Monday, October 29, 2007

Grip Clip Review

Covert Carrier, a Las Vegas area manufacturer of “grip clip” handgun concealment products for small frame auto pistols, has generously supplied one of their Universal Sleeve units for test and evaluation.


Covert Carrier takes an innovative approach to the subject of handgun concealment. Their proprietary designs provide a holster-less inside the waistband (IWB) concealed carry option for those carrying most any of the smaller frame back-up pistols on the market today. At the heart of their design is a stainless steel clip which in design and function is much like the clip found on many of the modern tactical folding pocket knives. The Covert Carrier clip is affixed either directly to an auto pistol’s right grip panel, or it’s attached to a rubber grip sleeve which is slid over the gun’s grip frame. Using either of these attachment methods will allow the user to then tuck the auto pistol inside the waistband of their pants, with the clip securing the weapon riding over the waistband material. For added concealment it is recommended that a belt be worn which would cover that portion of the clip visible on the outside of the waistband. As designed, the clip must be affixed on either the right grip panel, or on the right side of the frame via the rubber sleeve so as to not interfere with the actuation of the magazine release on the left side of most pistols.

The company markets three different variations of their “grip clip” designs. The first version is simply the stainless steel clip, which can be installed on a pistol’s right grip panel by either the user or for a small fee by Covert Carrier techs. Covert Carrier provides excellent instructional photographs showing how to achieve a proper installation for the do-it-yourselfers. Anyone with basic mechanical aptitude, the ability to follow detailed directions, and who possesses a Dremel-type rotary tool can pull this off handsomely. However, I echo the manufacturer’s advice that a user adhere to the carpenter’s basic rule of thumb of measuring twice and cutting once before making the necessary installation cuts on a grip panel.

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