What’s Hot: The High Noon Topless Holster

By Massad Ayoob

My friend Steve Bumgarner, a mid-western gun dealer turned me on to this stuff a year ago and I’ve been quite impressed with what I’ve seen since. A number of students have shown up to LFI classes with High Noon Holsters, and all have been happy with the performance. I borrowed a couple of Steve’s, both for big guns: the Glock 21 and the M1911.

Slightly resembling the much copied Askins avenger design done for Bianchi in the 70s, the High Noon scabbard holds its color well and doesn’t scuff up easily. It’s not so rigid that it digs into you, and not so soft that you can’t easily and quickly reholster your pistol. like Momma Bear’s porridge, it’s “just right”.

I spent almost a week carrying the big 45 Glock and a high capacity Para Ordnance LDA P-14 45 in these holsters. My right arm was banged up, and I sometimes carried southpaw, occasionally with one gun on each hip. The High Noon design, unlike the classic Avenger, secures to the belt with semi-pancakes slots fore and aft of the holster. The rig bends just enough to make it comfortable, concealable, and functional. since both samples I used were open topped, “convertibility” was complete.

This is a useful feature on a carry gun’s holster. It seems that only the advanced professionals make a point of having a weak side holster (and an ambidextrous gun) not only on hand but grooved with practice. If your dominant arm is injured you want to be ready to strap something on and defend yourself and your family weak-hand-only the moment you come home from the hospital. Been there, done that. Pain, casts, and therapy make it a lousy time to prepare for weak-hand only personal defense after the injury has taken place. The ambidexterity of the High Noon scabbard is another excellent reason to buy one.

The Complete Book Of Handguns, 2002

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