Holster recommendation for a full size Kimber 1911


June 8, 2010, 03:46 PM
I've been casually searching for a leather holster for my Kimber Stainless Raptor II (45acp) & I'd love some suggestion/opinions.

I will not be using this as my primary carry, but infrequently when on horseback, hiking, etc. I'd prefer a paddle, but don't really care. It needs to be leather, preferably brown/tan (to match the grips :)) I'm looking for outside hip carry, not IWB.

I have almost purchased the Bianchi minimalist on a couple different occasions, but I have talked myself out of it for one reason or another. It is still in the running, I just thought I'd seek outside opinions. I have also looked at Galco & noticed a few model's I like on their website, but I haven't handled any or put the gun in one.

Thanks in advance!

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June 8, 2010, 03:49 PM
You might want to look at Safariland holsers- they make a nice paddle holster

June 8, 2010, 04:19 PM
http://ubgholsters.com made to order I have several

June 8, 2010, 05:15 PM
Roy's Original Pancake Holster ... :neener:

I think Rob Leahy is making them from the original design..


June 8, 2010, 05:46 PM
Galco Yaqui Paddle. Here is a link.


June 8, 2010, 05:54 PM
I know someone told me a while ago that Yaqui holsters are worthless, but I bought a little twelve dollar one for my 1911 and it's about on par with the average other OWB holster ... except it's miles more versatile.
So I don't know, since I'm resigned to wearing larger garments anyways and wearing OWB, the Yaqui holster is a good place to start.

June 8, 2010, 06:24 PM
i do like the look of a yaqui style holster, which is what drew me towards the bianchi minimalist. kimber even sells a branded yaqui on their site.

ruger1228- the galco looks nice, do you have experience with it?

June 8, 2010, 06:51 PM
I have a Galco Yaqui slip on. I had tried a number of other holster for my Kimber Crimson Carry Pro. This is the most convienent holster I have found. Able to sit in car or chair without a problem. I love mine and have never had a problem with it.

June 9, 2010, 09:53 AM
On the rare occasions that I OWB it is with a Galco Yaqui. If you want to show off your gun you might as well show as much as possible. :- )

Sniper X
June 9, 2010, 10:29 AM
I have thee of them and never had a problem. The actually conciel well for a full size 1911 holster, have a cool retention device and last. They even look cool.

Serpa carbon fiber retention holster by Blackhawk

June 9, 2010, 01:49 PM
+1 Blackhawk Serpa

June 9, 2010, 03:31 PM
FIST makes an outstanding leather, paddle holster for a 1911. A bit spendy but high quality.

DoubleDeuce 1
June 16, 2010, 12:00 AM
Check out TED BLOCKER HOLSTERS. They are a top flight outfit.

June 16, 2010, 12:41 PM
The only downside to a Yaqui type hoslter is that you leave the muzzle unprotected, so if you sit down on something hard like a rock or a concrete bench you run the risk of abraisions on the muzzle (damage to the crown will have a serious adverse effect on your pistol's accuracy).

So far lots of good suggestions. I really like the Ugly Bald Guy holsters and I own a Simply Rugged (who frankly makes the best large frame revolver concealment holsters out there).

If you want a leather paddle holster, most of the big name manufacturers make them (Galco, Bianichi, Blackhawk, etc).

Recently someone posted here (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=527218) about a holster they got from Lobo (http://www.lobogunleather.com) ... his stuff looks pretty nice and is priced real nicely.

Claude Clay
June 16, 2010, 12:52 PM
for the level of activity you participate in---retention is a must

choose accordingly. i go with retention 98% of the time as repeated actions, such as getting in & out of a car or stairs can ( have) dislodged many a gun.

June 16, 2010, 12:54 PM
CompTac Minotaur.

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