First Look: Safariland Model 015 Open Top Competition Holster

posted on January 17, 2021

Safariland is bringing out a new holster specifically designed for the shooting sports, the new Model 015 Open Top Competition Holster. The Model 015 is available for most steel and polymer frame pistols and provides a minimalistic, intelligent design for custom-fit and easy modification holster for competitive shooters in open, limited and 3-Gun divisions.

“This is a very well-made competition holster,” said Bobby McGee, Vice President of Engineering for The Safariland Group duty gear division and Team Safariland member. “Machined from billet, a raw block of virgin aluminum, the 015 has superior stabilization and little resistance for a secure fast draw. Paired with a stainless-steel ball joint on the holster, it allows for lots of clamping force securing fine-tuned positioning throughout the life of the holster, unlike aluminum ball joints that can cause positioning to skip with adjustments.”

The advanced design of the Model 015 reduces the chance of unintended release during the draw. The holster has an instinctive rotating lock that allows for secure retention without using a nose piece. By rotating the lever towards the rear of the firearm, the trigger block is unlocked, providing a fast and efficient draw during the natural gripping motion.

Ideal for Open and Limited divisions where the most minimal design is desired, the ball joint system allows freedom of movement and easily accommodates thumb rests, red dot sights and additional modifications to limit interference. For 3-Gun competitors or others looking for even more stability when moving around objects, Safariland offers a supplemental muzzle adaptor for additional support and protection that is fully adjustable for barrels from 4 to 7.5 inches.

The 015 features a special safety detent for keeping your pistol in the holster even when the retention screw is removed. A stainless-steel spring allows for worry-free disassembly. The holster and belt loop can also be separated for ease of travel still while maintaining the user’s setup. The pre-installed belt shims make the holster compatible with both 1.5- and 1.75-inch width competition belts and the adjustable cant and round thigh-pad offer additional comfort.

The  Model 015 Open Top Competition Holster comes in black, red, or blue and is available for most 2011 steel and polymer frame pistols. MSRP for the base model is $223. There is also a muzzle adapter available for competitors who want additional support for their pistol. For more information on this holster and other gear from Safariland, please visit



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