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Thigh and leg holsters

Discussion in 'Handguns: Accessories, Holsters, and Optics' started by tercel89, Aug 21, 2012.

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  1. tercel89

    tercel89 Member

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    I usually carry a handgun when hunting just in case I have a bad hit and only wound the deer (I muzzle load hunt and too long to relaod) and in case I have a wild boar or coyote or other bad animal come at me while I am dragging off the carcass.
    I have used an outer waistband holster and a shoulder holster for years but I think a leg holster/drop holster would work better considering all the clothes I am wearing .
    What is a good leg/drop holster ?
     
  2. allaroundhunter

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    I personally dislike drop leg holsters. I have tried several, both cheap and expensive, and none stay put. The nature of the holsters lend themselves to wiggling loose, mainly the straps that go around your legs.

    I much prefer to just use a holster on my belt, or a good shoulder rig as both of them have kept in place much better than any drop leg rig that I have ever used.

    However, if I have to name the best drop leg rig that I have used, it has been the Safariland ALS. The cheaper that you go, the more problems that you will have, IME.
     
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    I used on of THESE while I was in the Marine Corps. I liked the two points on the belt because it help keep the holster from rotating around while running. I would prefer to have my gun on my belt though.
     
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    They all move around, some are better than others. I found the most rigid method was the old UM-84/M-12 with the thigh extension, it's pretty rigid.
     
  5. Rob0321

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    They are great if you need to reach your pistol while wearing a lot of armor, or as the OP said, wearing a lot of clothing. One thing to note, most people that you see wearing drop holsters wear them WAY too low. If you are standing straight up, you should be able to curl your finger tips around the bottom of the holster, you should not have to dip at all when you are drawing.
     
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    Don't get me wrong they all move its just that the Blackhawk was a lot better than the Safariland that was issued to us. Also when wearing them I liked the front of the gun grip to be level with my wrist, I couldn't quite curl my fingers around the bottom but I never had any dip when I had to draw.
     
  7. One_Jackal

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    I have a leg holster. I use it to hunt when it's real cold or we have weird weather (25 in the AM - 70 by noon). I carry a much heavier pistol than most tactical users. My UTG stays in place and I have no problem switching holsters. Otherwise I use a COWS shoulder holster.
     
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    It's true all leg/thigh rigs will move around *if not properly secured* but if your not gonna be running an obstacle course or doing any urban terrain assaults on bldgs you should be Ok! My thigh rig, when secured tightly & properly, has minimal movement! I recently took it to the range to practice with it and had no problems!

    The rig I use is a Safariland 6004 with custom knife attachment for easy access and deployment of my fixed blade in case I need it in a jam! I know others, Operators and Duty LEO who use the same rig!

    Here is a pic of my rig and I'll add a few more pics of those I got the idea from! Men who use then on duty, LEO & Mil!

    Grunt Out!

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    I prefer the Safariland 6004 holster mounted on my belt with a mid ride belt attachment, but they have a lo-ride belt attachment that is even lower getting th egun down around where a thigh rig should be adjusted anyways.

    If you decide to go with thigh rig check out this video by Travis Haley on setting one up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNSn19NnxLI
     
  10. X-Rap

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    The legality of having a CF handgun while hunting a primitive season can be different from state to state for PD uses but I think the law would be universal on shooting BG with a CF during ML season. Not trying to be an ass but that reason for a gun is a poor one.
    I hear and see a lot who carry a big side arm during CF season but as your query reflects having an extra gun is at the very least cumbersome and if you are armed with a highpowered rifle the need for a weaker side arm is very limited. If you get attacked by a wild animal take a look at what the guys who hunt in areas that have common contact with real dangerous game and they will scoff at the use of a handgun if they have a rifle in hand.
    I do support and do carry a handgun during packouts if I have a chance to leave my rifle at camp or in the truck and don't quarrel with the idea of carnivors setting upon my meat while I am gone it does happen.
     
  11. Jeff White

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    Thigh holsters only real use is for a situation where you have so much other gear at your waist that conventional belt carry isn't possible or practical. I currently use a Safariland 6004 holster on an Eagle Industries 6004 holster platform.

    http://www.eagleindustries.com/product.php?productid=721&cat=54&page=1

    It's adjusted as high as possible and still clear my body armor. I like the set up, it doesn't slide around as much as the 6004 on it's own platform.

    I wouldn't recommend this setup if your hunting style puts you low crawling or spending much time in the prone position. You will end up dragging your handgun through the dirt if you do much low crawling with a thigh holster.
     
  12. trigga

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    i have both the safariland and uncle mikes tactical leg holster. as long as the strap is nice and tight, they tend to work well. the safariland was pricier and the upper buckle tends to rub because i like it to the point where it levels with my hand. I got the uncle mikes on ebay for like $15 in great condition. i don't like the hip holsters because when carrying a long gun, i tends to bang the pistol from time to time unless it sits lower like the military 1911 holster
     
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