As a full-fledged member of the Cult of the 10mm, I am a fan of the new Springfield Armory 1911 TRP (Tactical Response Pistol) Operator in 10mm. I was lucky enough to do the reviews on all four models, the 5 & 6-inch models with iron sights and Trijicon-equipped RMR (Ruggedized Miniature Reflex) red dot sights. And since I live in a place where bears and mountain lions are a real thing, I ended up keeping the 6-inch with iron sights. You know, just in case I need to regulate Mother Nature.
That briefs well, but it doesn’t address the issue we have when a new gun comes out. Springfield didn’t slap a 10mm slide on a .45 ACP frame, they designed a new gun from the ground up. The dust cover is thick, and the 6-inch has more rail section than a 2002 model M-4. You might be able to find a normal 1911 holster to accommodate the 5-inch, with some minimal fitting. But 6-inch models aren’t that common in any caliber. I suppose I could just go on a hike with a handful of gun, but that would get uncomfortable eventually. Besides, I’m retired. I already humped my miles at the low ready.
Fortunately, this week, the problem got solved. When I think of leather for a legitimate hand cannon, only one place comes to mind. Diamond D Leather, of Wasilla, Alaska. Residing in the last frontier, they make my potential animal problems seem tame by comparison. For decades, they have been the go-to source for outdoorsmen, hunters and fishermen venturing off to Grizzly Country. They cover the gamut of critter calibers, from .454 wheel guns to the Glock 20. And now, they cover the Springfield Armory 1911 TRP Operation in 10mm as well.
When I did a review of the Diamond DLeather Guide’s Choice Chest Holster for the Glock last year, I walked away super impressed. Knowing that they’re now making them for the 10mm TRP Operator, it was a no-brainer. But I realized the chest holster might not be everyone’s cup of tea. So this time, I got a more traditional setup.
The Hip Holster is a solid piece of craftsmanship made from high-quality leather. The loop is secured with three Phillips-head screws, which gives you the option to slide it onto your belt or secure it to the straps of your backpack. The drop loop is an add-on feature that sets the butt of the gun approximately two inches lower than it would be if you just had the holster on your belt. I really like this option, as it allows me to still wear a pack with a waist belt. It also sets the gun closer to where my hand falls naturally, much like military drop leg holsters.
My holster came with a retention strap, though a full cover flap is also an option if you’re really worried about protecting the pistol from the elements. For a backcountry gun, the extra security of the retentions strap is worth the slight penalty in speed. And if you need to get ready for the O.K. Corral, it is easy to move it out of the way.
If you already bought your 10mm and are in need of an affordable and durable holster, check out Diamond D Leather. They are the preeminent choice for backcountry holsters. Time to get your industrial-size 1911 out of the safe and into the wild.