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Old October 21st, 2013, 09:22 AM   #1
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Long time no see I hope you all are well

I have a question I figured all you gun nuts could help me with.

When I ride my horse I like to carry my gun, and a semi-automatic is going to look pretty silly in a wild west style holster. So I am thinking it would be better off on my thigh. Easy access, safe for me and the horse and right out in the open should anyone think it's a good idea to heckle me and my friends

I carry a Kimber Ultra CDP II, and would like something that will be really secure.

Any suggestions?
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Blackhawk Serpa.

http://www.blackhawk.com/product/Lev...r,1173,119.htm

Grab two spare mag carriers with it along with a nice gun belt and you're done. The retention system on this rig will make damn sure it doesn't bounce out while riding the horse. Used it in Iraq with no problem and still continue to use mine to this day.
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I'm not a SERPA fan, especially for a single action pistol.

I'd go for a Safariland ALS.
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Old October 21st, 2013, 11:35 AM   #4
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I'm not a SERPA fan, especially for a single action pistol.

I'd go for a Safariland ALS.
The Serpa is an excellent choice for the 1911. The holster will actually protect the safety while the pistol is cocked with the safety on.

Pic of my M9 in the holster:



The polymer rises to protect the safety of the pistol to prevent any sort of accidental deactivation. Does the same with a 1911.
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Any holster that I have to train myself not to shoot myself when using it is a bad design. I've used them in the past, not a fan. I prefer the ALS.
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Why would you ever deactivate the safety while the pistol is aimed at a part of your body? That's the only way you can shoot yourself with a 1911 in a Serpa thigh rig.

If we were talking about a M&P, XD or Glock I could understand... but anything with an external safety is perfectly fine for a Serpa... unless you're trained to put your finger on the trigger of a loaded and safety off firearm while it's pointed at yourself.
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I use a SERPA for my Glock. I can see how people shoot themselves but I like to live on the edge! lol
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I like my serpa also. As far as retention goes, it's fantastic. Any holster / secondary weapon combo needs to be trained with before edc. Trigger finger discipline should universal, gun to gun. in a body alarm situation, I suppose I can understand how some people shoot themselves, in theory. But I think the actual practice of shooting oneself this way is difficult to actually do. or we could just ask Plaxico Burress. Lol
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I like my serpa also. As far as retention goes, it's fantastic. Any holster / secondary weapon combo needs to be trained with before edc. Trigger finger discipline should universal, gun to gun. in a body alarm situation, I suppose I can understand how some people shoot themselves, in theory. But I think the actual practice of shooting oneself this way is difficult to actually do. or we could just ask Plaxico Burress. Lol
Exactly.

All of these people knocking Serpas because of this magical "You'll shoot yourself!" line are full of shit. Plain and simple.

They are used everyday PROFESSIONALLY by both law enforcement and the military in combat. There isn't a damn thing wrong with them. In fact... they're one of the best thigh rigs money can buy. Extremely modular as well. Once you buy the thigh rig you can buy just the holsters and easily swap them out on the rig depending on what you feel like carrying that day.
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Exactly.

All of these people knocking Serpas because of this magical "You'll shoot yourself!" line are full of shit. Plain and simple.

They are used everyday PROFESSIONALLY by both law enforcement and the military in combat. There isn't a damn thing wrong with them. In fact... they're one of the best thigh rigs money can buy. Extremely modular as well. Once you buy the thigh rig you can buy just the holsters and easily swap them out on the rig depending on what you feel like carrying that day.
I can only base it on my experience, and I've personally witnessed 2 ND's with SERPA holster, and in hundreds of matches, running thousands of shooters, I've never witnessed another ND like it with ANY other holster.

One shooter shot himself in the thigh, narrowly missing his femoral artery, and the other shooter had a round impact the ground about 4" in front of his big toe. Both incidents happened after the shooter failed to get the pistol out on the first try, and they then (under the stress of the timer) pushed the pistol back down, pushed the button harder, and had their index finger slip off of the edge of the holster and onto the trigger. There is a reason places like FLETC and big name trainers have banned them from their classes...

If we're being honest, I've touched the trigger when coming out of a SERPA when I wasn't intending to as well. Thankfully no ND on my part.

Use what you like, but I'm not a fan.

As far as the modular thing, the same can be said for the Safariland ALS holsters, which you will also find on a LOT more LEO's duty belts than you will SERPAs these days.

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how about one of these?
http://lbtinc.com/holsters/thigh-hol...s-holster.html

on sale. $40 shipped. lifetime warranty.
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how about one of these?
http://lbtinc.com/holsters/thigh-hol...s-holster.html

on sale. $40 shipped. lifetime warranty.
Those buckles are a BITCH when you're trying to get the pistol out in a hurry.
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Those buckles are a BITCH when you're trying to get the pistol out in a hurry.
I own one, and I didn't think it was too bad. He's also on horseback, so the buckle system might actually be a good thing, since there are essentially 2 retention mechanisms in place - the buckle and the snap lock.

It isn't a competition/fast draw holster - it is a retention thigh rig. If he is after speed, he might not want to be looking at thigh rigs.
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Long time no see I hope you all are well

I have a question I figured all you gun nuts could help me with.

When I ride my horse I like to carry my gun, and a semi-automatic is going to look pretty silly in a wild west style holster. So I am thinking it would be better off on my thigh. Easy access, safe for me and the horse and right out in the open should anyone think it's a good idea to heckle me and my friends

I carry a Kimber Ultra CDP II, and would like something that will be really secure.

Any suggestions?
I carry a 3" 1911 daily.
CCW for 30 plus years, I've probably gone through as many holsters.

There is a lot to be said for a simple high ride belt holster like a Bianchi 7L. Unless your running and gunning and accessing you weapon all day, the thigh holster is not optimal.
High and tight is easy to repel grabs and conceal.
Put it on in the morning, take it off at night, rarely touch it in between.
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There is another option if you happen to have a full size revolver.

Pick up an old police duty belt and holster. If you can find one like the one in these pictures below it'll be beyond perfect for what you're doing and is EXTREMELY comfortable to boot.



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[you] looks good in a thigh holster
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