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Critical Response Tactical Lo Pro Holster Review

lo pro holsterCritical Response Tactical sent CCA a Lo Pro holster (inside the waistband) and Q-Mag carrier and asked me to give it an honest review. Let me first start off by saying I am not associated with the nice folks over at CRT and dive right into our review!

The Lo Pro holster and Q-Mag carrier are an all kydex construction. The fit, finish, and definition in the kydex is superb. The holster has adjustable retention (a big plus) and has a very smooth and predictable draw. For the testing I was sent a holster that would fit a full size Smith and Wesson M&P. I asked for the full size option because I knew I could carry the compact version in at as well. I also opted for the FBI (15 degree) cant as I find it is often easier to hide most guns with a slight forward cant.

The first day of carry with the Lo Pro involved a 4 hour drive. Most holsters either ride too high or too low. If they are too high, they print more easily and tend to dig into the middle of your side/back while sitting or driving. If the holster rides too low, the weapon conceals very well but you sacrifice the ability to access the gun and obtain a full firing grip. The Lo Pro had the perfect ride height that allowed for rapid access, a full firing grip, and a smooth draw. It splits the difference in ride height to allow maximum concealability without sacrificing speed or grip on the draw.

The other noticeable part of the Lo Pro is its over-sized clip. I thought it was over-kill at first, but I was wrong. It keeps the gun in place even through movement. Many single clip “minimalist” holsters have small clips or offset clips that allow the gun and holster to tilt forward and backward (changing the cant) while inside the pants. This is hands down one of the most important components for a holster for me. When I reach for my carry rig I want it to be in the same place every time and in a rig strong enough to hold in place during the strong downward grasp while obtaining a firing grip to begin the draw. The oversized clip really kept the gun in place which helped add to its comfort while driving. In fact, the Lo Pro is sincerely the most comfortable holster I’ve worn while driving.

The gun/holster stability that is gained with this over-sized clip does come with a small price. First is that it does add some, albeit just a little, bulk to the carry rig. It is only noticeable when carrying with a slimmer fitting T-shirt. The good news is that if it does print a little in the T-shirt the only part that shows is the actual belt clip as the Lo Pro holds the gun/holster very tight to the body. This minor bulk can be overcome with a looser fitting cover garment or just synching down your carry belt a bit more.

The only cons I see with this holster is that it is not “tuckable.” I enjoy the option of tucking a shirt in while carrying versus having to fall back on the pocket .380. The only other con is the minor added width caused by the oversized clip. I do find this to be well worth the sacrifice for the added stability and is easily overcome as described above. The simplicity, ease of on/off, adjustable retention, and stability of this holster make it a fantastic IWB kydex choice, especially for “grab and go” situations. The CRT Lo Pro certainly has made its way into my regular carry rotation! Check out CRT Gear on www.crtgear.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRTgear.

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