The Techna Clip
The Techna Clip is designed to allow owners of various pistols to carry concealed, without the need for a holster. The clip attaches to the pistol at various points, depending on the model of pistol you have. Pistols such as Glocks and M&Ps attach via the back plate that locks into the rear of the slide. Other pistols, such as the Ruger LCP, lock into place by utilizing a frame pin.
The Techna Clip is advertised as being made of high spring carbon steel, with a Teflon coating. Once installed, the clip has flexibility to allow for a difference in belt thickness, while not feeling flimsy enough that it will break from everyday use. I was impressed that the Techna Clip came with locking washers, and the screws themselves were pre-coated with blue Loctite.
The Trigger Guard
Before carrying with any sort of clip-based retention system, be sure to have a method to cover the trigger guard. Leaving the trigger guard exposed is an accident waiting to happen. Fortunately, the solution to this is relatively simple. One option is to have a spacer locked behind the trigger, so it is physically impossible to pull the trigger. When you need to use the firearm, simply use your index finger to push it out from the side. While it’s a great idea in theory, I was reluctant to push my luck with it.
Techna Clip, along with many other companies, offers Kydex trigger guards that snap on and off. I opted for Techna Clip’s sheath, which has a six inch lanyard attached to the portion of the sheath forward of the trigger guard. The design intent is to secure the lanyard to your belt loop at a comfortable length, so the sheath “snaps off” the trigger guard while drawing the pistol.
Thoughts on The Techna Clip and Sheath
I certainly like that the lack of a holster reduces the overall width. There are many excellent holsters out there, but extra material means extra width, which means you may or may not have to buy one pant size up to accommodate everything. The materials used feel solid, even when jumping up and down, sitting and kneeling down (Same position you might use to tie your shoes).
The sheath is very minimalistic, which I prefer. The sheath doesn’t noticeably add to the overall width of the gun. I plan on measuring the ideal length from outside the belt to inside the waistband so the pistol can hang freely, while at the same time reducing the amount of distance I have to draw the gun to pull the sheath loose.
I’ll do a more in-depth write-up once I’ve had a chance to do some drills with it, subject it to consistent everyday use, and see if any issues arise during the process. This should be fun!