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GREAT for me...with an asterisk for you.
on April 15, 2013
Let me start by saying that my initial inclination was to rate this as a 5-star item, but there is a caveat to that, which I will get to in the course of my overall review, that caused me to settle on a 4-star rating.
Having said that, I think the item itself is terrific. The holster is completely modular, with heavy-duty velcro strap adjustments for custom fitting to every dimension of the weapon. I myself am using this to holster a Gen-4 Glock 23 with a Crimson Trace Lightguard and Laser Grip installed, but it is readily apparent that the holster could accommodate a MUCH larger (or smaller) weapon, and still be completely usable.
It took me about 15-20 minutes of subtle adjustments to the depth of holster, width, interior dimensions, length of the hang strap from my belt, and the two leg straps to get it to where it is a perfect fit...but that should be completely expected for an item specifically designed for universal appeal.
I read all the other reviews on here before buying this item myself, and I was nervous regarding the leg straps, because there was a repeated criticism about how they barely fit. Well...I don't know if UTG has lengthened the straps over time in response to these complaints, or if the previous reviewers who had this issue were Sumo Wrestlers, or what...but I am 6'2" 270 lbs. I played Linebacker in college. I have always had thighs the size of tree-trunks, and now that I've gotten a little bit older, I've also gotten out of playing shape...so I am a big dude to begin with, and I've gotten a little bit fat as well, and the leg straps on this item fit me just fine after adjustment, with plenty (and when I say plenty, I mean there is still 6-8" of tail on the strap) of room remaining to make a larger leg opening, and additionally, the (female) end of the buckle attachment has an elastic component to ensure a snug and comfortable fit.
So...unless you're in the neighborhood of 400+ lbs, I think you can put those concerns to rest.
Another feature of the leg straps is that they have two rubberized seams running along the entire length (the grey bits shown in the default photograph). They serve a purpose...keeping the straps in place and stationary on the leg...which is important to me, as the reason I bought this item in the first place was to carry a firearm while backpacking in the wilderness. I myself would prefer them to be black, but that is a purely aesthetic issue which can likely be solved (if one cared enough to do it) with a Sharpie marker, and I have not downgraded my rating in any way because of it.
Another repeat negative I read which concerned me was that the pocket for the spare magazine was too small to fit the 13-round clip for the Glock 23. Well...I have a Glock 23, and the pocket fits that spare magazine like a glove. I am not a significant gun enthusiast, so I don't know the size comparison from the magazine for my weapon to others out there, but if you are reading this, and you DO know how your spare magazine compares to mine, if it's bigger, it will be a tight squeeze, if it's the same or smaller, you'll have no issue whatsoever...and the flap that closes over the pouch (but not the pouch itself) is adjustable velcro as well, and able to be lengthened, so it would likely be able to fit an extended capacity magazine without much trouble.
The reason that I decided to rank this a 4-star item is the snap / velcro closure buckle for the weapon holster itself. I played around with the orientation, length, method of closure (the straps have both a snap button and velcro tabs), etc for a good 10 minutes without finding a combination that was satisfactory.
I want to be able to release the buckle and draw the weapon relatively quickly, and with only one hand.
I am not trying to be Wyatt Earp or Doc Holliday...I just want to know that if faced with an aggressive grizzly bear at 30 yards, that I can get the weapon out before it is inside of 20 yards if (God forbid) I actually have to fire on an animal that does not respond to Counter Assault Bear spray. As it comes, out of the box, I could not find a combination that I deemed acceptable. When the snap button is in the correct alignment, the velcro tabs seem to always be in the way, and having both of the closure methods engaged seems cumbersome...like I will not be able to draw the weapon under duress without some trouble. I tried reversing the straps, I tried tucking back the velcro closure tab out of the way into another velcro component fold of the holster, I tried everything I thought might help, and I never did find the right combination.
For me, personally, I have two other holsters (one belt, and one shoulder) that also have velcro components which I rarely use. After trying (unsuccessfully) to find the right method with the buckle provided with this item, I ended up taking the closure buckle strap off of one of those other holsters that I like much better, and simply attached it to this holster.
Maybe if I didn't have those other items, and was forced to be more stubborn with the equipment provided with this one, I eventually would have found the perfect combination and then I could, without reservation, make this a 5-star item. I did not have the requisite patience for any more trial & error, and that one simple modification makes this a 100% perfectly-fitting tactical leg holster...for me...but not everyone is likely to have spare holsters laying around to strip for parts, and therefore I made this a 4-star rating so that perhaps those of you who (like me) read the reviews looking for negatives, and basically eschew the 5-star ratings altogether, would hopefully find this review and be all the wiser before making your purchase.
Other than that one issue, which like I said does not affect me personally, this is a terrific product, sturdily-made, and VERY modular...just SOOOO adjustable to fit the needs and / or preferences of each individual gun owner. When you couple that with the fact that this holster is (currently) available for under $20 dollars?! No-brainer. Buy it. You won't regret it.
If you've made it this far into the review, I hope it's been helpful and informative...I've uploaded five "customer images" to better show the features that are difficult to see in the stock photograph Amazon uses.