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    PMO For Duty-Carry

    I'm looking for some input from you guys: my agency is pretty new to the PMO for duty-carry and I'm looking to purchase a few for my local office to issue to some of the more squared-away guys as guinea pigs.

    I was looking originally at the Holosun 509T, but then switched to the EPS... until I was talked out of it by the rep the other day. So, back to the 509T X2 Green. The optic will be going on Glock G17 Gen5 MOS pistols with Trijicon Suppressor-height sights and C&H Precision plates. One question I've got for y'all is, would you reconsider the EPS or stick with the 509T?

    The other question is, for those of you who are carrying PMOs for duty carry (or even off-duty) what holsters are you finding work best with the optic. {Side note: we are also running WMLs - Surefire X300U}. We run street-clothes and must carry concealed so I'm trying to steer clear of some of the bulkier holsters (Safariland for instance).

    Any feedback you guys are willing to give will be greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watcher251 View Post
    I'm looking for some input from you guys: my agency is pretty new to the PMO for duty-carry and I'm looking to purchase a few for my local office to issue to some of the more squared-away guys as guinea pigs.

    I was looking originally at the Holosun 509T, but then switched to the EPS... until I was talked out of it by the rep the other day. So, back to the 509T X2 Green. The optic will be going on Glock G17 Gen5 MOS pistols with Trijicon Suppressor-height sights and C&H Precision plates. One question I've got for y'all is, would you reconsider the EPS or stick with the 509T?

    The other question is, for those of you who are carrying PMOs for duty carry (or even off-duty) what holsters are you finding work best with the optic. {Side note: we are also running WMLs - Surefire X300U}. We run street-clothes and must carry concealed so I'm trying to steer clear of some of the bulkier holsters (Safariland for instance).

    Any feedback you guys are willing to give will be greatly appreciated.
    I'm curious why the rep. recommended the 509t over the eps. For us we issued and trained our firearms instructors first. They did a year long study essentially as all of them are on SWAT and shoot monthly in all conditions. We felt that was our best way to gauge issues and use them as our initial test subjects. From that, based on our Indiana weather, we felt the enclosed optics were the best choice for patrol. The 509t and Acro's are the only currently approved optics. I am testing the Steiner MPS and it will likely be approved by the end of the year. A few others in our CID are testing open emitter units which may be approved for non-uniform carry (no final decision on that). We rolled out the new program this year and have had 3 classes. Officers get an approved list of equipment related to plates, sights and optics and they purchase them with department armorers installing. We also require a 3 day class and monthly quals for a year. We already pre-emptively switched to Gen 5 MOS Glocks and got Safariland 6390 RDS ALS holsters believing we would go the optic route. Socaldep is a good resource on mounting and we use the system he advocates and have had only success. Before him we had plates and units coming loose regularly. Good luck and I'm here for any questions. Between SWAT, firearms instructors and those who have been through the class I would estimate about 50 officers are running dots, most of which are 509t X2's. That is out of a force of 144 authorized officers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpd2110 View Post
    I'm curious why the rep. recommended the 509t over the eps. For us we issued and trained our firearms instructors first. They did a year long study essentially as all of them are on SWAT and shoot monthly in all conditions. We felt that was our best way to gauge issues and use them as our initial test subjects. From that, based on our Indiana weather, we felt the enclosed optics were the best choice for patrol. The 509t and Acro's are the only currently approved optics. I am testing the Steiner MPS and it will likely be approved by the end of the year. A few others in our CID are testing open emitter units which may be approved for non-uniform carry (no final decision on that). We rolled out the new program this year and have had 3 classes. Officers get an approved list of equipment related to plates, sights and optics and they purchase them with department armorers installing. We also require a 3 day class and monthly quals for a year. We already pre-emptively switched to Gen 5 MOS Glocks and got Safariland 6390 RDS ALS holsters believing we would go the optic route. Socaldep is a good resource on mounting and we use the system he advocates and have had only success. Before him we had plates and units coming loose regularly. Good luck and I'm here for any questions. Between SWAT, firearms instructors and those who have been through the class I would estimate about 50 officers are running dots, most of which are 509t X2's. That is out of a force of 144 authorized officers.
    Awesome! Thanks for the input! That was my plan as well. Initially, it will be myself and a few other instructors running the optics. Once we have a better grasp on it, we will look at outfitting other officers (if they request them).

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    Carrying concealed will almost certainly mitigate the condensational fogging concerns with open emitter optics, but then thereís the general lint and debris that gets involved. The enclosed emitter is the easy button and Iím a huge fan. My Tennessee carry gun (which is concealed since Iím around 2,000 miles from my jurisdiction) is a G45 with an ACRO P-1 and my California carry gun is an M&P 2.0 with an ACRO P-2.

    The relevant differences between the EPS and the 509T is size and footprint. If youíre having to run a full-size G17 with X300U then the ďbulkĒ of the 509T is the least of your problems and you get a bigger window. Iíd go 509T.

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    For concealed OWB with a pistol light, I'm using older Raven Concealment (or similar) - full-size M&P w/X300U. My new AIWB/OWB holsters with a smaller light are from JM Custom Kydex - M&P Compact w/TLR-7A;

    I'm very solidly in the enclosed emitter camp, my preference is the Aimpoint Acro P2. The newer 509T gets solid reviews, though I did see (2nd hand) a few issues with the old one. Based on limited experience, I cannot currently support the MPS.

    Edited to add: There are multiple lengthy threads in the optics section that are well worth the read.

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    I'm a supporter of enclosed emitters too. My personal choice is an ACRO P-2, but the Holosun 509T has been run by at least a couple of guys locally with no problems, one red and one green if I recall correctly. I believe Utah Highway Patrol are running them on Glocks. The 509s have a crossbar mount "borrowed" in concept from Aimpoint. I have it run the full size EPS, but have run the smaller carry on a G43X, no issues. I think folks see the crossbar design as more secure.
    Holsters: for concealment for me, JMCK IWB3 for a single cell Streamlight. They make an OWB too.
    The X300 is a big light relatively speaking. I have a Tenicor OWB for a Streamlight TLR7 (one cell) I find quite comfortable; they make one for X300s. No retention except friction on any of these. Safariland does make an ALS that's not completely out of the question w/retention.
    I'll echo what others have said: mounting is critical. @SoCalDep did us all tremendous service in working out a procedure for the mounting of plate and optic. Follow his work carefully.
    The other piece is instruction/training/practice-get some and keep it up. Gunsite(@Erick Gelhaus teaches there) has an immersive program. Manufacturers-Aimpoint, Glock, I think* Trijicon, offer classes and there are private individuals.
    You can go it alone, but a good class/instructor will shorten your learning curve.
    Best of luck

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    We run Surefire x300ís with our guns. On the training I agree completely. I took a Steve Fisher one day rds class first. Itís very good for the initial get your feet wet training. Steve is a good instructor and it helped me get over my initial concerns as a long time iron sight shooter. We then hosted Aaron Cowan for his three day rds instructor class. Overall it was good but the first day classroom only was a waste. Range stuff was good and most of it is incorporated into our 3 day class that we do.

    On our class, we started with 3 days but have the option of only 2 if a shooter is progressing nicely. Basically they test out at the end of day 2. They can attend day 3 if they want. Day 3 is now reserved for officers who might be struggling or who an instructor identifies as someone who needs more one on one time. The class is initially capped at 15 people, based on range space. We are working out the bugs thus first year and will work out the future of the program in the coming months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1Rangemaster View Post
    I'm a supporter of enclosed emitters too. My personal choice is an ACRO P-2, but the Holosun 509T has been run by at least a couple of guys locally with no problems, one red and one green if I recall correctly. I believe Utah Highway Patrol are running them on Glocks. The 509s have a crossbar mount "borrowed" in concept from Aimpoint. I have it run the full size EPS, but have run the smaller carry on a G43X, no issues. I think folks see the crossbar design as more secure.
    Holsters: for concealment for me, JMCK IWB3 for a single cell Streamlight. They make an OWB too.
    The X300 is a big light relatively speaking. I have a Tenicor OWB for a Streamlight TLR7 (one cell) I find quite comfortable; they make one for X300s. No retention except friction on any of these. Safariland does make an ALS that's not completely out of the question w/retention.
    I'll echo what others have said: mounting is critical. @SoCalDep did us all tremendous service in working out a procedure for the mounting of plate and optic. Follow his work carefully.
    The other piece is instruction/training/practice-get some and keep it up. Gunsite(@Erick Gelhaus teaches there) has an immersive program. Manufacturers-Aimpoint, Glock, I think* Trijicon, offer classes and there are private individuals.
    You can go it alone, but a good class/instructor will shorten your learning curve.
    Best of luck
    Utah and Idaho state police are both currently running 9mm Glocks with the Holosun 509T. The Alaska state troopers are in the process of fielding Glock 9mm with 509T as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watcher251 View Post
    I'm looking for some input from you guys: my agency is pretty new to the PMO for duty-carry and I'm looking to purchase a few for my local office to issue to some of the more squared-away guys as guinea pigs.

    I was looking originally at the Holosun 509T, but then switched to the EPS... until I was talked out of it by the rep the other day. So, back to the 509T X2 Green. The optic will be going on Glock G17 Gen5 MOS pistols with Trijicon Suppressor-height sights and C&H Precision plates. One question I've got for y'all is, would you reconsider the EPS or stick with the 509T?

    The other question is, for those of you who are carrying PMOs for duty carry (or even off-duty) what holsters are you finding work best with the optic. {Side note: we are also running WMLs - Surefire X300U}. We run street-clothes and must carry concealed so I'm trying to steer clear of some of the bulkier holsters (Safariland for instance).

    Any feedback you guys are willing to give will be greatly appreciated.

    Just transitioned several hundred folks to SIG 320s with Romeo1PROs as part of our national (14,000 sworn) RDS transition.

    If Holosun recommends the 509T over the EPS for duty I would listen. The Utah, Idaho, and now Alaska state police all issue Glocks with the 509T.

    We were issuing the Streamlight TLR -1, safari land 6000 series ALS holsters for duty /overt use and the Comp Tac Warrior for plainclothes use.

    Our Academy recently switched to issuing the Streamlight TLR7A and a Safariland 7000 series ALS duty holster.

    Iíve been running a TLR7A by personal choice since they came out. Itís a much more realistic size for plainclothes use while still providing adequate light.

    If you want /need retention Safariland makes ďnon dutyĒ ALS and GLS holsters, Blackhawk makes the same in their T series though most of these conceal about as well as a box of Wheaties.

    Aker has some leather RDS compatible plainclothes holsters including (I believe) some with thumb breaks.

    Otherwise open top Kydex is the order of the day. Personally Iím running an IWB #2 and IWB #3 from JM Custom Kydex for the SIG with TLR7A. I ran the same holsters for my prior G17. For an agency purchase, the Raven concealment Perun is a great option for a Glock with both WML and RDS.

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    Sounds like a solid start-good!
    I'm pretty sure Tony at JMCK can fix you up with holsters for the combo you're running.
    Since I've got my feet up and poking around the 'net, I checked Tenicor and they have an X300 OWB: the "ARX SOL". They use a bit thicker plastic. Another note: need to have a check/maintenance schedule for the mounting (wiggle it-if it moves, no bueno)and the battery/function. I've been running an MPS(1st gen) for a month now and twice it's gone to "sleep". That requires a switch press. Steiner kinda fixed it with the next gen, but my point is batteries go dead. Another instructor had a battery go out, and caught it before a class. My thoughts currently are certainly checking in a yearly basis, and I'm leaning towards 6 months. Candidly, a fair number of personnel don't check their weapons and systems until qual time, to include cleaning or even if the dang things are loaded(!) As instructors we typically check status of systems; others need "assistance ". Of the enclosed emitters now, the ACRO P2 has a 2032 battery which has the most capacity. Along that line, get back up irons-most around here are using Ameriglo GL-429s(Glock).
    Regards, and keep it up!

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