This is one of those odd-ball entries into our growing library of gear reviews that I wasn’t sure I’d like to well. It is a holster, but one made for AR-15 style rifles and pistols. Before I saw the holster, I wasn’t even aware that I needed one of these things. But now I’m sold. There is a time and a place for an AR holster, and the SARRP from Redline Pro Gear works.
Up to this point, I’ve been a single-point sling sort of guy. I’ve worn rifles on two point slings, too, and I’ve carried rifles without a sling. But the single-point typically does the trick. The gun hangs down at my side, lower than most wear their single-points, but I can let it dangle, wrap it around my back, or rest my hand on the grip no problem.
The issue is two-fold. A sling allows a gun to bounce around. That’s the point, really. It moves, but stays where you need it. Most of the time. It is also not 100% secure. If you forget to engage the safety, the exposed trigger presents a problem. If you are in a crowd, this may present an even bigger issue.
The SARRP Holster allows the same sort of access, but the gun stays where you put it. The weight is suspended from your belt instead of your shoulder (which may or may not be a good thing). Drawing from the holster isn’t as easy as pulling up from a single-point, but it isn’t that much slower. It is a bit slower, but a lot more secure.
The draw technique is different, though. You should grab the gun with two hands instead of one. You don’t have to, but it makes it easier. Since that is how most of us grip ARs anyhow, it isn’t much of a learning curve. The two-handed draw puts leverage on the grip and the forend and your twisting body does all the work. The gun presents very naturally. It is very easy to draw and point-shoot well before the sights are aligned.
And it holds securely. I jumped around like a mad man with the AR holstered, and couldn’t shake it loose. It swings a bit, but that’s to be expected.
I think the SARRP is a solid option for AR pistol shooters. You can confidently holster an AR pistol the same way you would any other pistol. On the range, where few people bother with slings, you won’t have to set down the gun. Simply holster it. And for those situations that require two-handed dexterity, the holster provides even more benefit.
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