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De-Skinning Your Smokewagon

Fresh on the yootoob is a video of a guy shooting himself in the leg at a USPSA match. The shooter seems adamant that it was not his error, but mechanical failure that caused the discharge. I’m skeptical, but since the camera is on the wrong side of the action, we will probably never know […]

pdb’s Big Fat Open Carry Retention Holster Roundup: Part 5: Conculsion and Recommendations

Picking a holster, especially for everyday use, is a personal decision that involves juggling many hard to quantify and subjective criteria. Thus we are blessed to have such a bewildering selection of manufacturers and models available to us. If you draw any lesson from these reviews, I hope it is that there are far better, […]

pdb’s Big Fat Open Carry Retention Holster Roundup: Part 4: Galco M6x Matrix

The Galco M6x was recommended and supplied by Caleb at Gun Nuts, but it normally retails for about $40. It’s an attractive, shiny black plastic belt holster that’s only available with belt loops, and available for all sizes of Glocks, classic SIGs. It’s constructed out of slippery black engineering plastic like delrin or ABS that […]

pdb’s Big Fat Open Carry Retention Holster Roundup: Part 3: Uncle Mike’s Reflex IRT

Uncle Mike’s Reflex IRT holster was $30 from LA Police Gear and is available for full and mid sized Glocks and classic SIGs. I was initially prepared to dislike it as the advertising claimed stuff like “No mechanical parts” and “performing with gross motor skill function” which set off all sorts of skeptical alarm bells, […]

pdb’s Big Fat Open Carry Retention Holster Roundup: Part 2: 5.11 Thumb Drive

The 5.11 Thumb Drive retention holster is made for them by Blade-Tech and is available for around $60. I got mine from LA Police Gear. The Thumb Drive is available for medium and full sized Glocks, full sized S&W M&Ps, full sized SIGs and the Beretta 92. Like the Safariland, the 5.11 unit can be […]

pdb’s Big Fat Open Carry Retention Holster Roundup: Part 1: Safariland 6378 ALS

The Safariland 6378 ALS was $35 from Cheaper Than Dirt. It comes configured as a paddle out of the box and can be set up with a belt loop by unscrewing 3 screws. I wasn’t impressed with the belt loop plate at all and didn’t put it on. The paddle is broad and well curved […]

pdb’s Big Fat Open Carry Retention Holster Roundup: Part 0: Introduction and The Problem

One of the most puzzling things I’ve witnessed in the online shooting community is the passion and vehemence with which people defend their purchase of the Blackhawk SERPA holster. I can somewhat understand people becoming defensive about their choice of a lower tier pistol, but when it’s a $40 plastic holster? It’s not like you’ve […]