When I received a message from Sebastian at Double Tap Designs asking if I would like to review their high tech new MK23 holster I was really excited! I’d been following the developement progress online and jumped at the chance to try one out!
Available from Socom Tactical this is a really well designed bit of kit, designed from scratch to fit the airsoft replica of the H&K MK23.
Currently there are very few quality holsters available, Safariland MK23 holsters in the UK cost around £140 (way out of my price range) and only hold the pistol without accessories, the DTD is very different, it will hold the pistol with or without silencer and torch or laser and even with slide mounted optics!
The molle mounting attachment is very cleverly designed and only adds around 10mm to the overall thickness of the holster.
This works well on a flat molle panel such as a plate carrier or chestrig “bib”
However it doesn’t suit mounting on top of pouches as you can see it sticks out a lot more even on a single layer of shingles.
The whole assembly is around 80 mm deep.
The molle mounting system is very clever, it uses a ratchet system and 2 hooks to fit straight onto molle system or a nice rigid pistol belt in seconds, its very secure and attaches / detaches / adjusts in seconds.
It will also rotate 360 degrees and lock in 11 different positions just by loosening a single 40mm Allan bolt
This holster is an active retention style where the pistol locks into place around the trigger guard (blocking the trigger) and is released by pressing down with the thumb on an aggressively contoured button.
This locking system works well even wearing gloves!
Overall this is a very solid well designed versatile holster which looks set to answer a the prayers of a large number of frustrated MK23 fans.
Various mounting options molle/belt
Accepts silencer/LAM/Tactical light/Laser etc
Available in other colours.
The only negatives I could find.
It’s an open holster by design but sadly this means it won’t protect the pistol from mud and branches in a woodland environment, especially if chest mounted (as a few of our ghillie suited players like to carry) it also means that it’s possible that the ambi mag release can get caught and dump the mag by accident.
I’ll feed that back and see if they could add a small block to the body of the holster to prevent the catch moving.
This is a superb product from an up and coming design team whose 3d printed kit is going to make a lot of airsofters very happy!
Check out their Facebook page for more information.
Their video here.