anyone use cheap nylon hip holster ?


October 9, 2006, 02:19 PM
I am thinking about getting my carry permit and wondered how many out there used or are using the basic nylon style $15-20 hip holster for carrying. I don't plan and carrying on a regular basis, but for occasional use like camping or long trips.

Thanks guys.

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October 9, 2006, 02:34 PM
The cheapo nylon holsters are actually pretty good for IWB, but for owb, you can get a decent quality leather holster for around $25 that supports and fits the gun much better. I have tried several uncle mikes holsters that were OWB, and all have either been returned or sitting in my drawer.

October 9, 2006, 02:38 PM
My first holster was an Uncle Mike's nylon OWB. I quickly found out there's better stuff out there and haven't looked back.

October 9, 2006, 04:29 PM
I needed a holster for the Ruger Bisley Vaquero .44 Mag my son gave me for Christmas. There weren't many holsters available for it at that time. To have one made was beyond my means. I finally ordered one from Cheaper than Dirt. It was padded nylon, made on the order of the old George Lawrence #120, and had a good strong keeper strap. I used it to carry while cutting hedge, working outside and cutting trees. Still use it and it's good as ever. Cost was $8.00 plus $4.95 shipping.

October 9, 2006, 04:39 PM
Cheapy holsters work fine for general purpose use. They are rugged, cheap and are easy on the gun. For anything not involving CCW, I think they are perfecty fine. For CCW, I wouldn't recommend them simply because there is always the issue of snagging, and because they just aren't designed to act as IWB holsters. It's like this: Your gonna spend X amount of dollars on a gun, X amount of dollars on all the stuff to clean it and care for it, X amount of dollars for ammo and other supplies plus however much your permit cost you, and then your gonna get muley over the extra money for a good CCW holster? Save up the additional 35 or 40 bucks and get leather or kydex for your CCW holster...

Zeke Menuar
October 9, 2006, 04:41 PM
I just got a Uncle Mikes Kydex paddle for my XD45 Service. $25.00 shipped.

Far better than a cheap nylon hip holster.


October 9, 2006, 05:32 PM
The Uncle Mike's holsters come in a few quality variances imo.
I have 1 that was under $20 for my M9 and it is a very good carry holster. Sturdy and rigid on the belt because it has hard plastic belt loops and adjustable upper thumb snap versus some of their cheaper (but still good) ones with fabric nylon belt loop and "pull over" thumb snap.
I have since run into Bianchi's "accumold" holster (about $25-35) for my sigma and it is an exceptional rigid piece that holds the weapon perfectly due to it's exact molded layout not unlike their leather rigs. Also, it has a great adjustable thumb release and rigid belt fastener. They're made for revolvers too. One advantage to nylon holsters is the fact that they are less abusive to gun finishes like leather or the harder "all plastic" variety. Leather is more pleasing to me, but I like a good nylon as well.

October 9, 2006, 06:05 PM
IMHO the best holster ever for camping and hiking is the Safepacker. Originally designed for high angle search and rescue teams it protects your handgun from the elements, keeps extra ammo handy, allows quick access, doesn't look like a holster (doesn't scare other campers and hikers), can hold a handgun with a light attached, and can be attached almost anywhere including a backpack waist belt. At $54 it's a good deal and it comes in both LH and RH models.

You can also slip the open cover between your matress and box spring so you have a holster hanging on the side of the bed.

October 9, 2006, 06:08 PM
Many gun stores, especially the larger ones, have a basket or table full of used holsters of every type imaginable. When guns are traded in that have a holster they just toss it in the pile. Prices are usually cheap, $5 - $10.

October 10, 2006, 12:22 AM
I've used demonstrate how crappy they are. Especially the ones that fasten with the metal clip. Seen more than one come off with the pistol when drawn. Only way I see one used is as a range holster. Since you mentioned it's for carry purposes, I'd stay clear of them. What good is drawing your pistol only to find out the holster is still wrapped around it?

October 10, 2006, 03:32 PM
I use a cheap Uncle Mike's sidekick OWB to carry my Glock in sometimes. It has the snap retention strap that is swept off with the trigger finger. I like it a lot, actually, and it was about $20. The snap strap forces you to put your trigger finger in the proper position before drawing and the adjustable retention is as tight as you want it. The only problem I have with it is that it prints noticeably, so I don't use it if I'll be in a setting where that might be an issue, or if I can't wear clothes that will disguise it adequately. It flops up and down a little if I'm walking really fast, but the retention and snap are plenty tight so I know the gun won't plop out. Overall I think it's a decent holster for a great price.

October 16, 2006, 04:23 AM
Great design.

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