DSG Alpha Holster
DSG Arms was a natural off-shoot of DSG Inc.’s work with DoD part number data. In addition to being shooters and wanting easier access to the gear they used, DSG knew they could provide excellent service to government and civilian consumers. Originally awarded a GSA Contract in 2005 for an initial five year term and renewed in 2010 for an additional five year term, DSGI's Multiple Award Schedule contract allows streamlined access to essential products through pre-negotiated pricing and sales terms for all U.S. Military branches, National Security Personnel, Government Agencies and State, Local and Federal Law Enforcement agencies.
Now that you know who is behind the products, lets dig into some of DSG’s unique offerings.
The Alpha Series holsters and belts are a great combination for the armed professional or civilian shooter. Their material and workmanship are top-notch and best of all made in the USA.
The Alpha Series Holsters are designed for a close to the body, comfortable fit. Materials are what we have become accustomed to in the way of tightly molded .08” Kydex with multiple rivets for adjusting ride height and cant. There are however a few notable details that set DSG's holsters apart from the competition.
First, the availability of the product is better than any semi-custom holster I know of. With most holster makers of similar quality and design you have to wait weeks if not months to get your order. DSG has thousands of holsters in stock and they are immediately available for a large number of pistols. The Alpha holsters are available for 1911’s, Glock , HK, Beretta, Walter, FN, Sig, Springfield Armory and Smith and Wesson. Most models are available in 3 styles: with out light attached, with Surefire X200/300 attached or with TLR1 attached.
There are no sharp edges or burrs that I can see in the kydex. The fit is as good as I have seen from any of the big names in semi-custom kydex holsters. Retention is right where it should be to offer a smooth draw while ensuring the pistol doesn’t fall out when running or doing ninja barrel rolls.
The only thing I would like to see added to the holster at this time is another rivet centered at the bottom of the holster. This should prevent any separation of the kydex that I have seen in this and other holsters.
DSG Competition Belt
The belt is clearly well constructed and its design features make it easy to use. While it is designed as a competition belt, I wouldn’t use it for Limited or Open division as the buckle makes centerline mounting of mag pouches difficult. For Production and Limited 10 or in IDPA I think it is a great belt that allows you to keep your gear in the same place and have easy on/off when you get to the range.
DSG could make one easy change that would allow dual use as a EDC belt and competition best. The “hook” part of the “hook and loop” is on the main belt and that makes it very noisy and uncomfortable when not using the inner belt. Swapping the hook side to the inner belt would solve this and give the belt more versatility.
What will the future bring from DSG?
While I don’t have any inside information, I do know they are working on a Competition line that is designed for 3-Gun and from what I hear they are working with some big hitters in the Texas 3 Gun world to make the design right…. Maybe I can get my hands on some of it and see what I think for myself. ;-)