GOOD, ECONOMICAL HOLSTER

I went online last week to investigate further an ad about magnetic sights for semi-auto pistols. From the ad, it appeared as though the “sight” would simply sit on top of the factory iron sights, – or perhaps the original sights had to be removed? When I checked the Ariete website, this type of sight was not offered for 1911 type pistols, only for Glocks. What they offer for 1911’s are magnetic LASER sights, in red or green, that either just “stick” on a steel frame, or to a steel strip glued to a polymer or aluminum framed pistol. These will also fit on a rail on pistols so equipped, without securing screws. There are also magnetic rails that will attach to a pistol that does not have rails. At any rate, the laser – or light – attaches below the barrel in the manner of a common rail-mounted light. Still good stuff, but I had been looking for a way to get good quality night sights on my 1911 without having to “drift” the Novack sights out of the slide dovetails and fit the new sights in.

Oh, well.

This heavy canvas holster by Ariete protects the pistol with a generous weather flap.

This heavy canvas holster by Ariete protects the pistol with a generous weather flap.

While on the Ariete website, I looked at their holsters, and found one I liked enough to give it a try. It is a sturdy canvas holster with a generous weather flap that Velcro’s snugly down. There are also two accessory straps that can be velcroed inside the holster and attached at the top by snaps to further secure the firearm in place. For those who carry a 1911 “cocked and locked”, this strap can also be used to block the hammer as a further, but almost redundant safety measure.

The tie-down strap of the holster holds a pistol in place when the flap is open, and can be used as a hammer block when carrying "cocked and locked".

The tie-down strap of the holster holds a pistol in place when the flap is open, and can be used as a hammer block when carrying “cocked and locked”.

The "tie down" strap under the weather flap can be positioned as a hammer block when carrying a pistol cocked.

The “tie down” strap under the weather flap can be positioned as a hammer block when carrying a pistol cocked.

Should a catastrophe occur, and the hammer falls in spite of the main safety and grip safety, it will fall on the strap, not the firing pin. (Note that pistol is unloaded, magazine removed).

Should a catastrophe occur, and the hammer falls in spite of the main safety and grip safety, it will fall on the strap, not the firing pin. (Note that pistol is unloaded, magazine removed).

The belt loops on the back are wide enough for Mike Tyson to wear the holster on his championship belt – or for a wide webbing belt, but they will also provide a generous “adjustment” in the height and cant of the pistol. This holster was designed to hold a full-size 1911 with a light attached, but is cut for the lights Ariete sells, which are smaller than the one I currently use. My light fits, as there is an elastic strap with some “give” across the front of the holster, but it would not be easy to quick-draw.

Sturdy, snap secured b;et loops are wide enough to accommodate a wide webbing belt.

Sturdy, snap secured b;et loops are wide enough to accommodate a wide webbing belt.

All-in-all, a very practical holster. For $15 (plus shipping), this one will be hard to beat.

Ariete LLC
Scottsdale, AZ
(602)999-0382
www.ArieteArms.com

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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