Modular Holsters? Check Out Vega Holster

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Vega Holster is a family run Italian business that specializes in holsters and accessories. I had the opportunity to chat with Francesco Toschi, the son about their new products.

Their newest offering is a modularization of their polymer holster series (which reminds me of a hybrid between a Serpa and Safariland holster mounted to Blackhawk STRIKE). They have both an index finger release holster and a retention holster that is the finger release version and an additional thumb release with shroud. It seems like a number of manufacturers are going to the “hooded” holster design lately, and Vega is no exception with their retention holster.

All of their new series can attach to one of a few different backing plates, from an adjustable belt clip, to a thigh panel, to a PALS compatible plate (again, very much like the Blackhawk STRIKE stuff). They also have a few accessories like a retractable lanyard, magazine pouches and a light holster that works on the same system.

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Thigh plate with magazine and light holder

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Retention holster inside

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Retention holster side view

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Lanyard on PALS plate

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Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • Pete

    The downside of stealing another company’s idea…when the design idea you stole is proven to be unsafe before your product hits the market. INDEX FINGER RELEASE? Ouch my leg.

    • Spiderman

      Seriously???

      Index finger release is not unsafe – sorry to burst your bubble but its a training issue.

      If your stupid enough to draw any firearm, put your booger hooker in the trigger guard and pull the trigger when the muzzle is not on target, its the SHOOTER is to blame, not the equipment.

      Those that have negligently discharged and shot themselves with retention holsters all have a couple of things in common.

      1. They all pulled the gun from the holster and MOVED their trigger finger off the slide and into the trigger guard.

      2. They all made a decision to pull the trigger before the muzzle was on target.

      3. They all did not train on that specific piece of equipment (which is ignorance/stupidity).

      Now if certain people cannot train to correctly use that piece of equipment, then they shouldn’t have it in the first place. As an instructor that was contracted to teach MPs at Fort Carson on pistol manipulation, I was amazed at how many did not train on their equipment (of course we fixed that problem as some did have SERPA retention holsters).

      BTW if you look at the Serpa retention holster when the finger is on the release and keep it in that position, then pull out the gun from the holster, the trigger finger indexes on the slide/upper part of the lower which is nowhere near the trigger guard or trigger. So again its not an equipment issue, but a lack of training (because many don’t look at all the moving parts, decisions and actions – stupid is as stupid does).

      Just saying, look at all the mechanics of the draw sequence before you make a blanket statement that doesn’t take into account all the individual actions.

      A helpful training note from your friendly neighborhood Spiderman!

      😉

      • I completely agree. You saved me the time it would have taken me to write everything you just said. I’ve used SERPA holsters for years. When I release, my gun comes out with my index finger resting on the slide, exactly where I keep it when I pull from other holsters. It’s intuitive and for me it’s always been this way.

        How other people can mess it up is kind of mind blowing to me.

    • Spiderman

      P.S. BTW if you look at the first picture in this blog post, you see the release button is nowhere near the trigger or trigger guard (its actually above it).

      A picture says a thousand words… if you open your eyes and look.

      😉

  • Spiderman

    For those that need pictures

    😉

    Spidey

    • echelon

      I think Springfield needs to get on the case and add a “Index Zone” moniker to the holster so that everyone is very clear about where to index their finger.

      I mean, I was totally unsure of how to hold a pistol until they educated me with the Grip Zone!

  • Don Ward

    Let me guess. All of these “accidental” or negligent discharges are coming from Glocks or 1911s. But it’s the holster’s fault and 92Fs are terrible.

    Don’t think I haven’t been paying attention.

    *Rocking chair creaks*

  • Mmmtacos

    “Vega Holster is a family run Italian business…”

    Italian. Sexy design. Makes sense. Now I want one for a Beretta PX4 I don’t have.

  • William Wallace

    I don’t like SERPAs not because of the ND issue. That is operator error through and through. If you can’t take a gun out of a holster with a covered trigger without your finger ending up inside the trigger guard when you draw, that is your lack of manual dexterity and digitial control.

    I don’t like it because of the unreliability of the SERPA mechanism when exposed to gravel and sand. Also, the mounting mechanism on a belt loop makes it stick out so much that it is impossible to conceal under anything but a bulky jacket.

  • Pete

    Okay, Spiderman, echelon, and Jesse Gunderson, I will trust each of you to carry in an index-finger release holster (I carried in a SERPA for over a year with no issues). But as for the rest of the world, you have got to be kidding. You say the shooter is to blame — and I agree. So when your wife is crying on the ground and you are putting pressure on her thigh wound, you can chastise her and say “This is all your fault, I told you to watch the placement of your index finger.”