Safariland 6004 Drop-Leg Holster – First Impressions

I purchased a Safariland 6004 drop leg holster in anticipation of taking a rifle class next year. The purpose of a drop leg holster is to move the pistol slightly lower than belt level, so that you can access it while wearing a load-bearing vest of some sort. Generally, when wearing a vest, it is difficult to access a belt worn pistol. I understand the holster can be made to ride higher than I have it in the pictures by removing the top leg strap – I think I will likely do that depending on what LBG I end up with.

I purchased this holster for my Glock 19 with a Streamlight TLR-1 weapon light. I figure since I’m already going to be wearing a very large holster, making it a little bigger for a light doesn’t matter. Plus, in the event that this holster sees use after TEOTWAWKI, having a mounted light might be a Good Thing. ;^)

A few things surprised me about this holster. First is just how far away from my leg the holster positions the gun. It’s only a couple of inches, but being use to concealment holsters that press into my side, it feels like miles. I’ll have to take extra precautions when moving through doors not to knock my gun into the door frame.

The second surprise is how little retention this holster provides beyond the retention hood. The rotating hood does a good job of securing the gun when its in place, and true to advertising, does become more secure when the gun is pulled up against it. The rotating hood is easy to move out of the way on the draw stroke, and doesn’t seem to add any significant time. It is simply a training issue to build muscle memory to release it.

However, I took the second picture looking down into the holster – you can see a gap all the way around the pistol. The gun is held in place by a tension screw on the rear of the holster, in the vicinity of the light mount. I cranked the screw down enough that when I turned the holster upside down and shook vigorously, the gun didn’t fall out. Yet, I can still draw the pistol without straining any muscles. (I think what I’m trying to say is that the holster looks to not fit the gun, although it secures it just fine. This isn’t an issue with the equipment, just my first reaction to seeing the gear.)

A lot of folks swear by these rigs, many of whom use them on a daily basis in hot places. Based on those recommendations, I think this was a good choice.

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