July 09, 2020
By Joel J. Hutchcroft
One of my favorite DeSantis leather pancake-style holsters is the Speed Scabbard. I often use one when I’m reviewing full-size Model 1911s for Shooting Times and my company’s special newsstand publication called the Complete Book of the Model 1911. I like it because it does not have a thumbbreak but still provides excellent retention. The quality of craftsmanship is flawless, and the holster fits my 1911s perfectly.
You can get the Speed Scabbard in black or tan; I have the tan version. Depending on the model, the holster has either two or three belt slots: one at the back and either one or two at the front for adjusting the cant. The slots accept 1.75-inch-wide belts. The holster is precision molded for the specific handgun model, and most Speed Scabbards also include a screw tension device.
Gene DeSantis handbuilt the first DeSantis GunHide holster at his kitchen table over 40 years ago. Since then, the company has become a global enterprise, utilizing the latest technologies. DeSantis holsters are used by elite law enforcement agencies and the U.S. military. The Speed Scabbard was originally designed for plainclothes professionals who didn’t want a thumbbreak.
The DeSantis Speed Scabbard is made in the USA and offered for Beretta, Browning, Colt, CZ, FN, Glock, HK, Hudson, Kahr, Kel-Tec, Kimber, Para, Remington, Ruger, SIG SAUER, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Taurus, and Walther handguns. It comes in right- and left-handed models.
MSRP: $78.99, desantisholster.com