Learning of the recently published CFDA procedure regarding holster angle, I went to Lowe's and bought a General Tool and Instruments Steel Protractor. Next, I took out some holsters and attempted to learn how to measure holster angle.
Here's the problem; an angle gauge generally needs two flat surfaces on generally the same plane to get a dead-nuts accurate measurement. In fact, wit holsters, the measurement angles are on different planes. So, any measurement is a gesstimate. It might be close, but we can't be sure it's dead-nuts, especially with the tool I purchased. For example.
Above is a JDL holster for the long gun. I aligned the measurement surfaces as well as I could, and measured the holster angle at 17 degrees. I've included a close-up below.
That's the way I measured it, but other folks might get a different measurement with this tool. I asked Belle to measure it, an she came in with a full 20 degrees.
Next,I measured a JDL holster for the short gun.
Aligning the angle surfaces as closely as I could, I came in with a measurement of 17 degrees. Again, this is a guesstimate, as I was unable to fully align the tools surfaces with the holster leather.
I believe that my measurements confirm that the JD Leatherworks holsters for both long gun and short gun are in full compliance with CFDA rules. I also measured a Ken's Leather holster at 17 degrees and a Crease N' Corral (Part Time) rig at 18 degrees.
But, I may not have the best tool for holster angle measurement. Texas State is in March, closely followed by Louisiana State in April. While the tool I have is a readily available tool, I'm not convinced that it is the best for our purposes. We all want to play by the rules, and we all want o do right for our shooters and the game. We rangemasters need to figure this out pronto. Is there a better tool for holster angle measurement? Has CFDA specified a tool?
We need to figure this out, quickly.