Today our pals over at pro-gun millennial blog have a new holster review.
The Phlster Floodlight has been with us for a few years now, and there’s a lot of really good information out on it. Seriously, if you have any questions about the IWB version go watch Sage Dynamics’ or Caleb Giddings videos on it. When I was considering buying the OWB version however, I found there wasn’t as much discussion about it, so I took a bit of a leap and ordered one.
Like the IWB version, the Floodlight OWB is a “Universal” holster for pistols mounting either a Surefire X300 or Streamlight TLR-1. By making the retention focused on the light instead of the trigger guard, it allows you to use just about any typical service pistol with the light mounted. Although the Floodlight isn’t the only holster developed along these lines (the Raven Concealment Vanguard and Blackhawk! Omnivore do similar things), I’m of the opinion its the best thought out and implemented version of the idea.
Things I Like
The biggest Pro for me is that both versions of the Floodlight are inherently ambidextrous. The holes for mounting hardware are cut into both sides of kydex, making this even closer to a true “Universal” holster. The mounting holes themselves are very well thought out. Their layout allows them to be used with both Bladetech and Safariland mounting hardware. The OWB ships with a Tek-Lok for belt mounting, and I have replaced mine with a Safariland UBL mid-ride. One of the other benefits of the Floodlight’s two piece construction is that it makes changing hardware very simple. With other folded or riveted holsters it can be difficult to get enough leverage on the locking nuts inside the holster when attaching a new mount. Whereas with the flood light, simply undo the screws to separate the two halves and you have perfect access. The two piece construction also makes changing spacers very simple. Speaking of spacers, there are three different sizes included with the Floodlight, so you can adjust for the size of the slide of whatever pistol you’re running. Once you have the correct spacers selected, the retention on the light is very good, and can be adjusted if you like it tighter or looser (heh).
Things I Don’t Like
This list is a lot shorter, but there are a couple things I don’t care for with the Floodlight OWB. The main thing I don’t care for is the ambi mount, more specifically, how the mount hardware you’re not using can kind of get in the way. It’s not a huge issue with every pistol but with my Hi Power, it gets in the way a little bit. Now, I’m not right handed, and I have no concerns about the resale value of this holster, so I will probably take a Dremel to it at some point and see if the improves things at all. My only other real complaint about the Floodlight is its price. At $119, it could be accurately described as “pretty expensive.” I know that CNC made holsters are more expensive by default, +/- $120 can still be a little high for most people. But, if you look at it as saving you from having to buy another $60 holster every time you buy a new pistol, it can be a little easier to justify.
If you want to buy one holster for you LARPing rig and never worry about holster shopping again, the Floodlight OWB is a solid option. If you like weird pistols and have a hard time finding light bearing multi mount holsters for them, the Floodlight OWB might be your only option (don’t ask me how I know).
I bought an IWB version for my P30 w/ a TLR1 on it. It works OK, but it is a bit awkward inside the belt – though that is possibly more due to the fact that I haven’t spent the time to adjust it properly as that is my bedside gun and not carried often.
That said I did use it a few weeks ago as a range holster. It actually works OK as a range “gun bucket”. Not great, but OK.