I am pretty sick and tired of seeing people that want to conceal carry with a Clipdraw. I also dislike, very much, the combination of the clip draw and the trigger guard.
The Clipdraw, for those that don’t know, is a piece of spring steel that attaches to the gun. The piece of spring steel is attached to the gun so that you can use the clip portion of it to hold the gun on the belt or the fabric of your clothing. It is intended to be used for inside the waistband for concealment.
Why do I dislike the Clipdraw so much? I am glad you asked. It goes back to the purpose of a holster, so let’s review why we use holsters for our hand guns.
- Ease of Carry – A holster allows us to carry our gun on our body so that it is as close as possible in the event we need it. This seems to be the only value of the Clipdraw. The only one.
- Retention – One of the biggest fears of a conceal carrier is that you will see your gun skittering down the hallway of your office or some other public place. Keeping the gun in the holster is important. Also, retention, passive or active, helps keep the gun safe from a potential gun grabber. The Clipdraw does not provide any of the retention of a holster.
- Trigger Protection – Conceal carry requires that the trigger be protected so that other objects can’t accidentally activate the trigger and cause a negligent discharge that might harm/kill you or others that are near you. Believe it or not, but if the trigger isn’t protected, it is possible that you can hit an object while walking around a store, for example, that can wedge into the trigger guard and activate the trigger. Some people recommend getting a minimal trigger guard device to use with the Clipdraw. While a trigger guard device might help out with this issue, it seems like a poor solution when a good holster provides all of the protection required, plus more.
- Protect the Gun – We tend to forget that a gun is susceptible to sweat, lint, and whatever else you might contact that can scratch the surface treatment and cause corrosion. A conceal carry gun gets lint, even in a good holster, but it is a much larger problem for Clipdraw users. Imagine how sweat, and skin cells that slough off, impact the gun. Obviously, it is not good. Also, what about the sights and the lint, dirt, and debris that get into the sights and make them harder to pick up in your draw stroke so that you can sight in on your target? The salt of sweat is just one major problem of the Clipdraw. Don’ forget about some of the other impacts of not protecting your gun.
- Stability of Position – We need our gun to be held so that it is stable and doesn’t bounce around as we move around through the day and night. It is also very important that your gun is in the same place with the same cant every time you train with it and carry it. You need to practice, over and over, and build muscle memory so that you can draw your gun when it is needed. If you build the proper muscle memory, your draw will be much faster, your gun will be more secure in your hand as you draw it, and, most importantly, it will become reflex that does not require thought in order to draw your gun and fire it. Not only does the Clipdraw allow your gun to move around and not be in the same position all the time, but I have even seen one person that tried to draw his gun, when using the Clipdraw, and it fell into his pants so he could not reach it. It was really funny watching him undo his pants so that he could get his gun out.
Practice – Let’s add one more issue when it comes to the Clipdraw. How in the world can you build muscle memory with your draw when you can’t really practice. Imagine drawing and shooting. Then putting the gun back in your pants. Then drawing and shooting, again. Repeat a couple of times, and you have a super hot gun barrel. I bet it isn’t going back in your pants. There is no way to train properly and build proper muscle memory.
When you chose to conceal carry your gun, it comes with a great deal of responsibility for your own safety as well as the safety of others around you. Part of that responsibility requires some considerable thought to when and how you will carry as well as making sure you are well trained.
Please do not use a device that does not meet the needs for conceal carry.
Please be safe.