When we decided to look at making
mounted holsters for the fastest growing horse-related sport there is,
we travelled to shoots and watched how the guns were being drawn as well
as the re-holstering. We noticed that almost all shooters wore their
guns in a fairly vertical position, and when asked why, the common
answer from the riders was fear of losing a gun on a canted holster.
In developing our second generation
mounted shooting system, we paid close attention to the current way most riders draw
the gun on a vertical holster, and called that draw the “M” factor. What
is the “M” factor? When the first gun is re-holstered, it is being
inserted in a downward motion. From there, the hand releases the gun,
lifts up then drops to the next gun. The gun is grabbed, lifted up and
out of the holster. Hence, the motion is done in the form of the letter
With our new holster design, when
you insert the first gun, your arm and hand naturally come around,
staying low and not affecting the upper body positioning in the saddle.
The rider slides the hand back, landing on the second gun, using the
same motion. This sets your thumb right on the hammer during the
transition. Our new design creates an in-and-out natural loop, cutting
back on gun transition time.
The new holster design does away
with concerns that guns will come loose. We have metal-lined our
and the rider can set the retention value as he or she wishes. It won’t
be necessary to get someone to add tightening stitches.
At Mernickle Holsters, we are
dedicated to holsters. We understand gun technology and what is needed
to make the gun work for the shooter, both coming in and out of the
holster, quickly and safely.
Bob Mernickle / Designer