Techna Clip Expanding Product Line

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Techna Clip is the company known for its line of frame-mounted metal clips that are meant to replace holsters. Part of their ad line is “bulky leather holsters don’t conceal, they bulge” and they advertise their clips as making your firearms “truly concealable.” According to the company their clips are easy to install, make rapid presentation possible, and, of course, remedy the “bulk” problem. Techna Clip also offers full refunds, apparently with no questions asked. And now, they’re expanding their line.

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New for 2015 are 9 additions to their gun belt clip line for the following models: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield, Kahr, LC9s, Diamondback DB9, Diamondback BD380, Kel Tec P-3AT, Smith & Wesson J-frames, Springfield XDM, 1911 Colt Commander (Government and full-size models), Average MSRP is $34.95.

Of the steadily-expanding line, Jonathon Turnbow, Techna Clip’s spokesman, said “We have had countless requests for these specific models and we are happy to be able to keep up with the high demand for our evolutionary Gun Belt Clips.” And judging by the company’s growth, these clips are enjoying a certain level of success.

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Personally I have some reservations about the use of a metal clip for securing my gun, whether for concealed or open carry. One issue is the fact that these clips leave the gun in full contact with your body which means perspiration and dirt will have no problem working their way onto the entire surface and into every crevice. For some guns that’s a bigger problem than others, for example, a friend with a steel-frame pistol ended up with a serious rust problem after carrying with full skin contact. It also raises the question of an unguarded trigger, and speaking as someone who has been concealed carrying a Glock for more than a decade now I admit I’d prefer my trigger not be left totally open. Re-holstering could also be a problem, because two hands are going to be needed; an easy one-handed re-holstering process is far preferable to needing to utilize both hands in order to return your gun to its place. There are a few other issues I see, but those are among the front-runners.

Do you guys like these belt clips or do you, like me, prefer the “bulk” of a full-size holster?

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katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • Zachary marrs

    No. Not only no, but hell no.

  • Don Ward

    A bad solution to something that is not a problem. “Printing” isn’t that big of deal.

    • For some people printing is a problem. It just depends on how you’re built.

      • Don Ward

        Not really. It depends more on how you dress. (And what you’re concealing). If you’re flouncing around in yoga pants and a compression tank top while trying to conceal your 17 round double-stack semi-auto and two backup magazines, then you might be in trouble.

        I carry every day. Every day. Mine is a SP101 .357 although I was forced on my honeymoon to carry my Beretta 92F for two weeks. But that’s another story.

        No one notices the slight crumpled bulge on your waistband. Or if they see anything, most folks will assume it’s an electronic device.

        • RocketScientist

          Glad that works for you. Some of us live in places where clothing options make printing a serious issue even with the smallest of guns and the best of holsters. Or some of use are built in such a way that the “slight crumpled bulge on [the] waistband” stands out like a sore thumb.

          That being said, on a gun without a manual safety (like my Kahr carry piece) i wouldn’t ever consider using one of these.

          • Don Ward

            I suppose if you’re living in a nudist colony or are an Olympic speed skater, printing is an issue. Otherwise use an inside the waistband holster and a subcompact revolver (or semi-auto). Something as simple as a t-shirt or polo shirt left untucked, and draped over the butt will completely camouflage it.

          • RocketScientist

            Oh so you’re one of THOSE guys. You haven’t experienced something, so it doesn’t exist. You’re seriously trying to say that there is no way any person will ever have any issue with a gun printing? Because if so you’re a complete idiot. What if I don’t have a gut like you to disguise the bulge of my gun in the waistband? What if I’m in a situation where having an untucked shirt is not an option? What if I’m not wearing sloppy poorly fitted clothes whose lines won’t be disturbed by the presence of a gun/holster? My go-to carry gun is one of the slimmest on the market, and I have a variety of quality holsters I use as appropriate. Even with that there are circumstances where printing is a concern. Just because you’re lucky enough to not care about your about appearance, or have the ‘curves’ to hide a gun, or never have occasion to wear clothes that aren’t conducive to concealment, or whatever combination doesn’t mean we all are. Or I guess you could just be the genius who’s figured it all out, and all the millions of gun owners who have problems with this on occasion just need you to come show them what they’re doing wrong. Yeah, probably that last one

          • Don Ward

            Wow. You’re resorting to calling me fat? That’s my picture on the left sitting on the dock of the Bumblebee Cannery in South Naknek, AK. I’m a bit scruffy there but it was after several weeks of commercial fishing. So. It appears that you’re one of “those” guys who flys off the handle.
            Since this isn’t a fashion blog, I’m not going to go into all of the outfits you can wear nor do I want to lay your clothes out for you each morning before work.
            What I am simply saying is that there are many work a rounds for concealing your handgun. Especially if you are in a professional situation where suits are required.
            And finally, what’s the big deal of printing? Do you lose cool points if someone spots you? Or are you trying to smuggle a weapon someplace you shouldn’t?

    • Katie A

      Printing can be an issue for me, I’ve learned how and what to carry for true concealment. Even so I prefer full holsters, and I have tried these clips.

      • Don Ward

        I believe you live in the South, correct? I’m in the Pacific Northwest and the climate is generally mild enough to facilitate easier carry clothing.

        • Katie A

          Actually I lived in WA for several years, so I’ve spent a chunk of time CC in both mild (wet) weather and the heat of the South. I am absolutely with you that I had an easier time concealing in WA than down South. My favorite part of winter down here is how it simplifies my carry options.

  • Paladin

    Lack of trigger guard coverage is a pretty big issue. At the very minimum a carrying system should provide that, and this does not.

    • Katie A

      There are definitely a few people out there who don’t care about the trigger being covered, but I do like mine protected. That’s due in part to my carrying Glocks but I do think it’s wise in general as well.

  • wetcorps

    I’d buy one just to piss off people by mentioning my “pistol’s clip”.

    • allannon

      …would it fit into a regular holster still? If so, the troll value might actually be worth it.

      • Katie A

        I have to say, the evil part of me likes how you think. I’ve never tried to holster a gun that had a clip attached, though, no idea if it would fit well. I suppose it would depend entirely on the type of holster. A soft Uncle Mike’s would certainly accommodate a clip.

  • allannon

    In addition to Ashley’s comments, it seems to me it’d lack stability, and would be hard to draw since the clip would necessarily pull your pants up to the frame where a regular IWB holster has a bit of play.

    • I did try one similar to these and drawing it wasn’t a problem. As Katie said reholstering is a two handed operation.

    • Katie A

      Personally I had mixed results drawing, sometimes it caught on my waistband and sometimes it didn’t. With a sturdy leather belt drawing was fairly smooth, though. Like Phil said, it’s re-holstering that was always a two-handed operation, which I personally dislike.

      • allannon

        Your middle name or something is Ashley, right? So I don’t feel bad about getting it completely wrong.

        Sorry, George.

        • Katie A

          Nope, no Ashley anything in my name, but nice attempt at a save. 🙂 (It’s all good, no worries at all.)

  • Stainless steel isn’t immune to rust.

    • mosinman

      especially when salt from sweat is added to the mix

  • Same purpose for sure.

  • Katie A

    I’ve spent considerable time cleaning rust from a stainless steel frame. The humidity in the South can wreak havoc on it, and when you add sweat to the mix it’s even worse. As for two hands, my personal experience did require two hands.

  • Katie A

    Yes, there are a few of these on the market.

  • Bill

    No covered trigger guard: Deal killer
    No ability to re-holster with one hand: Deal Killer
    Anyone who doesn’t think a stainless gun will rust hasn’t carried a stainless gun very long. I have never had a gun, regardless of base metal or finish, that was impervious to rust or other damage.

    Having said all that, they’ll sell a million of these because the person who buys a $299 pistol isn’t going to invest another $100+ in holsters

    • Katie A

      Agreed

    • Doug Ralph

      I don’t understand why one-handed reholstering is a must-have. If the situation is safe enough to reholster the gun, why can’t you use 2 hands? If it isn’t safe enough to use 2 hands, don’t put the gun away yet. It just seems like people are too eager to drink the “features and benefits” kool-aid manufacturers sell us on.

      • Bill

        One handed reholstering is a requirement because your second hand may be injured or busy doing something else, like applying direct pressure to a wound you suffered in the fight. Ive also observed that people who use two hands to reholster invariably muzzle up their second hand, and typically have to look at the holster to do it, both things that you don’t want to do. If you can get your wallet out, use it and return it to your pocket with one hand, the same should apply to your handgun.

        This isn’t something that manufacturers push, or we wouldn’t see so many holster that take two hands to use.

  • Phil Elliott

    Been using one for 2 years now, from Kel-Tec. and it is fantastic. Carry daily and have had no issues with rust at all. When “re-holstering” am very careful of finger placement.

  • Giolli Joker

    The last one, after the end of the text, is actually useful.
    The others are an automatic bother that admins of the blog should think about removing.

  • sianmink

    I like how they only talk about ‘bulky leather’ holsters, and completely ignore the existence of kydex and other extremely low profile holsters out there.
    Pick your fights, guys!

  • Don Ward

    It would be. You are correct.

  • Bill

    The fact that revolvers were carried without covered trigger guards is irrelevant: cars didn’t have seat belts until the 60’s, sometimes we are slow learners. I’m not sure which “day” you’ve gone back to, but the smart cops I’ve worked with in the revolver days wore holsters. And well-fitted revolver holsters made it practically impossible to pull the trigger by binding the cylinder. A poorly fitted holster might allow it to turn, but again, smart cops weren’t wearing poorly fitted holsters. A striker fired pistol on the other hand will fire if the trigger is pressed, regardless of what its contained in. A DA revolver in a thumbreak holster isn’t going to fire if someone or something gets into the trigger guard and mashes on the trigger. It’s apples and oranges

    It may be a convenient way to carry a pistol, but that doesn’t make it a good way to do it. If you’re willing to live with the shortcomings, have at it, you don’t have to justify what you spend your money on to anybody.