Monday, October 11, 2010

Holster updates

I did some holster reviews a while back, the Raven Concealment Phantom being one of them, and I just thought I'd mention that one of the "paddle" clips snapped yesterday as I was heading out for the day.  I haven't notified RC yet, so we'll see what comes of it.

I do have to say, that after using this holster for a while now, the "paddle" (not a true paddle, but two clips that hook inside the waistband) option is far from the best, and I only continued to use them due to the stupidity of Wisconsin laws and the convenience of being able to take the holster off without removing my belt.  They tend to dig into my hip and never felt completely secure.

Oh wells, looking at the Blade-Tech offerings for the new Smith, so we'll see how that goes.  The only downside is that they don't seem to have the single mag pouches in Dark Earth, but the holsters I'm looking at are... le'sigh.  Anybody have any experience with the thumb break models from them? I like the idea of retention for OC, and they're not as "cop" looking as the WRS option.

1 comment:

James said...

I have Blade-Tech thumb break thigh holsters for my M&P9 and my Steyr M series. They're great! I very much prefer the thumb break over other retention systems, mostly the rotating hood system offered by both Blade-Tech and Safariland. You can jam the rotating hood system up pretty easily if you try to draw the gun before rotating the hood - you won't be able to rotate the hood unless you push the gun back into the holster first.

With the Blade-Tech thumb break, this issue is moot. You can pull on the gun as hard as you want, and as soon as you hit the thumb break, it's coming out of there.

I originally had a Safariland 6004, and sold it to buy a Blade-Tech.

If you want a really nice custom Kydex holster for the M&P and you're willing to wait, look no further than Rich Schaefer of Custom Carry Concepts (