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Best shoulder holster for deployment

Discussion in 'US Army Forum' started by AWMP, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. AWMP

    AWMP

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    Going back to the sand box, last time used a local made shoulder holster, was ok, but not the greatest.
    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Mterada

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    leg or belt if you may actually have to use your pistol

    shoulder is impractical and gets in the way, unless you are pretty sure you'll be at a secure fob where the shoulder holster is more convenient to goto chow with in your pts
     


  3. Biscuitsjam

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    Shoulder holsters can also be more useful on tanks and some other vehicles, because they are less likely to get hung on stuff or otherwise get in the way.

    But, if you aren't in one of those jobs, I'd get a leg holster if I were you.
     
  4. I used a paddle holster last time and the few of us that had them were the envy of the other 9MM carriers....that was for FOB use only.
     
  5. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    Galco.



    Love mine, but then again, I'm aviation, so I dont do much like any other unit....
     
  6. RENEA

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    Sir,
    I'd suggest checking out the following. Personally I'm not a fan of shoulder rigs but here are some for you to consider.

    http://www.blade-tech.com/Blade-Tech-Shoulder-Holster-w-Double-Mag-Pouch-pr-812.html#product_images

    http://www.highnoonholsters.com/Product_Line/Under_Armor/under_armor.html

    I always carried my M9 in a Safariland thigh rig when deployed for easier access.

    Hope these help you out. :patriot:
     
  7. Biscuitsjam

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    In the sandbox, you won't wear your body armor 24/7, but you'll always need your weapon with you.

    That means that you need to be able to quickly adjust your holster from wearing it over armor, to wearing it over just your uniform blouse. It may also help to get a holster that buckles together in the front, in case you'll be moving around a lot while wearing it.

    I bought an Eagle tanker holster, but I wasn't very happy with it. I don't have any specific models to recommend.
     
  8. jobe1911

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    safariland dropleg holster.

    it's the best.

    had a blackhawk that fell apart after 6 months of duty.
     
  9. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    unless ofcorse you ever wear PT's at what point drop leg holsters suck......

    Personaly I've had great service from my Blackhawk, its been to Panama, DS I OEF, and OIF now, and still in great shape.
     
  10. armorer327

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    I used the Blackhawk horizontal shoulder rig around the FOB until the main backstrap fell apart. That lasted about six months though. I ended up switching to an issue leather shoulder holster till' I had to give up my M-9.

    Another alternative is London Bridge Trading Company's horizontal shoulder rig.
     
  11. RockSix

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    Use the issue holster with a thumb strap, on your chest (IBA), use a paddle in the FOB. Drop legs are hard to get to in a vehicle, plus you lose a pocket.

    RockSix
     
  12. Flinter

    Flinter Hornady Fan

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    Just returned home myself. While I carried only my rifle over there, I am very completely satisfied with my Blackhawk SERPA holster and know they make Belt loop, paddle, drop leg, Armor and shoulder converable systems for it. Keep your head down over there.
     
  13. ILL DILL

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    These are what I had.

    1. Standard pistol belt and GI holster - Easy to use, can be thrown on with PT's or what ever else. Fast.

    2. Drop leg, brand doesn't matter. It is more difficult to get in and out of a vehicle. However, after seeing a set up a really liked I moved it from the side of my leg (blocking pocket) to the front of my thigh. That is the ****. Didn't lose a pocket, never got in the way getting in or out of vehicles. Never snagged.

    I wouldn't bother with a shoulder holster unless you will be in a position that restricts you to post, or your a tanker, or your an aviator.

    Good luck.
     
  14. stevethemp

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    I'm going to agree with the suggestion for the Blackhawk SERPA holster. Depending on what you'll be doing, they do make many attachments for it. I was a Law and Order MP based in Kuwait in 04-05 and used a CQC SERPA holster on my duty belt and as soon as they came out, bought the drop leg SERPA holster. A suggestion i picked up from from Naval Spec War guys i talked to is that when you are riding in a vehicle, don't wear the holster on the side of your leg, instead put it closer to the top of your leg, almost with the weapon pointed at the engine block. This configuration aids in a faster draw if needed (trust me) and will aid in the ease of a rapid dismount. hope this helps.

    SPC Steve DeHaan
    430th MP Det (L&O)

    http://www.blackhawk.com/product_detail.asp?product_id=4246&d=
    that's the link for the drop leg.

    http://www.blackhawk.com/product_detail.asp?product_id=4025&d=
    that's the one i wore on my duty belt.
     
  15. Joe30045

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    I no longer carry a pistol, except during CQB. I made the decision that the gain was not worth the tradeoff in weight and space to carry extra stuff(shells/mags/CAT's/IFAK). It also didn't help that our 1911's have been taken up for refurbishment. I may change my mind when/if we get them back. Having said that, I am not a fan of shoulder holsters. To many times around the FOB, I have found myself looking down barrels I would rather not be looking down. How do I know which of those cats are violating orders and has actually loaded the thing? I don't, so I always get a lil nervous. Stay safe.
    Joe
     
  16. Postal Patron

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    I used a shoulder holster when I got over there and I always had to go back to the drop leg one when getting my body armor on. Also tiresome during long period since most of the weight is one side.

    On the other hand a shoulder holster is easier when you have to take a dump.

    In the end I exclusively used a drop holster since it was easier and you got used to it better and during your time off (going to bed) I just took my M4 with me to take a leak cause it was easier anyway and I had more firepower, instead of putting the shoulder rig on.

    So for me it was either M4 in PT gear or drop leg for uniform since the shoulder rig does not adjust well to on/off body armor. At least mine didn't.
     
  17. USDefender

    USDefender Lay Them Waste!

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    Depends on the MOS, IMO.

    I used an Uncle Mike's synthetic shoulder holster when I was a Blackhawk crewchief. Belt holster just wouldn't have worked - climbing in & out & all over the bird.

    I would surmise that other constantly mounted 'mech' soldiers (i.e. Abrams, Bradleys, Hummvees) would have a similar experience. Dis-mounted MOSs, however, are a different story.
     
  18. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    Uh, why does that matter? its in a holster, they dont just go off when they decide to.....
     
  19. Joe30045

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    I used to think so as well. I have seen and heard to many that have apparently just decided to spontaneously expel the round in the chamber. Strangest thing you have ever seen. Ya hear the BOOM and look up and the dude is standing there with a sheepish grin, hands nowhere near the gun and a piece of brass rolling to a stop nearby. Rare occurence ya say? Once in a lifetime in your vicinity is enough to make you leery of it.
     
  20. KingSapper

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    In my job as an ETT, we do alot of mount/dismount from 1151's in combined ops with the ANA. The Blackhawk SERPA is very popular in both the IBA chest mounted and the drop leg variant. The shoulder holsters are great if you don't live out in the weeds at a remote fire-base, because you can pack your M9 around in your PT's or what-have-you.

    Out where I'm at, no one wears shoulder rigs due to the time it takes to get the weapon out and into play. Most popular holsters for ODA, ETT and ISAF forces is either the hip mount or the drop leg.

    It's true that drop legs kinda suck when you're in a vehicle, but if you think you're going to need your M9 when you're mounted it should be in your lap anyway in my opinion.

    I met with some Dutch Marines today, and was jealous that they're carrying Glocks. What I wouldn't give for my G20 right now..

    SGT Will
    Afghanistan