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How To: Build a Low Profile MOLLE Mount

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We have run into a problem adapting some holsters and knife sheaths to MOLLE webbing for customers and thought we would share our method for building a solid low profile mount that can be adapted to a variety of holsters.

We use Blade Tech’s new Gen III MOLLE Loks along with their Tek Lok. The Tek Lok offers a versatile hole pattern and is a popular mounting method for not only Blade Tech products but for many other manufacturers as well. The downside of the Tek Lok is that it can’t mount to MOLLE webbing – only belts or straps. The new Gen III MOLLE Lok offers a solid mount to MOLLE webbing but the hole pattern doesn’t allow it to bolt directly to many holsters, including Blade Tech’s.

Our solution is to modify a Tek Lok and use it as an interface between the holster and the MOLLE Lok. I will walk you through the steps:

The first step is to make sure you have the right type of hardware. You will want the Blade Tech Tek Lok with sheath hardware and the Blade Tech Gen III MOLLE Lok with sheath hardware. This will give you the right selection of bolts for a solid mounting. For the MOLLE Lok you can choose Large or Small depending on the application, we will be using a Small set for our holster.

Blade Tech Hardware

Blade Tech Hardware

We used only a few basic tools for this project: Phillips screwdriver, C-clamp, hacksaw and sandpaper.

Tools used

Tools used

To modify the Tek Lok we clamp it to the table and cut off the front side flap. We have found that using a hacksaw is the easiest method because you can line it up and get a good straight cut.

Cut the Tek Lok back plate

Cut the Tek Lok back plate

Next flip the back piece over and cut off the locking prongs. When you are left with just the mounting hole pattern use the sandpaper to smooth off the cut edges.

Smooth out any rough edges

Smooth out any rough edges

The holster we are using in this project is a Blade Tech Revolution series for a Glock 34/35. Out of the package it includes both a paddle mount and adjustable belt slide.

Blade Tech Revolution Holster

Blade Tech Revolution Holster

Just remove the belt slide or paddle and line up the modified Tek Lok with the holster mounting holes. Use the short holster hardware to secure the center bolt.

Mount the modified Tek Lok

Mount the modified Tek Lok

Next mount the MOLLE Lok using the longer sheath hardware in the top hole. Flip the holster over and use the holster bolt to secure the lower hole.

Secure the MOLLE Lok

Secure the MOLLE Lok

Repeat the same steps on the second MOLLE Lok. For your first assembly we generally recommend you get everything fitted to this step and then disassemble to add blue locktite to each screw and reassemble.

Mount the second Lok

Mount the second Lok

Once your low profile mount is complete you will be ready to mount the holster to your MOLLE panel.

Completed mount

Completed mount

For this project we are building a bedside belt for a customer so we will show the holster mounted to the Tactical Tailor Modular Padded Belt.

Mounting the holster on the belt

Mounting the holster on the belt

The Revolution holster with low profile mount

The Revolution holster with low profile mount

The Gen III MOLLE Loks offer a very tight mount on most MOLLE panels. On the holster we definitely didn’t want it to move at all so we added one more set of screws to the bottom hole on the MOLLE Loks. These screws really clamp the MOLLE Lok down on the panel and it doesn’t move a bit.

Locking the holster to the belt

Locking the holster to the belt

The Low Profile MOLLE mount can be used in other applications as well so experiment a bit and see what you can do. Hopefully you found this informative. Let us know if we can answer any questions.

6 Comments
  1. Hey thanks for the great right up. I have been looking for a way to mount a blade tech holster with their molle loks. I have the small locks but and using them with the TMMS adapter to go to their holster. I did not like how it slid up and down and thought about trying to secure it with a bolt like you show here, but with the TMMS it is in the way. I am talking with blade tech right trying to figure out a solution and if we cannot come up with anything, I am going to try your route. Thanks for taking the time to explain everything in detail!

    • Great! Glad to know it was a help. If you decide to go this route make sure you use the GEN III Molle Loks – they are stiffer and a better choice than the GEN II versions.

  2. Hey thanks for the great right up. I have been looking for a way to mount a blade tech holster with their molle loks. I have the small locks but and using them with the TMMS adapter to go to their holster. I did not like how it slid up and down and thought about trying to secure it with a bolt like you show here, but with the TMMS it is in the way. I am talking with blade tech right trying to figure out a solution and if we cannot come up with anything, I am going to try your route. Thanks for taking the time to explain everything in detail!

    • Great! Glad to know it was a help. If you decide to go this route make sure you use the GEN III Molle Loks – they are stiffer and a better choice than the GEN II versions.

  3. Thanks for the tutorial. I want to attach my Blade Tech holster to a battle belt. Just curious why you say that the Molle lok cannot attach directly to the holster.

  4. It depends on the holster. Many times directly attaching the Molle Lok to the holster will leave them with a significant angle and they won’t thread through the Molle on the battle belt properly.

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