Thermoplastic alloy in holsters

Armed services personnel worldwide rely on high-performance security products, including holsters, body armor, and firearm accessories from Safariland LLC. Originally made of leather, the holsters are now formed of a composite that relies on a custom-formulated thermoplastic sheet product from Boltaron to impart its holster products with outstanding strength, impact resistance and cold crack resistance.

Safariland currently uses a custom Boltaron sheet product -- a fire-resistant thermoplastic alloy exhibiting greater heat resistance, cold-crack resistance, and impact resistance than the competitive sheet it replaced.

The proprietary alloy also exhibits greater impact resistance (20 foot-pound/inch, 1068 J/m) than the sheet it replaced, and carries a UL 94 V-0 fire rating. The company uses the sheet in thicknesses of 0.028, 0.040, 0.060, 0.093 and 0.125 in. (0.7112, 1.02, 1.53, 2.36 and 3.18 mm) and reports extreme formability and reduced shrinkage with minimal thin-out in deep recesses and on outside corners.

The holster’s exterior color and texture are achieved via the Boltaron sheet product or the urethane or nylon covering laminated to it. Safariland offers a wide range of textures and finishes from STX Basket Weave and Carbon Fiber Look to Plain Black and Leather Look. Sheet colors include OD Green, Brown Flat Dark Earth, and Foliage Green.

Once the lamination and forming processes are completed, several secondary operations are performed including burnishing and smoothing of the edges.

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