A problem with having tactical accessories on your pistol is finding a holster that can accommodate it. There are companies that make them, but prices are usually expensive and wait times are usually long. Also, sometimes you’ll have to get a custom holster made to accommodate your specific setup. One company is trying to help compact Glock owners make it easier to find a holster with their new LA Tactical Holster.
Gamble Tactical’s LA Tactical holster has a unique design that will allow an owner attach almost any light/laser to their Glock compact. As you can see from the pictures, the complete underside of the holster is pretty much cut away, leaving it open. The pistol is actually held in by a 3 point retention system–a small column that goes into the muzzle, an polymer strap that’s formed around where the backstrap meets the slide, and the areas around the triggerguard/frame. The pistol is released when grabbing it; the top of your hand moves the strap which releases the gun from the holster.
Gamble Tactical’s holster is constructed from a glass reinforced nylon and can host a variety of belt clips. The holster is also adjustable so it can provide specific cant that an owner may want.
The design of the LA Holster has an obvious advantage–it provides a holster for those wanting to put accessories on their Glock 19 or 23. However, from looking at the video below, it seems that it forces somewhat of a non traditional draw. You have to come back a little bit then up, rather just just straight up as with most of the holsters currently on the market now. But unlike most other holsters, you can’t attach any accessory you want, and/or switch out that accessory and still use the same holster. With a little training and some time getting used to it, I’m sure the unorthodox draw wouldn’t be a difficult obstacle to overcome.
Hopefully, Gamble Tactical will be offering their new innovative holster for more models of Glocks or even different manufacturers of pistols. I’m sure there’s a market for the same type of holster that could accommodate other striker fired pistols such as the S&W M&Ps and the Springfield XDs (it would be difficult to make a similar holster for pistols with an external hammer such as a Sig P226).
For a light bearing holster, the price seems very reasonable at only 30 bucks and is available at the sportsmanguide.com.