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16980 No. 16980 ID: d07150
So after wearing one in Afghanistan and now with living in Virginia where quite a few people open carry I can't help but wonder why drop leg holsters aren't more popular.

I mean walking and running they are a little awkward at first but so long as everything is adjusted correctly it shouldn't move around on you. I wore one every single flight I did in Afghanistan and it never came out of place.

For everything else (sitting, standing, bending over, etc) it is more comfortable. The draw, at least for me, is much more comfortable and while I'm sure it is slower I never noticed at the range.

Anyone here have any ideas on why it seems to be a .mil only thing?

Pic is what I would one day like for my BHP but the guy who made it seems to be out of business.
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>> No. 16981 ID: bec165

>Anyone here have any ideas on why it seems to be a .mil only thing?

Because they're stupid unless you're wearing bulky armor that restricts access to your waist, or would get in the way of you having to quickly don the armor on or off (if you're wounded, or it's time to suit up and get moving quick)

Go run with one on, go walk through doorways, go try to draw while seated in a vehicle. A proper holster and belt that supports the weapon (especially a heavier fully loaded double stack, 1911, big wheel gun) you will notice the weight very quickly. I usually notice a thigh rig/drop leg is either too tight and gets fatiguing/annoying, or too loose where it flops around and gets annoying.

Well, at least you can think on the bright side, they make an awesome tourniquet if you get shot in that leg, as they tend to cut off circulation anyway! And they make you look like a huge mallninja faggot.
>> No. 16982 ID: c1c101
What Revived says is exactly right and especially with my limited experience, I don't have anything to add to it.

I can offer an alternative, though. I run a Safariland holster on my battle belt, and it's attached to my belt using the low ride Universal Belt Loop (UBL) option. It doesn't ride as low as a thigh holster, but it puts it (for me) at a level that offers most of the same benefits. Comfortable and out of the way for the most part and should clear anything your shoulders clear, stays very stable at all times. The downside is it doesn't necessarily work great when you're sitting in a chair with arms or a car seat. It's not terrible but not great either. But, like I said, it's the best alternative I've found to a thigh rig. Clears waist length jackets, backpacks, armor carriers (not an issue for me anyway), stuff like that.
>> No. 16989 ID: 08f745
You were effectively working statically with wear of that holster. You weren't patrolling, you had a workspace that was the size of what, a 20 foot conex? Try doing a walk/run for 12 miles with one.

The only reason to use a dropleg is if you have mandatory equipment requirements that preclude being able to access effectively with a low-ride hip holster, or absolutely no other option.

They're awkward, they're unwieldly, and they're horrible for real field use as a general rule.

Low crawling, they're in the dirt where/when a hip holster isn't.

If you have to RUN with them, they're even worse. They're horrible if you cinch them down to where they don't move, because now you're restricting circulation on that leg. They make your uniform bunch up and pinch. They are absolutely despicable for long distance wear, as they're going to literally wear a hole in your leg.

They are also a safety hazard as they can get hung up easier than anything else other than a slung rifle if you happen to have a shit hover and can't rotate fully on the rope due to the airframe shifting when fastroping, and they can cause issues parachuting.

For civilian use, they're even worse due to the fact that you can't draw seated if you're driving.

The draw is slower. Significantly, actually.

The absolute only reason I wore a dropleg in Iraq was because carrying a pistol meant I didn't need to carry a rifle on the MSS, and it was the only carry option I had for it without all my gear on. With all my gear on, I could rig it up off my armor so I only needed one loose legstrap and I was good, as it just rode low on my hip, not on my thigh.
>> No. 16990 ID: dda126
>Pic is what I would one day like for my BHP but the guy who made it seems to be out of business.

If you ever had to run with that thing that 1911 would come flying out just like the spaghetti would come flying out of your pockets as you have to explain to your buddies why you need them to help you look for your obsolete "pistol."
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