Stupid Holster Question...


October 27, 2003, 03:16 AM
What does all the different names of the types of holsters mean? I know what IWB and OWB is, but what is a paddle holster? There are so many different types of them, that they are all different in a way. Any examples of the materials (besides leather) too?

I figure if I am going to be carrying next year I may as well have a mental image of the holster someone mentions like I do with big-name guns (ie 1911, 92fs, Glock anything ;)).

I know, no stupid question except an unasked one...

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October 27, 2003, 04:08 AM
I think IWB stands for 'inside the waistband' and OWB means 'outside the waistband'.

There are a lot of ways to carry a pistol and you need to decide which is best for your bodyshape, pistol size, level of concealability, etc. Get on one of the websites like Galco or Safariland or Bianchi and see what they offer....I'm sure there would be tons of stuff on definitions and all.

October 27, 2003, 10:36 AM
Sheldon is correct. Also, a paddle holster is a regular holster but instead of utilizing belt loop holes, it is mounted on a "paddle" that you slip over your belt and pants. These are good if you plan to remove your holster a lot during the course of the day. Easy on, easy off. I don't care for them. As always, these are available if leather and Kydex and other plastics.


October 27, 2003, 10:52 AM
Good information passed on so far.
IWB=In Waist Band or inside the pants carry.

OWB= Outside Waist Band or anything thats not IWB, including Belt styles/pancakes/paddles etc.

Paddles are either loved or not. Personally I think they are a great design..but very few Holster Companies make a paddle that stays put well during daily carry and draw. Most of the cheaper ones come up drawn with your gun once in a while.......
SafariLand makes a very good paddle, as good as Ive seen and used.

They are not recommended for CCW at they will print as much as anything will. I have one I wear with my long leather jacket that works. It tucks in at 4.30-5.00 pretty good....but its one of the more exceptional ones Ive found.

Shoot well..........

p.s for a quick summary of holster on the link below and click Custom on the gives brief desc's of alot of what goes into a holster and choosing one.


October 27, 2003, 10:52 AM
what is a paddle holster?
A holster to carry your paddle in, of course.

Should always be made of leather ;)

October 27, 2003, 11:12 AM
I guess that would make a shoulder holster, something you carry your shoulders in.:rolleyes: :scrutiny: :D

October 27, 2003, 11:33 AM
So..pocket holsters carry pockets, ankles carry ankles...........hmmmmmm.

So what does Thunder Wear Carry???????? :what: :neener: :evil:

Shoot well.

October 27, 2003, 09:18 PM
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October 27, 2003, 09:27 PM
And a SOB is a Son Of A.......uh I forgot yall was talking about holsters. :evil:

October 27, 2003, 09:37 PM
Kydex ..... Fobus ...... paddle for me is great! They do have two very effective retaining projections and altho some find the effort of overcoming retention a problem ... for me the fast intertial ''snappy'' draw releases my P series no probs ..... and the holster never comes with it.

To me ... beauty of the paddle is that fine adjustment you can't always make on the belt with an IWB or OWB ... cos of damn belt loops!!

October 29, 2003, 02:54 PM
How about BTBAW.....between the belt and wasteband..that's where I carry ......

October 29, 2003, 03:04 PM
TallPine is partially correct.
Wooden paddles = leather
Plastic paddles = Kydex or other synthetic materials you books, send you to school ....:D

Many fine websites that will have FAQ:For starters...
sorry , I haven't replaced all my favorites since HDD had to be replaced...maybe I need to contact Preacher, keep needing something and not there

October 29, 2003, 04:06 PM
re1973 ........ I haven't replaced all my favorites since HDD had to be replaced...maybe I need to contact Preacher, keep needing something and not there If you are interested ..... I zipped up my various gun/shooting faves (not overly well ordered i have to say) ...... but if you would like that file .... happy to let you have it ..... could do that thru PM if you so wished. Might help a bit - faves are from IE BTW.

October 29, 2003, 04:27 PM
Why yes, thank you.
I was going to approach Preacher also but...
My ISP is doing some updating, I have been getting kocked off,plus the mail server is being improved also.
(explains why if some are not getting replies from me, now you know why).
I'm at the college lab , so I may wait till tommorrow to try and get this stuff at home. I ( unfortuantley) have xppro and ie...need for school, when the money comes in I'll go Linux and perhaps firebird... arrrgh...still have to use what school req's.

Never know what sheeple may be watching...showed a classmate the Galco website, her friend thought the purses and backpacks were neat...sheesh...glad we were not on the "other" page ...paddle holsters for 3913s...:)

October 29, 2003, 04:32 PM
re1973 .. here's a suggestion .. I'll put the file on a server and I'll PM you the URL ... then you can download at your leisure.;)

October 29, 2003, 08:50 PM
Quick eddycashun - go visit Galco, Bianchi, FIST, or any other holster makers' sites & browse their catalogs, it will all become clear very quickly. Which works best for you & your body, well, that's the hard part. Enjoy the research;)

October 30, 2003, 05:25 AM
And make sure you set a fair-sized box aside NOW, for the "dead holster pile". You know, those ones that looked like they'd work SO well, but just didn't work out.

You'll end up with a "dead holster pile"...just wait and see.

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