Today the Raven Concealment Systems Morrigan holster is finally available. We’re going to educate, entertain and edify you (and hopefully irritate a few windowlickers) by explaining Morrigan’s background, when and how it works, what it is not and of course the bottom line.
Here’s how it will arrive at your house (albeit in little plastic sacks so you don’t lose nuthin’).
Raven’s fundamental intent was to provide customers with a streamlined, elemental design at a much lower price point than previous holsters, and they appear to have achieved it. The Morrigan is an adjustable IWB rig designed primarily for combatants who prefer strong side wear on or behind the blade of the hip (though it will serve quite satisfactorily in an AIWB role). It’s literally a clamshell IWB “scabbard” with almost no footprint. It’s also ambidextrous, adjustable for ride height and can be easily assembled (all you have to do is attach the soft loops), and is a great option for gun enthusiasts, LEOs or others with budget constraints. The Morrigan retails for $49.95, vs. $94.99 for the Eidolon and Phantom for example (which is one reason why many of our minion Plebes really like it). Two simple soft loops secure it to your belt — it does not come with overhooks, nor does it need them.
You know what it reminds us of? It’s like a modern version of the venerable Milt Sparks Summer Special, but with a provision for adjustable retention and a sleeker profile.
In keeping with the RCS “We got copies of all the first edition D&D books!” naming convention, the Morrigan is named for the Irish goddess and “queen of battle” Morrígna, or Mór-ríoghain, among whose avatars are wolves and crows — and ravens.
The Morrigan is currently available only for the Glock 17, Glock 19 (which will hold the G26), Glock 42, Glock 43, S&W M&P 9 and 40, S&W M&P Compact 9 and 40 and the S&W Shield (here is what the dropdown menu currently looks like). None will accommodate a WML, though we anticipate such a version sooner rather than later.
How It Works
The simple appearance and design of the Morrigan belies many of its unique features, the most noticeable being its mechanism for adjustable retention. Many Kydex holsters are just foldover pieces, like a gun omelet, with a single piece of material bent around the gun. They’re typically built, drilled at one point and then fitted with a screw that makes it “adjustable.” This is something of a misnomer. All it’s doing there is pinching the back side at one focused pressure point to keep the holster closed. Remember, screw retention (on any screw) is driven by thread pitch. If you have a larger thread pitch you have less control as you tighten it down, but you get greater strength. With a smaller pitch you have more ability to fine tune how you set it, but you have less strength.
The Morrigan uses micro Velcro strip to apply retention pressure all the way around the holster, making it stronger structurally and eliminating the single pressure point, like a tourniquet. You “set” the retention by wrapping that strip where you want it, a function that is not only easily repeatable, but easily marked (cinch it down where you want and mark that spot). This isn’t to say you’re going to be setting it and resetting it. This isn’t a magazine pouch or an ACU pocket that will opened and closed frequently. You’re going to set it and leave it.
The Morrigan does not come equipped with the claw you get with the Eidolon because it doesn’t need one. The shape of trigger guard pulls the butt of the gun into the body without the additional tension of the claw. Some holsters need that; the Morrigan doesn’t. We haven’t had ours long enough to try it with a variety of cover garments to see how it prints (which will vary by gun type and mag length/base plate anyway) but we reckon if you have doubts about it you should be considering one of the more sophisticated holsters anyway. This is a minimalist holsters without all the bells and whistles. If it doesn’t do everything you want it, you might oughta buy a Lincoln instead of a Ford anyway.
One thing we think based on some early experimentation is that this holster might particularly appeal to females and perhaps smaller framed males (cisgendered versions of the former, mind you, not the post-op Caitlyn Jenner types).
What It’s Not
Now, because the phrase Reading is fundamental is woefully lost on many people, let’s talk about guns and fit for a minute. There are a few things you’ll want to be aware of. For instance, the Morrigan intended for the Glock 19 will carry a G26. The shorter muzzle does not affect retention, as RCS explains it, because it retains off the trigger guard rather than the barrel portion, and many people find an IWB holster that accommodates a longer slide than the pistol it carries to be more comfortable anyay. This is good news for you with, well, there’s no delicate way to put this: shorter barrels.
It will not fit (as discerning readers will have hopefully no doubt figured out by now), pistols with a WML mounted. Nor will it fit Firestars, Desert Eagles or the Sig P226 or CZ75 (no matter how many times or how snarkily you ask). They don’t make one for a HiPoint, and if you’re carrying one of those you should choke yourself anyway. It is not designed to be worn as a shoulder holster or an ankle rig, and there’s really no point to it if you’re one of those dudes who prefer Mexican carry. Other options are on the way, they’re just not available yet. True to the tenets of capitalism and common sense, Raven has begun with the holsters experience has shown will be in most demand. They will expand the lineup (probably to include mounted lights) in months to come. Maybe sooner than that.
To further illustrate this we have a few helpful graphic aids for you.
Here we have a Morrigan designed for one of the Glock models clearly articulated above, and in the dropdown menu. You will note it does not fit a snubby airweight.
In this picture it still doesn’t fit a snubby airweight, and wouldn’t even if we were to piss and moan on Facebook about how RCS is ignoring us. Clearly if we want a holster for this snubby airweight the Morrigan is not for us.
Here is proof that a Morrigan intended for a Glock will fail to hold a Wilson Combat 1911. Obviously if we want a holster for this gun our energy would be better spent locating a holster designed for it than bitching about why someone else hasn’t built one.
Hell, the damn thing won’t even fit a Spartan Knives fixed blade.
But look! It will fit this pistol, which is among the models listed as being available!
Need a simple concealment holster that doesn’t suck, doesn’t cost a lot of money but is built with sufficient quality to deserve the RCS name? Consider the Morrigan. It’s made in the USA, has an unconditional lifetime warranty and runs just fifty bucks. Learn more or go ahead and buy one here.
You can also pick them up at authorized RCS dealers, if you want to support small business or a more local shop. These include:
Carry on smartly, and remember – friends don’t let friends carry shitty gear.
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