Gould & Goodrich's fresh take on the speed holster
New triple retention holster changing way officers draw
By Jeanette Kozlowski
Officers are given only seconds to react in life-or-death situations. Being able to draw and fire a weapon quickly is essential to their jobs, and Gould & Goodrich's latest holster has set out to improve that draw time.
Already in use by several departments across the country, the T391Triple Retention Duty Holster is based off of a power-speed holster from Austria. Made in the USA, the mid-ride holster features a rotating hood, an anti-blade device and belt locking screws.
While the original competition version of the patented holster has been available for many years worldwide, Gould & Goodrich made its locking mechanism automatic and added a rotating device to improve usability. These changes allow for a seamless draw in which the security hood opens and the trigger guard releases in one swift motion.
"It's so natural to use that we don't feel bad saying it's the fastest to use in the world," said Bernard Gould, the holster's designer. "There is no thinking, no extra motions—basically grip the gun and everything is released when you pull it out. At the same time, an assailant can't slap it or grab it or do anything to make it release because the release is designed so that the hand that grabs the gun is the one that does the work."
According to Gould, those who have had previous holster experience might get tripped up at first trying out the holster because of its simplistic nature. To unlock the gun, you must grip the butt of the gun and that motion alone will release your firearm. As your grip tightens, the thumb hits a pad that retracts the half-inch bolt keeping the firearm secure.
"If we just take a person who has never drawn a gun before, and say 'just take the gun and pull it out,' 90 percent of the time if they don’t think about it, they can do it," Gould said. "If they have bad habits, it takes an extra five minutes."
Those bad habits include sticking the thumb out "as if you're asking for a ride" in order to get the hood open. It's this natural muscle memory officers will have to forget in order to properly engage G&G's triple retention holster.
"Once you've done it once, your eyes get big as saucers and you'll say 'That's it!' and from then on it's really very easy," Gould explained.
Jeanette Kozlowski is a writer for Cat5 Commerce, a niche retail operator. She spends most days monitoring the wires for new and exciting developments to share on Tactical Pants Blog, an information hub for the law enforcement and public safety industry.