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Old October 16, 2010, 05:59 PM   #1
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what duty holster is best?

I carry a full size .40 Ruger for work as armed security. None of my gear is issued and right now I used a Galco Cop3 leather holster. It's ok and I have no complaints, but I'm curious about what else is out there. I just don't trust pancake holster or Fobus holsters, but I'm listening. Opinions?
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Old October 16, 2010, 07:18 PM   #2
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I am not in LE or in the security field but I like taking a Fobus holster to the range because it holds up better than my DeSantis or Galco. Have you looked at the Blackhawk Duty line:,1175,1412.htm

It looks like this might be a great OWB, rugged holster.
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Old October 16, 2010, 07:59 PM   #3
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Basically, I'm looking for something with good retention but allows easy draw and will stay in place if I have to run or climb with it on. I don't think they make serpa holsters for Ruger models, but I do like them.
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Old October 16, 2010, 09:57 PM   #5
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Do you wear a duty belt? Is it leather or nylon? Exactly what type of gear are you allowed to carry? When I did armed security we were allowed everything a police officer could carry. There are many makers of fine duty gear. Check Safariland, Bianchi, Don Hume, Galco, DeSantis, Gould & Goodrich, Stallion Leather, Tex Shoemaker & Sons, Uncle Mikes, and of course BlackHawk. Each of these companies have a web site so just google them. I'm a police officer now and am issued a Beretta 92FS that I carry in a Blackhawk level II Serpa duty holster. It works just great for my applications.
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Old October 31, 2010, 12:19 PM   #6
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"what duty holster is best?"

Best? The Safariland ALS or SLS holster that suites your mission best: (Example: 6360) (Example: 6280)
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Old October 31, 2010, 05:36 PM   #7
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Safariland makes the best duty holsters. Find one in your price range with the features you want. You can usually pick them up cheap on Ebay. I used a Safariland 070 when I worked patrol, then switched to the 6004 when I put a light on my pistol.
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Old November 1, 2010, 10:02 AM   #8
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I agree, Safariland is best. Also consider Blade-Tech duty holsters.

What material would you prefer?
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Old November 1, 2010, 11:45 PM   #9
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Duty gear for Ruger pistols...

It's hard to say what model/type of .40S&W Ruger the member is talking about.
In general, I'd check Galco, Bianchi, Safariland, Blackhawk(SERPA), HighNoon Holsters, Blade-Tech, Fobus, COM holsters( ).
Don Hume, Ted Blocker, Mitch Rosen, Milt Sparks, Greg Kramer & Alessi are also big names in the holster/duty gear market.
For belts, LE-security gear, see or .

Id spend the extra $$$ and buy the man-made leather type material over the black nylon. Blackhawk makes good nylon kit but it's rare in the US from most popular military/LE supply sources.

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Old November 2, 2010, 01:18 AM   #10
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I carry a blackhawk level III duty holster for work and found it to be the best holster I've had. However, I do not think that they are making a level III for any Rugers at this time because the level III is a relatively new offering but I may be wrong. If thats the case, Safariland offers up some really good holsters which in my experience seems to be the dominating company for the other departments in my area. Gould and Goodrich also has a big showing and offers a quality product. Good Luck.
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Old November 5, 2010, 03:30 PM   #11
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I used a Safariland SSIII (not the SAME holster) for over 20 years as my duty holster. Rock solid retention, and stable as a brick. Fast presentation once you learn your holster.

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Old November 5, 2010, 06:00 PM   #12
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I've always preferred a Serpa but since that's not an option, Safariland would be the top of my list. My unit has a spare safariland set up that we have been trying to break for years that still works like it was new. I also know a few AF security forces guys that swear by them.
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Old November 18, 2010, 03:36 PM   #13
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I use a Bianchi duty rock its a double retention holster and it has held up quite well through scuffles and everyday duty use for two years now. Drawing your weapon is very easy and quick, However I also like the serpa holster's just never bought one for my service weapon.
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Old November 18, 2010, 03:51 PM   #14
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From my experience, I don't know that you'll really find a "better" holster than your Galco. It's secure and well made so what else are you looking for out of a holster?
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Old November 20, 2010, 05:22 PM   #15
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duty holster

There a several good duty holsters available. has developed a spring loaded hood for their Silent Thunder and Excalibur lines that work very well for added retention. Also see Bianchi, Blackhawk, Desantis, Galco, Safariland.....
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Old December 4, 2010, 05:23 AM   #16
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The Blackhawk Serpa's are the best in my opinion. Great retention and a very rugged piece of equipment. But like everybody else has already said you don't have that option for the Ruger.
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Old December 4, 2010, 08:49 AM   #17
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Duty Rigs

I run the Safariland 6280 (mentioned above with a link), great holster, VERY sturdy, absurdly fast once you learn the retention system.

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Old December 7, 2010, 05:13 PM   #18
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Like Snowman, I use a Safariland SSIII. Been using it for >20years and it does just it's supposed toL: Keep the gun secure until you need it. Drawing is easy once you train yourself.
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