Rocking the G-Code Holster

Like many of you I have an ever expanding collection of holsters. I can’t give my wife a hardtime about her seemingly endless collection of shoes given I face the same struggle trying to find that perfect holster for my pistols. The cycle goes something like this; I see something interesting so I order it. I pace around the house for a few days or weeks anxiously awaiting its arrival. When it finally arrives I’m all giddy like it’s my first kiss, but the utopia is short lived as I start to realize the holster isn’t going to work for me. Curses! I throw it in the collection pile and start the cycle all over again.

The G-Code SOC (left) with a G17 riding in it and a XST (right) with the Beretta M9A1 holstered.

The G-Code SOC (left) with a G17 & TLR-1 light riding in it and a XST (right) with the Beretta M9A1 holstered.

During the course of continuing this cycle I stumbled upon G-Code holsters. I had a brand new Beretta M9A1 that I couldn’t find a holster for to save my life due to the unique nature of the 1913 rail it sports. I discovered that G-Code XST holster would work with the Beretta so I ordered one to try it out.

It took about 3 weeks for my holster to arrive and this was back in 2012. I’m not sure what their lead time might be now.

Once the XST arrived I dropped the M9A1 into the holster and it fit perfectly. Now it was time to explore some of the features of this nifty new pistol scabbard. The rig is made of the popular holster material, Kydex. My copy sports a Coyote Tan color which is neutral and blends well with a wide variety of cammo patters however there are a number of different color options available. There are two defining features of the XST that set it apart from other holsters, the RTI mounting system and the security hood that protects the firearm from being snatched or from falling out of the holster while getting all hard charging crazy out in the field. The RTI mounting system is truly unique and is what I have come to love most about G-Code holsters. The hood isn’t anything unique really but G-Code’s execution of it is well done making it quick, simple and reliable to use.

Let’s focus on the RTI mounting system for a few moments. This quick-release modular mounting system really sets the G-Code holsters apart from the pack. What you may not know is that G-Code was the first company to produce a truly modular holster system. Many people attribute this to Blackhawk! and the SERPA, but the XST predates the SERPA and is a far better holster in my opinion. I’ll be frank, I’m not a fan of the SERPA and there are a lot of folks in the industry who agree with me. But enough of that, let’s talk more about the RTI.

A view of the RTI quick release wheel (top) and the 3 locking lugs on the SOC holster.

A view of the RTI quick release wheel (top) and the 3 locking lugs on the SOC holster.

The RTI disc is a circular device that allows a holster or other accessory to be quickly mounted by inserting (3) metal lugs into the plate and pushing a locking button. To release the holster, or other accessory such as a HSGI Taco pouch, all that’s required is to pinch a lever, push the lock lever to the side and pull the holster off the RTI wheel. To remount the holster you simply reverse the process. I can swap out holsters on my war belt in a couple of seconds. Despite the simplicity of the quick release mount, the RTI is exceptionally durable. You can mount the RTI wheel to a MOLLE belt, MOLLE plate carrier, paddle, belt-slide or a drop leg attachment. It’s like a Lego set for holsters and I really dig it.

The hood system is similar in nature to the Safariland hood found on their popular line of 6000 series holsters however I do believe G-codes holsters predate the Sarfariland design. With the pistol seated in the holster and the hood rotated up into the secure position, there’s no chance you’re going to get the pistol out without depressing the thumb release. Further, if you pull up on the pistol it locks it in the holster and prevents the hood from opening even if the thumb release is pressed. This is a purpose built safety feature to prevent your sidearm from being snatched by someone who means to do you harm. The XST also features a tension screw just below the trigger guard area that allows you to fine tune how tighly the holster grips the pistol.

Top view of the thumb release and hood on the XST holster.

Top view of the thumb release and hood on the XST holster.

I was so impressed with my XST for the M9A1 that I ordered another one, this time opting for the SOC. The SOC brings even more unique features to the game, namely the modular cowl system. The cowl system allows you to easily swap out the lower half of your holster with different cowls which can accomodate a variety of light options. The basic SOC will ship with two parts to the holster. You’ll have the top half which is always black Kydex and has the thumb release hood system built into it. The lower half can be had in a variety of colors and can be molded to fit a number of popular pistol lights. The holster pictured has a cowl for a TLR-1 light on a 3rd Gen Glock 17. (6) screws hold the cowl in place. It takes about 5 minutes to swap the cowl out. The SOC with a light accommodating cowl doesn’t have the tension screw adjustment the XST offers, but honestly I don’t see it as being necessary on either holster.

Another great feature of the G-Code holsters is the price. You would think with all the cutting edge features found in these holsters they would command a premium price. The XST will set you back $49 for the basic model and the SOC will set you back $98. In todays market I find the pricing to be very fair. I’ve paid more for less holster in the past. Keep in mind these prices do not reflect additional mounting options like RTI plates, paddles, thigh rigs, etc., these will cost extra.

Every time you see me in a video these days where I’m carrying a pistol in the open, it’s usually riding in a G-Code holster. They are made from top quality materials and the fit and finish seems to be consistently good across all (5) holsters I now own. If you’re shopping for a new holster you might want to check out G-Code before buying something else. I’m very impressed with their rigs.


MAC is an avid shooter, former MCSF Marine, NRA member, Oath Keeper and is commissioned as a Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky. Known for his videos on the Military Arms Channel, he also writes for The Bang Switch, for Shotgun News (Be Ready!) and freelances for Guns & Ammo. MAC has been a life long shooter who has an interest in all things that go "bang" but gravitates towards military type firearms.

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  • Antti

    Nice review. I really like these blogposts, they add some background and depth to your YouTube-videos.

  • Brian Kelly

    I just wish they made a M&P Pro holster.

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  • Mike Quaid

    Have you tried 511 Tacticals ThumbDrive holster?

    • Matt

      I can’t speak for MAC, but I have tried the ThumbDrive holster and love it. However, the major drawback to the ThumbDrive, at least for me, is that it is currently not available for guns with mounted lights. I’ve spoke to Blade-Tech (who make’s the 5.11 ThumbDrive holster) and they told me that they are working on versions for guns with lights, but they could not offer an ETA. That said, if you don’t have a light on your gun, I really like them.

  • icepick37

    Awesome. I really do think all this stuff is cool even if I never find a need for it, haha.

  • Kelfox

    Lights are all well and good, but when is someone going to make a holster that accommodates a bayonet? :p

  • Cubed

    I have a G-Code XST holster with the RTI mounting system for my Glock 19. It’s an absolute winner. I will mention that the RTI mounting system adds considerable width to the holster. I wanted to use it as my everyday holster, but found that it stuck out too much, I was constantly knocking my arm against it. It is still my goto holster for my Glock though, I’ve just moved to a small everyday carry firearm. The RTI mounting system is defiantly worth having, you can mount the discs anywhere (under your desk, in your car, etc).

  • Gee William

    Nothin like a well timed article about a top notch rig when my significant other was asking about getting a holster for me for father’s day. perfect!

  • Badfox

    Same here, I would love to see an M&P pro holster.

  • Alex

    What is the name of this war belt?

    • MAC

      It’s made by HSGI (High Speed Gear Inc.).

  • Samuel Rodriguez

    MAC, how much of an offset does the RTI mounting system add to the holster? I usually run a belt slide attachment on my holsters.

    • MAC

      About an inch.

  • JD Stevens

    Long wait times are often the case with many of the places when you order G Code holsters. I found that PatriotTAC ( usually has them in stock, lower priced, and they offer free shipping, too.

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