Shooting Sports USA | Assessment: GX Vice Holster

When it comes to Kydex holsters these days, competitive shooters have many manufacturers to choose from. Competitive Kydex holsters have come a long way from the thin style of Kydex’s early days. Now every holster maker who bends Kydex does double layers, which makes the holster stronger, especially for the Limited Division, Single Stack, and Carry Optics heavy pistols. It’s important to have a solid holster that can be used tough for several seasons and burned dry. With so many to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one will best suit your needs. There are holster manufacturers who offer the equivalent of the box of 120 crayons in terms of color. Some also offer custom graphics. The biggest things to look for are the overall fit, finish, and function of the holster – then it looks like this in my opinion.

GX Products Vice Holster ($ 95) for the USPSA pistol competition.

How would a new holster manufacturer stand out from the rest? Lafe Kunkel founded GX Products last year to build a better custom competitive holster. Kunkel had done his market research on the range while traveling to USPSA and IDPA games and discussing holsters with everyone he met. Kunkel took this information with him to start product development.

First it had to fit perfectly, then the finish had to be right and it had to be strong and stiff to be a good competition holster. Now, many of us may want the holster to be a little loose when pulled when the buzzer goes off. What we don’t want is a holster that doesn’t hold the gun in place with all the other things we do on the track before the buzzer and after the “Unload Show Clear” command. If you bend down to pick up steel, insert low targets, or just be aggressive in your passageway – a loose fitting holster for that quick pull can cause a gun to fall out during these non-firing activities. Let’s face it, during a game, your gun stays in the holster longer than it ever is out of the holster.

GX Products’ solution to setting up a holster for quick pulling but keeping it in place is the innovative GX Vice holster. The clamp-lock retention mechanism provides a secure system for holding the weapon, doesn’t have the drawbacks of the broken thumb style of holsters, and doesn’t compromise the quickness of the draw, which we all prefer from Kydex. With a simple push of the clamp locking lever, the gun is no longer held securely in the holster while you do all the non-shooting things in the match, but a smooth pull without retention is performed.

When the clamp lock lever is rotated to its locked position, the holster body clamps securely to the trigger guard of the weapon, making it difficult to release the weapon from the holster with adequate force. When the clamp lock lever is rotated to its open position, a strong neodymium magnet attaches the lever to the lower retention adjustment screw. This ensures that the lever stays safely out of the way.

GX Products VICE holster

The GX Vice is approved for the 3-Gun competition as well as for the USPSA Production, Single Stack, Limited and Carry Optics divisions.

This is a pretty nifty setup and works well. I took the EAA Stock 2, set it up with a loaded 23-round magazine for Carry Optics, held it upside down, and shook it well. I couldn’t move the gun.

The GX Vice ($ 95) is a two-ply Kydex with all fittings made of stainless steel, cadmium-coated steel, and aluminum with an excellent fit and finish. The holsters I received don’t have any sharp edges. The fit was perfect. These have a universal mounting platform that is compatible with all common clothes hangers such as the hole patterns BOSS, Blade-Tech, Safariland, Double Alpha and Comp-Tac. In addition, the hardware for the belt attachment is counter-drilled and shielded to prevent damage to your weapon while holstering and drawing.

Various color options and holsters are available for most popular pistol models. You can also choose different colors for the anodized aluminum accent washers, as well as different strap attachments and hangers. In addition to the Vice, there is also the Legacy Holster ($ 75) without a clamp lock.

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Article from the March / April 2021 issue of USPSA magazine.

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