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I emailed Safariland over the weekend to see if they had anything available for the new HK45. I received an email back today, here is what they said:

Dear David,

Unfortunately, the model 5188 is not made for the HK45 full size.... At this time this project is not on our R&D list.

Thank you,

Sonia

I emailed them back and told them I was a bit disapointed that they are not even looking into making one since Blade Tech already has one available. I use all Safariland holsters right now, I like the suede lining and they are built very well and at a good price.

The HK45 will not fit in my standard USP 9/40 call holster but it will fit in my USP Expert holster, just the holster is a bit longer then it needs to be. I wonder if a USP 45 holster would fit the HK45? So for now I am going to use my Expert holster.

You guys have any solutions or hosters that work that are not kydex?
 

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I am not sure, I read some where that they had one. I personally do not like holsters like that so I did not look into it. I hope I am not wrong but I did read that either here or another forum.

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I have been speaking to Safariland a bit lately to try and straighten out an order.

Every time I speak to Safariland I squeal like a pig that they need to make holsters for the new HK45. Blah Blah Blah, very popular new gun, Blah Blah Blah, issued to LE, Blah Blah.

I spoke to the new customer service manager, Michelle Johnson – she told me no one else is asking for it. (By the way I have already bugged Sonia).

Join in folks – the more people that ask, the more chance that they get going on this sooner than later. We all know that eventually they will make holsters for it.

As soon as I pick up my HK45 I will try it in the Safariland 6281 holster for the P30 and let you know how it fits. I am hoping to get my HK45 by the end of the week
 

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Yea let us know. Has anyone tried a normal USP 45 fullsize holster with the HK45? My expert holster works but the holster is longer then it needs to be. I have to order a new holster tomorrow so I might just buy one and try it, if it doesn't work I guess I could return in.
 

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I have been speaking to Safariland a bit lately to try and straighten out an order.

Every time I speak to Safariland I squeal like a pig that they need to make holsters for the new HK45. Blah Blah Blah, very popular new gun, Blah Blah Blah, issued to LE, Blah Blah.

I spoke to the new customer service manager, Michelle Johnson – she told me no one else is asking for it. (By the way I have already bugged Sonia).

Join in folks – the more people that ask, the more chance that they get going on this sooner than later. We all know that eventually they will make holsters for it.

As soon as I pick up my HK45 I will try it in the Safariland 6281 holster for the P30 and let you know how it fits. I am hoping to get my HK45 by the end of the week
They are not telling the truth and or they don't have their sh!t together. I've called a couple times and emailed them. A couple other officers also called for me to express interest. This is the problem with huge companies. No real communication. Officers with the XD Tac are running into the same problem with them.
 

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I know I emailed Safariland a few weeks ago; I really want one of their duty holsters for a condition one HK45 w/X200. I didn't even get a response.
 

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I carry a Safariland 6280 Clarino holster for the HK USP 45. Its fits my HK45 like a glove. I now carry my HK45 on duty.... Hope that helps.
 

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No light attached to the gun. Its a standard 6280. I dremmeled off a small "half-moon" section of the retention hood so I could carry cocked and locked and it works great. Doesn't affect the retention abilities of the holster either.

I have never been a big proponent of mounting lights on handguns. Long guns are one thing but pistols are different for me. Handguns, by their very nature, are defensive and reactive instruments. I am a firearms instructor and I cant tell you how many times I have seen guys on the range using their trigger fingers to activate/deactivate their handgun mounted lights instead of squeezing the trigger....Why?.. I think that they have become so used to using the light mounted on their handgun to conduct room/building searches that they have somewhat "retrained" their trigger finger into believing that it has more than that one, all important, thing to do.....Squeeze the trigger.

I'm not knocking you guys out there who carry one on your weapon. I just wouldn't use it as my "Search/clearing light". I carry an X200 in a pouch on my rig for those extended standoff situations so I can free up a hand. I have seen many that had no difficulty whatsoever with handgun mounted lights....But I have also seen those few who have.

I attended the Surefire Institute Low Light Tactics Course several years ago and it reconfirmed my belief against using a light mounted on your handgun to search with. A handheld light is able to be strobed and manipulated much easier than an X200 or M3. Besides, the X200 really messes up the perfect balance of the HK45 for me......

I can snap some pics of my rig if you guys like and post them....Let me know.
 

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I went ahead and snapped some pics....Here you go:

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb39/Sarge1119/DSCF1596.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb39/Sarge1119/DSCF1595.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb39/Sarge1119/DSCF1598.jpg


Something else I just thought of.....Anyone out there have the safariland 6280 for the USP w/ B&T adapter and x200? I would almost guaranty that the HK45 w/ the X200 would fit in that holster. Now if we could just find a guinea pig out there who will fork out the cash to give it a try...........
 

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Looks good. Does it move some side to side or is it loose at all?

I have been a firearms instructor for my department for over ten years. I can definitley see your concerns with weapon mounted lights. We have also done the Surefire Low Light Course. We train our officers to use a hand held light when conducting searchs. We continually stress that the mounted light is not for searching. We still occasionally catch someone doing it wrong and this bothers me but this style(mounted light) is approved by our department so we just train the best we can. We do try to get the ones that can to use a lanyard properly. There are situations that the weapon mounted light can be advantagous but as you know training the average officer can be trying at times. They're not all gun savey like some of us:D
 

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Not loose at all. No side to side or forward to back play. It was actually a little snug at first but after loosening the tension screw a bit it fit perfectly.

I hear you about the training issues. Uphill fight with some to say the least:) I would venture to say that there is just as high a percentage of LEO's who have very little in the way of handgun skills as most civilians.... I teach the CPA (Citizens Police Academy) Firearms course and have witnessed first hand how good many everyday folks are with a handgun. Even those who have never handled a firearm before do great. No pre-conceived ideas about form, function etc..etc... They listen and pick up quickly because they honestly want to learn. Wish I could get a few of the cops working for us to do the same..
 

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OK guys here is the problem. The CSR Manager finally got fed up with the way things were ran there and went to work for a distributor. So the good service you used to experience is gone. Gone are the no questions asked returns or exchanges for LEOs. This Michelle Johnson gal is just a regular CSR who doesnt know whats up or down I was told and is just a temp CSR manager. All the complaints here have been forwarded to her boss.

For those that are still interested in voicing their opinion you have to talk to the guy in charge of Research and Development and he is Scott Detillo. [email protected]
1-800-347-1200 ext 33203. Contact him about the HK45 holster problem and he will get the ball rolling on that project.

Hope that helps everyone.
 

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I went ahead and snapped some pics....Here you go:

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb39/Sarge1119/DSCF1596.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb39/Sarge1119/DSCF1595.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb39/Sarge1119/DSCF1598.jpg


Something else I just thought of.....Anyone out there have the safariland 6280 for the USP w/ B&T adapter and x200? I would almost guaranty that the HK45 w/ the X200 would fit in that holster. Now if we could just find a guinea pig out there who will fork out the cash to give it a try...........
Very nicely done! I was considering taking a dremel to one of mine but was a bit concerned- I fix people a lot better than I fix objects! Think I'll give it a try. I may be the guy that experiments with a light mounted holster if I can find one locally.

I like your mag pouch...I'll be doing the same thing with an open pouch for a while.
 

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I contacted Gould and Goodrich about this issue. I normally avoid them as I feel they're just cheaply made copies of other manufacturer's designs, but the PA State Police just placed a big order with them so I thought I'd give them another chance.

The short version is Kristi Purtle, the rep who returned my email (to her credit- fast response and 3 emails through the course of the day) indicated that G&G has no interest in making HK45 holsters and probably won't for a year or so.
 
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