Some new carry and concealment options include the Safariland 6378 ALS (Automatic Locking System) series (left), the Bianchi 100T Professional IWB (center) and the Bianchi 152 Pocket Piece (right).
What makes a holster desirable? Appearance is a factor, but so is functionality. Holster function has been evolving for over half a century to meet changes in technology, firearms construction and consumer needs. The latest designs use advanced synthetic materials that didn’t even exist a few decades ago. Sadly, the introduction of new technologies, however useful, spelled the disappearance of the very thing that makes a holster a holster—the use of leather. Technological advances aside, nothing looks as good as a fine piece of leather wrapped around a handgun.
Now, through a new process developed by Safariland, the previously disparate worlds of leather and synthetics have finally been brought into harmony with a new line of premium Bianchi-branded holsters that are made of far more than meets the eye. The new series is called Allusion, a word that usually means “making an insinuation or reference,” and in this case the allusion is also an “illusion”—what looks to be a traditional leather holster is in fact not.
Behind the Allusion
Safariland’s innovative new Allusion technology combines the company’s heritage for quality leather holsters with the latest thermoformed synthetics, creating a holster that has an exterior of premium, vegetable-tanned cowhide with a traditional wet-molded contour, bonded with an interior that is a laminate synthetic, providing the solid rigidity and internal triggerguard-retention detent of a thermoformed (injection-molded) holster.
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by Personal Defense World / Jan 30, 2013