Blade-tech opinions? And vs Comptac


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SpookyPistolero
May 20, 2010, 01:38 AM
Howdy folks-

I'm on the verge of picking up a G19 as a new CCW piece. I want an IWB kydex rig for it. I've had a Comptac Ctac in the past for a 1911, and it was a good holster. I'd like something maybe a little simpler and cheaper for the G19 though.

1- Are the 'double loop' holsters noticeably thicker than something like the ctac? Such that it's harder to conceal?
2- Do 'double loop' holsters tend to rock or shift much?
3- Right now, I'm looking at the Bladetech Nano and Phantom. Has anyone used the Phantom? The price is quite enticing.

Thanks for any thoughts or experiences-

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Rxster
May 20, 2010, 05:26 PM
I have the standard IWB from them for my G19. Good holster, not as stable as my CompTac spartan. Seems to want to flop outward a little. The loops do stick out a bit.
I will probably get one for my G26 for appendix carry though, it is very fast with positive retention. Either it or an Archangel.
I like it, I just wish it rode a little lower.

The Kershaw
June 3, 2010, 10:14 AM
I will probably be selling my Glock 36 and its Comp Tac holster to a guy I know before I move to the socialist mecca of Germany this year. That will leave me about 3.5 months of no carry piece. I want to continue to enjoy some freedoms before I have them stripped from me by pansy euros, so I was interested in buying a less expensive kydex IWB holster.

I noticed the Blade Tech phantom series is only $24, which is a vast improvement over Comp tacs ~$90. Can anyone give some feedback on it? I notice it has two loops, which would seem to prevent it from wanting to rotate around on an axis.

Maelstrom
June 3, 2010, 10:27 AM
before I move to the socialist mecca of Germany this year.

Bring me back a Sig!

The Kershaw
June 3, 2010, 10:29 AM
I do believe Sig is now American owned and operated, but I'll look around for some nifty police trade ins. That is, if lowly peons are allowed within 500 meters of firearms over there.

TeamPrecisionIT
June 3, 2010, 11:53 AM
I have an IWB Phantom and a Paddle OWB holster for my M&P and trust me, it has good retention. I have the Paddle/Belt OWB for my 1911 and it is just as well built. I trust them to just work as designed and they do that for me.

To address your questions:

1- Are the 'double loop' holsters noticeably thicker than something like the ctac? Such that it's harder to conceal?
- Not sure if the holster itself is thicker, but the belt loops, if adjusted right, are hugging my belt when I wear my phantom. The PDS (pull the dot system) can be adjust for 1.25, 1.50, and 1.75 inch belts. Once you adjust to your belt size, they hold nice and tight against the belt.

2- Do 'double loop' holsters tend to rock or shift much?
Mine - with a high quality belt - stay rock solid on there. Again, you have to be sure to adjust the belt loops according to your belt size, if not they will rock around.

3- Right now, I'm looking at the Bladetech Nano and Phantom. Has anyone used the Phantom? The price is quite enticing.
As mentioned, I have the Phantom for my M&P and I have no complaints. It is comfortable, strong and very concealable. I have heard that the belt loops that Blade Tech uses are supposed to have a tendency to break, but I have not seen that, personally.

Damian

The Kershaw
June 3, 2010, 12:07 PM
Thanks. If I sell this Glock I'll be picking up a blade tech phantom for $24 then. I use a good ol' thebeltman belt, which is probably going on 3 years old now.

strambo
June 3, 2010, 01:15 PM
Having just switched to a C-TAC for my K9 from a blade-tech IWB and getting a M-TAC for my Sig P226...I'm not ever going back!

I got lucky and got the C-TAC on sale for $30 + $17 for loops. I paid retail - .mil discount for the M-TAC, but it is worth every penny. I think the Spartan is a great value esp. since it costs the same a normal Blade-tech IWB.

The tuckable factor of the Comp Tacs is a huge plus as well. I wore my P226 to church w/ a dress shirt tucked over it. No concealment (or comfort) issues w/ a full size gun!

Mikhail Weiss
June 3, 2010, 01:23 PM
I'm presently using this (http://www.blade-tech.com/In-the-Waistband-IWB-IDPA-APPROVED-pr-820.html) Blade-Tech holster.

1. The loops don't seem to stick out all that much, really, and seem to present no challenge to concealment. Others may have a different view.

2. In conjunction with the belt I'm using, no. Not at all.

3. I prefer the standard holster to the Nano. Although widening the space between belt loops is a good idea, the thinner material looks fragile next to the other (whether it is or not I don't know, but Blade-Tech warns to not leave it in your car where heat may warp it), and the strange cutout on the holster between the body and belt loop arcs slightly into the material between pistol and body, right about the ejection port of a holstered pistol, which means that you can sweat directly on the pistol, which I'm not keen on. But maybe that arced cutout is only so noticeable on the USP stuck in there...

Overall, they're pretty good holsters, with good retention and excellent draw speed, but I suspect that getting an extra pair of belt loops when you order the holster may be a good idea.

Mikhail Weiss
June 3, 2010, 01:26 PM
The tuckable factor of the Comp Tacs is a huge plus as well.


I believe Blade-Tech's j-hooks (http://www.blade-tech.com/-J-hook-pr-1037.html) serve the same purpose, do they not?

possum
June 30, 2010, 07:19 PM
blade tech makes great gear, i have alot of thier holsters, mag carriers, thigh rigs, and they are all good to go gear. i have an iwb with the double pull the dots IWB loops, and it is secure for sure, and dosen't move around on me. it is gonna be thicker than a mtac, super tuck, RCS etc, but they are easy to conceal. the only compliant that i have heard some people have is that they cause a "pressure" type point in certain postions of wear. but i have not had that issue at all.

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