I've seen a few episodes of Adam-12 recently. It looks as if Malloy carries a S&W (perhaps a model 15 or some such).
Several times after removing and reholstering his firearm, he closes a big ole flap on his holster back-to-front. It looks like he holsters the gun and that it is 'secure' in the holster, THEN he closes the flap.
Please enlighten me on the holster, how it works, etc. Is/was that some type of common duty holster way back when? It's something I'm not familiar with.
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December 12, 2013, 06:45 AM
Might have been a Bianchi breakfront or clamshell holster. I think they were designed for law enforcement officers to prevent the BG from grabbing the officers weapon from behind. I don't recall if there was a release button or tab that had to be pressed to open the holster but it was very fast on the draw once the clamshell was opened.
December 12, 2013, 08:19 AM
Bannockburn nailed it.
Earlier episodes of ADAM-12 they used a more conventional holster, with a 6" M14.
Later episodes they a clamshell with a 4" M15. Pretty much what was the most current, up-to-date, LAPD issue at time of filming.
Clamshells were one of the first "retention" holsters for LE. They worked, usually, however if the "button" was acidentally hit, it would open and the revolver would fall out. Not common, but it did happen. ADAM-12 even had an episode where a rookie (played by current NCIS star Mark Harmon) did this while getting out of the car and going in foot pusuit.
Yes I watch way to much television.
December 12, 2013, 08:26 AM
That's a Safety Speed holster. A couple companies made them. It's a full steel body holster, covered in leather. Spring loaded with a piano hinge down the backside. You push a button in the trigger guard and it pops open. Blindingly fast holster. I have two versions in my collection.
Blue-hook behind trigger that keeps the gun locked in and prevents trigger from being pulled.