Gun Holster Review: Brave Response Appendix Holster (BRAH), [VIDEO]

The appendix version of the popular Brave Response holster is finally out.

The number of gun owners carrying their concealed guns in the appendix position is increasing as the benefits become more evident. Several companies have expanded their lines of holsters to include holsters specifically for the appendix position, to include Brave Response who recently released one, as well.

The appendix version of the brave response holster improves on the previous design.

The Brave Response Holster Line:

It has been about four years since Brave Response came out with their original holster. The design was to have the holster attached to a band that wrapped around the wearer's body, instead of attaching it to a belt. This would allow the holster to be worn even if the person was wearing athletic clothing or any clothing without a belt. The holster was also produced to be a universal holster that held nearly any semi-automatic handgun that wasn't fitted with a light or laser. The original design included 3 pouches for things like spare magazines or a knife. While the band was obviously adjustable, the holster which had a forward cant was not. This meant it was set up ideally for a strong side hip or small of the back method of carrying.

Carrying your firearm without a belt is possible with this holster.

Because the holster was made with quality velcro and materials, I found it to be very comfortable, and a great option for when I needed to carry my gun while wearing sweats or basketball shorts, which I often wear. The problem was that I carry in the appendix position. Although ideally, an appendix position holster will have zero cant, I made the forward cant of this holster work.

Naturally, when I was told an appendix version of the holster was in the works, I was excited to test it out.

Brave Response Appendix Holster (BRAH):

The appendix version of the holster is similar to the original in its concept: A holster that can accommodate nearly any semi-auto pistol, sans laser/light and worn independently from the pants. When comparing the two, I found the same high-quality Velcro from the original was also used in this version. The materials of the holster portion also remained unchanged. I did notice that the backing material that rested against the body felt softer and more durable than my original.

Brave Response addressed a concern that some had in the original design. That of the material around the trigger guard not being thick enough. A thicker piece of material is sewn into the area around the trigger guard, putting some of those concerns to rest.

This version allows for 1 spare mag or knife to be carried alongside the gun. Many noted that carrying the magazine on the strong side of the body was not ideal, as it required a cross body magazine draw. This becomes a non-issue in the appendix position though.

There is more/thicker material in the trigger guard area, addressing concerns people had with the original design.

I was initially puzzled with a short elastic and velcro piece that was included in the package. As it turns out, the strap is used to twist the grip of the gun back toward the wearer's body in the same way a claw/wing device works on other holsters. It does not have to be used, however, I found it did make a difference in concealment.

Initially, I was puzzled by this piece that came with the holster. Once I realized what it was for, it made a difference in conceal-ability.

Another point of improvement is reinforcement around the mouth of the holster. Many people desire a holster that will not collapse once the gun is removed. This allows the person to re-holster using only one hand. I am not exactly sure what type of material gives the holster its form, but it withstands the pressure of a belt and certainly doesn't collapse with the elastic waistband of athletic clothing.

I ran through roughly 100 reps of one-handed re-holstering. The action never caused my trigger to be pushed to the rear. However, like other holsters, because the holster is so close to the body, it is easy to muzzle oneself when inserting the gun. This is why I am a proponent of deliberate reholstering with any rig.

The mouth of the holster is reinforced, which keeps it from collapsing when the gun is removed.

Check out this short video I put together showing it off a bit:

Wrap Up:

All in all, I found the appendix version of the Brave Response to have the same benefits as the original design. The company made improvements in the backing material, reinforced the trigger area even more, and finally made an appendix specific model. As with any other holster selection, it is a highly personal choice. For me, the original will be replaced by this because of my mode of carrying. This is not my everyday carry holster because I typically am wearing a belt and like the benefits of a holster that clips to my belt.

However, like the original, this holster will be my go-to holster at times I am wearing sweats or athletic clothing. It is incredibly and deceptively comfortable and versatile.

The holster is assembled in the States, and all materials are sourced here as well. It has a 60-day return policy and is priced $10 less than the original at $60 dollars. If you need the versatility of carrying without a belt, this may be a great option for you.


About Matthew Maruster

I follow my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is the eternal co-equal Son of God. I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and daughter. I served in the Marine Corps Infantry. I was a Staff Sergeant and served as a Platoon Sergeant during combat in Iraq. After I was a police officer at a municipal agency in San Diego County. I have a Bachelors's Degree in Criminal Justice from National University. MJ Maruster Defense.


  1. Dan Harvey on February 8, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Will the new appendix carry holster work for a glock 26 gen 4 with a TLR-6 laser light combo

    • Jacob Paulsen on February 8, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      No. Similar to the original, the shape of the pocket won’t accommodate anything in front of the trigger guard or mounted to the rail.

  2. Anna Keller on August 2, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    I was prepared to purchase the Brave Response Holster until I read on your site that my Ruger 9mm won’t fit due to the built in laser. This is sad news for me. Do you happen to know if you’ll ever design a BRH for Laser pistols?

    Thank you
    Anna Keller

    • Jacob Paulsen on August 2, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      Anna, the very core of the Brave Response holster pocket design prevents any allowance for the laser. Designing something that would accommodate your firearm with the laser would be a completely different design and perhaps firearm specific. Not something we are likely to do in the next 12 months. Sorry!

  3. Paul on December 16, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    my question is the belt that goes with it and the velcro. I got the original and cut it down per the instructions to fit it to my waist. The velcro was in sections, not continuous, and cut to fit me the velcro was not in the best position for a good fit. It works but if the velcro went all around the belt it could be cut precisely. I am asking you because despite two different “contact us” questions on the BR website I still have received no answer. I suspect after reading your review the velcro is the same as the original but this is important to me and do not want to buy another with the same problem. Otherwise-great holster wear it often like you when I go without a belt.

    • Matthew Maruster on December 17, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      Hey Paul,
      I completely get what you’re saying about the velcro and how trimming it may not be an option because it is in sections. The appendix version is the same, that it it has sections of velcro. I happened to be able to trim mine and melt the ends because it lined up that way with my size. I think if it is an issue where you just can’t seem to get it trimmed where you want it, you could carefully remove one patch of the loop and sew it where you need it. Or pick up a piece of velcro and sew it in. Hope this helps

  4. Ray on January 26, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Does it have to be worn appendix I like the size of this one better?

    • Matthew Maruster on January 27, 2019 at 6:07 pm

      Hey Ray, thanks for the question. It is made for the appendix position based on the fact that it has 0 degrees of cant and is narrower than the original. Neither of these things makes it wrong to carry it strongside hip, but you will have a less than ideal draw as most strongside IWB holsters have a forward cant. Definitely would not recommend it for small of the back carry. Hope this helps.

  5. Wade Walker III (rey) Leo on June 5, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Love my original Brave Response holster.. wear it Daily gif past 3 years

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