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    Safariland Thigh Holster: 1 strap VS 2 strap

    Can't decide which to go with...1 strap or 2 strap. I do know the 1 strap design is shorter.

    Am I missing anything else? What are the advantages/disadvantages of each?
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    What type of mission/assigment, etc. are you planning on using it for?
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    Depends on how low you plan on wearing it. If you wear it high on your hip, single strap would be better. With the two strap you may find the upper strap invading your "personal" space.

    In my humble opinion, the higher you wear a leg rig, the better.
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    Are you a Female? = NO - Go with the one strap. Your nut will appreciate the concern over his welfare.
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    When someone says "thigh holster" I can't help but think of something made of lace holding a derringer.

    A drop leg should be used to lower the holster enough to bypass armor and other equipment. With less-bulky armor carriers out there the need for a drop leg is diminishing other than for CDI. Using it in a vehicle blows balls.

    Wear it as high as you can and still bypass armor.

    As was asked earlier, your intended use would help with suggestions.

    If we are only limited to the one or two strap choices then the one strap all the way. IMO the two straps are beyond obsolete.
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    Amen to Swatcop556's post. In our group we are in plain clothes day to day. We only wear a duty belt when kitted up for an operation. Over the last several years most of us started with the 2 strap Safariland 6004. We started hiking them up as high as possible. Then we removed the top strap. Some of us even cut the leg piece making it shorter and using one strap. Then the one strap version came out (I believe it was originally made for a taser drop holster).

    Now many of us (myself included) have ditched leg straps altogether. We use the UBL to offset the holster. It's much closer to our normal draw from our concealed holsters and the gun is still vertical when seated. Honestly I don't know why anyone uses a drop holster that straps to the leg anymore.

    Occasionally I see a LEO at the range or an operation with a drop leg that is so low they have to dip to one side to even reach it. It's not only awkward and slow on the draw, it's more difficult to protect from a mope. I used to suggest they raise it but no matter how tactful I did they would get all pissy. Some people are just too dense I guess.
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    I've found that this setup works great.
    http://www.itstactical.com/gear/secu...-for-mid-ride/

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    Personally, I like the two strap. When the situation requires a drop leg, I want it on my thigh, not my, er, "upper thigh." That being said, if I need it as high, as it would be, with a single strap, I wear it on my belt.

    I kind of roll my eyes, at the guys that have removed the top strap, and "modified" the shroud, with a Dremel tool. They've went to a lot of trouble, and to me it says, I'd be better off with a belt holster, but I want to look cool. I think people are eventually going to go, with a dropped belt mount.
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    Everyone is entitled to their opinion but frankly it has jack to do with looking cool. YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by elephantrider View Post
    I've found that this setup works great.
    http://www.itstactical.com/gear/secu...-for-mid-ride/
    Ill second this. Works very well.

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    The Safariland UBL Adapter is great for range, patrol, etc work.

    However, sitting in a vehicle is cumbersome at best. I switched back to a single-strap leg shroud for that very reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWATcop556 View Post
    Everyone is entitled to their opinion but frankly it has jack to do with looking cool. YMMV
    Unfortunately, there are quite a few of my co-workers who sport the leg rigs simply for the "cool factor". What makes this even more aggravating are the ones who wear them so low they have to drop their shoulder or bend slightly at the waist to draw.

    Our instructors try and explain natural range of motion and how the lower the holster is on the leg the less consistent the draw but it falls on deaf ears.
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    Forget the draw....just running with that thing flopping around....ugh. Yeah, I don't think anybody's disputing the existence of those simply going for some dippy Old West aesthetic...

    ...but the idea that there's no middle ground between belt-mounted and too damned low to be useful to some is absolutely unsupportable.

    Until one of us who exclusively prefers a two-strap arrangement gets the power to make everybody's physiological stature the exact same as his AND what setup matches the mission parameters they need to fulfill, one-strap arrangements like modded 6004 shouds, -10 shrouds or similar will continue to have positive attributes other appearance .

    One can say that without casually pushing the idea that the two-strap setups are somehow only for the Wyatt Earp wannabes, so stating that a properly-done one-strap configuration only fulfills an aesthetic role is pretty limited in scope.

    OP, the two-strap stuff, on the average height/frame usually ends up with the upper strap impinging on one's beanbag, if worn at a height appropriate for that same dude to get a decent drawstroke and clear any kit worn to the upper body. Get somebody that's 6'6" and has a 7' wingspan, however...he may need to do something different than a "normal" human (apologies to all you Lurches, out there ; we love you guys, too....). Shorter than average.....things get really silly.

    One-strap, be it a modded 6004 shroud or something purpose-built, seems to provide more fitment options for a bigger slice of the middle of the population bell-curve. I know 3 fellas that do what elephantrider's link describes, because the UBL (which I use, no strap...and no bias) isn't a fits-all solution.

    I know of one gent who is required to use a specific type of belt, yet cannot use keepers because he wants to be able to turn the belt IOT get to cpecific items. That belt rides up when he hits the kneeling or prone, yet he needs to keep the gun just low enough to clear armor AND allow him to spin the belt. Solution: a modified 6004 shroud....because it was cheaper to mod that than to buy a -10 shroud. The leg strap keeps the belt from riding up, and if he needs to spin it, he just unsnaps the strap to do so.

    He's also killed more people than texting-while-driving, so if anybody wants to tell him he only chose that route because it looks "cool"...lemme know how that goes, if you live through the result. I'll be standing well away from the scene because I don't want to end up on a list entitled "Witnesses for the Prosecution."
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    I will forgo my list of reasoning for this so I can keep it short and sweet if you want to ask later, I will answer.

    I learned this from an instructor that has also taken out a few bad guys in his time......

    While wearing a drop leg holster, if you take your wrist and turn your hand in 90 degrees and touch your thigh with your middle finger, the muzzle of your pistol should be sitting on top of your fingers. Any lower and you will be hunting for your pistol as it moves along with your leg or you have to bend over too far to access the retention features of the holster.

    So, to the OP, the single strap will serve you well.
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