ModuLoader Pocket Shield by MDTS and Raven Concealment First Impressions Review

Let’s travel back in time. Back to 2015. I was at the Rangemaster “Polite Society” Tactical Conference (my review). I had met a bunch of people who were about to change my life.

One such person was Chris Fry, personal safety instructor and owner of MDTS. He taught one of the classes I attended, about small, fixed-blade knives worn on the body midline. To say this changed my thinking about how I carry knives and they types I carried is an understatement.

At the time, Chris spoke about the Pocket Shield, a mounting system that fits in a front pants pocket. I wasn’t quite ready to make the jump, so recently fascinated with body midline carry.

Fast forward to Rangemaster 2016. I got to see Chris again, and after wearing a TDI (and now a Clinch Pick) at my waist I wanted an option for carrying my backup knife.

I remembered the Pocket Shield, and ordered one while still at the conference. It was waiting for me when I got home.

A few months later of using it almost every day, here is my initial review of the ModuLoader Pocket Shield by Chris and Raven Concealment.

Product Details

The Pocket Shield is a thin, flexible, durable plastic mounting system for Tools and Accessories™ such as knives, flashlights, OC spray, or a handgun. It comes with a BUNCH of mounting hardware so you can secure you existing holster / sheath to the Pocket Shield.

The Shield has a bunch of slots so you can vary the height, cant, and spacing of any tools to your desire. I plan on putting my ASP Defender OC spray on the “back” half of the Shield once I get a custom Kydex sheath made.

Product Usage

You mount your tools to the “inside” of the Pocket Shield — meaning, the side closest to your body. The “outside” of the Shield presses up against your pant leg. This helps to break up the outline of whatever is in your pocket. Depending on what you have, it may be obvious there is something in your pocket, but they won’t know exactly what it is. Maybe you’re just happy to see them.

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The two horns on the top of the Pocket Shield are designed to snag on material during the draw. The Shield has stayed in my pocket 100% of the time.

A Few Modifications

Chris Fry originally designed the Pocket Shield to be worn in dress pants, and possible business casual pants or some jeans. Pants with larger pockets, like my Carhartt work pants, have a much larger pocket opening as well as a larger, deeper pocket.

When I first put the Pocket Shield in my Carhartts they worked great. However, I sit for most of the day at my job. I get up, walk around, sit down. Rock back and forth. Pump my leg nervously. Over time, the Pocket Shield would rotate inside of my pocket. I asked Chris what I should do.

He suggested that I take a rubber band, and mold the Pocket Shield like the brim of a baseball hat. Going forward, I put a rubber band around the Pocket Shield every night before I go to bed. I put all of my on-body tools in my night stand, and this is just my way of saying goodnight to my trusty Pocket Shield.

The other modification was to add a washer to the topmost mounting rivet. The included hardware popped loose a few times. Everything has been fine since I added the washer

Pressure testing

This weekend I’ll be at the Shivworks ECQC class taught by Craig Douglas. I know some of you will also be there, but I hope you don’t read this review until I’m done. I hope that the consistent positioning and discreet posture afforded by the Pocket Shield provides an advantage on at least some of you.

I’ll write a follow up review after class with how the Pocket Shield performed under pressure.

Conclusion

I think the Pocket Shield (with the two modifications) is great. If you wear a suit or casual pants all day you may not need to bend the Shield as much as I do. I think for $25 it’s a great solution, and I am thinking about buying one for my left pocket, just to organize all the stuff I have in there.

I bought mine for $25 delivered via Amazon, but as of this writing it appears to be out of stock. You can purchase the Pocket Shield directly from Raven Concealment.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.
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3 Comments on "ModuLoader Pocket Shield by MDTS and Raven Concealment First Impressions Review"

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  1. Kyliewyotie says:

    Thanks for the review. I really like my Raven products, and had been considering trying this out. I am not sure why i really held off, the price sure isn’t steep.
    I think you pushed me the last inch needed.

    As always the practical improvements, such as bending and adding a washer is much appreciated.

  2. Ron S says:

    Where did you get the tdi trainer?

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      It was custom made by Hawaiian Punch Industries. There is an updated model that I’ll be reviewing soon. The one in the video is made out of three layers of Kydex.

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