Eagle Thumb Break System for Universal Chest Rig
This Thumb Break System allows you to convert one of the outer mag pouches on the Eagle Universal Chest Rig into a holster with a quicker release for a handgun than the velcro retention strap that is provided with the Chest Rig. The System consists of one 1" webbing strap that has the female snap that replaces the existing velcro retention strap, one 1" webbing strap that has the male snap that affixes to the
outside of the pouch via velcro, and one 2" wide velcro "lock plate" that locks the outer strap in place (you can also use a
velcro-backed Flag patch or similar to lock in the strap).
Directions for use:
Replace the existing velcro retention strap with the 1" webbing strap with the female snap with no velcro on it. The open end of the snap should be facing into the pouch. Run the loose end of the webbing back up through the metal tri-glide to lock it in place, and then fold it back down
over the tri-glide again to ensure that the metal tri-glide is not rubbing against your handgun.
Take the 1" webbing piece with the male snap and snap it into the piece with the female snap. Triple check to ensure that your firearm is unloaded, and place it into the pouch you are installing the Thumb Break System on. Make adjustments to the straps to ensure proper positioning of the thumb-break straps over the rear of the slide on your handgun. Once adjustments have been made, secure the
1" webbing with male snap to the outside of the pouch with velcro, and lock it in place with the 2" velcro lock plate.
In order for the Thumb Break System to work properly, you need to make sure that the handgun is bottomed out in the pouch, and that there is tension on the straps when it is in place over the handgun. If there is not sufficient tension, the strap will be loose over the end of your slide and will not provide proper retention.
If you are running a striker-fired handgun such as the Glock, M&P or XD, you will need to run the thumb-break on the highest point on the grip, as there will not be sufficient tension to hold it in place at the back of the slide.