5.11 Tactical Blade-Tech Revolution Glock 19/23/32 Holster Reviews

5.11 Tactical Blade-Tech Revolution Glock 19/23/32 Holster

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5.11 Tactical Blade-Tech Revolution Glock 19 holster

Mar 30, 2009 (Updated Mar 30, 2009)
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Pros:A good, inexpensive OWB polymer holster

Cons:Best used for classes and competition, not every day concealed carry.

The Bottom Line: An excellent choice for an OWB polymer holster.


The 5.11 Tactical Blade-Tech Revolution holster is an outside the waistband, thermo-molded polymer holster designed to offer good performance at a low cost.

The holster is available for a variety of pistols. This is a review of the holster for the Glock 19. The holsters for other pistols are essentially the same, but each holster variation will only work with that specific pistol model.

The holster comes with both paddle and belt loop options. The belt loop is adjustable for belts from 1" to 2 1/2". To switch from the paddle to the belt loop back unit the user simply unscrews a few screws, removes the old back unit, and install the other back option. There are "extra" screw holes in the holster so that both the paddle and belt loop options can be installed in more then one position. This allows the user to adjust the specific angle or "cant" of the holster.

The firearm is secured in the holster strictly through friction. This is called "Level 1" retention as there are no releases that have to be manipulated or thumb straps that have to be removed before the pistol can be drawn. The amount of friction, and therefore the amount of force needed to remove the handgun, can be adjusted by tightening or loosening the retention screws in the holster.

I use this holster with my Glock 19. When I received my holster the paddle unit was installed. Since I despise paddle holsters the first thing I did was see how to install the belt holster option. Fortunately, it was a matter of removing and replacing a few standard Phillips head screws.

The other adjustment I had to make was to adjust the retention screws to allow for easy draw of the pistol. When the holster arrived the screws were so tight that I could barely insert the pistol and, once in the holster, getting it out was difficult. Fortunately all it took was a few minutes work with the same screwdriver to adjust the tension to allow for a good compromise between retention and easy release. I later made a second adjustment at the range during my first range trip with the new holster. After that, I was set.

This is a standard outside the waistband (OWB) holster best suited for "open carry." While this could be used for concealed carry, it would require a medium to long jacket for concealment.

I've used this holster for training classes and IDPA competition. Once properly adjusted, the holster has kept the pistol secure when I'm moving, yet allowed me to access the pistol quickly on the draw. I've also found that this holster holds the pistol closer to the body then other OWB polymer holsters. This tends to make the weight of the pistol ride more comfortably and, I believe, allows for easier access during the draw.

One of the best things about this holster is it's low price. This holster works as well as other polymer holsters I own that cost twice as much and works much better then any of the other holsters in the comparable price range.


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