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i need info on holsters

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by chevy, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. chevy

    chevy 64th st Member

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    what is the best holster to carry a full size 40 cal. pistol in??
     
  2. Tactical SS

    Tactical SS Washington Member

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    What are your preferences?

    Leather? Nylon? Kydex? etc

    OWB, IWB, Shoulder?

    Retention?

    Price?

    etc...
     
  3. spengo

    spengo GLORIOUS CASCADIA Active Member

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    I say IWB. And spend some $ and get a nice leather or kydex one molded specifically to your gun. It is also very important to get a good stiff thick belt designed for supporting the weight of a gun. I recommend either galco leather or something like the ares ranger web belt. It will probably cost you around $60-80 for the holster and another $40-80 for the belt. Avoid uncle mike's, avoid fobus. Galco makes great leather holsters, raven concealment makes great polymer ones, and Comp-Tac makes some really nice combination holsters (leather shield, polymer holster).

    OWB might be a bit more comfortable, but harder to conceal because the barrel may stick out under a shirt depending on the size of your gun and clothing. If you wear baggy shirts, OWB might work pretty good. Also, if you don't particularly care if it stays 100% concealed 100% of the time.

    Shoulder rigs suck. I tried one for awhile (a good one too, not some cheapo uncle mike's). It is very hard to conceal (only works with a jacket on) and very uncomfortable (bangs against your side if you run or walk quickly even with tie-downs, feels very heavy, like dead weight). Draw is a little faster if you are sitting in a car or something, but otherwise much slower than typical belt holsters.

    A good belt/holster combo should make the weight of a full size handgun very manageable. IWB holsters make even the largest guns concealable. I am a skinny dude and carry a full size CZ-75 frequently.
     
  4. Tactical SS

    Tactical SS Washington Member

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    +1 on the stiff belt. It makes the difference. In my mind it's a requirement for carrying IWB or OWB.
     
  5. odiesplace97301

    odiesplace97301 silverton area Member

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    raven makes a good system that can be carried iwb or owb. about 80 bucks but they have a long lead time
     
  6. matt_w

    matt_w Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    Lead time on Raven is ~80 days right now fyi.

    Check out Crossbreed holsters, their lead time is around 2-4 weeks at the moment.
     
  7. rmlarsen

    rmlarsen Seattle Member

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    thebeltman.net for belts

    Milt Sparks for IWB holsters
     
  8. cyclesarge

    cyclesarge Eugene OR, DUH! We're ALL in the NORTHWEST Well-Known Member

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    I make my own, leather and Kydex. Has the EXACT retention I like, rides where I like and has a lead time of about 2 hours.:thumbup:

    DSC01481.jpg
     
  9. spengo

    spengo GLORIOUS CASCADIA Active Member

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    Nice... do you make any to sell? (and do you take custom orders?):D

    Also, if you made a "how to" thread that would be super cool.:thumbup:
     
  10. BlvdKing

    BlvdKing Almost Boring Member

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    +1 on Crossbreed
     
  11. RangerEric

    RangerEric Southern Oregon, United States Active Member

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    Godspeed Oregon Member

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    +1 for the crossbreed. I got some cow hides that im thinking about trying to use to make one similar to the CBH. Looks do-able especially from cyclesarge's Pic