File photo – 7TS AS a Belt Holster (The Safariland Group)
The U.S. Army has unveiled a new holster that soldiers rely on in the preparation of their new pistols.
American soldiers are receiving a new gun for personal protection, Sig Sauer 9mm XM17, and the more compact version, the XM18. These weapons are replacing the M9 as the Army’s service pistol.
Beretta’s M9 was first introduced as the Army were in the Cold War back in 1986, so this is the first time that soldiers will be issued new sidearms in the 30 years.
New Sig Sauer guns have a great potential than self-defense, such as close-quarter combat –so holsters that guarantee a smooth, easy to draw are important.
Safariland’s commercially available tan 7TS holster will be used for the Army’s new sidearm.
The commercially available versions
There are different ranges to measure for the duty, tactical and after.
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The 7TS holster has a slim design that improves signs. In the holster, there are thin raised surfaces called “risers.” This make the airspace around the gun. This is important, because it keeps moisture and dirt from contact with the gun – and, crucially, reduces the friction.
7TS Tactical Edition (The Safariland Group)
The draw? Smooth and easy.
The Safariland 7TS holsters are lightweight, but robust. Made of so-called DuPont nylon blend called SafariSeven, they can perform even in very challenging environments ranging from the Arctic to the desert. The holsters can withstand extremely cold temperatures of -50 degrees Fahrenheit and extreme heat up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and still perform.
Rain, snow or fog? No problem. These holsters can be submerged in water for weeks and still perform. The 7TS holsters are a great choice for wet areas and tough weather.
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Lasers and concealment holsters
As part of the Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) program is the introduction of a new gun, the Army is also considering different holsters for different requirements.
In addition to this Safariland holster, other holster, under the consideration will give soldiers with benefits when they need to shoot in the night. The holster would be compatible with state-of-the-art technology.
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Both Sig Sauer pistols and can be equipped with the oppressors. To attach lasers and lights, there is an integrated MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail.
File photo – US soldiers are set to receive a new holster (The Safariland Group)
Ideally, the new Army holster will be compatible with a XM17 with mounted aiming laser and light.
This would be for the American troops the advantage of being able to draw with a loaded weapon that is immediately ready with a laser or light instead of losing time to add when it is needed and when every second counts.
The compact version of the XM18, would also benefit from a concealment holster.
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When a shooter holsters the XM17 in the 7TS, the pistol is secure with the Safariland Self Locking System (SLS) and the IF the Automatic locking system (ALS)
For improved safety, the design this double lock system: both the AS and SLS systems.
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When a shooter unholsters the XM17, both systems can be released quickly with a single movement of the thumb of the firing hand.
When a shooter reholsters, IF the locking of the handle helps to ensure that the XM17 is protected. The lever is automatically turned on.
The XM17 is held firmly in the 7TS holster with the thumb break release lever. This also helps prevent thieves.
To prevent the XM17 of being freed, the design also includes a band that covers the back of the gun. The SLS retention loop provides extra security.
It is expected that soldiers will have a number of ways to mount the holster including drop-leg and MOLLE mounting brackets.
Army received new sidearms
The Army recently began the distribution of the guns. The next ten years, about a quarter of a million of the new weapons are issued to all Army units.
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The XM17 and XM18 are variants of the Sig-Sauer is available to the public P320 pistol. The XM18 is a compact version that can be run in a hidden holster.
First revealed back in 2014, the P320 is a polymer striker fired gun that was developed as a service pistol. It is modular with interchangeable grip modules. The user can customize, the size and the frame size.
The P320 has a number of useful features for law enforcement and military purposes. The trigger has a short pull and reset. It can also be disassembled without manipulating the trigger and without using any tools. And it was designed to fit a wide range of hands.
The military variants have a different paintjob. The Army also had several magazine requirements. Soldiers can make use of both the standard and extended capacity magazines.
For more details about the new Army pistol click here.
Allison Barrie is a defense specialist with experience in more than 70 countries, who recommends the highest level of defence and national security, a lawyer with four postgraduate degrees, and author of the definitive guide, Future Weapons: Access Granted, to purchase, in 30 countries. Barrie hosts the new hit podcast “Tactical Talk”, where she gives listeners a direct access to the most fascinating of the Special Operations warriors each week and to learn more about the FOX Firepower host and columnist, click here or follow her on Twitter @allison_barrie and Instagram @allisonbarriehq.