Well since I got my new gun (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=365410)I've been looking at concealment holsters. and I've narrowed it down to three options:
The Cross Breed Super Tuck (http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/beltslide.html), the Comp-Tac Minotaur (http://www.comp-tac.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=95), and the Milt Sparks Watch (http://www.miltsparks.com/Watch_Six.htm) Six.
I am leaning towards the Watch Six since it prefer leather over kydex, but kydex does have it's advantages.
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May 29, 2008, 10:54 AM
Congrats on the XSE I like everything about mine ( a pre dove tail sight .45 ) except the duck butt grip safety which i will replace with a wilson or something eventually .
As to your question I also would go with the Sparks of the holsters you have listed since i am neither modern nor open minded enough to appreciate a tupperware holster no matter how well made .... If you can get the sparks over the counter go for it , if not check out some other makers such as K&D ( i buy from them ) UBG which i have not tried but gets good reviews with short wait times , ect.. I will link you to another forum here which has some stickys that may intrest you on holster makers quality , wait times , and customer service , now note that some of the posts are what you expect from the internet on the complaint threads , but some have valid points . I am not sure if you need to register to see the link , but if you do register you wont be spammed ect.. http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulletin/concealed-carry-holsters-carry-options/
The only thing i will add and i say this because i dont know what your ccw experience is .. The holster is part of a carry system , and if you do not have a real gunbelt then buy a belt with the holster and have the loops sized to the belt . You need a stiff belt ( stiff is defined as the belt will not " roll up when worn , it maintains its full width and likely is contoured so when laid flat it resembles the smile in a smiley face instead of a straight line . That coupled with loops that fit will anchor the pistol where you put it and not allow it to shift . This is important for the draw , but that is over hyped IMHO. Where i find it to be most important ( especially with heavy all steel guns like the 1911 , hp , p7 hk , ect.. ) is for comfort and security . With a wall mart belt ( even right sized ) a heavy gun is literally a pain to carry all day every day . With a good belt it is much more comfortable .
Food for thought if you havent thought about it , or if you ( or readers of the thread ) are inexperienced .
May 29, 2008, 11:57 AM
May 29, 2008, 12:22 PM
I vote other.
I have two Comp Tac Infidels. The ability to modify the mount hardware as you see fit makes this probably the most versatile IWB holster on the market.
May 29, 2008, 12:22 PM
I have one of these, only with a leather mouth band added: DC Tuckable (http://www.imageseek.com/hbeleather/gallery/tuckable/P1060676) from hbeleatherworks.com (http://www.hbeleatherworks.com/)
Eric (for now - it won't last) has a one-week back log. Most other custom holster makers are 6 weeks to 6 months behind.
I voted for the Watch Six, as I know the quality of Milt Sparks and prefer leather.
May 29, 2008, 12:43 PM
I voted Comp-tac because of the modularity of it. I also like the kydex-leather hybrid.
May 29, 2008, 01:33 PM
+1 on Comp-Tac for MTAC or Gladiator
May 29, 2008, 01:49 PM
I have a Watch Six for an HKUSP45c that I bought through Lightning Arms. It is a great holster and adds hardly anything to the width of the pistol. +1 on the need for a good belt and matching the loops to the width of the belt.
May 29, 2008, 01:57 PM
Sparks or Alessi for me.
May 29, 2008, 02:43 PM
I have a couple of good gun belts that I bought for carrying. I typically carry a Colt Cobra in a Bianchi Minimalist under a un-tucked shirt. I have CCWed my 22-4 under a jacket or vest when going back and forth from the range. Thanks for the links.
May 29, 2008, 06:27 PM
congrats on the new handgun, i use grandfather oak kydex iwb holsters and i love em.
i picked one up for my xd sc at a gun show in N.C. a while back and i couldn't be happier.
May 29, 2008, 06:53 PM
i voted milt, but check out ubgholsters.com too. thats what i have (canute), i like it
For being a cheap holster, I think it's great. I have no issues with it at all.
May 29, 2008, 07:26 PM
AKJ Concealco (http://www.concealco.com/) has earned my business. I've seen the products of other companies, and there are plenty of good ones. But for $60 you are getting a holster from Concealco that is on a par with holsters that I see in the $90 range from other makers. Great quality. I have two of them and they have held up well and are still darn nice looking and feeling. I actually am waiting on an order for two more holsters. One for my new CCW, and one for my father.
May 29, 2008, 08:39 PM
Not a bad wait (although when I got mine it was two weeks), excellent price, great leather work.
May 29, 2008, 08:40 PM
I voted other, as my preference is for the Mitch Rosen ARG.
EOD Guy in VA
May 31, 2008, 02:25 AM
May 31, 2008, 03:24 PM
I voted cross breed super tuck. A friend of mine has one and I tried it on, I really liked it. Some don't like the kydex on leather look but who is gonna see it anyway?
May 31, 2008, 07:59 PM
I voted WS1, cause there my favorite:) Thin & comfy!
May 31, 2008, 08:53 PM
I voted other even though I have a Milt Sparks EC for my Sig229...I like the High Noon Holster I got recently for my Colt oficers 1911 better.
May 31, 2008, 10:39 PM
June 1, 2008, 12:30 AM
June 1, 2008, 01:46 AM
Gotta go with the Versa Max II...absolutely the most comfortable IWB holster ever made. I sometimes forget I'm wearing mine........
June 1, 2008, 02:28 AM
I'm a big fan of Milt Sparks. The lead time is long, but the end result is worth it.
June 1, 2008, 04:42 AM
Milt Sparks Versa Max 2. Worth the extra $$$$. They don't bill you til it ships so you have time to save your money.
June 1, 2008, 05:31 PM
I have 2 Galco Royal Guards. One is for my full size 1911, the other if for my Glock 30