Since I've been on somewhat of a concealment holster spree I wanted to make sure and show off the Raven Concealment VanGuard 2 Holster as it offers a very unique setup. Perhaps a bit of old news as they have been around since last shotshow, but better late than never. Based on the original VanGuard design, the VanGuard 2 isn't what most expect out of a holster and is closer to an enhanced trigger guard in design. The core differences being that the original was kydex while latest is injection molded and sports a new belt strap option. Both versions support lanyard attachments with the intent of causing the VanGuard to pop off while drawing the pistol out. Extra design thought was included to this end as the shape allows the user to knock off the vanguard with only one hand still gripping the pistol in the event that the lanyard fails. Due to the design being specifically shaped to the trigger guard area, currently I've only seen VanGuards available for Glocks (Fits all Gen3 and later 9mm, .40cal, .357 Sig, and .45GAP Glocks. Will NOT fit and function correctly on Gen 1, 2 pistols.)
Deep Conceal sent me one of their bread and butter holster rigs to check out so I've been giving it a good look-see. Offhand I have the ULTRA model which is for 4"-7" overall length pistols while the MAX version is for 6.5"-9". The general concept of the holster is to be a low profile armpit zone holster. Now the armpit zone does offer great concealment, but for one to actual retrieve the pistol it needs to be a cross draw setup. I'll admit cross draw isn't my personal fave, however it does come with unique pros and cons. While not as easy to access as a belt holster while standing, a cross draw setup tends to be easier to manipulate while sitting and has less printing concerns while moving about such as leaning over. Inherent to a cross draw setup is the need to give extra care while drawing to not flag one's self as much as possible. Just whipping it out is the easy way, however with just a dash more effort one can avoid pointing the muzzle at those ever so useful body parts. While I'm making it easy to see the holster in most of my pictures, keep in mind the rig is made to be covered by a shirt or jacket so don't get too distracted by the torso straps.
I had an opportunity to try something a little different here, some classic style leather for a modern day concealed carry setup. The man behind Rafter-L goes by the name of Erik Little who has quite the resume. Not only has he been rocking all types of leather making for quite some time, he also has extensive military and law enforcement experience. <ABOUT>
Garrett Industries (designed by Tucker): Silent Thunder Pistol Holster
Sunday, 12 October 2008 04:26
<www.gimagclip.com> This isn't the most intuitive section placement, however I thought it was the best place until I make a holster section. While getting the GI SLMC I also picked up one of these Silent Thunder holsters. The main concept was to use the great qualities of a kydex holster and to add leather on the inside so give smooth and quiet functionality. The final product is very professionally done and succeeds in its design goals. Each one is made weapon specific with hand dominance and a choice of mounting option.
5.11 teamed up with Blade-tech to offer their proprietary blend of polymers holster. Upon first glance it appears to just be a Kydex type holster, however the materials used allow the Revolution to be much more temperature resistant. Thus it will not get soft in hot areas or brittle in extreme cold. The surface is overall slick keeping gun wear to a minimum.