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Thigh Holster VS Waist Holster?

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I am currently preparing for  a volunteer Marine Position and we have to supply all our own equipment. I can either wear a thigh Holster or a standard Waist Holster. My question is, what is the advantage of a Thigh Holster?, Waist Holster? I am  a full time electrician and I am always wearing a belt; So the Idea of not wearing alot of stuff on my waist thrills me. Also, whatever type of holster I bring to the academy I will be trained with.  Any input would be great!




 


 




 


Thanks.

Dogsquad_max50

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Hve you consided a Load bearing vest with a crossdraw holster????????

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Not an option, Will be wearing Life Vest. and maybe BPV.

Dogsquad_max50

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Then go for the Thigh Holster!!!!!!!!!!

Evil_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Thigh holster - Advantage: Weight is on leg rather than waist (could also be a disadvantage), CDI factor (Chics Dig It), depending on bulk of life vest lowers holster making it easier to draw. Disadvantage: Lowers holster potentially slowing draw time (pistol has to travel farther to eye level), harder to draw while in a seat, possibly harder for weapon retention since it sit lower, the intimidating 'look' to the public (minor, very minor IMO), more buckles to mess with if need to tear off belt quickly.


Waist holster - Advantage: Sets higher draw time a little faster, easier to draw while in a seat, less visually offensive to public, easier for weapon retention, less buckles to mess with if need to tear off belt quickly, weight not on leg (important if walk/running a lot).  Disadvantage: Weight on waist, if life vest bulky harder to draw, lose CDI factor


LBV w/ crossdraw huge disadvantage that IMO out weighs all advantages is easier to be snatched away.  Another is draw is not a natural movement and slow.  Yet another is unless practiced properly muzzling/lazering during the draw of those that you dont want the muzzle covering.


I know some are contradicting.  I did that on purpose, it depends on your personal prefences.  Anyhow that is what I came up with right quick and in a hurry at O' dark thirty in the AM on 4 hrs of snooze time.


 


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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

 I am new to the game so I think I will try out both before I make a decsion.Throw in the Life Vest and I think you could make a strong argument for the Thigh Holster,IMO.  I practice alot Drawing my weapon concealed, (Under My Coat) and that can be  A pain!!! so with the Life Vest on that concerns me. looks like I will be taking a few holsters and A life vest to the range.....Thanks.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

I think that thigh is the only way to go in your position.  Try to EFFECTIVELY draw with a life vest on.  I have tried it with body armor, chest rigs, etc.


Its not only important that your gear works individually, but also together.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

We almost always use thigh holsters in the military. I prefer them to a hip holster because my hand naturally sits right at the handle of the weapon itself. You do have to be carefull about moving in tight areas or in places were it can get caught on stuff, and it is a pain if you for some reason had to draw while sitting down.

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I am currently preparing for  a volunteer Marine Position and we have to supply all our own equipment. I can either wear a thigh Holster or a standard Waist Holster. My question is, what is the advantage of a Thigh Holster?, Waist Holster? I am  a full time electrician and I am always wearing a belt; So the Idea of not wearing alot of stuff on my waist thrills me. Also, whatever type of holster I bring to the academy I will be trained with.  Any input would be great!




 


 




 


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i find that if ur in a tactical type of format then the thigh holster is great. but if ur doing LE duties the hip is better. one thing i dont like about leg holsters is that if you are running, its harder bc you have something swinging on your leg, and you usually have to keep a hand on the holster in case your gun pop's out. it really is user preference but i'd say give both a try and see what you think. good luck


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The key to a thigh holster is wearing it properly, which 99% of those who wear them don't do it.


It needs to be tight but not constricting around your leg and the top strap needs to be up high, almost up in your "stuff".  You will lose a pocket on your gun side.  If you have proper retention, like a Safariland 6004/6008 your gun won't fall out when running.  A good belt to attach it to, is also key, you don't want your belt rolling over.  You don't want to hang it off of a regular trouser belt, you need a double thickness, stiff gun belt.

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I say buy both of them, take them to the range and see which one you can not only draw faster but draw fast and be accurate with, as well as wear all the gear you are going to wear and see which is more comfortable.


With any gear, minus the "tacticool" factor, its all about what works for you. For whichever one you dont choose, tuck it away somewhere for your that "toolbox"...at least now youll know what you can do with either.

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Ok, now that the pros have spoken, here are some benefits on this tactical rig...


1. The speed, retention, and security of the Level 3 SERPA - immdiately locks your weapon when you reholster.


2. Y-Harness leg platform stays put and it won't ride around to the back of your leg  The two belt clips remain on your belt so that you can attach/remove the rig quickly and the attachment points of the clips rotate right & left to move & flex with you.  That "Y" design also gives you clear access to your side pocket. 


3.  Room for accessories by adding picatinny rail &/or scabbard on the platform - even better, a second platform on your opposite side for your extra magazines.


 



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