A wide variety of Israeli-made sidearm holsters are used with the Israeli SF, including thigh drop=leg holsters, belt holsters and vest holsters. Originally, most tactical holsters were made of leather or Nylon materials such as Cordura. Today, most modern holsters are made of polymer materials such as Kydex, which are molded to fit a specific gun make.

In the past Fobus holsters and SF units' home-made holsters were the most commonly used with the Israeli SF. However, in recent years IMI Defense emerged as Israel's leading holster manufacturer. Known for its polymer holsters and related accessories, IMI Defense holsters are modular and interchangeable, allowing the operator to quickly move a holster from one mounting platform to another on a thigh, belt or a vest, as well as to easily customize the holster to fit various mounting positions based on personal preferences and tactical needs.

Thigh Holster

Glock 17 in a Fobus thigh holster.

IDF Counter Terror School reserve instructors during training. All operators armed with CAR15 and handguns in thigh holsters. Note a heavy barrel CAR15 fitted with an obsolete Eyal 3X20 optic and a Shorty CAR15.

YAHALOM operator undergoing range training in Mount Hermon, during extreme weather training. The operator is firing a Mini Uzi and is also armed with Glock handgun in a thigh holster and a M4A1 fitted with Trijicon ACOG 4x32 and a variety of Israeli accessories including: a stock, a rail system, a forward grip, a flashlight and a Beamshot laser module. The M4A1 is also fitted with a NVD adapter.

Oket’z team posing on top of an airplane wing during training at the IDF Counter Terror School. All operators are armed with handguns in thigh holsters.

Shayetet 13 operators posing prior to deployment. Operators are armed with Mini Uzi and handguns in thigh holsters.

YAMAM operator during training seen here armed with a Mini Uzi fitted with a rubber buttstock and a handgun in a thigh holster. The operator helmet is fitted with a night vision adapter. Note the black pouch on the operator right hand, which house tools such as blades, cutters and electric equipment to be used for EOD and for picking locks and alarms.

YAMAM operators on riot control alert during Friday prayers in the old city of Jerusalem. The operators are armed with Glock handguns in thigh holsters and Colt Commando fitted with Trijicon Reflex, tactical flashlights and barrel adapters allowing the firing of non lethal rubber coated metal ammunition.

YAMAG operator during training armed with a Colt Commando fitted with a Trijicon Reflex and a Jericho in a thigh holster. Note that both the assault rifle and the handgun are fitted with safety rods.

Masada operators during training armed with Jericho fitted with built-in compensators, stocks and safety rods. Note protective gear and Marom-Dolphin vests.

Belt Holster

Duvdevan sniper during training armed with a suppressed Ruger 10/22 and a Glock. Note helmet mounted GoPro camera (photo: IDF).

Counter Terror School instructors during range training. Foreground operator armed with a handgun and a M4 fitted with a rail system, a flip-up sight, a bipod, a forward grip and a Meprolight Mepro 21, as well as a handgun in belt holster; middle operator armed with a M4 Commando fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21, a flip-up sight and a flashlight; background operator armed with a M4 fitted with a Trijicon ACOG 4x32, a forward grip and a flip-up sight.

Vest Holster

SHABACH VIP Glock 19 fitted with two rounds magazine extension in a Fobus holster

SHABACH VIP detail personnel securing the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (center) and the former Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer (left). Both operators are armed with Glock 19 fitted with two rounds magazine extension.

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