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.
  • Devil Dog

    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.

    • Joshua

      Stopping power does not exist, and the M9 out performed the M1911 during the XM9 trials.

      • Ian

        Stopping power is such a debatable term, but the fact is that the .45acp ball round is more effective in combat than the 9mm ball round in use with the military. Center mass shots with a larger bullet striking the target being more likely to disable the target is not really in dispute. The issue most don’t get is shooter performance with both primary and secondary weapons.

      • Recon Man

        FBI study/report says it best, .40 S&W or .45 ACP are the optimal cartridges. However, nothing wrong with the 9mm, particularly if you need a lightweight, concealable weapon like the Glock 19. Besides, proper round placement drops the adversary instantly, every time, regardless of caliber. .45 and .40 S&W give you some much needed slack in the real world where rounds released under high stress are not always easily placed in sweet spots.

        • SFC Car., Ret.

          Well said! Especially concerning high stress situations. I am retired but still carry a sidearm. I recently switched from 9mm to .40 cal. which delivers for more energy on target.

    • Stormcharger

      ‘Unreliable’… Perhaps you could quantify that assertion please?

      I’ve used the M92 and M9 Beretta since it came out in the ’70’s. Which makes me both really old and fairly knowledgeable about that particular firearm, and thus confused as to what unreliability issues there actually are. In addition, recent data suggests that the actual difference in “stopping power” between the various calibers is statistically negligible.

      • Lance

        When using right ammo like 147gr HP Police agencys shown 9mm can drop a suspect easily with 9mm bigger caliber. The M-92FS is just as reliability as the M-1911 and the Glock they all passed extreme reliability test to be adopted by Military and Police around the nation.

    • budhall

      The Beretta 92FS, M9, is one of the most reliable pistols out there, even to this day. The only drawback to it’s general use is that it’s a little big in the grip and trigger reach for some hands.

    • Willy J.

      A few years ago N.Y. police officers confronted a suspected armed drug dealer, who was later found to be unarmed, a one way gun fight ensued . The NYPD poured 19 9mm bullets into the unfortunate suspect . No one knows if he’s dealing drugs today but we know that after 19 9mm wounds he by all accounts recovered . I own 9mm’s and 45 acp’s. Guess which one I’d rather have if he situation appeared to be going critical.

  • Lance

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

    • Ogre

      Smooth Kydex is less abrasive on a firearm’s finish than fabric or leather, which can trap grit and accelerates wear. And who care’s about the finish anyway? It’s a Tool. You use it. The only people worried about Finish is Pogs or 2nd LT’s.

  • Aidan

    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.

  • Chris

    As long as they get rid of the damn SERPAs.

    • JhonnieB

      I used a SERPA for my 1911 during a class last year. It was the first and last time for it-after that I did a boatload o’ research and found G Code. :)

  • JhonnieB

    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.

  • Recon Man

    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.

    • KLP

      Have you used a G Code holster? Especially the XST is a simple, no-nonsense, duty holster. Mine is exactly what I wanted. Nothing more and nothing less. Plus, they’re some of the best values out there for holster systems.

  • MikeD75

    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.

    • Tango9

      Best reply in the thread.

      “If it’s stupid but it works, it ain’t stupid.”

  • Super Tex

    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.