Help me pick a holster for my full-sized sidearm...


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HK G3
March 31, 2008, 08:20 PM
Okay, so in a few days I'll be the happy owner of an HK45 fullsize, which admittedly, is on the large end of the pendulum for a carry gun, but I feel that drawback is worth it, since I really like the gun.

I was interested to know what types of holsters you all would recommend for concealing this large handgun.

I'd be interested in IWB, appendix, or perhaps SOB, but I'm somewhat weary of SOB carry due to potential discomfort that sitting with it may cause. I almost always wear cargo pants/shorts, and was actually interested in knowing if there were any good holsters that could be nicely concealed in cargo pockets.

I live AZ, so I will not be wearing a jacket or anything like that for more than half of the year.

Thanks! :)

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ArchAngelCD
April 1, 2008, 01:52 AM
There are so many good companies making fine holsters it's almost impossible to suggest which is best for you.
There are so many like:
DeSantis, Don Hume, Galco, Kramer Handgun Leather, El Paso Saddlery, Tucker Gunleather, Bianchi, Safariland, Gould & Goodrich, Andrew's Custom, Milt Sparks, High Noon and a host of others, all making quality products. The suggestions you get won't be the best holsters only the opinion of what's best for the person telling you.

You might want to take a look at the offerings of El Paso Saddlery (http://www.epsaddlery.com/c-20-strongside.aspx) for a full size semi-auto.

HK G3
April 1, 2008, 02:26 AM
Thanks for the info. I'm a total newbie when it comes to holsters, so any starting point is good for me at this point!

ArchAngelCD
April 2, 2008, 03:39 AM
Thanks for the info. I'm a total newbie when it comes to holsters, so any starting point is good for me at this point!
In that case I suggest you first get yourself a good strong box. You will need it to store all the holsters you are going to buy trying to find one you really like. Don't feel bad though, we all do it!! :p

HK G3
April 2, 2008, 07:18 PM
Oh crap, sounds like my bank account will soon be dead :p

Do you have any experience with CompTac holsters? They seem to have an interesting design relative to all other holsters I've seen, but I don't know if that translates to a good CCW holster or not.

ArchAngelCD
April 3, 2008, 03:36 AM
Sorry, I have never tried that holster. I'm mostly a revolver guy and I'm now using DeSantis (http://www.desantisholster.com/) holsters and holsters from Simply Rugged (http://simplyrugged.com/leather_goods/index.html).

I also use only Mika (http://www.frontiernet.net/~akim/prodnfo.html) pocket holsters for my J frame revolvers.

esol
April 3, 2008, 10:14 AM
Do you have any experience with CompTac holsters? They seem to have an interesting design relative to all other holsters I've seen, but I don't know if that translates to a good CCW holster or not.

i currently am using a CompTac CTAC holster
it is VERY comfortable, i have worn it for over 36 hours straight with no complaints
it stays exactly where i put it, doesn't need to be constantly adjusted like a lot of other holsters ive tried
it is very smooth and fast to draw from, and is equally nice when re-holstering
the adjustable ride height and tilt allows you to custom fit it for yourself
its tuckable
it holds the gun very close to your side for minimal printing
it is a very thin holster and doesnt bulge your waist line like a lot of other designs do

obviously i highly recommend the CTAC
i have it, i love it, 5 of my friends have switched to them after seeing and wearing mine, they all love it too

if you do get the CTAC wear it for a few days/weeks trying different adjustment settings until you find one that works for you, then take a Dremel or something and trim any excess length off of the adjustable belt clips

Ske1etor
April 3, 2008, 01:34 PM
I just ordered a Comp-Tac Infidel with the gurkha strut... I can't wait for it to come in..

The main reason for me choosing a Kydex holster was the heat and humidity here. I am about 60-80 miles from the gulf of Mexico here in Louisiana and it is extremely humid all the time.

I will give a review once I get it!

blackcash88
April 3, 2008, 02:44 PM
Definitely Comptac (or anything for that matter) over any garbage from Crossbreed.

HK G3
April 4, 2008, 01:12 AM
I actually called one of my friends asking him for advice, and it turns out he actually has a Comp-Tac Pro-Undercover holster for his S&W M&P compact, and he let me try it out - it's a very nice holster, really quick to draw from or re-holster.

With a larger gun, would you advise any specific kind of carry over another? For example, Comp-Tac's webpage does not advise appendix carry for a larger gun, but what about IWB vs. SOB?

esol
April 4, 2008, 09:46 AM
i have found IWB around 3:00-4:00 position works well even with full size guns
i personally dont like SOB much
and appendix carry is not comfortable at all for me unless i am standing

its really going to be a personal call... what works for me (or anyone else) might be horrible for you
you could try just tucking the gun in different areas of your waist band while wondering around the house to see where you think you might be most comfortable with it. stand with it, walk around, sit down with it, pick stuff up off the ground, grab stuff from high areas, etc... try to do most of the movements you might do on an average day.
obviously it is going to be a bit different with a proper holster, but at least you'll have an idea

TurboJeff
April 4, 2008, 02:42 PM
There are so many good holsters available. I personally like some of the Galco (IWB Royal Guard), and some of the Don Hume. Good prices, great quality. Also invest in a heavy duty gun belt. I got a brownish tan Gould and Goodrich, and a black Law Pro.

HK G3
April 6, 2008, 09:20 PM
What would you guys think of this holster: http://www.handgunholsters.net/

I often wear cargo pants/shorts, and if it were a legitimately useful system and not just some cheap gimmick, then it'd be great for the summer, where I wouldn't have the advantage of being able to wear a jacket or another shirt over the holster, to further conceal any potential bulges.

I've always carried my wallet in the cargo pocket, so I'm use to quickly accessing the contents of the cargo pockets.

esol
April 6, 2008, 10:51 PM
i would have liked to see the guy in the video walking around more... and maybe sitting in a chair, and crouching down to pick something up
it looks like this system might leave the pants hanging and moving in a very unnatural way.
it does however look like a very cool setup if it does work well

off to youtube to try to find some videos

HK G3
April 7, 2008, 02:24 PM
Let me know if you find anything else about it - like I said, from that video alone it seems good, but I have this habit of never trusting anything from the manufacturer's webpage :p

The comments section on Youtube was mostly anti-gun idiots screaming about how the holster was designed for school shootings, and others fighting with them, but there were a few people who claimed to have bought the holster and really liked it.

esol
April 7, 2008, 04:40 PM
i wasn't able to find much more than you were
it does seem that the owner of that site is a member on this board. perhaps we could get him to take some more videos

i might just pick it up and see how it works out... worst case scenario i guess could still use it for a range holster or something

HK G3
April 11, 2008, 04:27 AM
Yeah I went and ordered one of their holsters and belts.

I'll write a report about how well it all works out as soon as I get it - hopefully it'll do what they say it will do, and I can recommend it to everyone here.

Great thing about it is that it looks as though it can be used for open carry as well, and my living in AZ means I'll have to give that a try as well!

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