A concealed carry holster is nothing if it doesn’t keep your handgun safe and secure in the context of how you would normally wear it. Thankfully, the vast majority of today’s holsters handle well the normal in’s and out’s of daily life — driving, running errands, and so forth. But for many, “normal life” may include significantly more harsh environments. A residential construction site, for example, is obviously a more demanding environment for concealed carry than, say, a shopping mall.
Recently several friends and I teamed up with dozens of local fire department volunteers for a demanding project: constructing, in just a couple days, a horse barn for a young girl who is fighting cancer. This project involved clearing land, installing a fence, and constructing a 24 x 30 barn with two stalls and a loft. On the Saturday when most of the heavy construction work was done, temperatures ranged from 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and the dress code was T-shirts, jeans, and steel-toed boots. And on this day I carried my Glock 19 for over 14 hours in a Galco Triton — an inside the waistband Kydex holster with a belt clip.
A Glock 19 is a great concealed carry gun, but it isn’t the smallest nor the lightest. Fully loaded, it registers over 30 ounces on the scale. The Galco Triton, made from Kydex, has very little weight but is tough as nails. I tucked this rig inside the waistband of my shorts at the 4 o’clock position and clipped it to my gun belt, an essential piece of concealed carry gear. I let my T-shirt drape over it and got to work with the others hauling lumber and supplies, digging post holes, and more. Throughout the day I walked, reached up, bent over, braced, and reached down. I picked up boards or felled tree limbs and carried or dragged them away. Throughout the day and all over the construction site the Glock 19 got bumped, banged, and scraped. Actually only the rear of the Glock’s slide took any direct hits. The Galco Triton’s belt clip absorbed the rest.
Every once in a while I’d stop what I was doing and adjust the holstered Glock, usually shifting the rig up or back just a bit. Mostly, however, I just worked on. I wasn’t oblivious that I was carrying the Glock; it was simply more comfortable than not. Truly the more fatiguing part of this exercise was not the feel of the handgun on my hip but carrying the Glock 19’s extra weight around. The laws of physics applied: A lighter gun would have been more comfortable.
Made from durable and lightweight Kydex, the Galco Triton retails for $54.95. It proved its mettle on the construction site, providing a safe and secure ride for the Glock 19, protecting it from bumps, bruises, and sweat, and offering an easy-on, easy-off means of concealed carry.
— Mark Kakkuri