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High Chest Pistol Holster, thoughts?

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:41 am
by Ryan
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When your legs are stuff-free, then your movement is more agile and you can squeeze into a vehicle easier.

It's faster drawing the pistol from chest than reaching it from your legs, when you do draw it you have your support hand up there to block any attacks to vital areas of the body.

From the draw you can face it straight into your enemy, which would be his chest or head in a close combat battle and engage. Instead of from the hip, into his pelvis or lower abdominal area from straight out of the holster, first shots fired.


Re: High Chest Pistol Holster, thoughts?

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:02 am
by Dramatikk
The chest holster also better known as the pilot holster, is made for use when in a seated position.

So, yes, when in a seated position the pilot holster is a better choice than the "normal" drop-leg holster. The only down side is that hostiles outside the vehicle will be able to see you reaching for your pistol when threatened. On the plus side though, the pistol draw from the chest holster is faster than the pistol draw with a drop-leg holster when seated.

On a final note. It is near impossible to use a drop-leg holster when sitting in a car ... Ever tried it, Ryan? :twisted: Got two words for you, SLOW & CLUMSY. :lol:

Kind regards, Dramatikk. :)

Re: High Chest Pistol Holster, thoughts?

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:28 am
by jimothy_183
More stuff on your chest = higher centre of gravity = more load on core muscles

The reason why webbing has everything placed around your waist was to keep the centre of gravity low which means that only your legs are under load.

Re: High Chest Pistol Holster, thoughts?

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:07 pm
by Ryan


From Tango.

Stationary draw too; does not impeded by the rifle or stock thanks to the positioning of the sling. Meaning sling + pilot holster == ++?

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Re: High Chest Pistol Holster, thoughts?

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:12 pm
by seal236
90% of guys who roll with a high chest pistol holster are wearing it there for one reason. Well two reasons...

1. They dont know what they are doing,

2. They are in a vehicle. It is easier in a vehicle to get to a pistol than a rifle and it is easier to get to it on your chest than your leg or waist.

Re: High Chest Pistol Holster, thoughts?

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:59 am
by Ryan
seal236 wrote:90% of guys who roll with a high chest pistol holster are wearing it there for one reason. Well two reasons...

1. They dont know what they are doing,
Explanation?

Re: High Chest Pistol Holster, thoughts?

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:01 am
by jimothy_183
He's probablty referring to guys who do it just because it looks cool and don't actually know when it's best used.

Re: High Chest Pistol Holster, thoughts?

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:15 am
by Ryan
Well if you're running it in a vehicle then fine for a vehicle patrol but some of the photos clearly betray SF who are operating in houses. That could be said disembarking to operate, but it's not like you change your gear points during mission so they keep going with it, maybe a personal choice for them. It's all about accessibility. Then it drops to time. Then it drops to specification. Then again some are pistols literally shoved into the webbing and pouches. Maybe out of vehicle it's more about the primary being the main choice. I say this because some of SEALs SEAL buddies are on pictures with pilot holsters. :lol:

Re: High Chest Pistol Holster, thoughts?

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:31 am
by Ryan
Drop-leg versus mid-ride? Any preferences?

Re: High Chest Pistol Holster, thoughts?

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:55 am
by tacticalguy
Not a fan of the high chest holster unless I'm going to spend a LOT of time in a vehicle. Just not practical any other way, in my mind, especially weapon retention-wise. *shudders* The thigh holster is something I first tried out a long time ago, in the Army, when I was carrying a lot of gear including a long gun. In most security work, it tends to brand you as a "grand warrior" of the mall ninja type. Working as a tactical officer on a site, it sometimes creates an issue with LEOs who don't like the armed security officer in the tactical vest, bulletproof vest, handcuffs, OC, baton, Taser and thigh holster. I do wear it when I'm running a weapon retention class or through a shoot-house.

Re: High Chest Pistol Holster, thoughts?

Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:50 pm
by Ryan
Ryan wrote:Drop-leg versus mid-ride? Any preferences?
Or both?

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Re: High Chest Pistol Holster, thoughts?

Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:47 am
by jimothy_183
Hmmm...needs moar guns methinks. :roll:

Re: High Chest Pistol Holster, thoughts?

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:54 am
by tacticalguy
Uh... I'm.. Uh... Speechless. :oops:

Re: High Chest Pistol Holster, thoughts?

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:04 am
by jimothy_183
At the image or my comment or both? :lol:

Re: High Chest Pistol Holster, thoughts?

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:27 pm
by tacticalguy
jimothy_183 wrote:At the image or my comment or both? :lol:
Both, good sir! :mrgreen:

Re: High Chest Pistol Holster, thoughts?

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:49 pm
by TLS
First post gents
In regards to the operator pictured above- to me he looks like the real deal, good kit, not looking like a bag of sh*t.
Where i'm from it's not that uncommon for an operator to carry 2 secondarys, Drivers, Breachers,etc. It is also not a bad option for unit/apartment complexes (SOP's for some) where you don't want the over penetration of a 5.56 or tight spaces where even your H&K can be a bit cumbersome. MP-7 would be a great alternative.
If you look at the photo he has a lanyard atached to his primary ( thigh holstered Glock ). Same drills, stoppage on his primary - drop it on lanyard go for secondary. Bit radical but there you go. My personal preference is for my secondary on my assault vest but at just above the waist line.Just a personal thing, i despise things strapped to my legs. DP's gets you used to the position and it's a pretty natural for me as the movement is just like reaching to scratch your balls.

Re: High Chest Pistol Holster, thoughts?

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:07 pm
by Ryan
Thanks for the thoughts, good first post. I can't agree more.

With different placement, does that mean the principles slightly change or do they stay the same?

See.

Re: High Chest Pistol Holster, thoughts?

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:24 pm
by ClearRight
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Drop-leg problem solved!