Review: QVO Tactical “More Discreet” Hellcat Holster

By Stephanie Blaser
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Review: QVO Tactical “More Discreet” Hellcat Holster

June 6th, 2021

3 minute read

Have you ever had an uncomfortable holster? You know, one that you just couldn’t get the right fit, the right feel, and overall it just wasn’t comfortable? I know I’ve definitely had it happen a time or two. It’s not pleasant, and being uncomfortable while carrying a firearm is not a place you want to be. You want your holster to feel like a part of you. Especially when it’s for your everyday carry gun, or it might quickly become a “not an everyday carry” gun.

QVO Tactical holster and Hellcat pistol
A fully equipped Hellcat RDP with a HEX Wasp red dot and the Surefire XSC fit perfectly into the QVO Tactical holster.

You could always get a cheap holster and risk it falling apart or breaking, but I tend to find that paying for a quality product is a better option. They say you get what you pay for, and I really believe that to be true.

The Solution

Recently, I was looking for a holster for my new Springfield Hellcat RDP 9mm, and I thought of QVO Tactical. QVO stands for “Quick, Violent, Over” and is based on the notion that when faced with a deadly threat, you should immediately act with lawful violence to end the threat. Pretty clever and memorable. 

Roger Barrera founded the company in 2013 while he was still working in law enforcement. Later, he took the plunge and left to run the company as his sole employment. With partner John Rodriguez, they worked hard to build up to what they are today. While still a small business, they do some very big work. 

Hellcat RDP with Surefire XSC and HEX Wasp in a QVO Tactical holster
The Hellcat RDP with Surefire XSC and HEX Wasp fit nicely into the QVO Tactical holster. Black version is shown here.

I will say, I knew of QVO Tactical from my time on social media. Their page stands out thanks to their colorful custom holster images and quality reviews. But I had never really tested any of their products. But, I was immediately drawn to their offerings. They are well priced, appear quite durable and are very customizable — which is a nice bonus. You can also get them in either right- or left-handed. Who doesn’t like options?

I reached out to them and let them know that I had a Hellcat RDP as well as a Surefire XSC compact weaponlight. I tested a few different holsters they sent over for that combo and the fit was great. In fact, they made them so fast I got them within a week.

Discreet Choices

I settled upon their “More Discreet” IWB (inside the waistband) Holster, which has a starting price of a very reasonable $65. The holster was extremely comfortable, and fit the pistol and the weaponlight extremely well. I practiced my draw and found that I didn’t have any snagging or pulling. The gun and light were very secure in the holster. 

QVO Tactical holster options
The QVO Tactical holster has a multitude of options to customize the rig to your needs.

Don’t have a Hellcat RDP? No problem. They make them for the Hellcat, 1911s and other models as well, so don’t fret. Go to their website and check it out. While you are there, you will also see that they have plenty of gear from which to choose. From holsters to magazine carriers all the way down to sweatshirts and handcuff carriers, QVO has you covered.  

So, if you’re in the market for a new holster be sure to check them out. You’ll be supporting a small business while getting some quality equipment. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. They go above and beyond to provide the best quality product possible, and I trust these holsters enough to use them every day. I know they will hold up and help me carry my firearm safely and securely. I can’t wait to see what they do in the future. 

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Stephanie Blaser

Stephanie Blaser

Stephanie Blaser was raised in rural southern Iowa alongside her older sister by her father who is an avid whitetail hunter. At a young age, she was curious about firearm safety and joined the local 4-H Shooting Sports group to hone in her skills. By the time she was a teen, she was actively out hunting with her father every season. Now, a college graduate with a degree in Multi-Media Journalism, she spends her days behind the screen running social media for The Armory Life.

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