Highway Holster

By ampaterry, Nov 27, 2017 | |
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5/5,
  1. ampaterry
    My normal carry is a Glock 17 worn IWB or OWB at 4 oclock. With all the mess going on today, I did NOT like the idea of sitting on my weapon in such a way that it is almost impossible to get to, being hidden under my ample behind. Our normal road vehicle is a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum. I do NOT like the idea of sitting it in a cupholder, because we like to get coffee on the road, and neither do I like it tucked into the door side pocket due to lack of depth making it possible to flip out when I open or close the door. There is an additional storage space on the portion of the console that extends under the dash, but this is occupied with gum, mints and my custom chop-sticks for our trips to our Chinese restaurant.
    So I started researching. First of all, I will NOT drill holes nor spread glue to mount a holster in this vehicle; I spent more for it than we spent purchasing our first two homes, and I will NOT mess it up.
    I checked system after system, made dozens of trips outside to the vehicle to measure, etc., and one after the other I rejected each one. I did notice that MANY people complained about this mount or that mount not fitting their vehicle, and I thought "These nitwits should have MEASURED before they BOUGHT!"
    I finally found one that all the dimensions given matched the Pathfinder, and it had the added advantage of being mounted to the seat so it would move when the seat did. This pathfinder automatically raises the steering wheel and slides the seat back to its rear limit for ingress and egress, so this is an important feature to me.
    I bought it for $40 and also bought their holster for the mount for an additional $17.
    When it arrived, I must say I was a bit disappointed, as the parts were plastic and not that sturdy.
    There are some obvious design changes, as what I received did not match at all some of the reviews I read; there is no CUTTING on any part, they all slide and snap together.
    The instructions are interesting. They are printed on both sides of two 8 1/2 by 11 sheets of paper, and they are scanty at best. Step one is printed on one side under the parts list, and step two is printed on the back - upside down. 3, 4 and 5, 6, 7, 8,and 9 are on one side of the other sheet. The description of the mount and options are on the back of that sheet, again upside down. The mount comes with several mounting cords, velcro straps, and a tie wrap which it is a bit ambiguous about where, exactly, these are used. The illustration on step 8 shows some of them attached to the seat, while others are attached to the seat mount; the BOTTOM of the vertical piece is fixed in place, while the TOP moves back and forth with the seat.

    Here is the unit assembled and ready to install:

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    The intersection of the horizontal piece and the vertical piece is a rotating joint with two very small metal screws riding in a circular track. The bottom end of the vertical attaches to the seat mount; it does not move. The top horizontal piece moves with the seat. That means that every time I get in or out of the car, that joint rotates, and those screws slide in that plastic track.
    I do not trade cars every year; I typically drive a car for fifteen years or so - and I am completely convinced, from my experience with materials as a Senior Design Engineer for many years, that this mount will wear out long before I am done with it. For forty bucks, they could have put a metal track under those screws so they would have some chance of lasting.

    Also, my pistol was crammed right up against the console, and scrubbed it HARD every time the seat moved. The holster is ambidextrous, though, so I took the clip off and installed it on the other side, moving the gun out from the console.

    All in all, this mount is a good idea, poorly developed. For the money, it should have been better.
    But, if you do not move your seat a lot, this should hold up. The two adjustments make it possible to position the holster exactly where you want it, very easy to reach. The snap strap that holds the gun in place is velcro on both pieces, so it can be moved and placed precisely in the right position to flip the snap open with your thumb.

    Here is the finished install; quite unobtrusive and in easy reach:

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    You will note from the pictures that this holster has a pocket above the slide for an extra magazine as well -

    After having this mount installed for a week, I discovered an additional problem. Due to the nature of the mount, with repeated moving of the seat back and forth, the seat belt socket gets pushed further and further to the rear until it reaches a point where you cannot reach it at all. At that point, you have to take hold of the holster and push the whole mount forward, or get out and move the socket forward once more.

    I am removing this mount today; it is simply not worth the hassle, and I will find some better way to carry, or continue to sit on it when I drive. If I did a lot of driving in the multi-hour range, or if I turned off the feature that moves the seat back for easier ingress and egress of the vehicle, this mount would be practical for me. But my driving is of one hour or less duration, and my old body appreciates the ease of entry and exit, so I will not use this mount any longer. I will play around with their holster alone, and see if I cannot find some way to clip it somewhere that it will be usable, or religate it to that drawer full of unused holsters that every pistol owner seems to have.

    My rating on this holster is a mixed bag. For some vehicles and some driving patterns, it would be great. For others, it is much less so.

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