Original article: Securing silence (suppressed pistol holsters)
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Alexander has been using another holster option for suppressed pistols lately and he’s released a video about it.
Watch the video – and enjoy that dance he does a couple of minutes in! (We sure did.)
Securing silence: Holster options for a suppressed pistol.
The other day I called Dave Merrill. We were discussing the usual industry gossip like a couple of schoolgirls when I told him I had an idea for an article. He immediately said, “Great. Write whatever you want and we’ll publish it.” I knew Breach Bang Clear was in good hands when he didn’t ask what the topic was for a solid two minutes. But when I finally told him, he seemed disinterested and said he had to get back to his photo shoot on some awesome new product I wasn’t allowed to know about. You’ve changed, man.
At any rate, I wanted to do a mashup discussing various options out there for carrying a suppressed pistol. Several manufacturers offer ways for us to get our inner Bruce Willis from Tears of the Sun on; in reality, these holsters are really for those of us who hunt little critters at night under NODS, and like to be quiet.
First on the docket is the Crye Precision Gun Clip.
The gun clip is made of polymer/rubber stuff and only fits a Glock 19/23/17/22. The Gun Clip will, however, fit any style light/laser or suppressor. The mounting system is simple, adjustable and allows the pistol to be angled and mounted on MOLLE and various belt sizes. The major downside to the Gun Clip is the “flick swing” motion needed to draw the gun. The holster has a “pull the dot” style button that has to be defeated with a draw stroke.
The Gun Clip may not be specifically designed as a suppressed weapon holster, but the fact that it can be used with any light/ laser and suppressor is a huge benefit in my book. And it comes in tan, if that gets you all hot and bothered.
Next is the Armordillo Concealment X-Fer V2. The X-Fer V2 holds the pistol via the weapon light, in this case the ever-popular Surefire X300U. I like this holster because of the modularity in mounting systems. Here it wears a Tek-Loc from Blade Tech, but I’ve also used it with a soft IWB loop and even at one point rigged up a MALICE clip to use it on an old MOLLE belt.
The IWB mount is less about the suppressor, but I suppose you could do it with something like the Gemtech Aurora or the Thompson Machine Poseidon.
Because of its popularity, the Raven Concealment Vanguard 3 is worth mentioning. However, I was unable to mount a silencer to the pistol due to the tension screw being so close to the barrel. That said, the Vanguard 2 (and probably also all of the endless clones) is good to go and would make a great host for a micro suppressor IWB.
The last entries are my personal favorites, mostly for the nostalgia and because they were a gift from John Hollister. Advanced Armament Corp offered these two holsters back when they ruled the suppressor industry (thanks Freedom Group, no seriously, thanks!) and are made by London Bridge Trading Inc. The first, which appears to be currently available on the LBT website, is for a suppressed Ruger series pistol, although I use it with a Buckmark or more recently my OSS Hi Standard.
It attaches to the belt via a belt loop or old school ALICE Clips and features two methods of pistol retention for less frequent airborne ops. I am able to stuff four magazines into the external pouch, but the other doesn’t seem to hold anything very useful (maybe some candy?). I like this package as it gives me fifty rounds total and securely holds the gun for doing hood rat stuff in the woods.
The other LBT holster doesn’t allow the suppressor to be mounted on the gun but does keep the can close by. I include it because it is mostly relevant to the article and has an air of old school cool to it.
As the silencer industry grows and more and more shooters feed that $200-per habit, I hope we see more offers from holster companies that further innovate the carry options for these tools. If you know of any other silencer-friendly holsters worth checking, out let us know, and remember – if you’re going to carry this way (or any way) know your gear.
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