Remora No Clip Holsters are holsters made in Naples, Florida that use compression and friction as the retention mechanism. As you will see, the name Remora is very fitting. A Remora, sometimes called a suckerfish or sharksucker, is a fish that attaches itself to sharks, manta rays, whales, and turtles. Remora holsters attach themselves to clothing and skin much the same way.
I’ve been using Remora holsters on and off for almost a year now, and I can tell you I’ve been pretty impressed with their simplicity, practicality and value.
How It Works
If you haven’t used a compression or friction holster before, it might sound a bit strange (it did to me at first anyways), but the idea is simple.
When used Inside the Waistband (IWB) or in pocket carry, the force between either the waistband or the pocket and the body keeps the handgun in the holster. The outside of the Remora holster is made from a latex free, rubberized non-slip material that clings to just about any surface including clothing and skin.
My first experience with Remora holsters was when looking for a pocket carry holster for my Kahr CM9. I was interested in the concept of a friction holster, and my research led me to buying a Remora. As a pocket carry holster, there’s not much to say: the Remora holster simply excels. The holster always stays in the pocket when drawing my Kahr, and it’s very comfortable.
Inside the Waistband
Pocket carry only works for me when I’m wearing cargo shorts. The rest of the time, I carry IWB. What’s cool about the Remora holster is that it can serve double duty. As an IWB holster, the Remora is an easy on, easy off option that works. It’s padded, so it’s again very comfortable, and you can use it in any position which is nice.
Lately, I’ve been carrying appendix carry more and more, and the Remora makes a decent appendix carry holster (but not great). What I’ve found with appendix carry is that if I’m going to be sitting for an extended period of time (for example getting in my truck and driving somewhere), it’s more comfortable for me to transition the holster to a 3-4:00 position. Since the Remora holster is a no clip design, this transition is very easy.
I like to use the Remora holster carrying IWB whenever I don’t want to put on a gun belt, like lounging around the house. Yes, I carry at home and so should you. For me, a no belt scenario is the most viable IWB carry scenario for the Remora holster.
The biggest downside to using the Remora holster for IWB is that when the gun is drawn, the holster collapses in your waistband, forcing you to pull the holster out of your pants to reholster. Remora makes reinforced top holsters that do not collapse when the gun is drawn, but I have not tried them out.
Remora holsters are great value. At the time of writing, they were being sold for $25, with a discount available for active and retired military and law enforcement personnel. $25 is a great price for any holster, and given the fact that you can use the Remora holsters for more than one carry method is awesome.
If you are new to concealed carry, and you have bought or are going to buy a pocket pistol (Ruger LCP, Kel-Tec P-3AT, Kahr P380, etc), start off with a Remora holster. It will allow you to try two different carry methods (pocket carry and IWB) with only a $25 investment.
Remora holsters are one of my favorite options for pocket carry. I love that you can switch from pocket carry to IWB carry without changing holsters, and that I can move my holster to any IWB carry position quickly and easily. Highly recommended.