Q: Is there any gunsmith work or special tools required to install the shotgun/rifle rails?
A: No, the install is straightforward, and all the tools are supplied with the exception of a flat blade screwdriver.
Q: What is the difference between the solid top rail and the 6mm channel?
A: The solid rail is intended for an optic whereas the 6mm (which is also suitable for an optic) is designed with the emphasis of having an unobstructed view of the front site post.
Q: Will the additional weight offset the reliability of my M4?
A: No, the M4 shotgun is a gas operated action as opposed the the inertial system found on the M1 or M2. The inertial system is sensitive to any additional weight.
Q: Will the quick detach shell holder and rail work on my existing Mod 1 or Mod 2 rail?
A: No, the new quick detach system required us to take a different approach to the design to accomplish the goals set forth for an adaptive systems approach.
Q: What is thermoplastic sheet?
A: Thermoplastic sheet is an extremely durable acrylic/PVC alloy. Thermoplastic sheet is extruded in a wide range of colors, patterns, textures, thickness and grades to optimize long-term performance, appearance, and cost effectiveness. No other thermoplastic stands up to impact, scratches, and gouging like thermoplastic sheet. It offers notched Izod Impact resistance to 18 ft. lbs./in. (953 J/m) and is able to withstand various levels of abuse. Due to its high degree of toughness and resilience, thermoplastic sheet can also be stretched at room temperature to twice its original dimension without breaking.
From sulfuric acid to brake fluid to carbon tetrachloride, high performance grades of thermoplastic sheet acrylic PVC alloys are more resistant to a wider range of concentrated chemicals than any other thermoplastic. In fact, thermoplastic sheet meets the highest standards of chemical resistance for thermoplastic materials as defined in ASTM D-1784 standard for Class 12454-C rigid polyvinyl chloride.
Q: What’s the difference between the J Hooks and Belt Loops?
A: The difference is a trade-off in stability for convenience.
Belt loops completely encompass the belt. This creates a very stable method for carrying your Inside the Waistband holster. They help keep the holster secure to the belt without very much movement. They also provide the greatest amount of stability when drawing and re-holstering your firearm.
J- Hooks trade some of this stability for the convenience of being able to easily remove your holstered weapon from your belt, without having to remove your belt.
Q: Where on my body should I wear my holster?
A: The locations on the body are illustrated in “clock” positions. 12:00 being directly in front of you, while going clockwise around your body. Some people feel more comfortable carrying with a 15° cant at the 3:30 to 4:00 position (directly behind the hip, for a right-handed person.) while others prefer to carry directly on their hip with a 5° belt loop or J hook. Carry position and angle differ from person to person. There is no absolute answer to this question. The best advice is to experiment as much as you can. Once you find where the firearm best conceals on your body, practice your draws as much as possible.
Q: How much tension should I use?
A: This is also a personal preference, but for an IWB, most of the tension will be coming from the belt when the holster and gun are being carried. Some people make the mistake of setting the tension too tight on an IWB. The tension screws should hold the gun in the holster snug, but should come loose with a fair shake. (Test this with an UNLOADED firearm only.)
For an Outside the Waistband holster, tension should hold the firearm snugly in the holster. A firm shake should release the firearm from the holster. Tension should be set a little bit tighter than an IWB, since the belt and waistband is not providing any additional clamping pressure on the holster & gun.
Q: How do I clean my Sidearmor holster?
A: Simple mild soap (such as dish soap) and water is all that is necessary to clean your holster. Disassemble the holster by removing the tension screws, bushings and if it’s an IWB holster, remove the belt attachment and nut-plate. Wash the holster with a sponge or washcloth and dry with a terry cloth towel. Reassemble your holster and you are good to go!
Q: Will thermoplastic sheet scratch my gun?
A: Constant holstering and drawing from any holster will wear the finish on any firearm. Leather and thermoplastic sheet are no different. Since most of the retention is being provided around the trigger guard, our holsters tend to wear the gun most in this spot, as opposed to the muzzle wear from leather holsters. An improperly fit holster will wear the finish on a firearm a lot more readily than a well made, quality holster such as one from Sidearmor.
Q: Will a larger-framed gun fit into a holster for the smaller framed version?.
A: Since Sidearmor holsters have a crown designed to protect the muzzle, larger framed guns will not fit into a holster designed for it’s smaller counterpart. Smaller guns, however, will fit into the larger model holster. For example, A Glock 17/22/31 will NOT fit into a Glock 19/23/32 holster, but a Glock 19/23/32 WILL fit into a holster designed for the Glock 17/22/31.