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Nobody makes a holster for a 9E with a light...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Accessories, Holsters, and Optics' started by Dr.Rob, May 4, 2018.

  1. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    Or do they?

    This still has a lot of work to go but shaping up nicely. I'll post more tomorrow when I am further along.

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    This is a HECK of a lot more complicated than a standard holster. Going to be a re-do on this one. I ended up with a holster that is nigh impossible to draw from o_O

    Made a nice 'travel case'. But yeah.. need to re-engineer this to make a functional holster. 20180504_184754.jpg
     
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    I assume the light acts as an anchor with leather behind it, preventing the draw?
     
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    I screwed it up trying to get a super tight to the gun seam line. I will do it over when I get back home.
     
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    I'm just finishing up my first (functional) for a pistol with a light as well. I agree, it ain't the easiest thing to figure out. First attempt was a catastrophe. ;)
     
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    This is probably why there are so few concealment light bearing holsters in leather.
     
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    I think it can be done. Might require an insert of some kind.
     
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    Biggest issue I see is that it needs to be designed around a specific light. Because you can't get a tight fit around the triggerguard, the light itself needs to be properly molded for retention. I'm adding a tension screw in front of the light to see how that works.
     
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    I re-did the seam, works a bit better now.
     
  10. Al-jim19

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    I’ve come to hate light bearing holsters, and I suspect the reason I can’t stand them is why your retention is off the charts. Most lights are at least a little wider than the trigger guard, so to accommodate the lights entry and exit the trigger guard are on the holster needs to be almost as wide as the light.

    Problems can develop pretty quick.

    That leaves a large gap near the back of the trigger guard. On my G19/tlr1/bravo concealment setup I can get my index finger into the holster while the pistol is inside. I tried to ignore it for a while but I kept thinking of a coats drawstring, wrinkles in my undershirt, a stick, or a child’s finger sneaking in and pulling the trigger. If there’s a good way to carry a light bearing pistol I’m not sure what it is.

    I’m not sure how a very narrow light attachment may change the situation.
     
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