Holster: How do you choose the right support for your weapon?

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During an intervention, it is necessary to reduce the risks as much as possible and to be in good condition to carry out your mission. This is why the choice of equipment is very important. Today we are interested in a very important weapon accessory: the holster, the equipment that will allow you to transport your weapon on you in complete safety.

We will find out how to choose it well, whether for military use, for the police or the gendarmerie.

Belt holster VS Thigh holster!

Comfort is one of the main points to take into account. Indeed, a piece of equipment that you will keep all day long should not bother you, no matter the situation! The belt holster is the most suitable for travel. There is no risk of disturbing you if you have to run, climb an obstacle …

However, it is in terms of ergonomics that the belt holster finds its limit. Indeed, it is more instinctive to take your weapon lower thanks to a thigh holster because it is located at the height of the hand. This is a detail that is very important in an emergency and stressful situation. In addition, it makes it possible to lighten the belt which can weigh several kilos depending on the different trades and equipment.

And the shoulder holster in all of this?

The shoulder holster has its advantages and disadvantages like any other. Even if it is less used than the others, it responds to an important problem: the concealment of the weapon. The shoulder holster is indeed the best way not to highlight your weapon.

This is the weak point of the thigh holster because if it is more ergonomic and more accessible for the user, it is also for a potential aggressor.

It is much more complicated for an abductor to access the weapon when using a shoulder holster. In certain situations, it can be worn under clothing and completely conceal its weapon. However, it is not suitable for all situations. For example the bullet vest and the shoulder holster are not compatible. It cannot therefore be used by everyone.

Certain models of discrete Holster belts can also allow a perfect concealment of the weapon and adapt to the majority of the equipments which offer them a versatility of use. These are the models that are found the most. In particular, they are often worn for missions in civilian clothes.

Adapt your equipment to your job!

Ultimately, there is no such thing as a perfect holster. It is your missions and your job that define which equipment to choose. For patrol missions, the belt and shoulder holster are the most suitable but during major interventions, with heavy and imposing equipment, it seems necessary to have a thigh holster. It may be interesting to choose several holsters in order to adapt to the missions. You will find all this equipment on the vetsecurity.com site!