Gear Review: HUSH Holster for Suppressed Pistols

by Tommy Grant

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Designing a holster for a suppressed pistol presents all sorts of challenges. The biggest one, of course, is accommodating that honkin’ can sticking off the front of the gun. It’s the large diameter of the silencer, really, rather than the length of it that makes it hard for a holster to allow the silencer to pass through while also managing to hold the skinnier pistol behind it.

HUSH Holsters has come up with a great solution! Meet the HUSH Holster.

How do you accommodate basically every type of suppressor out there? Go topless!

In the style of many competition holsters, the HUSH Holster is totally open on top. The suppressor doesn’t have to pass through it and isn’t held inside of it, and therefore the HUSH is suppressor agnostic.

In fact, it’s also pistol agnostic!

The unique design of the HUSH Holster locks to the weapon light, not the weapon. HUSH Holsters, therefore, are specific to the flashlight model rather than the firearm model or suppressor model. Holster models for Streamlight, Surefire, and Holosun lights are available.

I dropped a bunch of different pistols into the HUSH and they all worked great except for weird ones with low accessory rails like my Hudson H9 and FK BRNO PSD. They locked in fine, of course, but because of the low rail the pistol was held up too high out of the holster and the trigger guard opening was partially/mostly exposed.

Guide rails inside of the holster align, secure, hold, and the lock the flashlight in place. All that’s needed to holster up is to insert the gun into the HUSH. Just slot it on down in there and it clicks in place with an audible snap.

A large thumb paddle on the left must be depressed in order to release the HUSH’s lock on the weapon light. It’s in just the right spot for a natural motion during the draw stroke.

Inside the holster there’s a latch that locks the light in place and prevents the weapon from being drawn or from lifting out of the holster due to gravity or motion or whatever else. This flange moves downward when the thumb lever is pressed.

It’s easily replaced should you wear the thing out, but keep in mind that most of the physical work that the holster is doing to hold the firearm securely inside is accomplished by the grooves and flanges that the flashlight slides down into. The latch’s only function is to keep the gun from sliding rearward out of the holster.

The muzzle end of the flashlight butts up nicely against the inside, front wall of the HUSH Holster. There’s even a hole in the holster there so you’ll know if your flashlight was accidentally left on or switched on when you holstered your pistol.

An adjustable belt slide mount is solidly affixed to the side of the HUSH. Inserts are included if you’re running a skinnier belt than what the large slots in the belt adapter are able to fit.

HUSH Holster’s models are available in both right- and left-handed flavors.

Worked great with an FN Rush 9Ti.

Worked great with a PWS BDE 9mm.

Worked great with an AB Suppressor F4.

If you’re a SilencerCo Osprey kinda guy, HUSH even has a slightly modified version to work even better with that offset silencer design.

I’ve worn the HUSH around my house and shop with a few different pistols. This is most definitely an open carry sort of scenario. If you’re using the HUSH Holster you’re presumably carrying a duty-sized or full-sized gun, with weapon mounted light, with suppressor, with retention holster. You ain’t concealing that.

In the right scenario, though, it’s freakin’ great to be able to carry a big ol’ setup like this. Whether you’re on your ranch or in your house or at you place of work, the HUSH Holster lets you carry a dang capable, hearing-safe rig.

Downsides to the HUSH Holster really only come with it being a small, young company. This means that the price point is a bit higher than you’d find in a mass-produced part from a big brand, and instead of being injection molded, the HUSH is 3D printed. It’s available in carbon fiber infused nylon 6 material as well as in MJF.

Today’s production-quality MJF printing is indistinguishable to most folks from an injection molded part, and it’s just as strong. The carbon fiber infused nylon 6, which is what my holster seen here is made from, is more obviously a 3D printed component upon inspection (you can visually distinguish the layered construction).

In either case (but especially in MJF’s case) it’s plenty strong. I think eventually the latch in the nylon 6 version will wear down, but it’s easily swapped out. My only real gripe with the nylon 6 one that I tested is that it has the general look and feel of a 3D printed part, which isn’t my favorite thing. Much better than something you’d be able to do at home — the HUSH is made on an industrial machine — but to me it still just has more the look of a late stage prototype rather than something I’ve purchased retail.

In my opinion, if the HUSH Holster appeals to you then I’d spring for the $149 MJF version instead of the $99 nylon 6 version. Cry once, buy once and all that jazz. If you can put this sort of carry rig to use then I believe the nicer material will be worth it.

Ratings (out of five stars):

Functionality * * * *
It works great! I love the simple retention system and the thumb paddle release. The design for securing the weapon mounted light into the channel/flanges is sweet, and it’s really cool that I can carry a bunch of different pistols and suppressors in the same holster just by using the same flashlight.

Quality * * 
I’m just not a fan of this style of 3D printed parts. While it’s perfectly fine functionally, I don’t like that it looks and feels like a good prototype rather than a legit, production unit. Based on my experience with MJF and my knowledge of the machine that makes HUSH Holster’s MJF versions, however, if my HUSH Holster were that version, it would be in the 3- to 4-star realm in this category.

Overall * * * 1/2
The HUSH Holster is hurt here by the fact that they’re a small company making a rather niche product, so their price point is a little high given that their volume is low. That’s understandable. But still. Also, the materials and finish quality — to be clear, this is mostly just the aesthetics — aren’t what you’d expect from a big company with the resources to injection mold. On the flip side, HUSH Holster is also helped here by the fact that this is a relatively niche product without a lot of competition. It’s very cool, it works well, and it provides a carry option that’s difficult to achieve otherwise! For that reason, if you see me in my shop there’s a good chance you’ll see me carrying a suppressed pistol in my HUSH Holster.

 

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