IWB, Kydex or leather?


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Sauer Grapes
August 20, 2010, 07:27 PM
I'm looking for a holster for my PT 709 slim. I hate IWB holsters but this is what I bought the gun for. I was looking at the MTAC hybrid which is Kydex body with leather backing for 80 bucks. In that price range, under 100 bucks is there a nice comfortable leather holster?
All my OWB holsters are leather, I don't know if I want plastic with regards to comfort.

Any help with holsters would be great.

Thanks

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bigfatdave
August 20, 2010, 07:48 PM
My PPS is about the same size as the PT709, I posted pictures of the carry rig I use for it a while back:
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=439381
I've since bought another CrossBreed SuperTuck and worn in the one shown in that thread a lot more, it gets more comfortable every month and I've only tweaked the Kydex once for personal preference after the initial break-in of the backer. Now it fits the gun great ("pop" in and out) and is molded to my hip at the carry position.
Kydex/leather hybrid is a winner for IWB as far as I'm concerned, you get comfort on your side and retention and stay-open on the other.

jcj
August 21, 2010, 01:13 AM
I've carried a 709 in an MTAC. Very comfortable for me.

Zundfolge
August 21, 2010, 03:10 AM
Many good leather IWB holsters are under $100

The Ugly Bald Guy Striker (http://www.ubgholsters.com/iwb.htm) or a Side Guard Double Clip (http://www.sideguardholsters.com/holsters/IWB_Holsters.htm) are a couple of ideal examples that list your Taurus.

But people do swear by the Crossbreed Supertuck and the MTAC.

wnycollector
August 21, 2010, 07:44 AM
I own two concealco holsters, with a third on order. They are the most comfortable IWB holsters I own. Here is a link to their website http://www.concealco.com/miva/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=ACL&Category_Code=051IWB
Here is also a link to a nice review of their holsters http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/holsters_by_tuff_products_and_akjconcealcoBrudenell.htm

David E
August 21, 2010, 02:27 PM
I watched a guy at a match the other day, using a Crossbreed holster that couldn't get a full grip on the gun, due to the leather backing.

Leather will soak up sweat. Is this a problem? Maybe. Probably.

I prefer an all kydex rig, properly designed and executed by KyTac www.kytac.com

frankge
August 21, 2010, 04:05 PM
I have a high noon tuckable IWB holster for my XD Sub-9. I went through three before I found this one and I like it. A guy next town over makes them - was about 40 bucks if I remember. Black leather and I can wear a t-shirt with an appendix carry position. I think they are worth checking out.

strambo
August 21, 2010, 06:37 PM
Heck, I carry a Sig P226 in an MTAC, very comfortable. Have a C-TAC for my K9 which is a skosh slimmer than the Taurus. I like the C-TAC a little better, but either would work well.

I like both of these better than the leather "summer special" types...never tried a VMII, probably the best leather IWB.

bigfatdave
August 21, 2010, 07:05 PM
I watched a guy at a match the other day, using a Crossbreed holster that couldn't get a full grip on the gun, due to the leather backing.
For one thing, it is a concealment holster, not a competition rig. For another, I get plenty of grip on my carry guns in CB ST holsters, and I don't even have the combat cut option.

Leather will soak up sweat. Is this a problem? Maybe. Probably.
Mine does soak up a bit, horsehide soaks up less than cow/bull hide can. I've checked for saltiness or moisture on the inner (gun side) surface, nothing yet in about a year of carry with this setup.
Keep in mind that the gun side of the leather isn't very porous and I've got a healthy coating of Obenauf's heavy duty leather preservative on top of that which adds a waxy layer. All Kydex would be impervious to sweat (and I am a sweaty fat guy, I've considered it) but the comfort of the leather backer is well worth it for all day carry. I took a pretty damn long roadtrip with a PPS and two mags on my belt IWB, and I regularly carry that or an all steel compact 1911 with two mags for 18 hours plus a day, too. Doesn't Kydex have more pokey bits? Or is there a body-friendly inner surface on the all Kydex IWB rigs?

emtpacker
August 21, 2010, 09:55 PM
the sweat issue has become very important to me over the past few months; thats the reason I am getting displeased with my supertuck. I am a pretty sweaty fellow and I get a good amount of sweat transfer to my xd with this holster. Also, the hybrid holsters seem so bulky for me. I am looking around at a full kydex holster now, something like a blade-tech razor, for the minimalism of the holster itself and the funk resistance. Of course, you will probably end up buying both in the long run! Enjoy the hunt!

finz50
August 21, 2010, 10:09 PM
Love my MTAC! (I should have said MTACs....I own 3)

jonmerritt
August 22, 2010, 10:06 AM
Give Kholster a look see

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