If you’re not sure whether an inside-the-waistband (IWB) or outside-the-waistband (OWB) holster is best for you, why not get both? That’s the idea behind the High Threat Concealment (HTC) Evo Holster—it converts to either IWB or OWB via a simple adjustable attachment system, and has a bonus appendix-carry configuration, all in one package. Let’s take a closer look.
Currently, HTC makes the holster for two gun families: most Glocks, and the Sig Sauer P226, P229, P220, P227, P228, and M11-A1. Off the rack, the holsters are sized for the longest gun in each family, so if you use a compact model, like a Glock 26, there will be empty space in the bottom of the holster. The way they’re molded, it makes no practical difference, but if you like, you can order a cut-down version of the holster if you only plan to use smaller guns. On the plus side, if you have both a full size and compact in the same family, like a Glock 17 and Glock 19 or 26, then the same holster works for all. If you’re a Sig user, you might see a little bit of shake because Sig uses slightly different slide widths across the P22X family.
It’s not a practical concern, since the gun is tightly secured by the carefully molded trigger guard area—it’s not going anywhere until you draw. Also, when worn, you won’t detect any movement when the gun is drawn in tight to your body. You can also adjust the overall tension on your gun with a tensioner screw just below the trigger guard.
That brings me to the feature I like best about the Evo. Many OWB holsters position the gun away from the body, so the grip sticks out to the side, and the butt of the grip extends even farther into space, away from your hip. When configured as an OWB holster, the Evo draws the gun in very tight, so concealment is excellent.
The Evo is designed with eight holes down the leading edge and four along the back edge. You can position the belt loops virtually anywhere up and down the edges of the holster. Each loop can also be flipped upside down. This provides additional adjustment capability, so you can easily make exact height adjustments to the front and back belt loop mounts. This allows you to configure not only overall height relative to your belt, but the cant angle as well—you can create up to a 15-degree forward angle to help hide the gun and facilitate the draw.
If you want to use the Evo as an IWB holster, just attach the Foldover belt clip to the front panel. One of the attachment points is a groove instead of a simple hole, so you can also adjust the cant angle when configured as an IWB.
The appendix carry configuration had me stumped at first. The directions instruct you to use the Foldover belt clip and put one of the belt loops on the front panel of the holster just behind the trigger area. What threw me was that a closed belt loop prevents inside-the-pants carry.
When I watched a video on the HTC website, I found that the belt loop acts as a spacer that pushes the butt of the handgun in closer to your body, so it’s an aid to concealment, not a mounting point.
The company makes the Evo from a high-impact thermoplastic called Boltaron. You can order the holster with clip and loops for 1.5-inch or 1.75-inch belts, or for $15 extra, you can get a complete hardware kit with everything you need for both belt sizes. MSRP is $115.