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Audley \"Clamshell?\"

Thanks to you, Gentlemen, for your info regarding the, "Adam 12," holster. You've convinced me - they're dumb. But I STILL want one! Know where I can get one? Heck, I'd even buy a K-38 to carry in it! (Not for police use, just to HAVE.)
 

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Re: Audley \"Clamshell?\"

Other than watching Ebay, I don't know.

The last new Audley I saw was in a mid-70's Austin Behlert catalog.
 

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Re: Audley \"Clamshell?\"

Clamshell's were dangerous holsters, but AUDLEY did a rig with a bore brush in the holster well that provided tension to secure the weapon fairly well. Was at least an interesting concept, though I was never sure about centering the muzzle right on re-holstering and couldn't be bothered with trying one at the time figguring that if you needed security a pull through quick release was about as gimmicky as I wanted to go. In retrospect, I'd love to have one just as an example of holster design.
 

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Hi RC,

Please take the info you read in context with the experienced behind it. I carried for several years, my service weapon in a clamshell...both a revolver and even the rarer auto. For that matter, my partner, before being my partner was jumped by a bad guy right outside the back door to the station. The BG tried to pull the gun from his clamshell, and as my part says, nearly ripped it off of his belt. The holster never let go. My partner says it probably saved his life.

Just my opinion

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Hi RC,

Please take the info you read in context with the experienced behind it. I carried for several years, my service weapon in a clamshell...both a revolver and even the rarer auto. For that matter, my partner, before being my partner was jumped by a bad guy right outside the back door to the station. The BG tried to pull the gun from his clamshell, and as my part says, nearly ripped it off of his belt. The holster never let go. My partner says it probably saved his life.

Just my opinion

greg
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I, too, carried one as a duty rig for a while in the late 70's/early 80's (Safety Speed from when they were in Montebello). I used a 6" version with a Model 19 and then a 4" version for a Python.

They flopped around enough that you could never be quite certain exactly where your gun might be...

The holster/gun weight and constant motion often caused the swivel to wear through (equalling your gun, still in the holster, on the ground)...

The interior was horrible on the guns; they were not a snug fit and there was enough exposed metal rubbing on the gun which did a lot of damage...

Re-holstering your gun was a pain-it typically required two hands and you had to be sure it snapped shut completely...

They would require tweaking to ensure that the mechanism remained "just right;" not too easy to open, not too difficult.

Not a safe holster, but a very comfortable rig that was super fast.

I sold mine to a friend who said he wanted them for a collection of ancient police stuff. I should have raised the price or punched him for the comment.....

ETA: Here you go, an LAPD-spec holster for a 6" K-frame
http://cgi.ebay.com/SAFETY-SPEED-HOLSTER-BLK-LEATHER-CLAMSHELL-BELT-NICE-/110536800696?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19bc81b9b8
 
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