U.S. Army Testing G-Code Holsters for M9 Rig

gcode1QUANTICO MARINE BASE, Va. — So I heard today that Army equipment officials are considering the G-Code XST Holster and several accessories in its search for the service’s Improved Modular Tactical Holster.

Scott Harry , owner of Military Hardware LLC., primary distributor of G-Code, told me the Army is expected to select a winner sometime in the next six weeks. Equipment officials began testing holsters this spring as part of a limited user evaluation.

“They purchased 25 sets in March and have been running them ever since,” Harry said at Modern Day Marine 2013.

The Army is also testing designs from companies such as Safariland and Blackhawk.

The Marine Corps held a similar effort two years ago which resulted in the adoption of the Blackhawk SERPA, a design that features a retention mechanism that can become clogged with dirt and malfunction, sources say.

“We weren’t even aware of that competition,” Harry said.

The G-Code XST features a spring-loaded, hooded retention device that become extremely popular with users.

The XST features several mounts that allow the shooter to attach the holster in several carrying configurations, Harry said. The entire package retails for just over $200, but the Army would get it for significantly less under government rates and purchasing in bulk, Harry said.

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Matthew Cox
Matthew Cox has been a defense reporter since 1998 and is an associate editor for Military.com. He traveled to Afghanistan and Iraq numerous times from 2002 to 2008, covering infantry units in combat. Matthew was an infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division.

8 Comments on "U.S. Army Testing G-Code Holsters for M9 Rig"

  1. They need to forget about the M9 platform. its unreliable, lacks stopping power, and just plain sucks. The .45 ACP 1911 was a MUCH better weapon.

  2. Looks nice for quick draw tough on the finish on the pistol.

  3. How about we teach all the fobbits how to wear the holsters they have now. BAF and KAF I am looking at you! I hate seeing a drop leg holster swinging at knee height, or a shoulder holster worn like a coat. I get it not everyone is or wants to be in the infantry or leave the wire even, but for the love of god act like you know which end the bullet comes out of on that M9. Take the time to adjust the holster to where you look semi competent with a firearm. The first impression is THE impression.

  4. As long as they get rid of the damn SERPAs.

  5. I use a G-Code SOC for my P226 (with an attached Streamlight TLR-2) and a XST for my SIG 1911. Both holsters have the RTI hanger. I really like this system and hope that G-Code gets the contract. The quality of their stuff is super and their customer service is outstanding.

  6. This thing is like most of the gear coming out of the Army individual equipment development efforts – over engineered, complex and expensive. I will guarantee when the troops hit the field they will buy whatever works from Cabela's, etc., and this thing will be yet another item filling the duffle bag or gorilla box left in the rear. If your primary weapon is a pistol you are a support person and don't need to out draw any banditos. If it is your back up, you still don't need to out draw anyone, you just need to be able to get to it when your primary goes bad. Get something that protects the pistol from damage and loss and is easily used dismounted, mounted, in helicopters, etc. That perfectly describes the good old flap holster. Let's spend our time and energy, and money, fixing real problems…like M4 magazines, helmets that don't cover the head, ridiculously heavy body armor, camo that isn't, etc.

  7. I carried an early model G-Code SOC Rig in Iraq in 2005-06. Outstanding piece of equipment! The M9 works just fine when cleaned and equipped with decent magazines (note: not the shady junk in an unmarked box in the back of the arms' room). What crime is their in overengineering? If overengineered means indesctructible, high reliability, and uses then consider me a huge fan.

  8. I look forward to the day that the US Military gets away from the 9mm round. Aside from it's anemic ballistic performance. What is going to happen when we go up against a near peer Military ? Or heck, just somebody in soft body armor ? We need a sidearm round that's going to break ribs or, something like the 5.7mm. The 5.7mm will punch thru soft body armor and it's a high capacity magazine. Which the Army and Marines seem to be in love with.

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