How to Wear a Drop Leg Holster?

A Comprehensive Guide

The military, law enforcement, and private citizens use a drop leg holster for various tasks such as MP (military police) duty, CQB (close quarters battle), and quick tactical movement.  A drop leg holster is versatile with a tactical vest with belt loops, MOLLE gear, or a battle belt.

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It allows for a more excellent range of motion, and you can have the weapon in a downward position. This is advantageous when crawling or pushing through tight spaces such as doorways. In this article, we will talk about “how to wear drop leg holster?”.

Parts and Nomenclature of a Drop Leg Holster

A drop leg holster consists of at least three parts: the platform attached to the leg, the leg strap, and a firearm mounting platform such as a belt loop or Molle attachment point. The female portion of the belt loop goes through a male belt loop on the trouser belt and is secured by an adjustable push button. The male components of the belt loop are then inserted into female components on the holster platform. The firearm mounting platforms can be used with all types of firearms, even long rifles, though the weapon will hang upward. This is advantageous when using a three-point sling to allow for rapid transition between strong and weak side body positions by simply moving the gun to a shoulder position.

Drop Leg Holster

A drop leg holster can be worn on either or both legs. Leg placement is dependent on preference and mission requirements. The primary advantage of a drop leg holster is that it frees up space for belt-mounted pouches on the duty belt, allowing for one-piece precision holstering of the firearm in a completely secure manner. This is advantageous in high-stress situations where milliseconds can make the difference between life and death.

Why Use a Drop Leg Holster?

There are several reasons why people prefer to use a drop leg holster. One of these reasons is that it allows for more freedom of movement when compared to a traditional hip-mounted holster. If the user needs to get down into a prone position, they can go ahead and do so with less difficulty than if they were using a belt-mounted holster. For airsoft players, another advantage of this style is that it allows for easier access and hence faster reacquisition of the sidearm when compared to a belt-mounted holster. The drop leg platform allows the sidearm to be quickly drawn and reacquired during an airsoft skirmish or competition.

However, one of the most common reasons is that it frees up space on the duty belt. Without a drop leg holster, one has to utilize a belt-mounted holster connected directly to the belt. This limits the type of pouches on the duty belt since only pouches with molle loops can attach to it. However, it does not have this problem using a drop leg platform because no other components are connected directly to the belt. Furthermore, a drop leg platform allows for one-handed holstering of the sidearm.


To do this with a belt-mounted holster, one would have to twist their torso awkwardly to allow their hand enough space and angle on the grip of the sidearm. With a drop leg platform, the user only has to reach down into a natural grabbing position with their hand.  In addition, one can also reacquire the sidearm from a low ready position more quickly due to it being closer to eye level and elbow level rather than having to push one’s upper body forward to access a belt-mounted holster.

Steps to Wear a Drop Leg Holster

(1) The first step is to attach the leg strap to the holster. To do so, one needs to match up the female belt loop on the leg strap with a male belt loop on the holster platform, then unbuckle and feed it through, making sure that it comes out of both sides.  After this, buckle it back down to secure it.


(2) The next step is to adjust the leg strap to hang the holster at the desired height. To do this, one needs to pull on both ends of the leg strap until they are positioned where desired. A quick-adjust buckle lets users quickly raise or lower their holster by simply removing or pushing the clip, making the holster available when needed. Although this will depend on the user, most airsoft users prefer to position their holster at a height still above their pants pocket.


(3) The third step is to adjust the belt strap so that the holster fits securely over one’s duty belt. To do this, unbuckle and feed it through as needed. Make sure that it is secure before tightening the side straps.


(4) The fourth step is to thread one’s duty belt through both loops on the holster platform. This will depend on preference, but a popular method is to place the holster at a height that hangs slightly lower than one’s pistol grip when standing upright. Most users prefer this so that they can reacquire the sidearm more easily.


(5) The final step is to attach any pouches or accessories needed on one’s duty belt to the platform. One can attach these pouches by using molle loops at the end of the holster platform. This allows for modularity of one’s holster system, as one can choose whether or not to attach pouches and how many.

Steps to Wear a Drop Leg Holster

Safety Precautions to a Drop Leg Holster

With a drop leg platform, one can more easily reacquire their sidearm. This makes it particularly beneficial during airsoft games and competitions where speed is key to victory. However, safety precautions need to be taken into consideration first before using this type of holster system.


(1) First, make sure that the pistol fits securely in the holster, as it can easily fall out with a loose fit. In addition, make sure that the holster belt strap fits tightly to keep both ends together, as it is an added measure of safety to prevent the sidearm from dropping on the ground if one misses their target and accidentally releases their grip. It also keeps the holster in place better.


(2) Ensure that fingers are nowhere near the trigger area of one’s pistol when holstering with a drop leg platform, as there is no need to grip the gun tightly with one hand and then place it into the holster (which can harm fingers if done incorrectly). The holster comes up to the pistol instead. With this method, make sure to insert it with the muzzle facing downwards and away from your body for safety reasons. Always maintain a proper shooting grip when possible.


(3) Ensure that one does not keep hands too close to or on their holster platform while wearing it, as dropping their sidearm will most likely result in the holster being caught on, or have it come into contact with, their hands.


(4) Finally, ensure that hands are either up and away from one’s holster platform while engaging a target, as a misfire could result if the user attempts to draw. In addition, also stay back around 15-20 feet away from an opponent while engaging them, as the muzzle could sweep areas of your legs.


Yes. Each holster type has its pros and cons, and it depends on the user as to what combination they would like to use.  Some holster types allow for more comfort and accessibility but may be slower to draw from compared to other types of holsters. Others allow you to remove your sidearm with less risk of accidental dropping quickly, but certain ones can make it harder to reacquire your sidearm if you miss a target and want to engage them again.

Yes, you can! As long as the holsters you use are compatible, you can use your drop leg platform with any holster type.  Mix and match leather, tactical nylon, or Kydex holsters to determine what setup works for you.

The drop leg platform’s purpose is for comfort and accessibility purposes. It allows users to quickly reacquire their sidearm if they miss their target to engage them again.  The platform also allows for easier sliding of the gun into the holster, saving time than using a holster system mounted on one’s duty belt or hip.


The drop leg holster is a versatile and practical choice for many different types of people. It’s designed to be worn on the outside of your pants with one or two straps that snap around the front, back, or both sides of your belt. This means you can wear it in any position, from left-handed to right-handed depending on what side you choose to attach it to. This blog post covered everything from parts and nomenclature for this type of holster through safety precautions when wearing them out into public.

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Gabriel Tackett
Double major in Engineering and Geology at the University of Minnesota. Experienced shooter & hunter for over 15 years. Certified NRA officer for over 10 years working as a writer at .

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