Paddle or belt holster?


March 30, 2005, 11:29 PM
What is your preference? This holster is intented to be carried while out in the country shooting. What are your thoughts on the Fobus holster made in Isreal?

Any recommendations on mag holders?

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March 31, 2005, 02:16 AM
i have a fobus paddle for my beretta 92/96, sig 220/226, glock 19/23, smith J-frame and K/L frame.

i use mine for just walking around outdoors/range and for casual CCW...great for going to and from work or a quick run to the store.

March 31, 2005, 06:57 AM
I also use a Fobus paddle for my SA XD9 subbie. Not the latest and greatest, but it works well for me. Hint: get yourself a sharp knife and cut off the lower portion of the paddle; makes it much more comfortable to wear while sitting. :)

March 31, 2005, 08:29 AM
I've been using a Galco paddle for my 1911 now for a few years and really like it. I really like the idea of the fast on/off of a paddle. I did go through a few at first to find one that held the gun close enough to the body for my liking. One of the first ones I tried, a Bianchi Accumold, stuck out way too far and, among other things, tended to get bumped frequently by my elbow (on the "funny bone" of course).

I am close to buying a comp-tac paddle for my recently acquired hi-power.

March 31, 2005, 08:53 AM
Only problem I've had with a few passle holsters is that the paddle doesn't do too well at staying place, meaning that during the draw I get the holster along with the gun. The real benefit fo the paddle holster is easy on and off. For what you intend to use the holster for, it may not be very benefitial.

That said, look at the kydex holsters from Uncle Mike's line. The paddle is well designed, and the holster stays in place during the draw.

March 31, 2005, 11:22 AM
I like paddle holsters for woods carry, easy on/off. I had a Fobus, it didn't fit my Kimber 1911 well and it left marks on my parker Springfield. I sold it but intend to buy another that is specific for the Kimber.

Note, I do not feel that they are as secure as a standard holster.

March 31, 2005, 12:22 PM
My concern is the standard holster allows the muzzle to point in at my butt. I got the paddle mag holder and it seems to point the bottom out away. I may take the belt holster back and get the paddle. The belt holster also doesn't snuggly fit my belt (1 and 5/8" wide) when used in the widest opening and this may be part of the problem with it pointing at my butt. I know it won't go off, but those 4 Rules make me adamant about not pointing things were they shouldn't be pointed.

March 31, 2005, 12:39 PM
If you're willing to spend a little more and you want easy on/off I suggest either an Alessi CQC/S or a Sparks IQM. More secure and not much more difficult to put or take off.

March 31, 2005, 01:55 PM
Wanted the beautifully finished leather for my J-frame, but had to be more economical for the moment. Got a Fobus but quickly gave up wearing it because it was digging into my hipbone whether sitting or standing. Just got the Uncle Mike's, and I like it MUCH more (I think the paddle is a bit shorter, perhaps a bit narrower as well).

That said, what is your need/purpose? If you want it for "quick" installation and removal, the paddle is fine. For a fit tighter to your torso, a belt holster is probably better. Check out the Bianchi molded types as well as the Uncle Mike's and Galco. Good luck. r/

March 31, 2005, 02:11 PM
I use a Galco belt holster for my pistol and a Fobus paddle holster for my magazines.

I also found that using the Fobus paddle holster for my pistol caused me more often than is good to take both the pistol and holster with the draw. I have several friends who swear by them for their Glocks, but the examples I tried fit a little too snug for the 1911.

Also got a Beretta 92FS stuck in one. Took two of us pulling on the pistol and the sales rep pulling on the holster to get it out.

Standing Wolf
March 31, 2005, 02:44 PM
I have a paddle holster for one of my openly carried pre-agreement Smith & Wesson model 629s. It's much more comfortable than my belt holsters for outside carry. It distributes the weight of the gun more evenly over my bony hip, and is quicker to put on and remove than most belt holsters. I can't truthfully say it's more comfortable than inside the waist belt holsters, but again, it's faster to put on and remove.

I thought paddle holsters were a bit weird until I actually tried one. Now I'm sold on the idea.

Phantom Warrior
March 31, 2005, 02:52 PM
I carry my Glock 23 in a Fobus paddle holster and my reload in a Fobus single mag pouch. I have been very pleased with both. Comfortable, good retention, easy draw. I think it's worth the try. Worst case, you are out $15.

Soylent Green
March 31, 2005, 04:15 PM The ECP fits very tight to the body and is very secure and concealable. The FBI cant paddle is not quite as close to the body as the above, but is a hair easier to take on and off if you have to do that a lot during the day.

I have them both and I cannot decide which I like better.

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