The 1966 Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” was about gunslingers trying to find a cache of Confederate gold during the Civil War. One of the most memorable scenes involves Tuco—the Ugly—was taking a bath.

While in the bath, a one-armed gunman enters and says, “I’ve been looking for you for eight months. Whenever I should have had a gun in my right hand, I thought of you. Now I find you in exactly the position that suits me. I had lots of time to learn to shoot with my left.”

On cue, Tuco shoots the man with a gun he had hanging on a rope, hidden in the soap foam. Tuco then utters his immortal line, “When you have to shoot, shoot. Don’t talk.”

Clearly, holsters weren’t important to Tuco, but having a good holster can mean the difference between success and failure when using a handgun. And holsters have come a long way over the years. With the current threat matrix at an all-time high, every second counts. The more a holster does for you, the less you have to worry about doing. When time is of the essence in a life-or-death situation, you need a holster that’ll increase your odds of surviving. So without further ado, here are some of the fastest retention holsters currently on the market.

For more information about the retention holsters featured above, please visit the following sites.

BlackHawk Omnivore

Galco KingTuk

Galco Paddle Lite

Galco Stow-N-Go

Safariland 7TS With CAS

SureFire MasterFire RDH

This article was originally published in “Tactical Weapons” November/December 2017. To order a copy and subscribe, visit

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