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 What tactical holster does the U.S. Military use
Darkhellmutt  [Member]
2/18/2005 1:36:52 AM EST
I'm looking for a good tactical holster, and I've seen pics of the Army
and Marines in Iraq with tactical holsters on their leg. What do they use?
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ChrisLe  [Team Member]
2/18/2005 1:45:16 AM EST
I cannot speak for SPEC OPS, but the average Soldier/Marine gets issued the standard Bianchi UM-84 holster (a non-tactical POS). All the tac holsters that I saw being used in Iraq by the grunts were individual purchases. There are quite a few to chose from including ones from Blackhawk, SOE, Safariland, Tactical Tailor, etc. Head on over to Lightfighter to see the various tac holsters. My personal preference is the SOE holster...
shotgun  [Team Member]
2/18/2005 12:23:50 PM EST
Yep, my buddy was a medic and bought a bianchi thigh rig that he said worked great.
Darkhellmutt  [Member]
2/21/2005 12:25:59 AM EST
I have a UM-84 holster, maybe I just need a good
tactical setup to put it on. Suggestions?
ChrisLe  [Team Member]
2/21/2005 2:22:28 AM EST

Originally Posted By Darkhellmutt:
I have a UM-84 holster, maybe I just neeed a good
tactical setup to put it on. Suggestions?




The UM-84 holster was designed to be placed on your Alice gear; therefore, there really is no good way to tactically set up the holster. Your only options are to attach it to a Tactical Tailor Modular Leg Rig or buy the UM-84 Leg Extender. Both of which will do what you want, albeit they are not ideal setups.

I would highly suggest saving a few beans and opting for a real drop-leg rig as mentioned in my first post.....Hope this helps...
PSYWAR1-0  [Team Member]
2/21/2005 2:42:27 AM EST
The UM-84 is the only "Issue" holster, IE if you TO&E slot calls for a pistol, you get issued it at Post CIF. Drop leg type holsters are in widespread use, but they are either personal or unit purchase. Who makes them all depends on where the unit purchased them from. Line units are more likely to issue Blackhawk, while more HSLD units have the higher quality holsters by Eagle and others.

Darkhellmutt  [Member]
2/22/2005 12:55:15 AM EST
Thanks to all of you. I'm taking ChrisLe's advice, and getting a good drop-leg
setup. I checked those SOE holsters out, and I like what I see.

Thanks again.
ChrisLe  [Team Member]
2/22/2005 4:42:14 AM EST

Originally Posted By Darkhellmutt:
Thanks to all of you. I'm taking ChrisLe's advice, and getting a good drop-leg
setup. I checked those SOE holsters out, and I like what I see.

Thanks again.



I've used both the SOE and Blackhawk and much prefer the SOE. The Blackhawk is a great holster, but it lacks a quick disconnect. Every time you have to remove it you have to loosen your belt and unwrap the Velcro from your belt. It gets to be a bit of a PITA. The SOE, on the other hand, can be unclipped leaving the Velcro belt loop on your belt. Much quicker and easier to do.(look at pics of both and you'll see what I mean)...Hope this helps...
hobbs5624  [Team Member]
2/27/2005 5:20:39 PM EST
I'm not military, but my best friend was assigned to a training component of SOCOM. Most of them used the Safariland drop leg holster. Many used Eagle, and a few used London Bridge Trading. To a man they all avoided Blackhawk, though I was told that's becasue they are no longer U.S. made (I don't know if they really are not U.S. made or not).
hobbs5624  [Team Member]
2/27/2005 5:30:16 PM EST
ChrisLE, you rock! I'm ordering the SOE holster. I love that QD hanger system. I've been using the Eagle for years, and love it, but I've always wanted a QD so I wouldn't have to get it off the hard way. Thanks!
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