ACM Tornado Cadpat Drop Leg holster Review
The item was supplied by Airsoft Club from Hong Kong, their customer service did not respond to my emails, it was only when I emailed the wholesale address that I got through to “Dennis” one of the managers there in charge of wholesale. Once I was dealing with Dennis, the process was smooth and they gave me a few choices of items that they wanted reviewing.
The three items that I received from Airsoft Club were wrapped together inside the helmet which was covered in a thin foam style packaging and then placed inside a box for transit. The box was not sealed, just tied together with string. The items never got damaged or lost so this was adequate packaging.
The item was shipped via Hong Kong Airmail and took about 8 working days to arrive. The item was able to be tracked, however I wasn’t supplied this tracking number. This is no problem as it got here safely.
My 1st impression of the Holster was that is looked very ugly, there seemed to be straps and bits of Velcro here there and everywhere. After a bit of fiddling I found that all the Velcro was so that you can adjust this holster to take nearly every piston around and it will also take pistols with flashlights. The colour of the Cadpat looked well however, just a shame the straps were not Cadpat also and just simple OD.
I tried to fit my Glock, Taurus PT99 and CZ-75D to this holster and not one of them wanted to fit comfortably. The Glock I could not get the retention strap to hold it in place around the back of the grip. The PT99 and CZ had the same issue. Fitting the M6 tactical LLAM unit to the Glock I had to adjust the holster to max dimensions and again, the retention strap didn’t hold the piston in place.
The mounting to the holster to my leg was useless also. The holster seemed to be around my knees rather than on my thigh. After a bit of messing and removal of part of the strap I managed to get it to fit around my thigh where it was more comfortable. However when I tried to crawl in it, the holster caught the magazine release and the magazine fell out the pistol. The pistol also seemed to have a tendency to slide around the leg as there are no rubber grip sown into the straps to help stop movement on the leg. After about 5 minutes of testing the holster in the garden, I had to remove it as it was so uncomfortable.
The Holster seems very well built and I reckon it could take a lot of abuse if you could manage to get the retention strap to hold the pistol in place and stop it from pressing the magazine release. The colour of the Cadpat is good, which is the only good part of this holster, apart from taking a LLAM unit on the pistol.
This is the first review of an item I have given virtually all negative about, but it is truly a terrible item. I did manage to get the retention strap to finally hold the piston in place, but then I couldn’t remove the pistol because I had clamped the main body of the holster around the pistol too tightly. With a LLAM unit on, I think I would have damaged the unit pulling the pistol out.
I would advise on buying a plastic moulded holster to fit your pistol, or if you have multiple pistols buy a platform holster like this http://airsoft-club.com/shop/tactical-gear/holster/drop-leg-holster/component-molle-drop-leg-pistol-holster-cadpat-digital-camo as I have one of these and they are much more comfortable and useable in a game arena.
Build Quality 8/10
Value for money 4/10
Ease of fitment: 2/10
Originally posted 2011-03-25 11:51:42.