(Article originally published on Breach Bang Clear)

The 1990’s Called, They Want Their Holster Back
John Darwin

While the fashion industry may like to revisit past trends, the tactical and firearms market should not. The rise of the Instagram commando has brought about the return of the drop leg holster, with its two large straps. This assists in their ability to wear every molle pouch known to man and still be able to get their pistol out without catching it on some unneeded accessory they decided to don. Some people even go as far as including a fixed blade knife, AR15 mag pouch, med kit, or back up chain saw to the straps on the side of the holster to assist in limiting their movement. While this may have been sexy for the operators and law enforcement of the 1990’s, 15 years of active warfare in the Middle East has proven this setup less than desirable.

The classic drop leg holster may be comfortable climbing into the back of a SWAT vehicle that looks much like an ice cream truck, and then climbing out to trot in a formation like a marching band up to the front door of your local crack house, but for us in the real world it’s not.

The 1990’s Called, They Want Their Holster Back

During operations requiring people to sit in more standard vehicles like the Toyota Hi-lux or Land Cruiser, the drop leg becomes cumbersome and uncomfortable. The same can be said for modern tactical vehicles such as a MRAP or any V-hull mine resistant vehicle. I’m not saying a drop adapter placing it a couple inches lower than the beltline is bad, as that is still viable and not nearly as uncomfortable.


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