Review: Wilderness Tactical Safepacker holster is excellent!


August 6, 2006, 11:50 PM
This is a review of the Wilderness Tactical Safepacker ( "un-holster".

I bought it for $43 from the local gun store for my CZ P-01. The webpage pretty much explains how it works, so I won't go into that. I took it for a weekend climbing mountains and these are the things I liked about it:

1. Secures the trigger. Given that I carry a weapon with no manual safety, this was important. I tried to work the trigger on the CZ (unloaded) while it was in the holster by trying to push through the material, and was unsuccessful. With a conventional fanny pack the trigger wasn't protected at all and was easy to pull by working a finger into the trigger guard through the material.

2. Weatherproof. The foam holds water out pretty well, and is very well sealed against dust. There was blowing dust in one section and when I opened it there was no dust on the weapon. Sleet at the summit and rain in the middle of the ascent also didn't manage to work their way in.

3. Heavily padded and secure. On one section, I had to descend a glacier that's quite steep. I slipped and fell with the point of my hip directly on the holstered gun and it didn't jab into me or hurt at all. The gun didn't fall out, nor did the holster pop open. If I had the gun IWB, I'm sure it would have come out.

4. Quick access. To present the gun, one unclips the buckle, acquires the grip, and "rips" the gun and hand forward out through the front of the holster's Velcro. At the range, I was able to draw and fire about as fast as I can from IWB, about 1.5 seconds. Unclipping the buckle takes about as long as clearing a covering garment. Not as fast as an OWB paddle holster, but quite acceptable. Reloads are on the strong side though.

5. No one knows it's a gun. A friend on the trip asked after about 5 miles, "What's in the case?" "A... signalling device." "Like a mirror." "No. A LOUD signalling device." "Dude, your gun's in there?!" "Yep." "Can I see it?" "No."
Once we summited, descended, and drove to town to get food, we were walking to the restaurant and my friend again asked, "You're still wearing your gun? Why?" "Would you rather I leave it unsecured in the car? Safest place for it is right here." "You know, you're right. In fact, good choice in holsters. It blends right in." This is from a guy that is rather indifferent regarding guns. I think that the fact you can't see a grip protruding and it's not "gun shaped" makes it much much more acceptable to the rest of the world.

6. Carries an extra mag.

7. I ran, jumped, fell, walked, and sat with the holster and it was completely comfortable the whole time. It shifted a little on my belt but otherwise no problem.

Verdict: If you are a hiker, camper, or spend any time outdoors at all, this holster is an excellent value and will keep your weapon secure, out of sight, and accessible.

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August 7, 2006, 04:51 AM
They are durable and are of the highest quality. I have owned one since '94 and it is still going strong.

Double Naught Spy
August 7, 2006, 07:36 AM
"Would you rather I leave it unsecured in the car?

You leave your car unsecured?

August 7, 2006, 10:14 AM
Interesting idea....the ultimate evolution of the Goshen UnHolster. Might get one - which size did you get for your PO1, and did you need to get the muzzle spacer they mention on the webpage?

August 7, 2006, 10:19 AM
The Commander will fit just the gun, I got the Government because I wanted to be able to fit the CZ with a light attached. I did not need the muzzle spacer.

No, I don't leave guns in my car unsecured - I lock them in a welded aluminum case locked to the frame, and I disable the ignition with a hidden switch. My buddy's car had no such provisions.

August 7, 2006, 10:45 AM
zip holster, instructor belt, giles sling etc. you should have seen the shop
when they were down on 19th/camelback they used to sell backpacking supplies it was great. now they are up on 19th/hatcher lot smaller shop
but thank god i only live 5 miles away. i have never been dissapointed with
any of their products..........

August 7, 2006, 11:34 AM
I concur. I have 2. One for my S&W Mountain Gun and one for my Kimber subcompact .45.

The only thing I would change is when you buy it, cut off the logo patch on the front and replace it with some cammo. Any kind of iron on fabric patch will do, the less agressive the better (think peace symbols or French flags) I use a Heavy metal band iron on patch on one a PETA iron on patch on the other. Also, the velcro pocket in the flap can be used to hang a set of Mp3 style ear buds from.

August 12, 2006, 12:06 AM
Excellent quality. Useful accessories are available (their water bottle carrier comes to mind). Especially good for hiking. A bit bulky for street carry.

August 12, 2006, 02:44 AM
Killer, I'll order one for my own CZ!

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