paddle holsters


May 14, 2009, 01:04 PM
What are the pros and cons of paddle holsters?
I normally use an OWB/IWB thumbreak for CCW, but for ISPC I wanted to speed things up a little bit. I was wondering if a paddle holster would do the tricker.

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James T Thomas
May 14, 2009, 01:23 PM

Pistol Toter
May 14, 2009, 01:39 PM
I've never had one that fit correctly and didn't move all over heck and half of Georgia; as far as I'm concerned they have no useful purpose.

May 14, 2009, 02:09 PM
Pro: Paddles are easy to put on and remove, good if you are LEO and get into/out of cars, court houses, etc. all day long.

Con: I have never been able to keep my one BladeTech paddle holster from sliding around and pulling-up partly during a draw.

May 14, 2009, 02:56 PM
I love my paddle holsters. They are very easy to remove and you don't have to depend entirely on your belt to hold it up.

May 14, 2009, 04:47 PM
I have 2 paddle holster a Fobus which works but feels "cheap". I also have a Blackhawk CQC Serpa and I love it. It is my regular carry rig unless I have to "dress up".


Jim K
May 14, 2009, 04:49 PM
I carried a Bucheimer Federal Man for years and still think it is the best of the paddle holsters. I didn't even have to think about it unsnapping, it was automatic. Too bad the company is no longer in business.


May 14, 2009, 04:55 PM
I've got an all leather paddle (Don Hume) for my G19 that is my favorite holster. easy to put on or take off, sits comfortably, has broken in well, kinda wish I could find one for my 1911 & USP 45 :cool:

May 14, 2009, 05:13 PM
I have a Wilson 1911 Tiger Shark hi-ride that I like real well. It has an extra hook that keeps it on until you want it off.

Also have a Fobus for a Walther P-22 which is a great lightweight set-up.

The only downside I can think of is they are a slightly heavier and stick out a little further then the same belt holster due to the extra material in the paddle.


May 14, 2009, 05:29 PM
I have a Fobus 1911 paddle holster. I thought it might be good for carry until I was practicing drawing, and had it come out of my belt with the pistol a couple of times.

May 14, 2009, 05:56 PM
You can get away with a paddle holster if you've maintained something of an athletic figure. Guys whose pants sag or whose shape precludes wearing any kind of high-ride holster probably won't have enough tension between belt and body to keep the paddle in place. My fobus is my favorite, fastest holsters, and not many can beat me to the draw when I use it. Then again, I'm a pretty skinny guy.

May 14, 2009, 05:59 PM
I've found that you definately get what you pay for when it comes ot paddles. Cheaper brands like Fobus, Uncle Mike's, even Safariland leave something to be desired in multiple ways. However, the nicer leather paddles from Don Hume, Galco, Gould and Goodrich or any fo the custom makers are quite well made and comfortable.

No matter where you get your paddle you will have to adjust your clothing around the holster because they all stick out significantly more than a belt slide or a pancake holster or an IWB.

May 14, 2009, 06:00 PM
Guys whose pants sag or whose shape precludes wearingHey!
I resemble that remark! :D

My pants & belt actually get tighter the older & fatter I get!

BTW: I'd say if you want to find out if you like them or not, buy a Fobus and try it.
They only cost about the same as a meal at McDonald's for two.
If you find out you don't like paddles, write it off as helping Obama's economic recovery effort by spending 20 bucks.

Fobus - and had it come out of my belt with the pistol a couple of times.I don't know how that could happen without ripping your belt & pants off.
Mine has 1/4" plus hooks at the bottom of the pants/belt slot and when you put it on, it stays on, until you un-fasten your belt and unhook it.


May 15, 2009, 03:23 PM
i have a variety of paddle holsters for different uses.

Fobus - casual, easy on and off
Blackhawk CQC - teaching, secure and fast
Uncle Mike's - class loaner, simple and fast
Comp Tac - CCW, high and tight
Safariland ALS - CCW w/retention

the biggest plus is the unlimited ability of positioning on the're not limited by belt loops

the biggest con is that ones that don't move on the belt require that you unsnap your pants to get it off your belt. i've never had one of my paddle holsters come out during a draw, but then i'm usually wearing them on a 1.25" or 1.5" Wilderness Instructor belt

chris in va
May 15, 2009, 10:00 PM
I have a CompTac paddle for my Sig. It works great and stays put with the unique design they built in. If you want even MORE security, they have a version that literally locks on to your belt.

glocks rock
May 15, 2009, 11:58 PM
I have so many paddles I can't count them. Blade tech, Comp tac, Center of Mass, J&S, and Black Hawk. I like them all for diff. reasons. The Comp tac is very fast and secure. The J&S is easy to hide. The Center of Mass is both comfy and easy to hide. All of my paddles are very secure and none will come out while drawing. With the right belt, they are every bit as secure as belt holsters. Get a good one ,because as stated above, you get what you pay for.

The Lone Haranguer
May 16, 2009, 03:56 PM
Pro: the paddle is comfortable to wear, with no pressure points. Con: gun spaced too far from my body.

David E
May 17, 2009, 01:30 AM
For IPSC, few use paddles. Well, few good shooters, anyway.

Bob Vogel and Dave Sevigny won their 2008 National titles using a KyTac. It's not a paddle, but it allows a very fast draw.

May 17, 2009, 09:26 AM
If you get a paddle, get a good one. Here's what happens when you get a cheap one:

May 18, 2009, 12:00 AM
Unless you're just dead set on buying one, please oh please don't. Don't. Don't. I have never been able to find one that hides well and stays put. A holster has to stay in place to work properly. Buy a high ride pancake style or a high quality inside the pants one like a Milt Sparks Summer Special that has the snaps option on the belt loop part, or if your gun isn't too big, try a belly band holster from a reputable company. The more you wear and/or use a gun, the smaller size and higher quality you want anyway. If you are dead-set on a paddle, go try some out or buy some used ones to try. There should be some out there on the internet, 'cause guys like me are ditching them. If I can't rely on a holster 100% of the time, I don't use it. I've had a couple of times where I needed a gun, and was glad that the gun was hidden and secure until I decided to make it's presence known, on MY terms. Don't be in a hurry. That's my two cents. Good luck.;)

May 18, 2009, 12:25 AM
paddle holsters have advanced quite a bit over time. a good paddle holster will not move on your belt or come out when drawn.

a Blackhawk CQC is extremely secure and very fast...besides being very affordable.

a more discreet holster...rides higher and the Comp Tac. i have 2 Adjustable Cant models, one adjusted for verticle carry for teaching and one angled for CCW

May 22, 2009, 12:01 AM
From doing research online the Kramer MSP paddle seems very popular and well regarded. I plan on getting one very soon.

May 22, 2009, 03:29 PM
That Kramer seems to be the Gold Standard of paddle holsters!

July 1, 2009, 12:36 PM
I read though this thread amazed that nobody had mentioned the Kramer MSP paddle (until just above...!). I've carried with an MSP paddle from Kramer for 15+ years. I like it so much, I've got a lot of them - probably six or eight. It's the best holster I've ever used and doesn't move around at all. Granted, some concessions have to be considered when wearing any paddle holster from a concealment perspective, but any type of jacket in wintertime works well. I've got a Kramer paddle for a Sig 232 that I can conceal under a tshirt for summer use. Granted again, probably not the *best* holster from a concealment perspective in the summer months, but it works well for me.

July 11, 2009, 06:10 PM
The major issue I have with the vid is, It's too bad he says kydex vs Fobus. That's a Fobus paddle holster. Fobus is cheaply made, but not all Kydex holsters are created equal there. I don't like or wear paddle holsters for various reasons, but there are other brands you would not be able to do that with. Regardless, yikes!

July 11, 2009, 06:28 PM
I have 2 Desantis leather and 1 Bianchi nylon paddle holsters. The Desantis ones hold the gun up against my body really well.
I love my paddle holsters . They stay right where I put them and they distribute the weight of the gun better than my OWB belt holsters do. Easy to put on and remove.
All 3 of mine are the same size but will carry my XD 45 comp,XD9SC,CZ 75BD,CZ 75 Compact and my CZ P01.
I have a small suitcase full of holsters and my paddles are about the only ones that get used.
I am beginning to experiment with IWB holsters right now though and I'll have to wait and see how that works out but for OWB the paddle holsters are it for me

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