I met Chris Woomer of Veil Solutions in June of 2015 at a
Talon Defense “Gunfighter” course. I’d
seen him at matches and looked over his website, but I’d never had an occasion
to speak with him prior to that. During
the three day course, I saw his gear in action and spoke with him about his
company. Woomer attends training and
competitions regularly, generally finishing at the top of the pack. He greatly dislikes being put into the
“competitive shooter” niche as he is a serious advocate for responsible
firearms carry and tactics for everyday use.
Watching him shoot, it’s obvious that he’s comfortable with his
equipment and operating a gun under adverse conditions. This practical knowledge is extremely
valuable when it comes to building and refining his gear.
Woomer started Veil Solutions in 2013 with the goal of
providing quality, performance-driven holsters and support equipment at a reasonable
cost. He told me that he tests his
products himself in a variety of settings to ensure that they’re as light,
practical, and functional as possible.
He’s not shy about admitting when something doesn’t work. The Veil Solutions website and social media
accounts have regular product updates detailing design revisions or changes
based on customer feedback. While he
makes products for competition, all of his equipment is practical. Rather than selecting clothing in orddr to
dress around his gun, Woomer believes that your carry gear should support
concealment in regular clothing. As
such, he’s designed a number of products that allow for discreet carry in any
situation without the use of the out of place “shoot me first” vest or button-down
shirt. The Veil Solutions product line
includes knife sheaths, magazine pouches for rifles and pistols, tourniquet
holders, and holsters for a variety of applications. Veil Solutions also offers training courses,
weapon stippling, and sponsors a competitive shooting team.
My first Veil Solutions holster was the Ghost, a Kydex clamshell
with an adjustable belt loop. It’s a
minimal piece of carry gear and is the lightest piece that Veil Solutions
offers. The Ghost clips around the
trigger guard, allowing you to carry inside the waistband with minimal bulk. The belt clip is adjustable, allowing for
left or right hand carry in a variety of heights and angles. This one-size solution is a great way of
discreetly carrying a firearm when you don’t need a light (though the Ghost V2
now allows for that addition). For
approximately two months I carried a Glock 17 appendix style under a normal
weight t-shirt and found it comfortable and secure. The wide range of adjustment built into the Ghost
allowed me to move and sit for extended periods in comfort. It’s not a range holster, as Veil Solutions
recommends that you place the firearm in the Ghost and then clip the weapon to
your belt, but it is a great option if you’re walking around town or getting in
and out of a car all day.
After kicking the tires on the Ghost, I ordered additional
gear. I got with Chris via the Veil Solutions
Facebook page. Chris is pro law
enforcement, and offers purchase programs for law enforcement officers and
firearms instructors. After talking over
his gear options, I settled on an appendix rig for a Glock 17 with attached
light, a single IWB magazine carrier, a Vampire strong side hip holster for a
Glock 34 with attached X300, and a double OWB magazine carrier. While not a standard option on his website,
Chris custom-built an appendix rig for my Glock 17 with attached SureFire X300
Ultra. “That’s a lot of gun for
appendix, man” he told me, but he built it regardless and said it would be as
comfortable as possible.
My care package from Veil Solutions arrived in September,
and since then I’ve worn these holsters daily, both on and off the range. I carry the appendix rig (comfortably) when
off duty and the Vampire when I’m instructing on the range. They’ve quickly replaced my other gear for a
number of reasons.
I know nothing about making something out of Kydex, but as an end-user
my first observation was that the Veil Solutions gear was roughly half the
weight of any other holster I own. I
haven’t noticed any compromise in strength, flexibility, or durability. The material seems thinner, but it’s held up
well under a variety of conditions with minimal signs of wear.
- They’re compact.
There’s no extra bulk on the Veil Solutions gear. If there’s material that could be trimmed, it
has been. This gives the holsters and
magazine pouches a minimal profile and print when worn, and allows me to wear
light clothing such as t-shirts for concealment.
- They’re low maintenance. In addition to wearing them daily, I’ve also
used both holsters in multiple shooting courses, competitions, and range days. I’ve crawled through mud, fought over my gun
in weapon retention drills, and performed thousands of draws from them. I haven’t needed to adjust a single screw or
attachment point yet, and there’s no sign of wear or reduced function in any of
I’ve referred a number of shooters to Veil Solutions since I
began wearing these holsters, and the feedback I’ve received from them has also
been positive. One individual who works
in an auto shop wanted a Ghost for carry when working on and under cars. He expressed his wish to have the holster
rounded more than the standard design, and the Ghost arrived rounded to his
specifications at no additional cost.
Another shooter purchased a Mjolnir (holster and mag carrier combo) and
has been very satisfied with that setup for his Glock 43. Thus far, Veil Solutions has made every
attempt to build everything to suit the customer, with no upcharges or grief.
While there are many holster manufacturers out there, I’ve
found Veil Solutions work to be quality construction and practical. Woomer’s work reflects an understanding of
shooting and concealed carry, and I also like the fact that he’s a
Georgia-based small business. His prices
are reasonable, his wait times are short, and he’s very customer service oriented. If you want something special, he makes every
attempt to build his gear to suit.
You can view the Veil Solutions website at www.veilsolutions.com, find them on
Facebook, and follow them on Instagram.