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by Alex Osinski
My experience with holsters has been mixed over the years. Even if you read around the various pages I have written on this website about holsters and you will probably find some contradictions in my opinions over the years I wrote the different articles. On that note, I have generally favored versatile holsters over specialized holsters for general survival use. The issue however in our society is that paramilitary style carry is not socially acceptable in most circumstances, and you want carry options that are discreet for day to day use. That is where the unobtrusive paddle type holsters come in. The big appeal of these holsters is that they are easy to put on and take off without the user needing to thread one through a belt, or even wear a belt. That saves time and weight, and gives the option of donning or ditching a concealed weapon in a fast and discreet manner .
While gun and martial arts experts have varied opinions on the best position of the body and draw stroke for carrying a pistol, the default for most shooting ranges and thus most training programs is to carry the pistol on the strong side hip, muzzle down or butt canted slightly forward. Holster retention devices are not as fashionable now as they were ten and twenty years ago, but it is assumed that the weapon may be carried covered by a shirt or jacket to give an extra level of retention in public where potential hostiles might be coming close enough for a weapon snatch. In other circumstances, it is acceptable to carry the pistol openly and in a manner that will afford fast access. This is most likely going to be the preferred method of carry for most survivors who are setting up their own security during or after a crisis.
It is said that these holsters were developed for Mossad agents after extensive evaluation of existing designs, and after the users came back with a request for a simpler replacement to the original highly versatile but complex Mossad holsters of the 1980s. The old Mossad holsters were fully ambidextrous and could be configured as everything from a shoulder holster to inside the pant clip on holster. The training for efficient use of those holsters must have been pretty complex as the Mossad agents probably had to learn techniques for all of those carry modes. Now it is simplified to the Fobus hip carry, with the option of going open carry or concealed. The holsters retain enough retention to be allowed at most ranges that require a retention holster. IE, the holster will retain the gun when held upside down.
I tried my firs Fobus holster after reaching a point of frustration in finding good functional holsters that would allow for both open or concealed carry and fit my guns without needing to look at the holster and use both hands to put the gun back in after drawing it. Most of my older leather and nylon holsters would collapse when the pistol is pulled out, and thus putting the gun back in would be a two handed operation and I had to watch what I was doing. I had used Kydex holsters like the Cen-Dex mentioned in my articles on the Witness pistols, but Kydex is costly, and those holsters are tricky to thread onto the belt. Thus whether or not you wear one is a decision to make when you are getting dressed for the day. A paddle holster is easy to put on and take off as desired. For example if your travels take you across a checkerboard of property lines where you may or may not be allowed to legally carry, you can don or take off the holster as desired. The gun does not need to be separated from the holster during this, and thus you can store the gun in the holster on the short term with no negative consequence. Storing a gun in a leather holster can cause rust, even worse is leaving one in a nylon holster that gets damp. A paddle holster gives you the option of quickly and discreetly putting the gun on your belt line when a situation warrants it, but you also need to retain the ability to quickly ditch or lock up the weapon while appearing to have been unarmed the whole time. This is nearly impossible with holsters that you thread through your belt. Using a holster rather than simply stuffing the gun in your pants is a significant safety advantage, especially with Glocks and other pistols that will fire when the trigger is inadvertently pulled while a person is trying to fish it out of the belt line. These holsters also position the grip of the gun far enough away from the torso that the user can get a good grip on the pistol before pulling it out of the holster. This reduces the chances of fumbling during the draw and makes the draw stroke a lot faster.
Costwise, it is nearly impossible to beat the utility of a Fobus when compared to the cost. Most models are under $25 shipped. You can find cheaper holsters on the market, but not many that match the warranty and fit of the Fobus. They are usually molded to the particular model of gun they are made to fit and thus retain the guns quite well with a positive snapping feeling when the molded indented trigger guard retention slot clicks into place. Once you click the gun out of that spot with a healthy tug, the gun comes out of the holster quickly and easily. It is simple straightforward and darn near idiot proof. The repeatability of the draw stroke with a Fobus holster is easy to imprint during training.
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Note that while our prices are slightly above suggested retail for these holsters, the prices here reflect the fact that shipping is included in the price. In most cases, this will be first class or priority mail. We also are making a point to stock the less common sizes and configurations and the left handed variants that are currently in production. If you have any concerns about the holster you want being placed on backorder, you may contact email@example.com to confirm stock before ordering. We don't currently carry every variant, but we are working on it and backorder should be dealt with in short order as we regularly restock from the importer.
For Walther P99 and P990
Will NOT fit S&W SW99s due to the Walther and the Smith having slightly different trigger guards. Thus, this holster is for the Walther only.
For Walther P22
|Ruger P85/P89 series pistols||Ruger polymer frame pistols (old style without accessory rail)|
|Springfield XD, mild cant also fits Croatian HS200||Springfield XD, FBI cant. open on the bottom.|
|CZ 75 will fit some Witness 9mm and .40, but NOT Witness large frame guns.||HK compact pistols, including KWA Airsoft HK pistol.|
|Bersa pistols||Fist standard 4" or shorter K frame or similar S&W revolvers.|
|Keltec P32 and P380||Keltec 9mm|
|Hipoint .380 and 9mm
|S&W J Frame revolver
|Walther PPK and PPK/S||Beretta 92 and 96 series (most models).
Will not fit Brigadier or Vertec
|Kimber signature model for 1911 CDP, fits similar guns with contoured "meltdown" treatment on the slide.|