Mike Lowe had been in law enforcement for 16 years, the last part of his career training officers about gun retention. That means keeping the bad guy from wrestling the officer's gun away from him, and then shooting the officer. There were a number of what are called security holsters on the market, but none really did the job.
The scenario that typically occurs is this: an officer pulls his gun to control a situation. With the situation under control, the officer decides to holster the gun and cuff the perp, or talk to him. Then the bad guy goes for the holstered gun. If he can get the gun from the officer, as often as not the officer gets shot. In officer shootings, a high percentage are by the officer's own gun.
Mike was well aware of what security holsters were on the market. Some used a loop with a snap over the back of the gun to secure it. This was fine for keeping it in place, but it wouldn't release the handgun fast, and required two hands to lock in place. Another holster was super secure, because it required the gun to be inserted, then twisted as it went in or out of the holster, and additionally used a strap over the back of the gun. This was so secure that the officers unhooked the snaps and half removed the gun from the holster when they went into a confrontation, because it was so hard to get the gun out fast.
None of the products on the market had the required features: easy one handed insertion without looking at the holster, audible indication that the handgun was locked in place, quick one handed withdrawal, and total security from an assailant getting the handgun out of the holster. These are seemingly conflicting requirements, and no one was trying to meet all these criteria.
So Mike made one. The one I saw first was pretty crude, but I tried it with the plastic handgun replica Mike brought, and the darned thing worked! Then Mike worked with a brilliant engineer to make it better, pretty, and to figure out how to manufacture them. The result is a company called Tactical Design Labs, with Mike Lowe as Chief Technology Officer, Lance Hatfield as CEO and President, and Tony Senn, one of the best engineers I have met, heavily involved. The product is a security holster that does everything Mike thought it should, and more. It is called the Professional, and is getting rave reviews in the industry.
It has been evaluated by experts in gun retention, speed shooting, and by police officers, SWAT team members, military special forces, and military MPs. A renowned speed shooter remarked that he could use the holster in speed shooting contests. No other security holster can say that, because they are awkward and slow, and therefore dangerous.
The Professional is approved for use by Boise and San Diego police officers, and other high profile departments are evaluating it. We envision a day when every police office in the world has one of these.