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Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by chevy, Sep 20, 2010.
what is the best holster to carry a full size 40 cal. pistol in??
What are your preferences?
Leather? Nylon? Kydex? etc
OWB, IWB, Shoulder?
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.
+1 on the stiff belt. It makes the difference. In my mind it's a requirement for carrying IWB or OWB.
raven makes a good system that can be carried iwb or owb. about 80 bucks but they have a long lead time
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.
thebeltman.net for belts
Milt Sparks for IWB holsters
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:
Nice... do you make any to sell? (and do you take custom orders?)
Also, if you made a "how to" thread that would be super cool.:thumbup:
+1 on Crossbreed
The correct answer is an UBG Canute (UBG Holsters), and a Crossbreed Belt. (http://www.crossbreedholsters.) Seriously. Makes carrying a Glock 22 all day every day a breeze.
+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