Established in 1989 as a producer of falconry gloves and bags, Falco, a European company, has since grown into producing holsters, tactical gear, and hunting accessories and exported these products to the U.S. One of the company’s newest holster offerings is its “Item 92” Inside the Waistband Concealment Holster, a design that replicates some of the best features of other similar holsters — hand-made, double-stitched leather construction; adjustable tension; reinforced mouth — but at a retail price of only $56.95. While the Falco holster is indeed a “value” alternative to more expensive gear, it carried a Glock 19, concealed, like a pro.
The Falco’s premium leather presents a smooth-side-out lacquered finish that not only looks terrific but installs quickly, easily sliding into place. The smooth exterior actually helps it carry comfortably. Yet despite the smooth exterior, there’s no loss of carrying stability thanks to the snap belt loops.
Many holster companies offer a leather inside the waistband (IWB) holster with two snap belt loops. No question, this design has proven to be versatile and stable and therefore popular for concealed carry. While the nuances of the various designs may vary, most offer a very stable ride that’s made possible by the well-designed belt loops. But holster belt loops are nothing if not attached to a gun belt. Attached to my American Holster Company 1.5-inch gun belt, the Falco IWB stayed firmly in place, never slipping forward or backward, and offering a combat grip on the Glock 19.
In addition to the smooth finish and strong belt loops, the Falco IWB has two other key features: a reinforced mouth and tension adjustment screw. The reinforced mouth of course helps with re-holstering but I found it equally helpful in stabilizing the entire rig as the extra leather around the mouth of the holster tended to ride right on top of my gun belt. I tended to adjust tension with the screw depending on how tight I was wearing my gun belt. If I was wearing the belt more tightly, then I would loosen the screw so that the holster would relax its grip on the gun. And vice versa.
— Mark Kakkuri
Note: Product used for this review was provided by Craft Holsters, an authorized Falco distributor of concealed carry and duty holsters.