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Battle Belt Holster

Discussion in 'Handguns: Accessories, Holsters, and Optics' started by Good Ol' Boy, Sep 3, 2020.

  1. Good Ol' Boy

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    I'm looking for a low ride holster with no more than LVL1 retention for a "battle belt". You can call the belt whatever you want, competition, duty, range whatever. Those in the know know what I'm talking about.

    Safariland seems to be popular but I'm not particularly inclined to deal with the extra movements required to draw. I have seen they offer some LVL1 holsters that are low ride but can't seem to find any in stock anywhere.

    So, any advice on other options would be appreciated.


    Edit to add the gun is a common G17.
     
  2. Telekinesis

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    It depends a little on your intended use - a recommendation for a defensive holster is going to be different than a recommendation for a holster for a race gun. That said, I’ll assume you’re looking for more of a defensive setup.

    I am a fan of the safariland holsters. The “extra movements” really aren’t that difficult to get used to: the SLS (hood) comes off as you reach down for the gun, and once that is disengaged your thumb is in the perfect spot to disengage the ALS (lever). Personally I think there’s an advantage to having some security on a battle belt holster because (at least for me) if I’m wearing the belt the pistol is generally a secondary weapon, not a primary, but I understand there can be different situations.

    That said, both the SLS and/or the ALS can be removed from the holster pretty easily, making it a level 1 holster. I think the ALS is one screw and the SLS is two screws. The holster works fine as a level 1 holster even with both retention options removed.

    Safariland duty holsters are also designed to have interchangeable belt attachments. So you can have one holster and use any of the high/medium/low ride belt attachments. For a low ride holster you probably want the 2” drop.

    It would probably wind up being a bit more expensive than just finding the right holster, but if you can’t find anything else you could always pick up any Safariland duty holster that fit your gun and then modify the holster setup to meet your needs.
     
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