need a good IWB holster for 1911 commander


June 16, 2009, 08:56 PM
Hey guys. new to carrying. I just got my permit. I would like to get an IWB holster for my commander. can anyone suggest a good one? whenever i wear owb and cover it with a shirt, the grip always seems to print. Is this fixable, or just a fact of life?


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June 16, 2009, 08:58 PM
Milt sparks, High noon, Kramer Etc..... all make great IWB holsters.

I am a bit partial to Milt for IWB stuff.

June 16, 2009, 09:19 PM

Philip Marlowe
June 16, 2009, 09:30 PM
Second the High Noon recommendation - love their IWB holsters.

June 16, 2009, 09:38 PM
Milt Sparks Summer Special II is what I've been using for mine. It is a great holster. I was a little leery because the loops are so close together, but it does the job. Not as pretty as some of the others out there, since it's a "rough side out", but if it's concealed, then who cares?


June 17, 2009, 12:16 PM
Summer Special and the Alessi Talon Plus are my favorites. Brownell's has the Summer Special in stock most of the time.

June 17, 2009, 01:20 PM
I use a Milt Sparks Summer Special for my commander and a Kramer IWB #3 for my Kahr K9; I can recommend them both.

June 17, 2009, 02:35 PM
I have found the Milt Sparks VM-II to be very comfortable (for an IWB) and it pulls the butt into your side very well. I have one for a full size GM 1911. I would think a similar holster with offset belt loops from another holster maker would work well too. I have ordered another VM-II in the commander size. If you order one now, it will probably take 6 months or more, but if you call their authorized dealers(check their website), the sometimes have them in stock.

June 17, 2009, 02:45 PM
SuperTuck Deluxe

June 17, 2009, 04:22 PM
i use a Milt Sparks VM-II or a SuperTuck

June 17, 2009, 05:54 PM
I have two HBE Com3 holsters. One full size and one commander size. The most comfortable holsters I've ever owned or carried. They are going on five years of service now and still hold up under all conditions.

Back side photo.

Front side photo.

June 17, 2009, 06:27 PM
When Milt Sparks lead times are 20-26 weeks (,
you might as well get
a better holster in only 5-6 weeks. Tucker Gun Leather. (


June 17, 2009, 09:18 PM
I'll take a moment to pimp the Crossbreed Supertuck, and if you don't have one, you should probably get a real gunbelt, I went with Beltman, but Crossbreed reportedly makes a good one as well.

Adjustable cant on the Supertuck is a winner for reducing printing.
If you print a bit (and I don't with the CB ST and a Walther PPS) chances are:
1-nobody is looking
2-the few who see won't know what it is
3-the very few who know what it is won't care
4-and that one person who knows what it is, AND cares ... is too lazy to say anything about it

June 17, 2009, 09:30 PM
my main problem is that the grip sticks out too much

June 17, 2009, 09:35 PM
Another vote for the Supertuck. I normally wear both my 1911's (5" and 3.5") right at 3:00. The grip on the 5" does poke out a little sometimes, but I can always adjust the holster and get it to go away. The 3.5", however is pretty much non-existent.

June 18, 2009, 07:33 PM

The pic is of a S&W 1911Sc (Commander Model) in a FIST #1 holster which I have used for a number of years. The S&W 1911Sc is quite light which makes it great for a CCW and the FIST holster is perfect.

June 18, 2009, 08:39 PM
I hear good things about a lot of models, but having the clips (or whatever method of belt attachment you like) somewhere other than next to the pistol, and adjustable for individual height (cant adjust) makes a big difference.
That puts the simple soft holsters out of the running, and most single-clip models ... in the end I'm trading holster compactness for width.

The Lone Haranguer
June 18, 2009, 09:26 PM
UBG "Canute" or Striker1.

July 7, 2009, 08:52 AM
Another plug for UBG Canute and UBG belt. Very pleased with mine for my 1911 (actually have 3 from him now). Very reasonable lead time (currently 5-7 weeks) and much less $$ than some of the other customs. Nate does real nice work - check him out - (

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