Various holster companies and quality


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Carter
August 17, 2011, 01:18 AM
I posted the below statement on the czforum about various holster companies and there vertical shoulder holster options regarding a CZ phantom. So, while I am hoping for more firearm specific answers from them, I was hoping you guys could help me on out on the listed companies quality and reputation. If you happen to have experience with the holster listed that's great too.

Thanks.


I prefer shoulder holsters for ccw, but am having a hard time finding one specifically for the phantom. To make the problem even worse, I prefer vertical shoulder holsters. I know I know, not in style these days, oh well.


So far I've found that Falco makes one specifically for the phantom, but it has a rotating holster which I'm a little skeptical about. I have a OWB holster by them, and it works, but doesn't seem to be the best quality. It was cheap though. Here's the link.
http://www.falcoholsters.com/eshop/leather-holsters/shoulder-holsters/137-roto-shoulder-holster-with-magazine-pouche-it-71-22.html


Option number two is a Black Hills Leather shoulder holster. They ask you to specify your make and model so I assume they can make their holster for any pistol.
http://www.bhlstore.com/shop/item.asp?itemid=1113


Option 3 is the brigade holsters m-7 vertical shoulder holster. They don't have the phantom listed, but say they can make it for just about any make and model if you call. I was also thinking the glock 21 holster would work since it seems to with other holster styles.
http://www.brigadegunleather.com/m-7-vertical.html


Option 4 is the bianchi x15. It doesn't have a phantom option, but I was thinking the glock 21 model would work. However, I don't want to pay that much on a gamble.
http://www.bianchi-intl.com/product/Prod.php?TxtModelID=X15


Have you guys ever used any of these holsters (any type, shoulder holster or not) and what type of quality do these companies usually have?


Thanks for the help.


I love my phantom, but finding holsters for it makes me want to bang my head against the wall.

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Old Fuff
August 17, 2011, 11:43 AM
Most vertical shoulder holsters have a pouch that is shaped like a clamshell, if you look at them from the top, down. They are kept closed by some sort of flat or wire spring arrangement, You draw the gun throuch the open lips of the clamshell, which face forward.

The design is not as specific to a particular maker or model gun, as is the case with holsters that have a closed pouch. If you provide a holster maker with the dimensions of the slide (especially width and length) you may find you have more options then you think. ;)

Carter
August 17, 2011, 12:35 PM
Most vertical shoulder holsters have a pouch that is shaped like a clamshell, if you look at them from the top, down. They are kept closed by some sort of flat or wire spring arrangement, You draw the gun throuch the open lips of the clamshell, which face forward.

The design is not as specific to a particular maker or model gun, as is the case with holsters that have a closed pouch. If you provide a holster maker with the dimensions of the slide (especially width and length) you may find you have more options then you think.

I noticed that with some designs. I think the bianchi x15 is like that, but those still have model specific holsters. The glock 21 hoslters seem to work very well with the phantom from what I've read, so maybe that'd be a good option.


I'd still like to know people's experiences with the companies I've listed. Falco, bianchi, black hills leather, and brigade gun leather.

Old Fuff
August 17, 2011, 01:22 PM
All clamshell-style holsters have a spring of some kind (otherwise the gun would fall out) but you will find designs where the spring is inside the pouch, covered with leather, rather then outside where they are obvious.

I doubt that you would want a vertical shoulder with a conventional pouch, because unless it was carried in a low position it would be hard and slow to draw from.

The only maker on your list I've had experience with is Bianchi, and I've found their products to be excellent.

Carter
August 17, 2011, 03:40 PM
The reviews I've been reading about Black Hills leather have both good and bad. Apparently you either get a really good holster, or a really good holster that wasn't what you ordered and have to send it back for a new one that isn't as high quality as what you received the first time.

Good to hear about bianchi. I guess the best thing to do for them would be to find a pistol matching the phantom as close as possible. Fun fun.

Carter
August 19, 2011, 12:53 AM
Well, after doing some research I found that the bianchi holsters have the same parts numbers for similar length handguns on the various x15 holsters. One is for the beretta 92, 1911, regular cz, hi power, and some large revolvers. Another is for the glocks, rugers, and walthers. So on and so forth. The cz phantom is long and isn't wider than a 92, so I would see no reason why that holster wouldn't work. Guess I'll give it a try later this year when some funds free up.

Also found out my high noon under armor horizontal shoulder holster for my sr9c works with my phantom. Always nice to have a holster that pulls double duty.

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