Trying to find the perfect holster is a complicated process. Fobus makes a wide variety of holsters–all of which are solid builds. Some of their more original concepts play on the theme of versatility. You can buy one holster, for example, with one predefined cant, or you can get one with options that will allow you to position the gun at several angles to change where you can carry it. Their new tactical holsters are built to accommodate one gun with any of a wide range of lights or lasers–so if you’re having trouble making up your mind about options, you can still stick with the same holster.
The Tactical holster is robust. The snap holds securely, even through rough abuse. The gun can’t fall out, despite how it looks. The top of the holster is low, which makes it easier to clear.
Our draw times with the snap retention strap were a bit slower than we’d hoped. We had several retention holsters on the range, and this one required the most conscious thought. But when I say slower, I mean barely. Jacob was connecting with steel with the GLOCK 19 from an open holster in about 1.2 seconds. The Fobus was closer to 1.8 seconds.
The simple fact that you can use so many extra accessories is the big selling point. But it is still a holster that has to work like a holster should, and it does. There are a couple of peculiarities that make it different, for sure. Getting the gun in and snapped in place invites an atypical movement of the gun. As I was taking these pics on the range, the range master pointed out that I was getting muzzled. My feet, anyhow. Jacob developed a holstering motion that pulled the gun a bit father back than usual, and he would also angle the barrel out a bit. I never felt like I was in danger, but I wasn’t seeing the angle the same way. This isn’t to say that that’s how a gun has to be inserted, but you have to learn a new system and its peculiarities. Re-holster, safely.
I’m not one who flips and flops much. That’s a lie, actually. I constantly change up guns and gear as my job requires. But I’m pretty consistent with what, where and how I carry when I’m not working on a review. Those specifics only vary with the seasons. The Fobus Tactical holster is a great option for those who need variety. As for me, I typically stick with a light-gun-holster combo for a good long time. Does that mean I wouldn’t carry the Fobus? No. The Fobus would work well for me, too, but I’m not going to get the most out of the holster’s defining feature. As far as functionality, though, I’d be just fine. It is nice to be able to pop the holster on and off. Most models sell for $64.99, and they’re available for a wide variety of guns.