Today we will talk about the most important points that distinguish a good holster from ahem … not very good.
A gun, regardless of its design, caliber or configuration, is a weapon of protection designed to eliminate a source of danger at short distances, with the least amount of shots and as soon as possible. In order to use it effectively, the owner must be able to gain control of the weapon and bring it on alert as quickly and safely as possible.
Regardless of whether the gun is worn openly or hidden, with a strong or weak side, the shooter should be able to clasp the handle of the pistol in a holster. Otherwise, vanity and lack of control will lead to loss of time and even loss of weapons.
2. Holster design
Two basic criteria must be met. design holsters.
First of all, holster must protect the area trigger by accidentally pressing with your index finger or an object.
Secondly, the shape holsters should allow the owner to quickly form a grip pistol grip pistol right in holster. Efficient and reliable capture of weapons should be implemented as quickly as possible.
That is: access speed and security. A police officer, for example, often faces suspects, so for him the problem of the safety of weapons is very important. The civilian, rarely communicates with a potential adversary, so this moment bothers him much less.
Thigh holsters are used when the gun is the operator’s secondary weapon. Thigh holsters are relatively fast, but tend to “crawl and dangle” during rapid movement, exposing the gun to potential damage.
3. Skin or kaydeks?
Molded leather holsters considered effective and convenient, but this is not always true. Due to the susceptibility of the skin to moisture and gradual wear and tear, leather holsters sooner or later become unsafe to wear.
On the other hand, kaydex holster, if she is correct molded under the arms, maintains its rigidity and offers an excellent balance of weapon safety and extraction speed.
Adjustable holster, using a tightening screw, offers a good balance of extraction speed and safety, but only as long as it is properly adjusted.
Holster with clasp under the thumb, perhaps the most popular among most users. And it is right. It offers a reasonable balance of gun removal speed and safety, and is also easy to operate. However, in order to be truly effective, the buckle must meet two criteria:
- it should open to the body;
- the tab itself must be reinforced to prevent it from bending under the pressure of the thumb.
If these two criteria are not met, such holsters should be avoided.
For police officers who require an extremely high level of weapon safety, there are special holsters, equipped with multiple security devices. There are special variations that make the wearer swing the pistol forward or back while simultaneously pressing various buttons with the index finger, but they, of course, are significantly less comfortable.
Most officers choose classic holster With a reliable clasp under the thumb and reinforced belt loops.
Even the loop-holster should allow to grip the handle and prevent the triggering of a finger. Some manufacturers, such as DeSantis, Cramer, Cleveland, Old Faithful and others, produce molded holsters with a clasp under the thumb.
4. Location of the holster
- Shoulder holster. Such a holster is good for hunting, because it can evenly distribute the weight of the pistol between two shoulders, but for defensive purposes it doesn’t work too well. Its biggest drawback is that it is designed primarily for hidden wearing in the warm season.
- Ankle Holster. This option should also be avoided unless your needs are highly specialized. How to quickly remove the gun from such a remote place? And the extraction speed is so low that it is not even worth considering this option in terms of carrying a weapon of self-defense.
- Holster on the back. Such an installation of the holster is an effective method of hidden wearing, but when you sit, it is inconvenient to work with it. Yes, it provides faster access than the shoulder or at the ankle, but at the same time it is much slower than the holster, located under the working arm or in the cross on “9 o’clock” (cross-draw).
- Belt holster. They are preferred by many, because they are very invisible. If the holster is properly designed, it provides a good balance of speed and safety.
- Cross-draw holster. If you spend considerable time sitting, a cross-draw holster is a good choice. It is quickly accessible, secretive, and as convenient as possible.
- Thigh Holster. This is a holster for special forces, not for normal use. Special Forces personnel almost always use a submachine gun or assault rifle as their primary weapon. The gun plays a minor role. So such holsters are used when the gun is the operator’s secondary weapon. And although they are relatively fast, they still have a tendency to “crawl and dangle” during rapid movement, which exposes the gun to potentially serious damage.
- Holster-loop (or “Yaki loop”). Got popularity 40 years ago. Why? When there is no gun in it, few people recognize it as a holster.
If you prefer plastic or leather molded holsters, make sure they provide adequate security with a reasonable extraction effort. If you choose a holster with a clasp under the thumb – make sure that the “tongue” is reinforced and open “to the body.”
5. Skill and training
Even the best combination weapon / holster It does not make sense if you do not know how to use the gun quickly, efficiently and safely. Be sure to get training from instructors who teach actions in the “real world” and not in the world of commercial competition.
Summarizing. The following 5 tips will help you choose the most effective and safe holster:
- Clearly identify your specific needs.
- Pay attention to the two “mandatory” criterion holsters: closing of the trigger guard and the ability to quickly grab the pistol grip.
- Skin or kaydeks? Decide which material is most appropriate, depending on the climate and comfort.
- Select holster with the best balance of speed and safety of extraction, be it molded, with a long screw, with a fastener for the thumb or with several safety devices.
- take special courses and get the appropriate training.
Translation – Yuri Ignatov