3GN Gear: Pistol Holsters

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Whether competition, everyday carry or a day on the range, a quality holster is essential to pistol shooters at all levels

If there is one piece of gear every shooter, no matter the level, should invest in first, it’s arguably the holster. Whether pistol competition, 3-Gun, or just a day on the range, acquiring and using a solid pistol holster are among the first steps to building good pistol presentation fundamentals, while being safe on the range.

There are tons of great products out there, and this short list breaks down three very distinct category needs: 3-Gun, Unlimited/Open and general interest shooting.

[NERD] Pistol Coffin 3 Gun Holster

Purpose-built as a dedicated 3-Gun holster, the NERD Pistol Coffin 3 Gun Holster was designed by the pros and is built to win.

The Pistol Coffin features a special rear sight hood that protects the sight during the most rigorous field course, while the trigger guard retention snaps in place around the trigger guard to keep the gun locked down. A retention screw allows shooters to adjust the tension, with no tools, throughout the match, delivering the type of performance needed on demand.

This is a high-end competition holster, and the price reflects.

MSRP: $159.99; weare-nerd.com.

Safariland Model 014 Open Class Competition Holster

Competitors who shoot Unlimited/Open class competition in pistol or 3-Gun understand that they need gear extremely specific to their individual game. Safariland’s Model 014 Open Class Competition Holster delivers for the Formula 1 divisions in practical shooting.

Constructed from aluminum, the 014 Open Class Competition is built for pure speed. Yet the rig is also built to accommodate a variety of pistol sizes, including those with red dot optics installed.

MSRP: $200; safariland.com.


Blackhawk! Omnivore Multifit Holster

For true gun gals and gals, the gear locker is an ever-growing monster that must be maintained. Having a holster for every single pistol can prove daunting, which makes Blackhawk!’s Omnivore Multifit Holster an interesting choice.

Designed to fit more than 150 styles of semi-automatic handguns, including those with accessory rails, the aptly-named Omniover eats them all. Featuring Level 2 retention, a thumb release, and three-position adjustability, the Omnivore can stand as that one piece of gear that never leaves your range bag.

MSRP: $59.95; Blackhawk.com.

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