Interesting Conversation On Holsters

In the video below, Bill Wilson and Ken Hackathorn have a very interesting conversation on different types of holsters and what to look for when selecting one. They discuss the pro’s and con’s of the various styles and get into a bit of the history of some of them. For example, the Askins Avenger holster that came out from Bianchi was actually designed by holster maker Bruce Nelson and was designed to be worn cross draw.

This is part of the Gun Guys series put out by Wilson Combat.

Note – posting may be a little sporadic this week as I will be doing a bit of traveling.

I’m Guessing They Won’t Be Floppy Nylon Holsters

In my email this morning was a press release announcing that competitive shooter and USPSA Grand Master Jessie Duff will be collaborating with Uncle Mike’s to develop new competition holsters and accessories. She will also represent Uncle Mike’s in competition.

Uncle Mike’s, a leading provider of hunting and shooting accessories for more than 60 years, has announced a partnership agreement with world-renowned champion shooter Jessie Duff. In addition to working with product development to introduce new competitive and concealed carry holsters and accessories, Duff will represent Uncle Mike’s in competition.

Competing and excelling in five different shooting disciplines, Duff is recognized as one of the most accomplished competition shooters in the world. In 2013, she became the first woman ever to earn the title of Grand Master (GM), the highest ranking the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) awards a shooter.

“As a professional shooter, I hold my gear to the highest standards because I rely on it to perform at the highest level,” said Jessie Duff. “I’m excited to work with the team at Uncle Mike’s to develop field-tested competitive gear and concealed carry and shooting accessories,” added Duff.

I look at this as a positive development. Uncle Mike’s is a mass-market brand best known for their one size fits many nylon holsters. If they can bring better quality and better fitting holsters at a reasonable price to the mass market as a result of this collaboration with Jessie, it is a win-win situation.

It reminds me a bit of Jessie’s deal with Taurus. Like Taurus, Uncle Mike’s is much more mass market than top tier. By adding Jessie to the mix, Uncle Mike’s gains more respectability by their affiliation with a top tier shooter and her input should help them improve their product.

Canted Versus Non-Canted Holsters

Grant Cunningham is not only a talented revolversmith but a good firearms trainer as well. He has just published an interesting article on the differences between a straight or non-canted holster and a canted holster and which you should choose for your application.

In general, he finds that holsters that allow a straight up and down draw work well in competition events like IDPA but not so well when drawing from a defensive posture.

When I started my drawstroke from where I expected to be in an actual fight — from that threat reaction posture — my straight-drop holster felt as if it locked my gun into place. It was difficult to remove, and I found myself rising to a more upright position just to get the gun out of the holster. That sort of defeated the purpose of the realistic training!

When I realized this (and it took me about a year — I’m a stubborn learner), I changed to a forward-canted holster. That design was not suitable for competition but perfect for realistic defensive shooting practice because it conformed to what my body was most likely to do in a real life-or-death struggle.

The canted holster puts the exit path of the gun closer to the natural movement the hand is likely to make from an actual defensive posture. Put another way, the canted holster places the gun in the position the body is going to find itself in during a fight! It works better with the body’s natural reactions and trained responses than the straight-drop holster does. That makes it easier and more efficient to use under the circumstances in which I expect to defend myself.

This is an excellent article full of good illustrations. Grant’s parting advice is well worth taking to heart – “Pick your gear for the fight you’re likely to have, not the one you want to have.”

Holster Testing

One of the things mentioned at Everyday, No Days Off is that the holster is a Raven Concealment which has been featured in Magpul Dynamics videos. Travis Haley, who was a founder of Magpul Dynamics and interim CEO of Magpul Industries, left Magpul this week to start another company, Haley Strategic Partners. He “starred” with Chris Costa in the Magpul videos. This is from a report in GearScout. The parting of ways is reported to be friendly.

H/T Everyday, No Days Off