Looking at graduating from weekend shooting to testing your skills against a higher standard? Well, you will need a holster for that but you don’t necessarily need to spend a lot of money. We have selected five holsters that are good value for money buys but will also cater to different needs or models of guns.
|SINAIRSOFT Free Tactical IPSC Style Universal||Speed Shooting||Highly Adjustable|
|COMP-TAC International Holster||Three mounting options||Canik Specific|
|COMP-TAC International Holster Compatible with Glock||Three Mounting options||Glock Specific|
|Black Scorpion Gear Pro IDPA Competition Holster fits CZ Shadow 2||Ultra-thin||CZ specific|
|Blade-Tech Industries IDPA Competition Shooters Pack OWB||Magazine pouch||Three cant options|
Depending on the kind of competition shooting that you are interested in, your choice of holster will vary. If you are planning on entering the open class speed shooting division, you will encounter some pretty space-age looking holsters that actually look more like a robotic appendage. They can also start to get quite expensive, too.
If you are just interested in the standard production class there are many options to choose from and they will range from really affordable to the top end. We have selected a spread of good options that will cater to beginners and more advanced shooters. We also have picks that cater to some of the more popular pistols that are used for competitive shooting.
If you are just starting out and are looking at the standard production class competitions your choice of holster will be different from your everyday carry holster. For competition shooting concealment and high retention level are obviously not a consideration. There are holsters that are marketed specifically as competition holsters but you could go with any OWB or paddle holster that has a very smooth and quick draw.
A good competition holster will have one requirement that is standard for just about all holsters regardless of their intended use. For safety, particularly when you need to draw quickly under pressure, your holster should fully cover the trigger guard and magazine release on your gun.
When you want to position your holster for maximum draw speed and to ensure that you minimize issues that can affect your draw when you are under time pressure, there is really only one good position for your holster.
When you start by placing your hands by your ears or in the “hands up” position, by naturally dropping your hands, your gun hand should fall naturally into place on the grip of your gun just behind the tang. Adjust your holster slightly forward or backward on your belt until this natural action is just right. This is the position that is recommended by the top competition shooters as it is the best position to ensure consistent error-free fast drawing when you are under time pressure or experiencing competition nerves.
The Sinairsoft is a speed shooting holster that is highly adjustable and designed to fit the most popular competition shooting guns such as the CZs, Glocks, 1911s, and Tanfolios.
A standout feature of this speed holster is its price. Compared with bigger name-brand models, it is identical and of similar quality. It is available in four different colors and has an adjustable trigger guard width to ensure that any gun model will be safe for quick drawing.
The holster was intended for high-speed drawing and it certainly hits the mark. You will struggle to find a holster that improves upon the potential draw speed. The Sinairsoft has great retention and is ultra-light. One issue is that it is designed for belts of 1.5 inches and narrower. It may not be an issue but it will limit the type of gun belt that you use. One other snag is that it does not ship with instructions but the holster is fairly straightforward in its design and is not difficult to figure out.
The Comp-Tac is a Kydex holster designed specifically for the Canik TP9 SFX. It is highly adjustable for cant and different mounting options. The holster allows for belt mounting as well as paddle mounting, depending on your preference.
The retention is also adjustable and the holster is cut to allow for almost all optic sights on the market for Canik TP9. Comp-Tac is one of the most popular brands of holsters that are used by competition shooters which is a measure of its design and quality.
Most importantly, the Comp-Tec fits the Canik very well and the trigger guard and magazine release are fully covered by the holster.
Another Comp-Tac Kydex holster makes it onto our list. This specific holster is designed for the Glock 19, 23, 32 Gen 5 models and has all of the features that the Canik option has.
It has adjustable retention via holster screws and the trigger guard. It also comes with different mounting options and the belt mounting option will fit up to 1.5-inch belts. The holster is cut short at the front to cater to mounted optic sights. Once you have the retention right for your choice of mounting, the draw is very smooth and fast.
The holster covers the trigger guard and magazine release as well, which you should expect from a competition holster.
The Black Scorpion is a Kydex holster made specifically for the CZ Shadow 2. It fits the CZ like a glove and has adjustable retention via two screws. The holster has a good belt clip and can fit belts of up to 2 inches in height, which is a selling point for shooters that like thicker gun belts. The Black Scorpion is also ultra-thin and light compared with many other Kydex options.
The holster comes in two color options, black and carbon fiber. The draw speed is great and the price is also reasonable. The Black Scorpion is cut at the front to allow for ample space for any optics or sight upgrades that you may want for your CZ. One drawback is that the holster is available in right hand only.
The Blade Tech Industries holster is made for Glocks and is a great option for newcomers to competition shooting. The pack comes with a magazine pouch and a paddle attachment. The holster itself is Kydex and the magazine pouch and paddle are made of polymer.
It has adjustable retention and three different styles of cant which a shooter can experiment with. The belt clip for the holster and magazine pouch is good and it is open on the slide side to accommodate sight upgrades.
There is nothing too fancy about this option but it’s good value for money compared to other holster and magazine pouch combinations on the market. Unfortunately, the Blade Tech does not have a left-handed option either which is causing me to think that a separate series of reviews should be done on holsters that cater for southpaws.
That wraps up our top choices for speed and competition shooting. If you like some of our holster choices but you find that they are not designed for your specific gun, check out the manufacturer’s website to see if they offer similar holsters for your gun.