As seen in Thunder Roads LA-MS Gulf Coast July 2019 Vol. 15, Issue 7.
In early 2013, Haley Strategic Partners teamed up with G-Code Holsters to develop a top-of-the-line, Inside The Waistband holster. From my understanding, this collaboration came of insights in difficult and disruptive environments training. I had been following Travis Haley’s work since the earlier days of my involvement with firearms. I had been interested in finding a properly hidden IWB holster for use at the 4-o’clock position, but no luck was had until the release of the INCOG holster.
Other companies lacked in several key aspects: overall shell design to minimize signature, belt mounting systems for proper retention, and overall comfortability. Several other companies were considered, purchased from, and tested; but they weren’t appeasing. Concealability is an important aspect when you lack a wider, more muscular physique. For those who are also on the skinnier side; concealing a Glock-17 under a t-shirt was easily done.
The INCOG is a dual-clip, IWB holster featuring a modest selection of color combinations for the fuzz / Kydex, as well as a lengthier list of color options for the MOJO mount. There are a multitude of firearms options which come in both left- and right-hand models, two clip lengths and shirt guards, and even an option for a magazine caddy.
I did not order the INCOG with a magazine caddy. Originally, I ordered a Glock-17 model, black-on-black features, and ran both a G17 and a G19 in it. I even noted that a G26 would fit, with a lighter amount of retention (no matter the torque). The dual clips prevented any shift in the holster and is aided by the fuzzy exterior of the shell itself. Depending on the chosen shirt guard, the holster could potentially be felt higher upon: if the shirt isn’t tucked in. The fuzz felt perfect against the skin and didn’t become too sodden during muggier days.
Unfortunately, in my case, the holster did not sit well in every given positioning. I prefer 3- to 4-o’clock carry, assuming I’m carrying right-handed that day, and the overall length of the holster hindered that to a degree. After a year or so, I found a remedy for this. Some had made their own “pre-Eclipse” models by removing the forward hook. Others went further still by removing the forward clip attachment section altogether with a dremel. It was quite creative, in my mind, but I decided to simply remove the forward hook and leave it at that. A little more play was allowed as the body moves around and this was still within acceptable bounds.
The INCOG served me well in the early years of concealed carrying. What absolutely did not work for me was appendix carry. Unless I was running around in a colder climate, it was too obvious that I was carrying a handgun in the front due to an overly pronounced profile. It would require so much additional clothing that it would hinder a draw if a situation became volatile. It’s not too big of a deal as I have never been big on appendix carry anyway. That being said, it works for other people.
Three and 9-o’clock carry were the perfect ballparks. Most of the year, it’s a single shirt layer to pull aside during the draw. The winters don’t often call for anything more than a hoodie, which meant the shirt was usually tucked in. Doing so also eliminated grip texture burns while sitting. I utilize the back of my thumb to hook the clothing out of the way while the remaining fingers hoist the handgun free of the holster. It works wonderfully after a bit of practice.
The one complaint that I had with the original system was the lacking amount of retention that could be applied to the handgun itself. If I was dumped on my head, the handgun would slip free of the holster no matter how tight I worked the retention screw. I attempted to get around this by using a longer set screw, but it didn’t help. It may be a simple issue with my early model exclusively, but I recommend doing some testing on your own to see where you must stop when it comes to advanced maneuvers.
The INCOG can also be purchased with a removable, side-riding magazine caddy and there are INCOG Shadow light-bearing models, as well. The light selection revolves around Surefire, StreamLight, and INFORCE.
Roughly a year later, late-2014, the Eclipse was announced as another collaborative piece between HSP and G-Code. Upon seeing the first pictures of the system, it was apparent that the development team took all the complaints and suggestions into account for the update.
The first thing to note is the elimination of the front-end belt-clip assembly. With the additional development of the SuperMOJO stand-off mount (the purple device in the above photo), they were able to pull the rear belt-clip more towards the center of the shell itself. Due to the elimination and rearranging of the belt-clip mounting sections, the holster became more streamlined. A couple of other noteworthy points include a raised spine for suppressor-height sight usage and a less prominent shirt-guard option.
The belt-clip is at a sharper outward angle than previous clips: this is due to the more defined angles of the shell. Unfortunately, it meant that you couldn’t use the old clips on the SuperMOJO itself. With the newer clip, it made the whole package very thick and it pressed against the body uncomfortably. This may have simply been due to the P320’s shell. The P320 is a shade thicker than Glock due to the takedown lever. I have entertained the idea of purchasing a couple of standard MOJOs to alleviate this issue, but I haven’t gotten around to it just yet.
I purchased two Eclipses for a very specific purpose: two left-handed P320 models for my gal and I to use. I didn’t end up carrying the P320 all that often and once I decided that I wanted a standard MOJO mount, I disassembled mine and then forgot to get back to that project. The older INCOG was taken up and I moved back to a Glock-19 while I reviewed the P320 itself. Overall, the shell itself had remained much unchanged and was comfortable to wear.
As far as mounting hardware goes, not much changed between the INCOG and the Eclipse. The set screws and belt-clips were interchangeable. The clips themselves come either with three or four mounting holes with the latter being for deeper carry. The MOJO faces themselves have a 3×3 mounting pattern which is nice for someone that wants to mount the belt-clip at an offset angle as opposed to a conventional inline. The belt-clip, on the purple SuperMOJO, was set to kick the grip of the P320 forward against the body as opposed to having to draw it straight up-and-out (as I like to run mine).
The Eclipse ended up being the 2nd-Generation of offered IWBs and was focused on concealability. Without the front-end attachment points, there’s no option magazine caddy for it. However, G-Code does offer a Shadow Eclipse for those who still wish to concealed-carry with a light attached.
Generation-3 came out in November of 2018. The PHENOM series was offered in two lines: Speed and Stealth. The latter retained more of the older pattern that had been seen prior; retaining the tactical fuzz, but also covering the interior of the shell with it as well.
I chose to replace my original INCOG, for the Glock-19, with a PHENOM Stealth. It is my everyday carry gun and the INCOG was overdue for a replacement. G-Code had sent teasers of the new holster out for several weeks prior to a full reveal and that had me hold off on buying another Eclipse. I knew I’d have to wait a bit regardless due to their facility having been hit by Hurricane Florence in mid-September. Boy, was it worth the wait.
The PHENOM is a strikingly new design compared to the preceding INCOG series. The older and skinnier belt-clips were replaced with a single wide-band, adjustable clip which sits higher on the frame of the holster itself. The Stealth comes with a “MoClaw” device, which keeps the holster tighter against your body to prevent printing. If you needed a replacement belt, due to flimsiness, it would also prevent holster pitch while transitioning through different positions of stance. The PHENOM sits at about the same depth as the older INCOGs with the 4-hole belt-clips. Due to the retention that the MoClaw puts on the inside of one’s pants, there is no serious movement when changing stances. That said, it also doesn’t prevent movement when the situation demands it.
Unlike the older INCOG holsters, G-Code lined the interior of the shell with their “Tactical Fuzz” as the previous models had exclusively on the outside of the shell. This particular model is called the Stealth for a reason. Needless amounts of noise need not apply while referring to this particular holster. There is a slightly audible click when the handgun comes into full-retention, but the sound is negligible. The retention point is firm and requires a decent amount of pull to remove the handgun from the holster itself. I don’t worry about it slipping free randomly.
The outer portion of the shells are somewhat specific to the firearm you order them for. For instance, you can utilize a Glock-26 in a Glock-19 shell, but not the Glock-17. This is due to the curvature at the end of the slide’s portion of the shell. The conforming piece did not preclude the use of a threaded barrel.
In the future, I assume that we will see PHENOM variants with light-bearing capability. Modifying the body of the shell, where the Mo-Claw sits, doesn’t look like it would be an issue. We could possibly see a modified Mo-Claw or a different attachment point. Due to the orientation and curvature of the shell though, we may not see appendix magazine caddy models, as we have with the previous lines.
I have never been disappointed with any of the G-Code products that I have had the opportunity to run and I highly doubt that you would be either.
Product quality has never diminished over time and the finer points of the newer variants have been sharpened based on consumer input. The absolutely consistency of the products produced are continuously impressive and G-Code offers their holsters for a modest number of different handgun types. One wish-list item that I do have is a CZ P-10C Suppressor Ready specific holster or a Glock-19 / P-10C compatible holster.
I highly suggest picking up one of their holsters. As with purchasing a proper grade of firearm to use, you must also pick the higher-end and somewhat more expensive ancillary equipment to compliment the firearm. An Uncle Mike’s simply isn’t going to cut it. Buy quality one time and you’ll never go back to anything else you had before.
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