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[SHOT Show 2017] Four New Holsters from the SHOT Floor

A vast number of companies debuted new or significantly updated products this past week during the 39th annual NSSF SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Among them were several holster manufacturers – Mission First Tactical showed us a new line of holsters, Alien Gear Holsters released a new holster mount, StealthGear USA introduced holsters to fit the new All-American Honor Defense pistols and BLACKHAWK! released the Omnivore holster. We'll tell you about all of 'em.

SHOT Show 2017: Four New Holsters from the SHOT Floor

First up, some news from Mission First Tactical. Here’s what they want you to know about their new holster line.

1. Mission First Tactical (MFT) Holster Line

Mission First Tactical

Mission First Tactical (MFT) has expanded its American-made product line to include handgun holsters designed and built to maximize security, comfort and concealment with the most effective and confident feel when drawing or holstering a firearm.

“Mission First Tactical is renowned for blending unique designs with revolutionary materials and the latest production techniques to create unparalleled firearms accessories,” Gordon Edelman, President of Mission First Tactical commented. “The addition of a handgun holster line is a natural progression from our rifle/carbine accessories, since tactical operators also carry a backup handgun in addition to a rifle platform. We at MFT wanted to make certain that the holsters complimented our other accessories in design, material and functionality. Using the latest high-tech materials and production methods, our new holster line has all the fit, feel and performance one expects from MFT.”

The MFT team of experienced advisors and designers researched materials to develop a holster that would have capabilities unlike any other holster on the market. After evaluating multiple materials, MFT selected Boltaron for its uniform wall thickness, impact and scratch resistance, chemical and stretch/wear resistance. In addition, Boltaron is ten times more impact resistant than standard plastics, is fire retardant and is resistant to cracking in artic cold and deforming in extreme heat. The new material is only known to small custom shops, and is made using sophisticated laser capabilities to produce super clean edges with superior finishing techniques. Every holster undergoes hand assembly and finishing, resulting in a perfect combination of the latest technologies and hand-crafted attention to detail.

The new MFT holsters are proudly made in the USA. Multiple models will be available. MSRP is $69.99.

More about Mission First Tactical in their own words.

Mission First Tactical (MFT) designs and develops select USA Made rifle/carbine accessories specifically for the Military, Law Enforcement and Civilian markets. The MFT team has over 75 years of industry experience in taking concepts to front-line deployment. From the beginning MFT’s mission is to develop leading edge products for individual’s operating in harm’s way.

You can find them online right here.

The second product is from Post Falls, ID based Alien Gear Holsters. They released a new IWB holster mount. Here’s what they said.

2. Alien Gear Holsters Cloak Dock IWB Holster Mount

Alien Gear Holster

Alien Gear Holsters now offers the all-new Cloak Dock IWB Holster Mount, which allows users to anchor an inside-the-waistband (IWB Holster) Alien Gear holster on any structurally sound surface.

The Cloak Dock IWB Holster Mount was designed specifically with Alien Gear Holsters’ loyal customers in mind. After the Cloak Dock OWB Holster Mount was released, a large volume of requests were received from customers asking for a holster mount that is compatible with their IWB holsters.

The concealed carry holster company responded with the Cloak Dock IWB Holster Mount, made of premium engineered polymer, and designed for quick and simple installation. The IWB holster mount provides a sturdy and safe dock for a handgun, providing the user with confidence anywhere, anytime.

This IWB Holster mount can be used as a desk holster, car holster, wall holster, bedside holster and much more. Alien Gear Holsters’ Jacob Shearer is excited for the versatility that comes with the Cloak Dock IWB Holster Mount.

“The IWB Dock is a great option for those looking to have their gun holstered and near them for those times when carrying IWB may not be preferred,” Shearer said. “All while being ready to use at a moment’s notice.”

The gun holster mounting system can be attached to a broad number of surfaces including wood, plastic, drywall, and sheet metal.

This means all Alien Gear IWB holsters can securely fasten to a desk, bedside table or wall, underneath a vehicle steering column, or any appropriate surface for convenient access to your firearm.

The mounting brackets of the docking system have clip platforms that provide extra security for the IWB holster. This maintains a smooth drawing and holstering without any wobble or give.

All Alien Gear products are proudly handcrafted in the USA with quality and attention to detail. The Cloak Dock IWB Holster Mount is made with confidence, and backed with a Forever Warranty and a 30-Day Test Drive.

About Alien Gear Holsters in their own words.

Founded in 2013, Alien Gear Holsters manufactures premium, incredibly comfortable holsters for concealed carry. Alien Gear Holsters are the most comfortable holsters on the planet. Any planet.

You can find them online right here.

The third release comes from StealthGear USA. Here’s what they told us.

3. StealthGear USA Holsters Fitting All-American Honor Defense Pistols

StealthGear USA Holster

StealthGear USA is producing holsters to fit the new All-American Honor Defense pistols.  These StealthGear holsters are available now, in options for all five of the Honor Defense semi-automatic handguns.

“Top quality firearms deserve top quality holsters. We appreciate a top brand like StealthGear USA recognizing the quality and popularity of Honor Defense, and making custom holsters.” said Gary Ramey, President of Honor Defense. “Like Honor Defense, they are an all-American start-up business, we share the same values and appreciate the partnership.”

“StealthGear USA products pass through 10 to 12 sets of hard-working hands here in American Fork, Utah, prior to being shipped to our customers,” said Jason Goates, StealthGear's Sales and Marketing Manager.  “Up until the creation of our patented VentCore system in 2012, the firearm holster market lacked thoughtful effort and execution in safety, no-compromise design, and true innovation. We are pleased to work with other American companies that share these same core values and standards, and that very much includes Honor Defense.”

VentCore–used on all StealthGear's concealment holsters–is constructed of 100% synthetic, non-moisture-absorbing materials and is completely ventedfor breathability and comfort. 

All Honor Defense pistols are built with high quality standards and feature:

  • Striker-fired design that can handle +P loads

  • Trigger has a wide face with a crisp 7lb pull

  • Short reset for quicker second shot and better control

  • Ambidextrous slide catch and magazine catch

  • Available with or without an ambidextrous manual safety lever

  • Modular system with stainless steel chassis

  • Custom texture design to provide better grip in all situations

  • Replaceable back straps to allow customization.

You can find StealthGear USA here and Honor Defense online here.

The final line is from Overland Park, KS BLACKHAWK! They say their Omnivore “is a multi-fit holster that accommodates more than 150 styles of semi-automatic handguns with an accessory rail.” Here’s what else they have to say about it.

4. BLACKHAWK! Omnivore Holster

Omnivore Holster

Multiple holsters for multiple handguns is no longer an issue. The BLACKHAWK! The active retention mechanism locks onto our proprietary Rail Attachment Device, not the frame of the handgun. A thumb release disengages the locking mechanism when drawing the handgun.

• Multi-fit – Omnivore holsters fit more than 150 styles of semi-automatic handguns with an accessory rail.

• Active Retention Mechanism – Ergonomic thumb-activated retention mechanism delivers instant firearm access.

• Level 2 Retention – Uses two features to hold handgun securely in place.

• Free-Floating Design – Holster locks onto Rail Attachment Device, doesn’t wear firearm’s frame and finish.

• 3-Position Adjustable Release – Height of thumb-activated retention mechanism adjusts to fit your hand.

BLACKHAWK!, a Vista Outdoor, Inc. brand, is committed to providing the best class of tactical gear. For more information, visit them online.

About Vista Outdoor in their own words.

Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international customer service, sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and New Zealand.

For news and information visit them online here.

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This has been a special SHOT Show installment of Industry News. It is not a review nor an endorsement.

What is the NSSF SHOT Show?

The NSSF SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show) and Conference is an annual event held by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Typically attended by thousands of people from all 50 states and over a hundred countries, it is (quite rightfully) described as the “…world's premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics, and related products and services.

Imagine the Worlds' Fair, but packed with everything from mini-guns and every breed of body armor, bows and boots; from eye pro and ear pro to optics and ordnance, socks to swords…you get the idea. If you'd like to see a sampling of the companies who will be showing at this year's SHOT, there's a live map right here, though it doesn't reflect the organizations set up elsewhere, in hotel suites, etc

View imagery from our coverage of last year's SHOT Show here; 2015's is right here.

SHOT 2017 Schedule

January 15 — Special invite-only events; Veterans Training Fund/Wishes for Warriors at The Ranch, SIG Sauer Range Day, and others
January 16 — Media on the Range, Boulder City Rifle & Pistol Club
January 17 — 20, 2016

Sands Expo and Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
Tuesday, January 17 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 18 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 19 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, January 20 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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