Looking for an XD9 subcompact holster


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PvtCowboy
October 29, 2011, 08:24 PM
Hi THR. First time post!
Let me fill you in. I Bought a SA XD9 subcompact a couple months ago and my CHL is currently being processed. So I'm looking for a good inside-the-pant holster for everyday carry. And yes, I realize the XD is a little on the bulky side but now that it's cooling down it shouldn't be a problem. So any and all help/ suggestions would be most appreciated!

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bigfatdave
October 29, 2011, 09:33 PM
CrossBreed SuperTuck
horsehide if you're sweaty or in a hot climate
do your own combat cut if you want such a thing

similar:
Comp-Tac
KHolster
Tucker Gunleather

KenW.
October 29, 2011, 11:39 PM
Or a Galco Summer Comfort; a copy of the venerable Milt Sparks IWB...

8830
October 30, 2011, 09:54 AM
I like a Desantis Cozy Partner or an Alessi Talon II.

cwduke08
October 30, 2011, 12:11 PM
Look up DM Bullard.. makes a quality leather IWB/TUCKABLE holster!

Plan2Live
October 30, 2011, 12:38 PM
I'm carrying my XDm 3.8 Compact in a Galco Avenger Outside the Waistband holster at 4 o'clock with an untucked cover shirt. This option will get me through the winter. Speaking of which, I'm thinking OWB will be better in the winter than Inside/Tucked. I'm thinking it will be easier/faster to get to than pulling back/up a jacket AND cover shirt. If I had the Crossbreed I would most likely tuck the cover shirt which would add one more layer of difficulty in the winter. If it's cold enough to wear the jacket then I won't use the cover shirt, just keep the jacket on. Why? Wearing an untucked shirt with a jacket looks pretty goofy.

I didn't like the Galco at first when I was trying to wear it at 3 o'clock and stradling the side belt loop on my jeans. I moved it just behind that loop and it works much better. Very comfortable while driving. I did have to move my wallet to the left rear pocket so as not to flash when pulling out my wallet or checkbook.

Standby, suggestions for carrying in the jacket pocket are right behind my post.

340PD
October 30, 2011, 01:01 PM
Garrett Holsters leather lined Kydex. Very Adjustable. Easy on and off.

http://garrettindustries.mybigcommerce.com/silent-thunder-holsters/

PvtCowboy
October 30, 2011, 02:24 PM
wow..thanks already guys. I have a lot of research to do now!

PvtCowboy
October 30, 2011, 02:56 PM
Oh and side note: I'm kinda looking for something on the affordable side too

KenW.
October 30, 2011, 06:24 PM
I didn't like the Galco at first when I was trying to wear it at 3 o'clock and stradling the side belt loop on my jeans. I moved it just behind that loop and it works much better. Very comfortable while driving. I did have to move my wallet to the left rear pocket so as not to flash when pulling out my wallet or checkbook.

I quit carrying a wallet years ago. My sciatic nerve is still thanking me!

Galco is probably one of the most cost effective to buy for good gunleather.

PvtCowboy
October 30, 2011, 06:34 PM
Ive gathered from all these suggestions that leather is pretty much the way to go. is there any reason why I shouldn't get a nylon one?

JTQ
October 31, 2011, 09:29 AM
is there any reason why I shouldn't get a nylon one?
It will collapse when you draw making it difficult to reholster. Sweat will soak right through nylon onto your pistol. Nylon typically doesn't provide much retention with the holster itself, you'd need some kind of retention device. They are not needed with a well made leather or kydex holster.

Leather (most of them) or kydex holsters will stay open when you draw making reholstering, especially one handed, easier. Kydex and leather (especially horsehide) will keep the sweat off your pistol.

You have a $500 pistol. No sense in getting a $20 nylon holster.

JTQ
October 31, 2011, 09:38 AM
There are lots of good options available. The Garrett Industries recommendation above is an excellent option.

Here are few of the other big names in kydex to check out. Anything you get from these guys or Garrett will be a quality product at a good price for the value you receive.

Blade-Tech
http://www.blade-tech.com/home.php

Comp-Tac
http://www.comp-tac.com/

Raven Concealment
http://www.ravenconcealment.com/

High Noon has some good leather options. The most important thing to do when you get to the High Noon site, after you look at the holster options, is to spend some time on the Questions section. They will answer a bunch of questions you may have about features or design. Whether or not you buy from them, you'll leave the site having learned a bunch about holsters.

http://www.highnoonholsters.com/

PvtCowboy
October 31, 2011, 10:26 AM
You have a $500 pistol. No sense in getting a $20 nylon holster.

good point

PvtCowboy
October 31, 2011, 11:27 AM
There are lots of good options available. The Garrett Industries recommendation above is an excellent option.

Here are few of the other big names in kydex to check out. Anything you get from these guys or Garrett will be a quality product at a good price for the value you receive.

Blade-Tech
http://www.blade-tech.com/home.php

Comp-Tac
http://www.comp-tac.com/

Raven Concealment
http://www.ravenconcealment.com/

High Noon has some good leather options. The most important thing to do when you get to the High Noon site, after you look at the holster options, is to spend some time on the Questions section. They will answer a bunch of questions you may have about features or design. Whether or not you buy from them, you'll leave the site having learned a bunch about holsters.

http://www.highnoonholsters.com/
I'm liking the high noon holsters. I think I like the Hideaway and the Bare Asset holsters. The bare asset does sound a little flimsy by the description, though

JTQ
October 31, 2011, 01:19 PM
The bare asset does sound a little flimsy by the description, though
It probably is.

One of the guys on this forum, I can't remember who, buys those thin High Noon models every time he buys a new gun. They are pretty inexpensive and ship quickly.

If I remember correctly, he basically uses it to see if he is going to like carrying the new pistol IWB. If he doesn't like carrying the pistol IWB, he then isn't out a bunch of money and still has a holster he can use "in a pinch". If he does like carrying the new pistol IWB, he then order's a better holster, but still uses the High Noon "softy" until the new holster comes in. They all come with a single clip which is handy as a quick on holster for a short trip when you don't want to put on a holster with a more involved attachment system.

I think he has a pretty good plan.

I also think they are a pretty good idea for a person new to carrying to see if they like IWB carry and what position and cant they'd like without spending too much money.

That's one of the reasons I like the Raven Concealment Phantom. With one holster and some different attachments you can wear the same holster IWB or OWB. You can also vary the ride height and cant. Though I haven't tried it, I suppose you could even run the holster cross draw. While the Raven really is geared towards the "tactical expert", I think it really is a good holster for the new guy so he can figure out what type of carry he likes. I know it helped me.

PvtCowboy
November 1, 2011, 03:14 PM
That sounds pretty smart. I may do something along those lines. I'm pretty positive I like carrying ITW and where I like to carry, but I'd rather try a cheaper holster first and work my way up. And still, the cheaper HN holsters look pretty nice

JTQ
November 1, 2011, 08:58 PM
Good luck. I think you will enjoy their products.

I have a couple of High Noon products and have been very happy with them. High Noon's customer service has always been very good to me.

fxstchewy
November 1, 2011, 09:26 PM
Try here http://www.multiholsters.com/ i have a couple of his and i have one that is OWB for a XDSC and it works great, i also have one of his IWB for my Glock 23 and it is well made and works great, i can carry my G23 IWB all day no problem.

340PD
November 2, 2011, 09:54 AM
Don't forget a good belt. That may be more important than the holster.
one option that won't break your wallet.
http://www.rgleather.freehomepage.com/

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t320/gnystrom_photos/RGleatherbelts.jpg

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