Gun Holster Review: Upper Hand Holsters OWB Conceal Carry Holster

Whether for self-defense or bugging out, good gear can keep you alive. If you are looking for a primary hand holster for your gun, this is a great option.

7.7/10 (Expert Score)

Product is rated as #3 in category Gun Holsters


If you are used to reading these reviews, you know that I like to have a small caliber off-hand gun to supplement my primary firearm when I carry it. Sometimes, finding a good holster for the off-hand gun can be a challenge. One of the guns I was having difficulty with was my Ruger LCP. While the factory pocket holster works well, getting to it quickly was difficult. This changed when I took a look at the Upper Hand Holsters Outside the Waistband (OWB) Conceal Carry Holster.

The Review

Upper Hand Holsters OWB Conceal Carry Holster

1

Market

Having a good holster is important across the spectrum, and Upper Hand Holsters has a line of good holsters depending on the firearm that you want to carry. Because of the material, the pattern or color of the holster can be changed (the one I am reviewing is multicam black). This type of holster appeals to a very broad market, it is easy to attach, stays attached, and keeps the gun in position. Some holsters are too simple (pocket holsters) or too complex (holsters with dozens of features); Upper Hand Holsters stays in their lane and delivers a holster that does what it is supposed to do. 8 of 10.

2

Usefulness

This OWB Conceal Carry Holster is secure enough to use in the bush for a hunting sidearm, but small enough to use in everyday life. This can be used concealed under a jacket, but also used open carry. This makes it a great multi-purpose holster. It does not transition sides in its normal configuration well, so if you are a lefty, you need a lefty holster. But for a right-handed person, this is one of the better holsters I have tested. 6.5 of 10.

3

Utility

The OWB Conceal Carry Holster I received has a very smooth draw on the primary side. If you have it set up cross-draw, then you are going to face some of the traditional problems you have with a hard holster of needing to go up, then across. This limits the ability to wear it across the hip for a secondary weapon, but the small profile does allow for it to be a secondary weapon on your primary side. Since most people do not use both hands (they draw the secondary firearm and transfer it to their primary hand), it is not a problem. 7 of 10.

4

Usability

The key balancing act of a hard holster is draw smoothness vs. security. If the draw resistance is too light, then you run the risk of the gun bouncing out of the holster. If the draw resistance is too tight, then you run the risk of the “pull jump” throwing offer your movement. Upper Hand Holsters walks right down the middle of this in the balance. The resistance is enough that it keeps the gun secure, but not so much that you have problems getting the gun out or throwing off your draw pattern.

Another factor we all face with holsters is whether the without-the-belt placement is comfortable. The OWB Conceal Carry Holster I reviewed for my Ruger LCP is quite comfortable. It can be worn with belt or without belt, and the hooks on the anchors keep the gun on your belt or your waistband. I really like that this is not a “through belt” style of holster as I do have to put it on and take it off a lot because of my day job (cannot have it in government buildings). 8 of 10.

BEST FEATURE
The resistance is enough that it keeps the gun secure, but not so much that you have problems getting the gun out or throwing off your draw pattern.
5

Cool Factor

When it comes to outside-the-belt holsters, there really are only two cool styles. Companies quickly lose cool points when they leave these two tried and true styles. Upper Hand Holsters did not make this mistake. The holster is a traditional tactical style and looks very sharp when it is worn. Even if you “double up” and tuck this holster in behind your primary holster on your side, the look complements other tactical holsters (I did this in conjunction with my RP 9). 9 of 10.

Pros and Cons

Upper Hand Holsters OWB Conceal Carry Holster

PROS:

  • Adjustable retention
  • Smooth draw on the primary side
  • Can be worn with belt or without belt
  • Interchangeable pattern

CONS:

  • Not good for cross draw

Where To Buy

Upper Hand Holsters OWB Conceal Carry Holster

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Upper Hand Holsters Review Outside the Waistband (OWB) Conceal Carry Holster

Upper Hand Holsters OWB Conceal Carry Holster

Best value gun holster which you can buy today. High and tight fit. Shown here in Multicam Black.
7.9
Gun Holster Review: Upper Hand Holsters OWB Conceal Carry Holster

Upper Hand Holsters America 2.0 Holster Cool Factor

Highly versatile Americana design selection: Weapons Flag, Betsy Ross Flag, Thin Blue Line Flag, and Black American flag

Overall Score

Upper Hand Holsters OWB Conceal Carry Holster

7.7Expert Score
Awesome

With a total score of 7.7 out of 10, this is an excellent holster. Sometimes companies try to make holsters something that they are not – a holster should be a secure, quick access place to hold your gun on your person. When you add locks, belts, and safeties you make the weapon more difficult for the user to access. This holster is the epitome of what a holster should be. If you are looking for a primary hand holster for your Ruger LCP, Smith & Wesson, Sig Sauer, Glock or 20 of the other gun brands it works with, I have no qualms recommending this holster for your use.

Average Score 7.7
Market
8
Usefulness
6.5
Utility
7
Usability
8
Cool Factor
9
Gun Holster Review: Upper Hand Holsters OWB Conceal Carry Holster
Gun Holster Review: Upper Hand Holsters OWB Conceal Carry Holster

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Dr. Christopher W. Smithmyer

Dr. Christopher W. Smithmyer

Dr. Christopher W. Smithmyer is a writer for NRN and an adjunct professor at both Penn State University and the University of South Florida. He is the author of several books, most recently “A Criminal History of the Democrat Party” which is available on Amazon and via the publisher, Elite Exclusivity. Follow on Twitter at @Acriminalhisto1

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