IWB holster for 5" 1911?


April 13, 2008, 02:02 PM
I've been looking around and the IWB holster that I truely want is the Milt Sparks VM-2. But, do to the extreme amount of back orders I don't think I can wait for one to be made. I plan on traveling this year around july and the area's I will be going through I would really like to have that piece of mind on my side. I've been looking at the CrossBreed holsters but they look cheap and it looks like the molding will collapse when the gun is unholstered. My gun is a Kimber Eclipse 5" barrel .45cal. With that being siad, what IWB would you suggest? Thanks to all.

Before anyone ask's, yes I do plan on taking a CCW class in may and I'm already singed up for it and that's another reason I need to buy a holster soon.

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April 13, 2008, 02:19 PM
Mine was made by
http://ubgholsters.com good work comfortable holster at a reasonable price.

April 13, 2008, 02:36 PM
I use a Milt Sparks VM II with the kydex clips on a near daily basis for my lightweight (alloy frame) SA 5" and wholeheartedly endorse both the weapon and the holster. Yep, you'll pay a time and $$ premium for a MS VM II, but IMO, it is worth it. Usually EBay has mucho Milt Sparks available.

Tse Gee La
April 13, 2008, 03:40 PM
I use a Milt Sparks Summer Special 2, you might be able to get one somewhere sooner. I got mine through Brownell's several years ago. I think Galco makes a copy of it.

April 13, 2008, 03:50 PM
Ross Makes a IWB holster that is a simple peice of leather, sown to hold a med frame semi auto, leather grain out.

I didnt like the hook thing like they all have, it just adds to the bulk of the rig . So I cut the threads that hold it on, Now its just the leather and my pistol. Its way comfortable, what holds it in place is the grain of the leather and belt or pant tention.

I wear it at 4 oclock position tilted forward The leather protects the pistol from body oils and sweet.
Ican drive all day long and not notice it.

April 13, 2008, 04:02 PM
Place a VM2 on order now. Or go to Lightning Arms and see if they have any in stock (will cost a bit more). But do yourself a favor and get one, and if necessary get something else to hold you over.

April 13, 2008, 04:49 PM
Take a look at Mitch Rosen's "Express Line".

They are not as nice as his "Premium Line" but cost about what you'd pay for a Galco and the wait was only three weeks for my ARG Express. Then, order the Milt Sparks or Del Fatti of your choice. :)

I've been carrying my 1911A1 in a Mitch Rosen ARG Express while waiting for my Del Fatti. They are good holsters for what you pay. As others have said, you can also check out a couple of the online dealers for Milt Sparks. I'm a lefty, so I find it hard to find good leather without ordering it.


April 13, 2008, 04:57 PM
I have a Comp-Tac M.T.A.C. for my full size CZ-75. I love it!

Once I got it adjusted, it was a LOT more comfortable than I was expecting. I'm actually thinking of mostly abandoning P3AT pocket carry. :eek:

Here it is:

It's basically a non-crappy version of the crossbreed. ;)

Worked for me, YMMV, not affiliated, IANAL, etc.... etc....

April 13, 2008, 05:39 PM
Can you use these on both 5" and 4" 1911's?

April 13, 2008, 06:14 PM
Have a VMII and the M-TAC. If I could only keep one it would be the M-TAC.

Took one week to get it.

April 13, 2008, 06:20 PM
I have a cheap don hume clip on iwb for 26 bucks that I use at idpa matches. no problems with it. You can get it with or without a thumb strap.

April 13, 2008, 06:51 PM
Thank you all for your suggestions. I like the idea behind the M-TAC but what is that kydex going to do to my guns' finish? I know leather will wear at it, but I know it'll be a slower smoother wear than what I'm expecting that plastic to do. Will someone please enlighten me on this subject? Thanks

April 13, 2008, 08:48 PM
A leather holster will wear, slowly, everywhere. A kydex holster will wear, quickly, in only the small spots where it actually touches the firearm.

That is the only difference in wear between the two. The other thing to think about is that if you live in an area with high heat and humidity, sweat will soak into a leather holster and stay there until it is dried.

I ended up going with Kydex for that one reason. (South Louisiana here)

April 14, 2008, 12:02 AM
Thanks Ske1etor, I never thought of that. I live in New Mexico so it's retardedly hot here in the summer and I travle to VERY humid areas. I supose I will try my hand at the M-TAC and see what happens. Thanks agian guys.

April 14, 2008, 01:23 AM

April 14, 2008, 02:30 AM
I was in your same position and didn't want to wait for the Milt Sparks holster so I went ahead and ordered a IWB holster from http://ubgholsters.com for my Kimber 1911. Holster is very comfortable and well made all for a reasonable price. I'm glad I went with UBG else I would still be waiting for my VM 2 haha. Saved quite a few dollars also, which is imprtant for poor college students like me ;)

April 14, 2008, 09:00 AM
Another vote for the MTAC here. I've got one for my SIG 220 and it is very impressive, both in comfort and range of adjustment. The quick delivery and daily email updates are icing on the cake.

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