Venom Industries Cobra Concealment Pouch: A First Look

Venom Industries is a new name in the gear world with some interesting products on the horizon. The sister of Bulldog Equipment, a company already known for high quality military equipment, Venom is bringing that innovation and quality to the civilian market. Venom’s first offerings are a group of products focused on off-body concealed carry, namely a Bag, Pack and Pouch named as the Cobra Concealment series.
We first became aware of Venom and the Cobra series from Soldier Systems post about the Cobra Concealment Pouch. It was a synchronous thing, as pistol pouches had been a recent topic of discussion around the BFE Labs table, both for concealment and for protecting a handgun while working in abandoned mine complexes . The Cobra pouch stood out as potentially being a viable solution for both needs.

Venom was good enough to provide us with a Cobra Concealment Pouch to test and evaluate, and over the coming weeks that’s just what we intend. At this point, we have not had a chance to put it through any hard use, but its been in my hot little hands for several days, and has been played with by BFE’s own James Mac and some other friends and cohorts. Though we don’t yet have enough experience to fully form even an initial impressions write-up to our standards, I wanted to share a few thoughts before everyone else out there is talking about these too.

Before we continue, I’d like to make a note on Off-Body Carry which applies to all bags, pouches and packs, not just the Venom products:
Many choose off-body carry because it is easier: Guns are heavy, magazines are heavy; They can dig into your side (particularly if that side is a spare tire); Your dress style doesn’t conceal them – The excuses go on and on. I have no sympathy.
Choosing to carry off-body is an individual decision, but to be reasonable must be based on realistic evaluation of needs. Off-body carry will always lack the robustness of on-body carry, and has severe shortcomings for rapid, particularly in-fight, weapons access.
The only valid reasons for carrying off body are at the extremes of need, when all other options have been ruled out. In such cases, reliable tools for off-body carry and concealment are essential – Everyone who must carry this way needs to try a selection of these tools, and settle on one only after serious testing. Hunt problems, and find solutions to them: First to find an off-body carry system with merit; Then to harden your physical skills for both the fight, and tool access in the fight, to remove as much of the off-body deficit as possible.

Upon receiving the Cobra Concealment Pouch I was immediately struck by several ideas on how to employ it, and what it could be useful for above and beyond my original ideas from the pictures. No matter what it is, I think it speaks well of a product when it immediately suggests itself for a bevvy of functional roles.
I’m going to let pictures do most of the talking with regard to size and layout, but the basics are as follows: The pouch is roughly 10” long, by 7” wide and 1” thick when empty and laying flat. With gear in it, it rises up a bit and sits closer to 9”x6”.

There is a pocket across the front of the pouch, closed with a zipper and with an HK-style snap-hook within for attaching gear. On the backside are several rows of PALS webbing for mounting on other MOLLE compatible gear, as well as an excellent carry-handle at one end.

Within the main pouch, the backside features loop-side velcro for mounting holsters and accessories, while the front has two open topped pockets one a little wider than the other.

Construction quality is high, with tight, even and nicely finished stitching, and high quality materials and components such as YKK zippers. There are also some small thoughtful touches that add a lot, such as the heat-shrink tubing on the handle. The latter is such a simple idea, but it really adds a lot to the feel and function of the handle.

The pouch can handle a variety of sizes of pistol, up to a full sized 1911, with plenty of room left for accessories. Since receiving it we’ve had a S&W 39-2, Walther P99, Springfield XD-45, 1911, and a Glock 19 analogue, in the pouch, and all fit fine, and rode well once the holster-strap was adjusted.

The holster insert is of a common universal design, easily adjusted to each new pistol. The mag/accessory holder is, again, a common design featuring heavy elastic loops. Both can be repositioned for different access angles and placements within the pouch.
This holster design can not be expected to have the performance of a full holster, but for a pistol strap performs pretty well. It is possible to adjust this type of holster so tightly that it traps or hangs the gun, fouling the drawstroke, but if you play with your adjustment and access, that shouldn’t be an issue.
I am not a fan of the elastic loop design, no matter how well made or from whom, but with the limitations taken into account, this version is functional, particularly in the close confines of the pouch, and is well made.

You can pack a decent blow-out kit into the Cobra Concealment Pouch as well as a handgun, flashlight and spare magazine. It is possible to do this without using the front pocket at all, using a minimized BOK containing one-each: small QuickClot ACS, SWAT-Tourniquet, Israeli Dressing, NAR S-Rolled Gauze and a flat duct-tape fold. Personally, I really like that this design allows for additional (but no less fundamental) equipment to be carried within, without interfering with handgun access.

I have for awhile now been playing with solutions for bringing a handgun, spares, flashlight and blow-out kit together on, or in, a single platform. With such a platform, rather than dealing with an assortment of loose gear at the bedside, a home-owner could fluidly acquire, and employ, the essentials for dealing with a “bump in the night”. The Cobra Concealment Pouch can be loaded with those essentials, and placed quickly within reach, and makes it easy to keep everything at hand even while using one or two items from within.
The pouch  also works very well as a more discreet means of keeping a pistol at hand within a vehicle, if it is not kept on-body. Laying on the seat, PALs side down, it looks vaguely like a variety of other kit bags, or even a Bible cover, rather than strictly a pistol case. A more discreet color, such as black or a blue, could sell this image even more. With the Cobra pouch it is easy to move a pistol and support gear from a bag or pack, to a more accessible position in a vehicle, and back again when leaving the vehicle.
In general, the pouch makes a convenient way to place a pistol, spares, a light and other daily carry items together, off body, without fear of them getting separated. For transport, storage, or active concealment if forced to carry off-body, the Cobra pouch has a lot to offer.

This first look is more of a a random collection of observations on the Cobra Concealment Pouch than anything else, so bear with us. We will be working up a full review, based on a longer T&E, in the coming weeks. The intent is to use the Cobra Concealment Pouch pretty hard, and see what happens. Our expectations are high, and we’re looking forward to using this product further.

This, and the rest of the Venom line that’s been shown so far, has us very excited and we’re looking forward to seeing what they have in store for the future!
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2 responses to “Venom Industries Cobra Concealment Pouch: A First Look”

    • BFE Labs says:

      Much simpler than the Kifaru Koala, and I think a little smaller. I think the ideal roles for the Koala would be different from the Cobra pouch as well.

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