This started a few weeks ago when I was updating my tactical gear. I bought a Safariland 6378USN-283-701-MS19 Multicam ALS Holster for my Glock 19 for $114 (best deal) and was really impressed with the quality. I then mounted it on a Flat Dark Earth Brown Small Tactical Leg Shroud ($51 best deal) with Harness and I liked what I’d build. Perfect for my needs.
If you don’t already know the ALS retention system is Safariland’s latest and is so intuitive it’s like it’s not there at all. Grab and go functionality at its best.
But $114 for the holster is very expensive and I needed several for different models and for those same models with mounted lights. This could get expensive in a very quick way! And what if I didn’t want Safailand’s only choice of camo patterns (multicam)?
I noticed Safariland’s ALS paddle holsters in the STX finish were $33 for models without a light and $51 for those with a light. I ordered several after confirming these were the same holsters but mounted on a paddle accessory. They are also packaged with a belt slide accessory.
A few days later the brown truck dropped off a box and I unpacked my new holsters and was immediately disappointed. These just felt different, more “noisy”, cheaper, and not of the same high quality. A more careful inspection revealed they were exactly the same, but without the tactical IR reducing multicam Cordura “wrap.” Both had the internal suede lining and virtually every other feature was the same. It became obvious I’d be learning how to do Cordura wraps using IR reducing Cordura materals.
More research, more ordering, and a few days later the brown truck once again dropped off several yards of Cordura in the pattern of my choice, a can of automotive spray adhesive, and a few new Exacto blades. Along with a pair of scissors and my heat gun I was ready.
An hour later I had my first prototype in “dark multicam” and I thought I’d share it here. What do you think? (Shown mounted on a Black Small Tactical Leg Shroud with Harness) A bit more practice and I think I’ll be happy.