Question about this holster


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tacweapon
May 22, 2008, 03:34 PM
I have a question about this holster

A Uncle Mikes Kydex Thigh Holster for a 1911

I just ordered it and was wondering if anyone else has used it

I know that it will not be great because it is a cheap holster but I was just wondering about other peoples experiance with it

http://www.unclemikesle.com/products/holsters/kydex/holsters_kydex.html

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VHinch
May 22, 2008, 10:43 PM
What is your intended use? IMO, a thigh holster is good for one thing - getting your weapon down below your body armor/tac vest. So unless you're actively serving on a SWAT/SRT team, it just screams mall ninja.

The Lone Haranguer
May 22, 2008, 11:30 PM
What is your intended use? IMO, a thigh holster is good for one thing - getting your weapon down below your body armor/tac vest.
Agreed. Also remember that the "operator" is using a long gun (rifle/carbine, shotgun or submachine gun) as his primary weapon, with the handgun held only in reserve. That is not the case with us armed citizens.

tacweapon
May 23, 2008, 09:15 AM
It is going to be used for training and general range use for now. I am getting ready to go into law enforcement in the next year or two when I am old enough. I am just trying to get some equipment to use in an upcoming training class.

VHinch
May 23, 2008, 03:45 PM
It is going to be used for training and general range use

You would be much better served by a belt holster. The practicality of a thigh holster is really limited to the use described in my earlier post. In your situation that thing is really just a tacticool piece of crap.

I am just trying to get some equipment to use in an upcoming training class.

What kind of training class? The nature of the class will also help in recommending a more useful holster.

tacweapon
May 23, 2008, 04:20 PM
I already have a good belt holster a BlackHawk Holster. The upcoming Training I am taking is more of a informal training course with the local police department.

rcmodel
May 23, 2008, 04:23 PM
I sure hope there is no running involved!

A thigh holster will beat the snot out of you if you get real active.
Or even have to walk a ways.

rcmodel

ClarkEMyers
May 23, 2008, 04:45 PM
There are more uses for a thigh harness including getting the handgun below a climbing harness for scrambling or for use with a tree stand - granted uses are very much limited.

For my money even given armor I'd prefer on the vest or chest carrier where possible.

The only Uncle Mike's I use regularly is a car seat organizer/ carry bag but I find their products acceptable for limited specific purposes.

Cougfan2
May 23, 2008, 04:52 PM
You might want to look into the Blackhawk CQC with Serpa retention system. A little more money, but well worth it. I love mine.

http://www.blackhawk.com/category1.asp?D=D0049&S=S0742&G=&C=&N=1&pricestart=&priceend=

give
May 23, 2008, 05:38 PM
i agree,defentlly mall ninja materal,probley should have waited and asked the instructor of your class,i had a uncle mikes annkel holster for a .380,was a piece of junk

tacweapon
May 23, 2008, 05:43 PM
I have the Blackhawk Serpa for my belt holster.

tacweapon
May 23, 2008, 05:59 PM
I am most likely going to use the serpa the most but I am going to take this along.
A lot of the Spec Ops Officers at the local PD uses the Thigh holsters
And the Road Officers use a belt holster
So there will be officers there using both types of holsters

VHinch
May 23, 2008, 07:44 PM
I must say that I'm intrigued by a PD that let's you participate in a training course despite not being old enough to work there. Is this a Citizen's Police Academy type of thing?

A lot of the Spec Ops Officers at the local PD uses the Thigh holsters

There is some legitimate reasoning here. As an active member of a SWAT/SRT team, a thigh holster is going to get used in conjunction with body armor, and there is some merit to using one method of carry at all times for purposes of consistency of training.

tacweapon
May 23, 2008, 09:18 PM
I work as a dispatcher for them currently so they know me and my interests and they invited me come out the next time they qualify to give me some pointers so like I said it is a real informal thing.

Treo
May 23, 2008, 09:35 PM
I would use a thigh holster if I was backpacking.

I have found Uncle Mike's holsters to be of sub stanard quality. I like their rifle slings but I'd never bet my life on one of their holsters.

Why don't you ask the cops what they're using

Sunray
May 25, 2008, 02:58 AM
"...it is a cheap holster..." Cheap doesn't necessarily mean low quality. That holster is an armoured crew/SWAT/shooting game(IPSC/IDPA) holster. Not much practical use for a line cop. Mind you, Uncle Mike's makes good quality kit. Used one of their ballistic nylon shoulder holsters while in the Queen's Service. Still have it.
"...ankle holster..." They're useless at the best of times. Your ankle is a bad place for any handgun. Too difficult to get at in a hurry.
"...they invited me come out the next time they qualify..." By all means go, but cops, generally, aren't the best people to learn from. Good guys, mostly, but they tend to be terribly unsafe on a range. They tend to see their issue piece as a heavy bit of kit they have to lug around. Even the 'SWAT' guys. Pay very close attention to where muzzles are pointed.

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