Galco vs Don Hume


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heeler
February 24, 2011, 08:43 AM
First I would like to say that this holster forum has been very helpful to me on understanding the differences of the various types of holsters.
All that said I still have not chosen a set of holsters for my Kahr PM9.
I truely am going to buy an OWB,IWB,and of course a pocket holster for it and since there is an absolutely staggering amount of makers to choose from,which is a good thing really,I find myself getting bogged down at times trying to choose them.
One thing I have noticed in my research is that Galco and Don Hume holsters are at a very competitive price point with one another and offer pretty much the same types of holsters as each other.
What is your experiences with these makers and do you prefer one over the other and if so why.
As far as an OWB holster I am leaning to the Raven Concealment Phanthom and the Hume and Galco as possible IWB.
I have recently started carrying my Smith model 37 Airweight as my Diamondback .380 has gone back to the Mother ship for repairs and picked up a Blackhawk IWB holster(cheap) for the Smith to get used to carrying in such a holster.
So far appendix appears to be the most comfortable but even then just barely.
But I am willing to shell out a modest sum for an IWB to have it as an option and these makes I mentioned appear to fall into that price point.
I do not want anything made of Kydex up against my skin so leather has to be it.
Any help appreciated.

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Sam1911
February 24, 2011, 09:17 AM
I don't think there's a whole lot of difference between the two. DO avoid the "clippy" type IWBs and get something with real straps/loops. The DH "PCCH" looks pretty decent. The "M.S.O." is also ok-ish. The farther apart you can get the straps, the more stable the holster will be, and also the thinner in profile (getting the straps off to the side of the gun is much mo' better) which aids in concealment. Also, the wider and flatter the back of the holster, the more comfortable it will be against your body.

Something like a Versa Max II is about the holy grail of IWBs for these reasons: http://www.miltsparks.com/VM-2.htm

A friend of mine made me this version, which is like a VMII but more tuckable:
http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc184/sam1911/0910110025-1.jpg

Notice how there is a cut between the pouch of the holster and the tab to which the belt loops attach? Those slots allow you to tuck your shirt in between the gun and your belt for maximum concealment. The shirt tucks and lies smooth, rather than bunching up around the gun, so it looks more natural.

Probably the most comfortable holster I could ask for, besides true OWBs.

Sam1911
February 24, 2011, 09:21 AM
Galco's N3 IWB is pretty decent looking, but I don't like that it only has one attachment point. That can make for an unstable feel and a bad draw.

Sam1911
February 24, 2011, 09:24 AM
Galco's "V-Hawk" is about as good as you'll find from them, I think.

The "Summer Comfort" and "Royal Guard" are more basic traditional IWBs that put the straps right on top of the gun. I have a Sparks Summer Special just like that and it is a fine holster, just not as good as the VMII or "V-Hawk" style.

(You'll notice that a lot of manufacturers copy or make their product names very similar to Milt Sparks' names.)

heeler
February 24, 2011, 09:36 AM
Unfortunately most makers use the clips and some I have looked at that use the belt loops are not sized for my Kahr.
I much prefer the belt loops to the clip as I came close to losing my Smith during a restroom break the other day.
But then again the gun was in that $12.99 Blackhawk holster.
Still having your gun go sliding off in some smelly public restroom would not be my idea of proper gun handling.

BossHogg
February 24, 2011, 09:49 AM
I use both the Galco and Don hume, both are nice holsters. I have 5 Hume and 2 Galco so I guess the Don Hume serves me well, IWB PCCH Hume are great , what ever you get make sure it has a sweat shield to keep the gun off your skin .:)

The Galco Usa,holster name, is a Great IWB for small revolvers.

dairycreek
February 24, 2011, 04:20 PM
I have several different styles each of Galco and Don Hume. FWIW I have come to think that Galco makes the better product.

QUICK_DRAW_McGRAW
February 26, 2011, 01:03 AM
i got into DH with the 715 MSO for my 6shot rossi .357 snubbie i had, LOVED that holster. i now carry my 5" 1911 in a DH PCCH IWB, its so thin, and tucks so nice that i forget that the all steel 1911 is there. the leather is beautiful, holds the gun snugly, and retain's its shape for reholstering.

had the galco IWB summer, it was good as well but i like the leather on the DH better.

ColtPythonElite
February 26, 2011, 03:37 AM
I have two Galco holsters. They seem to be very well made. I really like my Galco Speed Paddle for a snub revolver.

doc2rn
February 26, 2011, 04:52 AM
I prefer Galco High Rise and Milt Sparks for my carry needs.

Lazyshooter
February 27, 2011, 06:47 PM
I like and use both Don Hume and Galco holsters. I use both when I carry my glock 19. For OWB I use a don hume H721, and for IWB i use a galco summer.

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