My Hip Grip’s arrived in yesterday’s mail.
The Hip Grip’s are one part of the Werner Carry System.
Of course, as soon as I got them out of the package, I put them on my S&W 442 to see how it worked.
They are hard plastic. The plastic does seem fairly durable and tough, but I must admit if I’m going to go this route I’m going to want to have another set in the closet as a spare. The portion that is the “hook” is only so thick, and while it’s fairly sturdy I’m sure with the right amount of force applied to it it can break. How much force? I don’t know because I’m not interested in finding out right now. I would think in daily/regular use it wouldn’t be a problem but who knows how much it will take for them to break. I don’t want this to give the impression that they’re cheap or brittle, far from it. Just that being hard plastic, there’s no “give” and well.. they are plastic, so there’s certainly going to be a breaking point.
The plastic also came out with a few burrs on it from the molding process. No big deal, really. Oh, one nice thing about the hook is it is wide, so those of us wearing thicker belts should be able to hook it just fine.
The grips are slim, mirroring the frame of the revolver almost perfectly. That’s great for concealment. I mean, when this thing is on my belt it almost disappears.Of course, it does mean there’s not much available to grip on, and with an exposed backstrap your palm will get to absorb all that recoil. Still, for the point and purpose of what these are for? It’s all good.
In terms of wearing it, it’s at the “appendix” position, somewhere around 1 or 2 o’clock. I’m still getting used to the feeling of it and finding just what works for me. I did notice something. If I hooked it on my belt, that positioned the snub in a way where it was angled “back”… the muzzle pointing more into my right thigh crease than straight down. This was great for the positioning of the grip and made drawing almost as easy as drawing from a strong-side holster at 3 o’clock. But with the muzzle angled back, it was a little uncomfortable for sitting. If instead I hooked on the pants just behind my belt, that allowed the gun to float around a little more, sink down a little bit, and find its own resting spot. That allowed it to be a lot more comfortable for me to wear, but now the grip was angled parallel to my belt. This was great for concealment and comfort, but now it’s a bit harder to draw. So, I’m still finding what works for me.
I’m actually surprised at how quickly I can draw. Sure it’s not as fast as a strong-side OWB holster draw, but it’s not as ugly fumbling about as say drawing from a pocket holster. Speaking of which, no problems putting this into my Desantis Nemesis pocket holster and working from there.
In the less than 24 hours I’ve been wearing it, it’s actually not that bad. Sure you’re aware it’s there, but as the saying goes “to bring comfort, not to be comfortable”. That said, you still don’t want something unbearable. I’m still finding what works for me, but so far this really isn’t bad. I’m liking it so far.
So, I’m still figuring all of this out, but I wanted to post my initial take on this. I’m still waiting for the T-Grip to show up. Once I get that, I’ll put it all together and see how it goes, including shooting. I’ll also be sure to get pictures up later on. Stay tuned….