Galco Avenger Belt Holster
The Galco Avenger Belt holster is based off a traditional Askins design (there are some great biographies about the wild Col. Charles Askins). The Askin’s design of today commonly features a retention screw. The chief complaint is it’s lack to pull the holster close to the body due to the loop behind the gun. This restricts the size of gun that can be conveniently concealed. Because of this, the Galco Avenger is recommended for small to small/medium sized pistols. A subcompact 1911, Glock, or Sig would see the most benefit with this design.
The Galco Avenger is designed with double stitching on the trigger side, and the leather wraps around the slide, doubling at the trigger side slot to ensure a strong and durable slot. The reinforced mouth is continued down to provide the rear slot. The lower 1.75″ slots (oh why couldn’t they be the logical 1.5″?), allow the gun to ride high and tight, much like your high school flat top hair cut.
The Avenger offers a very conservative slant. During our review, we did note the break in period was a bit longer than the majority of the holsters we have seen. The tightness was expected and dealt with appropriately, but the squeaks, which we attributed to the design and leather folds, did take about a month to fully work out. Since then, it has functioned flawlessly, and the wide open mouth has been a great attribute.
The overall design is appropriate and there are no critical weak links to be noted. The Galco Avenger can be had between $75-$100, and is a great find for small, compact firearms. Just be ready for an extended break in period.