I just bought my first Fobus compact 1911 holster at Academy, and wish I'd bought it years ago. Most comfortable and convenient holster I've ever had. I write for Texas Fish & Game magazine, and plan to let others know about your excellent products. I plan to buy a magazine pouch next, and maybe one of the NRA holsters. Thanks.
Why no Serpa holsters? Over the last year, I have developed some serious concerns with the Blackhawk Serpa Active Retention holster design. Various persons have brought these concerns to the attention of Blackhawk on several occasions and Blackhawk has chosen to ignore these very real issues. The ‘Serpa Active Retention’ design consists of a plastic L-shaped component which functions as the release button [from the outside of the holster] and as the lock [which engages inside the trigger guard]. The short leg of the L-shaped lever pivots inward [toward the pistol], while the locking tab pivots outward to release the pistol from the holster. According to the Blackhawk website, The release is made using your normal drawing motion, with the trigger finger beside the holster body. … As your trigger finger naturally comes to rest on the SERPA lock’s release mechanism, simply push the mechanism as you draw the weapon and it releases the gun for a smooth, fast draw. While Blackhawk may intend for the end-user to apply inboard pressure with the flat of the index finger, under stress, shooters tend to push the button with the tip of their index finger. After all, this is the manner in which most people have the most repetitions pushing buttons such as keys on a keypad or phone or ringing doorbells. When the finger pushes in on the release button and the user initiates the upward motion of the draw stroke, the finger tends to stay in motion and as the trigger guard clears the holster, the finger enters the trigger guard and contacts the trigger, with possibly tragic results. I am aware of two instances where trained personnel have shot themselves using this holster in conjunction with Glock pistols. In August of 2004, a situation occurred with a live weapon that resulted in the shooter losing a 10cm piece of her femur. The other occurred with nonlethal training ammunitions in a force-on-force event in April of 2005. The impact of the NLTA was in the same area as the actual gunshot wound previously mentioned. Following each of these events, Blackhawk was contacted and advised of the problems observed and concerns raised. In the first instance, they claimed that they were unaware of any previous issues with the design and insisted that the design had been ‘thoroughly tested by law enforcement and military personnel’. After the second event, they were contacted by at least two people. Again, they stated that they were unaware of any concerns and had heard nothing similar from any sources.
I am writing to thank you for the products that you produce. In April of this year while working a surveillance detail I was involved in a motorcycle accident on asphalt. I was wearing a Fobus model GL-2 paddle holster. The holster not only stayed in place but also protected my side from the coarse asphalt. My Glock model 27 also was not damaged. I am over six feet tall and weigh 220 pounds and that was a lot of pressure during my 25 yard slide. The holster still works fine and has only some surface scratches. I am a believer in the retention of the holster. I have fought with criminals and had my leather paddle holster come loose.
In conclusion I am convinced the polymer tough holsters by Fobus are the only combat ready holster that will stand up to above and beyond extremes and I have been in law enforcement for over twenty years.
Jerry G. Neil
Tuesday, October 29, 2002
Subject: Fobus Holster
I received my Fobus holster last week and as I expected, am very pleased with your service and the quality of the product. This is my second purchase of a Fobus tactical holster the first being for my Glock 21 and my most recent being for my Sig 229. Both fit like a glove and offer excellent retention.
While I am not in law enforcement, I used tactical holsters at the firing range and both offer piece of mind for safety while waiting to step up to the firing line. Keep up the good work as I am sure to order additional Fobus Tactical Holsters for other handguns I own. I will also continue to recommend Fobus to my fellow shooters!
I recently purchased a Glock 27 for concealed carry. The gentleman who owns the gun store told me to get a Fobus holster for it. I have a leather Galco that I carry my H&K USP in. So I was a little skeptical of the little plastic $22 holster. However is was very reasonably priced, so I thought what the heck.
I cannot tell you how much I love this holster. It’s so small, so light, and so comfortable I don’t even know it’s there. It holds my handgun securely without a thumbbreak! How cool is that? I can easily reholster with one hard. And I love the way it “snaps” out when drawing.
I can’t tell you how many times I buy a high priced product that doesn’t live up to it’s claims. I’m just tickled to purchase a low priced product that is so much better than anything I could have expected – at any price. Keep up the great work and I look forward to replacing my Galco with a Fobus for my H&K USP.
Wednesday, November 13, 2002
Subject: Great Job!
Guy’s let me tell you I love the Fobus holster I purchased last year. I was walking on ice while on duty last winter and I slipped and fell. While my holster took some considerable scratches, it protected my baby (Sig SP 2340) like it was wrapped in an Angels wings! Guy’s I can’t begin to tell you how much I cherish my weapon. I absolutely adore my holster! And although it only costs me a meager twenty bucks, I wouldn’t take a million for it! I’m putting the wouldn’t belt holster on my roto list this year! Kudos to Christmas holster and all it’s employees, God knows I love you all!
Officer Bryan K. Taylor
Tuesday, July 27, 2004 9:17 AM
Subject: Excellent Customer Service
Thank you for your speedy and exemplary customer service efforts. The courtesy magazine pouch is indeed appreciated. The SP-11 is an excellent holster, which entirely resolved the deficiencies of the SP1/SP1RP. Upon receiving the replacement SP-11 yesterday, I immediately set to work trying it out. I was so impressed and confident in it that I am carrying it at work today. I can think of no higher recommendation.
There will be no need to exchange this SP-11 for the “Roto” model. It works great, as is. FOBUS will remain a trusted supplier of hard-use firearms equipment, and I will again recommend your products with confidence. Your personal efforts in resolving this matter have done much for your company, and restoring the confidence of one officer in your products. Thank you again.
Steve B. Sargent,
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Thanks! You guys have the fastest customer service I have experienced. You can be sure that I will recommend your site to my academy cadets (we all use various Glock models).
CPT Greg Thayer, US Army.
Saturday, July 9, 2005
Hi, I’ve used a standard Fobus belt holster for the Beretta M9 9mm here in Iraq for 6 months now and it is first rate. It fits perfect on my belt over my right kdney, and the pistol clears easily even with body armor on. It’s comfortable while driving or gunning, and never changes position.
Thanks for making a great product!
CPT Greg Thayer, US Army.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I own a Walther P99 and I purchased a Fobus Paddle holster somewhere around the 2002 time frame (give or take a year). I was in college at the time and I usually carried my Walther whenever I left campus. After college, I became a police officer and today I carry my smaller P99C as an off-duty gun. I really like that the same holster will accommodate both my on duty and off duty guns (Walther P99 and P99C). With a few exceptions, I take one of my guns just about everywhere I go. I will even use your holster while I’m on duty, as most of my time is in plain clothes. The way I see it, I’ve used and abused your holster for the better part of a decade. It’s been through a lot over the years it’s all scratched up, even with a few deep scratches, but it still works great! I’ve never had a problem with the holster. I believe that my gun is secure and I never have to worry about it going anywhere. Thanks for making one hell of a great product.