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Defensive tactics

Updated: Apr 11

It was a course given in LEO training but here I'm speaking of why you all have ever been able to buy what's called a 'slide' holster. And I was reminded by this version that bears the Jackass Leather mark because Jackass was entirely a 1970s phe-nom:



'1970s' matters because making and cataloguing the slide holster was a tactic that every maker in that era employed, to defend against the Roy Baker patent for the pancake holster. "Oh, yeah, that design has been around FOREVER and the pancake is just a fancy version of the old slide holster". And this one above, is Gallagher's (whose company made pancakes, too, and in the '80s became Galco until the present day).


At Bianchi we made it, too, and for that very reason. At least we put a thumbsnap on ours!


Don Hume's:


Safariland's; hey, they put a thumbsnap on theirs, too :-)


Or not . . .


Who else in the '70s . . . hmmm . . . oh yes, here's Tex Shoemaker's; JB would've jumped on the phone with Tex to 'advise' him:



Forget all the reasons you've been told to avoid them*, and even the Yaqui Slide that is the same era but nevertheless is a bit of an outlier -- the slide holster appeared in the '70s to counteract Roy Baker and his attorneys. Hell, I was there :-)



*That reminds me, I get a 'kick' out of the dumb comments on forums about avoiding slides and SOB holsters. The latter gets a "you'll break your spine if you fall down on your back" every_single_time a post appears about them. THEY'RE NOT WORN OVER THE SPINE, DUMBASSES. Instead they're worn beside the spine, over the kidney; this one is a Galco, the company that popularized them (but the SOB holsters first appeared on 1959's TV show "Tightrope" and were made as toys for same):



This clever 'take' on the slide was by Tex Shoemaker. It's based on the original concept seen only in early S.D. Myres catalogs, where the holster is actually only a single, slotted piece and the belt itself forms the missing half:




The pull of the belt tightens the holster and grips the pistol, and Tex has moulded the panel so that the holster will let go of it for drawing! I've not ever handled one of the old Myres and it surely wouldn't have helped in a patent dispute over the pancake invention.

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