As an early adopter of slide mounted optics in 2010, one of the first challenges I encountered was getting a holster to work with an optic on the pistol. First I was able to modify a Safariland SLS to work, then later modify a Safariland ALS designed for a red dot to work with my particular slide. Over the years I also had a few different kydex holsters made to fit my RMR equipped pistols.
In the fall of 2016 I switched away from using the Trijicon RMR to the Leupold Delta Point Pro (DPP) on my KE Arms KE19 Charlie Slide cut for it. The DPP solves several issues the RMR has, most notably the ability to change the battery whenever you want to, more positive windage and elevation adjustments, and improved durability. I also added a comp to my barrel to get the most out of shooting in Trooper, Open, or Stealth divisions where the feature is allowed. Between the DPP and the comp, all my existing holsters were made immediately obsolete.
Any holster I use in action competitions needs to securely retain the pistol through movement, and protect both the pistol and the optic from damage with my full weight on top of it in unconventional shooting positions. Fortunately, We Plead the 2nd is only a mile away from my job at KE Arms and they were agreeable to making a holster to meet my needs. The resulting design was larger than the typical Outside the Waistband Pancake, but accomplished all the things I needed it to do. Becuase of its size I named it the Chuckwulla after the wide flat bodied lizards that inhabit the southwest.
While I used the Chuckwulla at some club events starting in the fall of 2016, Hard as Hell 3 Gun in December of 2016 was its first real test. The Chuckwulla protected and retained my KE19 Stealth Special through all the stages.
Chuckwulla in use at TPC Multi Gun Mastery Course
In addition to HaH 2016 I’ve used the Chuckwulla at a over dozen club events so far, SMM3G 2017, and at Tactical Performance Center’s Multigun Mastery Course. It functions perfectly in its role, and shows every sign of having a robust service life for me…until the next new slide mounted optic comes along. Then it will be time for the Chuckwulla II. MSRP on the Chuckwulla without light is $85.00, with light $95.00. Contact We Plead the 2nd for ordering information.
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