I Carry: Glock G19 Gen5 MOS in a Bravo Concealment BCA Holster

posted on April 10, 2020
Firearm: Glock 19 Gen5 MOS (MSRP: $745)
The Glock G19 is the standard in striker-fired, polymer framed compact pistols with a 4-inch barrel and 15-round capacity for 9 mm. The G19 is legendary for its reliability and adaptability thanks perhaps the largest aftermarket in the firearm industry. The MOS models are Glock’s red-dot-ready designs, which accommodate a variety of optics thanks to a series of mounting plates.

There are some features that make the Gen5 model stand out from previous iterations of the G19 MOS. In my opinion, the foremost is the trigger—considerably improved in terms of break and reset, not perfect but no longer a source of complaint. The grip contains no finger grooves, nor a cutout and contains a bilateral slide stop lever.

On the slide, you'll notice beveled edges all around, as well as rear and forward cocking serrations. The G19 Gen5 MOS is a gun I like and trust, and in fact I’ve kept stock except for the addition of a Trijicon RMR and Ameriglo tall sights as backup.
Holster: Bravo Concealment BCA 3.0 OWB (MSRP: $53)
I’ve been a fan of Bravo Concealment’s holsters for years now, they are an American company, based in Texas, and have just been really great folks to work with. I’ve seen over those years how the designs and construction have improved, how everything has advanced, but how they’ve also maintained extremely reasonably pricing.

The BCA 3.0 is the current generation of Bravo’s OWB holsters, and as you can tell it features very precise and very detailed molding, while remaining a very compact and slim package. An addition in the 3.0 is the ability to tune the retention using the screw just beneath the trigger guard.

Another nice feature is that, not only does the holster come with durable belt loops, it is also compatible with Bravo’s holster paddles, adding another dimension of user customization and adjustability.
Flashlight: Surefire Tactician (MSRP: $149)
­Designed for everyday carry, the SureFire Tactician offers dual Output settings, 800 lumens for large area search or defensive use and 5 lumens (with a quarter turn of bezel) for more mundane tasks, like searching that space between the driver’s seat and center console. The Tactician has dual Activation - press the tailcap button for momentary-on and twist the head for constant on.

The Tactician is powered by two CR123 batteries and even comes with lanyard, for those who prefer them. I like to carry support side and secure to support hand with the lanyard so that I can still use that hand to open doors or grab a spare magazine.


riflescope facing right
riflescope facing right

First Look: Zeiss LRP S5 FFP Riflescope

Zeiss recently announced the launch of the new LRP S5 series of first-focal-plane riflescopes.

Review: Zev Technologies Core Duty Rifle

Zev Technologies has steadily increased its footprint in the firearm industry. Best known for placing its unique design spins on components for the most popular Glock and SIG Sauer pistols, this Centralia, WA-based company is also in the AR market.

First Look: Birchwood Casey 36-Inch Single Gun Case

Birchwood Casey is known for their targets and shooting support gear, and now they have just released a soft-padded case ideally suited for AR-15 and AK-pattern rifles, called the Single Gun Case 36 Inch.

I Carry: IWI Masada 9 mm Pistol in a KSG Armory Holster

In today's episode of "I Carry,"we have an IWI Masada 9 mm pistol with a Meprolight MicroRDS red-dot sight in a KSG Armory holster.

What is the Greatest Defensive Skill?

You can say what you want to about your favorite defensive school or those advanced-fighting techniques you learned, but the greatest defensive skill that a person can develop is simply awareness. I will freely admit that developing effective awareness is anything but simple, but being able to spot trouble before it is close enough to get in your face will certainly save you from a lot of trouble and possibly even some pain and grief.

Fightin' Iron: The Guns of George Mathews

Sometimes, custom gunsmiths don’t get credit where credit is due.


Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.