Last summer, Springfield Armory released an awesome new pistol, the Range Officer Elite Operator, a 9mm 1911 with a Picatinny rail. The gun has been fantastic and the added weight of the rail really absorbs recoil. The only problem is finding a holster for a rail-equipped 1911 is like finding Waldo with pepper spray in your eyes. It ain’t easy.
This week, I found Waldo! It’s BLACKHAWK!’s new, belt-slide holsters! Crafted from handmade-Italian leather, each holster has a unique finish, a testament to the quality and craftsmanship. They are double stitched and come with a lifetime warranty.
The model I tested was the 3 Slot Pancake, which is aptly suited for either straight-up or canted carry. It is a thumb-break style with a snap; quick to deploy but also secure enough for any conditions. The holster feels nice on the hip and against the body, and distributes the weight of the full-sized pistol perfectly.
The gun-holster fit was tight initially, but that is to be expected from a new leather holster. A little bit of wear and this thing is set for a lifetime of service. MSRP $99.95.
Bonus: BLACKHAWK! Fury Prime Gloves
- Stable – Silicone print delivers superior grip.
- Tough – Sonic-welded, molded TPR protects back of hand.
- Dextrous – Tactile grip aids in manipulating firearms.
These gloves are touch screen compatible and feature new molded hand protection on the back side. The palms are padded and feature a silicone print to help you grip your gun.
I found them very comfortable with a fit that doesn’t interfere with any task, e.g. drawing, shooting, reloading. MSRP is $38.95, and yes they come in grey.
For more information on the Fury Gloves or the 3 Slot Pancake holster, visit BLACKHAWK.com.