The inclusion of the Concealment Solutions ASP (Appendix Specific Platform) in our Appendix carry project might be a surprise to some since it wasn’t included in the Appendix Holster Round-up, but it was requested by a reader and Jason was happy to have his products compared with the “big boys.”
The ASP uses the same hybrid holster design as his other models with either a horse or cowhide leather backer, molded kydex body and adjustable height belt-clips.
Unlike the Comp-tac M-TAC, the ASP uses a single thickness of leather, it is offered in 3 different sizes to match the gun and it is offered in ether horse or cowhide. My sample is the middle size in cowhide.
Although the Concealment Solution’s leather is single sided, it is finished on both sides and isn’t rough. Some people have found that this allows the holster to slide, but I haven’t found that. Additionally on an appendix holster that is going to be worn next to your belly, that smooth finish is a big bonus.
The ASP leather is all hand cut (many of the other models are laser cut), they are hand trimmed and hand burnished. Overall the fit and finish of this sample’s leather sits between that of the M-TAC and the Crossbreed Supertuck.
The shape of the leather offers 3 advantages…
1) The “L” shape acts as a combat cut and makes getting a grip easier
2) The height of the holster is sized to allow about .5” above the back of the slide to protect your stomach from the slide and the sights (which are really sharp on the M&P Shield)
3) The flat bottom reduces the opportunities for hot spots.
The Concealment Solutions kydex body is riveted to the leather backer with 7 rivets and therefore is not adjustable, but the initial retention is set pretty well. It uses a slight impression in the trigger guard, but it also uses the ejection port (which can gull the kydex over time).
One of the things that struck me 1st was the stiffness of the kydex which is only .06” but feels much thicker. This extra rigidity comes from an abbreviated sight channel that doesn’t extend the full length of the slide.
When kydex is flat or has a fold that passes all the way through its width it can flex along that length. Because the ASP’s sight channel only extends about 80% of the way and has a curve back to the slide the effective thickness is much greater.
Jason bends a flare at the top of the holster body to make reholstering easier. This is not something I have noticed on any other kydex holster.
Adjustable Belt Clips
Ok so the 1.5” clips themselves, aren’t adjustable, but they CAN be mounted in any 3 holes allowing the holster to ride at 3 different heights. They should however always stay in the lowest position because any higher and they interfere with your ability to grip the pistol.
The clips are ~0.75” wide standard spring clips found on many holsters and are completely free of any identifiable markings. They are secured to the leather backing with tee-nuts that have teeth that dig into the leather. While I am not a fan of this method, it is a standard for this kind of holster.
Concealability & Comfort
With a name like Concealment Solutions it should be obvious that their goal is to produce a concealable holster. And the choice to have the clips on either side of the gun as opposed to on top of the kydex body does reduce its printing in an untucked shirt.
The holster is also very comfortable (if you keep the clips in the lowest hole) because it doesn’t press into your leg and the leather backer protects you stomach from the rear sight and help keep it from getting into your ribs.
I suspect with years of use the leather backer would stretch enough that there would be some retention issues when the gun is holstered but not being worn, although the retention from the ejection port might be enough to keep that from happening.
The kydex molding and finish work is great and it provides really easy reholstering.
The holster is “adjustable” although I only recommend carrying it in the lowest attachment point, it ships in the middle one.
If you are looking for a riveted hybrid holster of this design, I think this is better made than the better known brand and like that its clips are plain.
Personally I would like to get a woman’s perspective on using this holster for a straight drop 3 o’clock carry holster. I think its small footprint might be very good for someone with a slender frame. If you have an M&P Shield, a slender frame, and would like to try it out and write 500-600 words about it, let me know.
For everyone else, if you have used or have any questions about the Concealment Solutions ASP or any other Concealment Solutions products, leave a comment below and let me know. I’d be happy to answer your questions and I’m sure other readers would be excited to read about your experiences.