In the last article we covered different pistol carry systems. Moving on, let’s talk about the different types of polymer built fast draw systems. When we’re choosing a pistol holster, besides the obvious gun model and quality options, we need to consider the locking system. Safety is always the first priority and no matter if it’s real guns or airsoft guns, gun release/retention will greatly affect speed and efficiency. During the 21st Century War on Terror, polymer built holsters greatly grew in popularity compared to nylon holsters because the solid material allowed speedier access to your gun than traditional nylon holsters, and gun retention was also made easier.
Fast draw holsters’ locking systems can be categorized into: No release/retention, index finger release, middle finger release, and thumb release systems.
This concludes the 4 most commonly seen locking systems for gun holsters, and the pros and cons of different methods of gun carry. I hope this helps some of you in choosing the right gun holster and where to place it. Personally I prefer the index finger release via waist carry in airsoft, but if on duty I’d go with a thumb release ALS system and keep my holster snug around my waist.
Credit: Goose (Translated by 1TG)
Background & Experience: Ex-member of PLA and China Fire Department, long-time airsoft and outdoor sports enthusiast, military replica/equipment collector.