XD-45 Concealed Carry Holsters


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Dee
October 13, 2009, 06:38 PM
I have a service model XD-45, I would like to get a holster for CC. I realize it is a big gun for CC but would like to get by with it if I can for now, I really the like the way it handles and fits me. I have pretty big hands I guess and have not found a compact pistol that I like too much yet and my wife may really get on my case for buying another gun right now anyway.

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NMGonzo
October 13, 2009, 06:39 PM
Galco comes to mind.

ArmedBear
October 13, 2009, 06:43 PM
These are made for carrying heavy guns in a stable platform: http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/

I've stuffed mine into a cheap nylon IWB holster, just to see how it would carry, and run errands with it. It actually was fine, except that the barrel would push the gun up when I wore jeans and sat down in the car.

I've been thinking of getting a Galco Stow-n-Go for it.
http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterPG2.asp

Also, I've wanted to try a SOB (Small of Back) holster, but it's a tad big for sitting down in a car with it back there.

dairycreek
October 13, 2009, 06:56 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/dairycreek/xdandholstercombo3-25-20063-06-16PM.jpg

Here's a pic of my XD45 Service in a FIST #43 holster which can be worn either IWB or OWB. Great platform for the XD.

ojibweindian
October 13, 2009, 07:25 PM
I use a Fobus SP11 for a XD45 Tactical. Works just fine.

mgh
October 13, 2009, 07:28 PM
I got a Mitch Rosen ARG (the express version) for my XD9 Service model. The XD9 is a little smaller than the 45, but still substantial. It works fine. Get a good belt too, it makes a big difference.

MrCleanOK
October 13, 2009, 07:33 PM
Comp-Tac C-Tac holster carries my XD-45C

BillyBothHands
October 13, 2009, 08:44 PM
+1 On Comp-Tac even carries the 5" one well

eagle45
October 13, 2009, 09:03 PM
Dee - I have the compact model of XD-45. I use a Don Hume 721 OT that I like very much.

http://www.donhume.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65_5&products_id=44

http://www.pistolgear.com/products.php?id=7


I have the same model holster for other 40 caliber XDs and small revolvers. It carries the gun close and high enough to make it easy to conceal. I believe your service model probably has a longer grip than my compact, so it will be a little harder to conceal.

The 721 OT is reasonably priced at about $50 (less than $40 at pistolgear). I've had some for several years that are still holding up well. I'm sure you know this, but it bears repeating - make sure you match your holster with a good belt. The belt I use cost about twice what the holster did, and worth every penny.

ArmedBear
October 13, 2009, 09:08 PM
I believe your service model probably has a longer grip than my compact, so it will be a little harder to conceal.


That's what I thought. That 13-round double-stack isn't small in any dimension. In fact, if you have a holster that holds the gun flat against your body, it is surprisingly low-profile.

Managing the weight of the thing is probably a greater concern, but as this thread shows, there are many ways to do that, with a little cash anyway.:)

That is something I'd consider, though. In order for me to conceal it, it has to be held flat against my body. If it's allowed to protrude in any direction, it screams "Big gun!"

Dee
October 13, 2009, 09:15 PM
Thanks for all of the replies guys, looks like some great options to look into and good points to consider.

trex1310
October 13, 2009, 09:49 PM
I like the Galco Concealable for my XD45. Great holster.

kd7nqb
October 14, 2009, 07:32 PM
Look at Comp-tac or the MTAC line.

Mr.510
October 15, 2009, 06:38 AM
+1 on the Comp-Tac MTAC. I've carried my XD45 Compact in one daily for a couple of years and it is extremely comfortable and concealable. You can adjust the cant really far forward to keep the end of the grip from poking out when you lean forward.

You know, the Compact is exactly the same gun as yours other than the grip length. Why not do a grip chop on it? Half an hour with a Dremel and you'll have a compact! There are complete instructions and dimensioned drawings over at http://www.xdtalk.com along with hundreds of people that have done it.

Dee
October 15, 2009, 01:01 PM
That's an interesting idea about trimming the grip leagth down but I would be too worried about screwing it up and regreting it later.

I know I definately want an IWB holster, I saw some very basic nylon ones made by Knoxx at a gun store, doesn't look like there is much to them, just a nylon pocket with a clip on it. I think I like a lot of the ones posted here better.

N.Schafer
October 15, 2009, 06:54 PM
I'm 5'8" with boots on and 145 lbs. I carry my XD-45 service in a Crossbreed Supertuck at about four-o-clock on a good belt. Sometimes I forget the two and a half pound pistol is there. Best holster I have ever tried.

Dee
October 15, 2009, 06:58 PM
The crossbread holsters seem pretty good, does anyone have any feedback on the quick clip model? http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/IWB/tabid/56/CategoryID/1/List/0/Level/1/ProductID/5/Default.aspx?SortField=UnitCost+DESC%2cProductName Also if I carry at the small of back would I order a left handed one if I am right handed?

Mr.510
October 16, 2009, 07:17 AM
That's an interesting idea about trimming the grip leagth down but I would be too worried about screwing it up and regreting it later.


Measure twice, cut once! :)

if I carry at the small of back

Please reconsider carrying SOB! Do a search here on THR about it, there's a really good thread from a few months ago. The gist of it: If you carry SOB and either fall or are in a car accident you can suffer severe spinal injury. A hard object attached to your lower back is a really bad idea. Take it from someone who is slowly becoming paralyzed, you don't want to hurt your spine!

You might also do a search over at xdtalk about Crossbreed vs. MTAC holsters. There have been several threads with good information from people that have used both. In use they function about the same but there are pluses and minuses to both designs.

I posted this in June: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=5671548#post5671548 Everyone that CCWs or is thinking about it should read that whole thread as there's probably 500 years of combined experience represented.

bigmike45
October 16, 2009, 07:23 AM
I have been carrying mine in a Brommeland Gunleather Max Con V for several years now. Gary and his crew make a fine IWB holster. Mine is his Service Grade and is extremely comfortable. I will tell you that the belt you use will also make a difference. A good holster must be supported by and equally good belt!!

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/mike_seale/MCVSET.jpg

Dee
October 16, 2009, 06:27 PM
Thaks again everyone! I have reconsidered carring SOB, ( I am still trying to get these acronyms down). It is a bad position for me as it turns out in trying it, I have somewhat of a bad shoulder and it is hard for me to reach the gun anyway at that position. My back isn't that great eaither so that's a great point not to have anything further aggrivate it.

I have a lot better control of it in the front of hip area and it doesn't stick out too much with loose clothing.

Dee
November 8, 2009, 08:41 AM
I wanted to let you all know that I got a holster made by a member on this board, John Parker. It is a Kydex holster, John made it for me in a cross draw position, the service model XD seemed to be the most concealable for me in that position and it be easy to control. He really did a great job with it, the holster fits like a glove and the gun snaps right into place. John was extremely helpful and I know that he really put a lot of work into it. If anyone is looking for a good custom made holster then John Parker is the man, thanks again John! I will try and upload some pics...

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Dee
November 8, 2009, 08:46 AM
In the last post the pic that was attached was to demo how the gun w/ holster is concealed, I meant to post that one last. Here is a better pic of the holster - 108734

tju1973
November 8, 2009, 12:07 PM
I use a cheapo XD marked paddle holster with a large-ish polo and a light leather jacket-- it works great--

Texas is sort of hot, but in jacket weather, my XD is my daily carry--

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e70/tju1973/cdnn_2075_9818829.gif

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