Harry’s Holsters Revolver Concealment

I reviewed the Taurus 856 T.O.R.O. here shortly after its 2023 SHOT Show release. Taurus caught most in the industry by surprise with it, including holster makers. Taurus allowed that there were a few companies specializing in Kydex holsters working on holsters to fit T.O.R.O. models. One of them was Harry’s Holsters. I reached out to the company’s president, Harrison Jones, and he explained that he was working on a prototype, aptly named the “Monocle”. He graciously offered to send one of the prototypes for trial.

The Monocle

Jones told me he had used a 3D printer to build a mock-up of the Taurus mount because he hadn’t gotten his hands on a T.O.R.O. at that time. He superglued it to a conventional 856 and used that to shape his holster. He explained how the optic changes the ride height and weight distribution of how the holster sits. Jones wanted to make sure the holster lived up to his expectations before he released it for consumers.

You can see the detail in the design here with the rounded edges, the molded in wing above the trigger guard, and the carefully selected DCC Universal Clip.

The Monocle arrived with a striking brown finish as opposed to the conventional black. The one-piece Kydex was folded over in a “clam shell” style with a single tensioning screw that also anchored the folded sides together. The external edges that have “body contact” are nicely rounded and finished. The holster features a built-in wing at the rear with a shelf being slightly built up in the trigger guard area. The Monocle features a single Discreet Carry Concepts (DCC) 1.5” Mod 4 Universal Gear Clip to affix the holster to a belt. The clip is attached to the holster with two Phillips head screws; It allows for a bit of vertical adjustment. The attachment points in the holster body are cut to allow a little horizontal adjustment in the way the belt clip rides.


The 856 T.O.R.O. with a Holosun 407k fit perfectly in the holster and seated fully with a pleasing “click” that could be felt and heard. I added a little tension to the screw and adjusted it to my liking. The 856 with the Holosun (fully loaded with Federal 120 gr. Punch ammo) weighs exactly 28 ounces. As Jones pointed out, that’s a different problem than securing an alloy-framed, five-shot snub, many of which come in at under a pound fully loaded.

The Monocle teams up well with a stiff belt to make carrying the all steel 3” 856 T.O.R.O. a viable daily carry option.

I photographed the holster with a Coyote brown, single-ply nylon belt in my original article for the aesthetics. The weight of the steel 856 dictates a stiffer belt to help manage its weight. A Mastermind Tactics Specialist belt (purpose built for AIWB carry and chemically stiffened) was the right tool for the job. After a little experimenting, I adjusted the DCC clip to allow its top to favor a little towards 12 o’clock. This caused the butt of the gun to lean back slightly towards my hip. The gun balances well there for me, the top edge of the Holosun rested just inside the top of my pants and stabilized the gun. The built-in wing on the holster body worked to keep the butt of the grip from flopping outwards.

Carrying the TORO/Monocle

My initial testing of the Monocle was limited but favorable. It performed well in the time that I had before submitting the article. I wore it on a few hikes in hot conditions and on a few short errands in different vehicles. Since then, the 856 in the Monocle has become my most carried handgun. I typically wear a t-shirt underneath and a short-sleeved, summer camp shirt untucked to cover it. The holster does a great job concealing the Taurus and the optic hasn’t been an issue. It hides as well as a 2” gun with no optic carried in a similar fashion.

The optic is secured by the top of the author’s pants and the butt has a slight rearward cant. It’s comfortable and hides well under a light cover garment.

The holster is very comfortable. I have carried it for long days with no complaints—standing, walking, seated, and driving. I find the 856 more comfortable to wear in the Monocle than optic equipped semiautos of a similar size. The holster body keeps sweat off the gun and optic, even in sweltering NM summer heat.  The Monocle stays put when drawing and allows a sure presentation. The gun returns to the holster cleanly and positively. I love this holster and recommend it fully.


Based on my positive experience with several steel-framed Taurus 856 revolvers, I purchased a 3″ barreled 856 Ultra Lite. It carried well in the prototype Monocle, as did a 2″ Ultra Lite that I was testing.

Since I was on an 856 bender, asking my wife for a pair of Viridian Laser grips for my birthday seemed appropriate. She graciously obliged and I installed the grips on the 3″ Ultra Lite.

I had assumed that the prototype Monocle wouldn’t accommodate the Viridian-gripped 856, because the Icon holsters I was also evaluating for the Ruger and J frame weren’t compatible with laser grips, but the Monocle’s Kydex was perfectly formed to accommodate the laser port of the Viridian grip panel. I’m happy to report the Monocle works well with any 856: 2- or 3-inch barrel, optic and/or Viridian laser grip equipped. Golf clap to Harrison Jones on that, please. Well done!

The Monocle is relieved for the laser port on Viridian (shown) and Crimson Trace laser grips. Bonus!

Harrison confirmed they were able to make the holster laser grip compatible (Viridian and Crimson Trace) because the clip mounting method didn’t interfere with the laser. The production version of the Monocle will retain this feature, along with a slightly taller wing, improvements to belt engagement, and an optic cut that has been altered to maximize concealment. He is hoping to start shipping the Monocle soon.

The Icon 2.0

When Jones sent the Monocle, he asked if I had any interest in testing the Icon 2.0 for conventional snubbies as well. I enthusiastically agreed and asked for one to fit a J frame S&W or a Ruger LCR.

When the box arrived, Jones had packed Icons for both. The holsters arrived unassembled, with encouragement to view the Icon 2.0 instructional video on Harry’s website. The short video gave clear instructions on how to adjust the fit to the carrier’s preference and how to install all the hardware.

The Icon 2.0 for an S&W J frame (L) and a Ruger LCR. Notice the lack of sharp edges.

I set up both Icons and secured the screws on the DCC Monoblock with the included “Vibra Tite” thread lock. The Icon features a wing that’s a separate piece that rides behind the DCC clip. The Icon’s surfaces and edges are rounded to enhance wearer comfort. A tension adjustment screw rides just below the trigger guard on both variants.

A close view of the back shows the bolt on wing underneath the DCC Monoblock. The retention screw sits just below the wing.

Icon Wear Test

I found both Icons to be solid and comfortable holsters, the thoughtful design features lending to excellent concealment. On a recent trip to California by way of commercial flight, I opted for minimalist armament with a Ruger LCR .38. I took the Icon along and carried the boot gripped LCR in it everywhere I was legally permitted to do so under LEOSA.

The boot gripped Ruger LCR in an Icon 2.0 makes a great light weight deep cover rig.

The LCR weighs 14.9 ounces loaded with 110 gr. Corbon DPX. The Icon made the little gun disappear. There were times I almost felt like I forgot it in the hotel room- that speaks volumes to the comfort and concealability of the combination. I don’t normally trust wearing only an untucked t-shirt to hide a gun, but the LCR in the Icon made that possible.

An alloy J frame in an Icon 2.0 can be clipped on (with or without a belt) for wearing around the house or taking the trash out.

I have adopted the Icon as a home carry holster. It’s comfortable for lounging or to check the mail or do yard chores. The DCC Monoclip will hold the holster securely (even beltless) for these short sojourns. It takes away any excuse not to be constantly armed. Like the Monocle, both the Ruger and the J frame snap positively into the Icons.  Presentations and reholstering are clean and smooth. All these holsters cover the trigger guards entirely and allow a full grasp on the revolver. It’s clearly designated on the website, but the Icon 2.0 is not cut for Crimson Trace style laser grips. The guns will not seat fully into the holster with laser grips installed.

Closing Thoughts

Handling a holster from Harry’s leaves no doubt that Jones is an end user. In his former life as a realtor, he needed a holster that would reliably hide a gun with that profession’s manner of dress. He struggled to find holsters that were adequate, so he decided to make his own.

Harry’s Holsters are well designed and well built to provide dependable service and long-term comfort while keeping your handgun covert. Check them out, and tell Harry that RevolverGuy sent you!


All images courtesy of the author, Kevin McPherson

Author: Kevin McPherson

Kevin McPherson began his career as a police officer in New Mexico in 1987. He served for 23 ½ years, the last 19 ½ with the New Mexico State Police. There he worked in the uniform bureau and narcotics enforcement section and did two tours in the NMSP Training Bureau, retiring as a Sergeant in 2011. Kevin ran the firearms program and was the chief armorer for NMSP for 13 years. He served as a member of the NMSP Tactical Team (SWAT) for 10 years, eventually becoming the counter sniper team leader. He was commander of the NMSP Pistol Team and competed with a revolver throughout his career. He is a master firearms instructor through NMDPS and continues to instruct in retirement. He has had several articles published in American Cop Magazine, SWAT Magazine, and the NRA Law Enforcement Quarterly. He started his career carrying a revolver and has always been partial to them.

12 thoughts on “Harry’s Holsters Revolver Concealment”

  1. There doesn’t seem to be much innovation or quality control with many new, American-made firearms–the emphasis is on “orc” motifs squirted out in black plastic– but aftermarket products such as holsters are showing a lot of promising concepts. For example, that metal belt-latch system of Harry’s looks really secure.

    1. That’s a good point you make, Spencer. I’m glad there are folks like Harry innovating when it comes to concealment holsters. The DCC clip he uses is great- very secure and it takes a deliberate effort to remove it. Plus, it lies very flat on top of a belt. Good stuff!

  2. Kevin, I’ve always preferred a pair of soft loops with Pull-the-Dot snaps on my AIWB holsters, as I’ve had the single strut/clip designs shift around too much for my tastes, but that DCC Monoclip looks STURDY and I bet the Icon 2.0 doesn’t budge a bit, especially with that wing underneath.

    I’m excited to see Mr. Jones is cutting the holsters to accommodate laser grips, as I’ve experienced fit issues on some other holsters with my Crimson Trace-equipped 640.

    Good looking holsters, here! Thanks for bringing them to my attention!

    1. Hey Mike, I actually prefer the DCC clips after using Harry’s Holsters. You’re correct, the Icon stays put and with the wing, it’s rock solid.

      Just for clarity, the current Icons are NOT cut for laser grips, but the Monocle is. Lots of stuff happening at Harry’s these days, so keep your eyes peeled!

      Always nice to find a quality, well designed holster. Everything I have seen from Harry’s qualifies thusly.


  3. Kevin, thank you for this article. I am so old fashioned I have trouble adapting to new things. Leather and steel have been my mainstays but of all the synthetic holsters these would be the front runner for several reasons.

    The first one is I have never worn black leather, boots, shoes , belts or holsters since retirement. Don’t understand why black holsters seem to dominate. Guess just my quirky thought. Glad to see a synthetic maker offering the choice of brown.

    1. Thanks, Tony. If you ever take a shine to AIWB carry, I would sure give Harry’s a look. I respect your stance on swearing off black leather accoutrements since retirement! The brown shade that Harry’s uses on the Monocle is really handsome- I agree with you that it would be good to see more like it.

  4. Thanks for a great article. I’ve always preferred leather over kydex but I have been thinking about appendix carry for my lcr and this looks like the best option out there. I appreciate the review from somebody who actually has experience carrying revolvers, your thoughts go a long way in my decision making.

    1. Hey Darrell, thank you for reading it and for your kind words. I used leather for all my concealment tasks for many moons, but kydex sure works well when properly done. Harrison Jones does them properly and I think you’ll be pleased with his appendix rigs for your LCR. his video is really helpful when setting your holster up, I’d take the time to watch it. Thank you again for your confidence in my experience and thoughts- I appreciate it!

    2. I have this setup for my LCR and really like it. I used it in Mike’s Defensive Revolver class with absolute no hiccups. It allowed me to concentrate more on my draws and revolver fundamentals than worrying about it not riding right or feeling uncomfortable. In fact, its so secure and comfortable I barely noticed it throughout the day. Those metal clips are great, very similar to the ones on my Tenicor Certum semi-auto holster.

      1. Hey Matt, Thank you for weighing in. My experience with the Icon 2.0 and LCR mirrors yours. Excellent concealment, secure and comfortable. The holster combines well with the “organic” curves of a small revolver. Well done, Harry’s Holsters. Thanks!

  5. I’ve had a 2″ J jump out of a leather belt clip AIWB while punching the heavy bag.

    Harry’s may have solved that problem. I’ll find out.

    1. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, Lobo. You can adjust tension to your requirements and make it heavy bag and handstand compatible.

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