High Threat Concealment produces (made in the USA) some really high quality kydex concealment holsters and mag pouches, and appear to be focused on developing modular and innovative products to fill gaps in the market. I got a chance to spend some time with their Quick Response System, which is their take on a low profile (ie. OWB concealable) battle belt that you can keep loaded up with ammo and just throw it on when you get to the range, or when you need to go to work.
This belt system came with a high quality, rigid nylon EDC tactical belt (choice of 1.5″ or 1.75″) with Velcro® loop exterior, a one-piece AustriAlpin™ slide frame buckle, and and adjustable hook and loop closure. The belt works well as a standalone EDC belt and serves as the foundation for the Quick Response System outer belt. The outer belt of the system is a Tactical Cobra Belt™ (TCB™) with Velcro® hook interior and a cobra buckle, and an adjustable hook and loop closure just like the EDC belt. As with everything else from HTC, the construction and materials all seem high quality and durable.
The belt system came with the HTC Vantage™ Holster, a double pistol mag pouch and the M4 Mag Stacker attachments, which allow you to add additional rifle magazines in the same belt space while still maintaining relative concealability. The holster and M4 pouches all have retention adjustment screws and are designed to ride close to the body for concealment. All of the kydex components are durable, consistent and aesthetically pleasing. When you purchase your setup from HTC, the website offers you a myriad of customizable options, so you can really build your unique setup with various holsters options, pistol and mag pouches and mag stacker wings however you need. Its almost overwhelming at first, however its a very cool system which i haven’t seen anywhere else and allows you to personalize your equipment to your mission requirements.
On the Range
On the range, the belt system is easy to use and works as advertised. I do suggest adjusting the retention on the M4 mag pouches before assembling them in the stacked configuration, as you can’t access the retention screw on the inside mag pouch once assembly is complete. From the factory, the M4 mag pouches were a pretty tight fit, which is great for passive retention in a Law Enforcement /armed security duty role as they would not come out of the pouches under most circumstances unless you wanted them to. While i didn’t go inverted or do any ninja rolls for the purposes of this review, i am confident that those mags aren’t going anywhere until you pull them. The holster rides close to the body and at a good height which is a compromise between concealability and fast access, and the ammo is right where you need it for fast access, but also will remain relatively concealed if you need to cover it with a jacket, or just need it to ride close to your body.
See the below video for a quick demonstration of the holster and mag pouches in action:
Overall i am pretty impressed with this system, and from what i saw at SHOT show last year with most of the product lines coming out from HTC. I will say that it is nice to have so much ammo secured tight to your body and not have to reach around your back to get an extra M4 mag like i am used to doing. The way the mag pouches ride close to the body is also nice because it doesn’t add a lot of extra size to your profile, which would be very handy for maneuvering around indoors or other tight spaces such as vehicles. The customizable menu that you go through when you purchase your belt system is also very impressive, as their product lists and options available give agencies or individuals a lot to play with with respect to fitting equipment to mission requirements. The only downside to the modular/magstacker system is that its rigidity may create a fitment issue on some body types. Depending on your body type, you may have to move it further back behind your hips so that it sits comfortably against your body with no air gaps.
Comfort (if applicable): 4
Overall Rating: 4/5
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