Q-Series Stealth Appendix Carry Holster Review

| October 6, 2014 | 2 Comments

Top Shot competitor, former Homeland Security firearms trainer and owner of Q-Series Gary Quesenberry was kind enough to send us a Stealth holster for us to review. The appendix carry holster is very minimalist and may be a great choice for stock or slightly modified Glock pistols.

The Q-Series Stealth holster is about $40 and can be used with any Glock that is not chambered in 380. There is a separate holster for the Glock 42.

Features

The Stealth attaches to your Glock trigger guard. It completely protects the trigger. You can attach the holster to your belt via a strong metal clip or an included length of paracord that can be used as a lanyard. The clip is reversible so you could use it on your right or left side.

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The holster is designed for appendix carry but you could use it in a behind the hip position.

There are several Kydex holsters on the market that work by covering the trigger guard. The Stealth is unusual among these in that you can reholster your pistol without removing the holster or using both hands. You can reholster by putting your thumb on the back of the slide and pushing straight down.

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Carry and concealment

I was very curious to see how discreet my RMR equipped Glock 26 would be inside the Stealth. The holster definitely earned its name. The Baby Glock disappeared completely, even under a tight t-shirt.

I wore the Stealth for several days, typically between 12 and 16 hours a day. While the Stealth was very low profile and very secure, there are some things that make it problematic for me. These things are not necessarily related to the Stealth but probably apply to any trigger guard style holster.

There is no protection for the RMR red dot. The hood of the RMR rubs up against the buckle of my Wilderness Tactical Instructor belt. This won’t effect the functionality of the sight, but at $700 retail I don’t want to knowingly cause any wear and tear to the sight if I can avoid it.

I tried putting the buckle in different positions, but unless I wanted to put the buckle near my left hip it was still a problem. I also carry two Glocks up front if I am going places I can’t carry a bag, and putting the buckle too far from center would prohibit that.

I have suppressor sights installed on my Glock. Not only are they taller than other sights, but they have sharp edges. Since the Stealth doesn’t cover the front sight (obviously), this became a problem.

I am seated for most of the day, and having a sharp blade sight dig into my groin wasn’t pleasant. I started compensating by changing how I sit, but that forced the hard edge of the Stealth into my pelvis. I have a small bruise where the Kydex pressed against my body this way.

The last thing about the Stealth is that it rides very very low. The short grip of the G26 / G27 makes it impossible to obtain a traditional master grip on the handgun.

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That being said, it is possible to draw a “baby Glock” successfully by using a modified drawing technique.

I pinch the tang of the pistol with my thumb and side of my index finger. This should put your hand in the “master grip” position and allow you to clear the holster. The rest of your fingers can curl around the grip as normal as you continue the draw.

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Here’s my video review of the holster. Skip to the 7:45-ish mark if you want to watch me draw the pistol. Keep in mind I’ve had less than 100 reps drawing and reholstering with the Stealth.

 

Conclusion

I think the Stealth is a very good choice if you carry a Glock with iron sights, especially if those sights are factory or have rounded edges (like Ameriglo or Truglo TFO sights).

The G26/27 disappears under a very thin, tight t-shirt. If I can conceal a handgun this way, you bet it’s going to remain hidden with an overshirt.

You’re going to have to decide if the “master grip” issue is a big deal or not. I think if you practice with this holster (as you should be doing anyway) you will learn how to draw your pistol quickly and safely while still retaining a firm grip on the handgun. This won’t be a problem with larger-framed Glocks, either.

I like that you can easily reholster into the Stealth, something that isn’t usually possible with most other trigger guard holster designs. We do a ton of reps drawing and reholstering our pistols in class.

The Stealth is somewhere in between $20 trigger guard style holsters that force you to remove them for reholstering and $60 – $120 full bodied holsters. I think at $40 it’s a good deal, especially if you need a left-handed holster.

Give the Stealth a look if you have a Glock with low profile iron sights and concealment is a top priority.

Disclaimer

Q-Series provided the Stealth holster for my evaluation. I did not keep the unit.

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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  1. Jim Leander says:

    Hello……lurked about your site a bit but first-time responder.
    Very informative reviews, articles, and the input from the She has had my wife really take notice and “get her mind around” the tactical, practical mindset.
    Couldn’t help but notice that you have a G27 of the .40S&W roll-tagged slide era. I’ve owned one for many years and did a home-job stippling on the front strap…….been a fantastic little blaster and much carried. Some people claim Glock never put S&W on their guns but we know better.
    Could you tell me what barrel you went with, who did your slide milling, and any other mods/parts that you’ve added. I’m rebuilding mine this winter.
    Thanks for your time.

    Jim Leander

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      Hi there! Good eye, it’s a G27 converted to a G26. It has a Lone Wolf 40-9 conversion barrel. The slide was milled by Gabe Suarez’s company, One Source Tactical. It has a 3.5 connector on it, and is otherwise stock. I am going to replace the extractor this winter along with those on my other Glocks as part of routine maintenance. I’ve probably fired 20,000+ rounds of 40 and 9mm through it since purchasing it in the mid 90s.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. 🙂

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