Best "high ride" paddle holster?


January 27, 2009, 11:55 PM

For those of you who have paddle holsters can you please post the info of the ones that have worked best for you please. I know that paddle holsters don't ride that high in general, but if you know of certain brands or types that do ride a little high that would be helpful.

Of course pictures are greatly appreciated.

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January 28, 2009, 02:15 AM
Google image search "paddle holster." You will see tons of pictures of different paddle holsters. Maybe you'll spot something you like.

I don't have any actual experience with paddle holsters, but I thought I'd direct you towards something to get you started.

What kind are you looking for? One with a thumb-break, or maybe a holster where you have to slide your finger up the side of it to release the gun like a Blackhawk Serpa holster?

Maybe you'd prefer a high-ride pancake holster like this:

January 28, 2009, 03:30 AM
Comp-tec is my fav.

January 28, 2009, 10:27 AM
Wild Bill's. Nicest paddle I've ever owned, bar none. And I've owned my share.

January 28, 2009, 11:11 AM
Suppose I should have mention that I will be using the holster to carry a S&W M&P 9m compact. I've looked at a bunch of photos from about 6-8 different makers, but it's pretty tough to tell from photos. Thats why I wanted to ask people's opinions who have actually used them. My mind is also made up about a paddle style holster. I've tried many kinds of IWB, and several belt loop holsters....just don't like em'.

71Commander-I looked at Wild Bills and that actually looks really good. I hear a lot of good things about Comp Tac too, but their holster seems to sit lower.

January 28, 2009, 01:04 PM
I just picked up a Safariland Model 518 for my Sig 239. It has a retention strap and adjustable fit. When I was at the gun shop looking at it, I compared the belt high ride Galco, and the belt location seemed to be nearly identical. I've not had the chance to use it yet, but it seems very nice.

February 14, 2009, 04:55 PM
Stay away form Wild Bills. Google him and you'll save alot of heart break. Lawman turned crook!!!!!

February 15, 2009, 12:35 AM
i have a certain affinaty for paddle holsters and there are certainly different holsters suited to different uses.

1. for casual carry i like the Fobus paddle...bargin priced and secure
2. for teaching classes i use a Blackhawk CQC Serpa...visible enough for instruction, secure enough for light duty use, fast enough for local USPSA use
3. for CCW and IDPA use i've settled on the Comp-Tac Adjustable Cant...higher than the Fobus, tighter than the CQC w/adjustable tension screw

February 15, 2009, 01:55 AM
I second the Fobus. I use it with a Sig 229, and I've been very pleased with it. Mine has the "roto" feature and it allows you to adjust the angle of draw to suit your style/needs.

February 15, 2009, 02:24 AM
the Fobus paddle carries the Glock 19 and the Sig 229 higher than most others in their line...i think it has to do with the distance to clear the muzzle.

the roto feature is really handy, but i found that it pushes the holster away from the body quite a bit.

i really like the Safarilaminate they use for the 518...i had one for my 226...but i found that the paddle wasn't very stable on the belt.

since no one has mentioned it yet, a stiff belt is a "must have" to make a paddle holster...or any holster for that for CCW. i most often use the Wilderness Instructors belt...both the 1.5" 5-stitch and their newer 1.25", depending on my attire

February 15, 2009, 10:18 AM
I like the Comp-Tac paddle holster. I carry my G37 every day in one.

February 15, 2009, 10:37 AM
Fobus holsters are ridiculously easy to snap and break; they are not good for retention. Most OWB Kydex will omit any form of sweat shield, which I find intolerable in warmer weather.

ETA: I have been looking at the BladeTec duty holster (Belt Holster Tech Gear Level II with paddle ( It's not cheap.

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