TV revolver holster question


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critter
December 12, 2013, 06:23 AM
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.

Thanks

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bannockburn
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.

Lucky Derby
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.

sgt127
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.
Green-release
Red-latch


http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/sgt127/1-6.jpg



http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/sgt127/Copyof2.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j277/sgt127/3-3.jpg

There is no "draw". You hold the gun, press the button and the gun is simply in your hand. One handed holstering is difficult, but doable.

critter
December 12, 2013, 01:31 PM
You guys are an encyclopedia of knowledge. Thanks!

aarondhgraham
December 12, 2013, 04:54 PM
I did a quick Google and found this image,,,
Click here please (http://adam12code3.com/a12c3_equipment.jpg).

Aarond

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rswartsell
December 12, 2013, 07:00 PM
Look like Mod 15's and Safety Speed alright. LAPD had good taste (except for the Plymouths). In the upper right pic. the holster seems to be hanging kinda low.

DPris
December 12, 2013, 08:17 PM
I have one of the old Safety Speed clams.
Neat idea, but I'd never trust it. :)
Denis

tomrkba
December 12, 2013, 09:07 PM
Internet Movie Firearms Database says they used Model 14's with 6" barrel. This was the LAPD issue revolver for patrol.

http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Adam-12

SharpsDressedMan
December 12, 2013, 09:12 PM
Don't forget the Fuzzy Farrant grips on those LAPD guns that became standard on the series later on.:)

Ron James
December 12, 2013, 09:56 PM
The only problem with the clamshell type holsters was the noise when opened. There was no sneaky or quite way to draw your weapon.

Iggy
December 13, 2013, 05:43 PM
Made a great big floppy goober hanging on your hip if you drew the weapon and had to move.

Hard to reholster too.. I never had one, but had a Sgt. that carried a 6" Python in it until he dropped it on the pavement. One time was enough.

Jim NE
December 14, 2013, 11:26 AM
It doesn't surprise me that Adam 12 tried to be as accurate as possible with the equipment. I MISS THAT SHOW! Along with Dragnet. The best TV cop shows ever, IMO.

tomrkba
December 14, 2013, 02:35 PM
It doesn't surprise me that Adam 12 tried to be as accurate as possible with the equipment. I MISS THAT SHOW! Along with Dragnet. The best TV cop shows ever, IMO.

And Adam-12 is on netflix streaming!

Ky Larry
December 14, 2013, 06:23 PM
Nothing wrong with the Plymouths they used. A 383 Mopar engine will run with anything else in its class. Lots of torque but about 15-18 mpg.

DPris
December 14, 2013, 07:01 PM
My first take-home cop car was a '74 Plymouth.
It moved when it had to. :)
Denis

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