used it without any problems while doing barn and housework, and riding horses.
This is a very safe holster in terms of preventing unintentional penetration of the trigger guard by any object during holstering, and in keeping the gun secure. Caution is advised when reinserting the gun into any holster, and this is doubly true for the high-ride QCC. The sheath does stay open on its own; however with wear, the leather sweat shield bends outward from body, covering part of the opening. It would be tempting to use the muzzle as a fishing tool to get in there, but that’s patently unsafe. Same goes for holding the flap flat with the support hand—it can be done, but it’s very difficult to not muzzle one’s own hand. I found it safe and effective to reholster placing the distal knuckle of my firing hand thumb against the flap to flatten it, and then raise the gun until the muzzle can be inserted. Or, just remove the holster from the waistband altogether with the support hand, and insert the gun before re-installing the works onto the waistband.
There are many choices of leather, color, and prices of the QCC holster. The high ride used in this test starts at $79.95, and comes in tan, brown and black. The regular QCC is available in a less expensive unfinished leather, as well as pricier exotic leathers.
I did experience some staining from the dye of the black QCC. Even after a month of wear that included many days of sweaty outdoor activity, it’s still discoloring my skin and clothing. Fortunately, these marks have washed out in every instance. If I obtain another QCC, I’ll opt for tan for this reason, though it is less discreet with most outfits.
For anyone who’s struggled to find a comfortable and safe method of carrying a concealed pistol, the QCC is worth checking out.
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