Fobus paddle holster

Fobus paddle holster

This is a discussion on Fobus paddle holster within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; hi, I recently purchased a fobus paddle holster for a glock 19. The gun snapped in, and was very difficult to remove. I had to ...

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    Fobus paddle holster

    hi,

    I recently purchased a fobus paddle holster for a glock 19. The gun snapped in, and was very difficult to remove. I had to yank on it with both hands to get it out. If I was wearing it, the entire holster would have come out of my pants. There is no screw to adjust the tension.

    Is this common with this type of holster, and do they loosen up over time? This holster is relative cheap ($35) and I think this may be the problem.

    Any other recommendations?

    thanks


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    I have one and they are a nightmare for pulling firearms out. The website says a quick snap to pull out. I think more like tie a rope to the bumper of my car and my glock and have car pull out

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    Fobus paddle holster

    I have one for range time only. Works well for that application
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    Amazing - mine is too LOOSE!

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    You need the evolution model, it has the adjustment screw. Try armor all inside. test it on, not just in your hands and give it a quick snap.

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    I've had the same problem. I usually buy another brand nowadays.

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    I have been a fan of the Fobus since they were introduced back when I was a police officer. I found that on some of their rigs you have to give them a little "break-in" time, meaning time for the polymer to smooth out and for the seams to expand. To accelerate this process in order to make it usable I would often unload my sidearm and practice drawing in MANY times. If that fails to meet your needs I have taken a emory board and sanded down the holster where it locks in to the trigger guard. BE CAREFUL not to take to much off or it could ruin its retention abilities.
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    Ahhhh yes... Most Fobus paddles do this. My Kahr PM9 was stuck in the Fobus the first time I stuck it in there.

    The fix:

    Heat up the holster with a hair dryer. Get it super toasty. Now (gently!) pull apart the two "halves". Slow, gentle pressure to "stretch" it a little. Let cool for a minute. Try your gun. Rinse / repeat if needed.

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    Fobus holsters are made this way for a purpose, that is so no one else can take the weapon from your holster. The trick is a little jerk in the correct direction and it will come right out. The holster is designed to release the weapon only in a straight up motion..... This is for your safety. It will get easier over time though.

    I have one for every Glock that I own and they work awesome for me. Good luck.
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    The problem with the Fobus design is that the tension required to release the firearm, tends to sometimes be the same amount of tension required to release the paddle holster in whole and leave you with a drawn, holstered firearm.

    Try shoving a socket down into the trigger guard that is sized just enough that you can barely jam it in there. Now heat it up real good with a hair dryer or heat gun and then let it cool with the socket still in there.

    Mine works fine for the range, but I'd never carry a defensive firearm in one.
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    I have the Fobus with the retention screw. Yeah it can be frustrating at first but like said above try Armor All on the inside of the holster and also you have to draw the gun at the right angle. My holster came with a detailed sheet explaining how to make the holster work. I gave up practicing with it and started looking into IWB holsters.

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    I have one for my Beretta. Try a little forward pressure when you draw instead of all straight up. I admit it was awkward at first, but now it draws like butta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZJD1968 View Post
    Fobus holsters are made this way for a purpose, that is so no one else can take the weapon from your holster. The trick is a little jerk in the correct direction and it will come right out. The holster is designed to release the weapon only in a straight up motion..... This is for your safety. It will get easier over time though.

    I have one for every Glock that I own and they work awesome for me. Good luck.


    AMEN TO THAT! I use the Fobus for most of my carry needs and if used properly they are a great bargain.

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    I've run my course with Fobus holsters, and I'm done with them now. I think I ended up with three, but only one is a decent fit; one barely allowed my K40 in and it didn't snap in; the other grabbed the little Taurus so tightly I couln't draw the gun with one hand. I called the US headquarters on both and was given the "heat it with a hairdryer" advice, which was useless.

    On top of that, the one holster that did fit (for a G23) had its rivets rust and one broke.

    IF you get a Fobus that fits your gun, great, but that's a hit-or-miss thing (1 in 3 for me). The best thing they have going for them is affordability, but - buy cheap, buy twice.
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    In my experience, they're a waste of money at best, and unsafe in some circumstances. A quick youtube search will give you plenty of hits on the lack of retention and how easily they can be utterly destroyed in a fight.
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