December 16, 2011, 06:35 PM
I will likely buy this pistol in the next couple of weeks. I live in NJ so I can't get a CCW permit but I can carry in my home and on my property. I am looking for your help in choosing a holster that would be easy to put on when I get come from work or for use outside when cutting the grass. I still want something that is easily concealable. I don't think I want an IWB holster as this requires me to buy new clothes. Yes I realize these are limited applications but I want to try it never the less.
So given the application here are my questions:
1) What style holster would you buy?
2) What brand holster would you buy?
Thank you for your help.
December 16, 2011, 07:30 PM
I'd use the one that comes with the XD package until I had enough experiance to figure out what I did want.
December 16, 2011, 07:46 PM
That is actually very good advice. However I think I will outgrow the holster that comes with the gun very quickly. I can tell you I would be looking for something made of leather and not IWB. Easy on and of the belt would also be a plus.
December 16, 2011, 07:54 PM
Thats what I thought about the cheap $12 buck plastic Glock holsters too.
But now 12 years later, I still use it a lot.
It is still one of the best you can get for out of the way carry.
It just works, is all it does!
December 17, 2011, 09:14 AM
Leather, easy on/easy off, sounds like the Alessi CQC/S. They list a whole bunch of Springfield pistols, but I'm not sure your model is one. You may need to call. Brownells offers this holster, but I don't know if they are available for the XD pistols.
The Milt Sparks Axiom is another option you may like.
While it is kydex, the Garrett Industries Silent Thunder STX is leather lined and is now available with clip on attachments which look pretty cool.
December 17, 2011, 09:22 AM
With that class of pistols (XD, Glock, M&P, etc), and your use around the house and in the garden, kydex holsters just seem like a natural to me.
I have a Raven Concealment Phantom. It will let you try IWB and OWB with just the one holster and different attachments. You can also adjust the ride height and cant. It is a very versatile holster.
However, if you are not going concealed carry, I'd pick something from Comp-Tac. They have an excellent reputation and very fast delivery.
December 17, 2011, 04:58 PM
At the moment I have a Galco Avenger Belt Holster for my XDm 3.8 Compact in .40 caliber. It is an open top leather holster without any retention strap. There is no cant so the pistol is oriented straight up and down which I find to be a very comfortable draw position. When I am working at the range as a Range Officer and am open carrying, I wear it at 3:00 o'clock and stradling my side beltloop. When I conceal carry with a cover shirt I move it back to 3:30 and not stradling any beltloops. When I first got it it was overly tight. I backed off the retention screw and let it loosen up and it's working great now.
Overall it's a good holster. I should have bought a stiffer belt because the XDm is fairly heavy with a full mag of .40s and tends to make the belt bend outward. When you buy a belt, at a minimum, get one that is double layered and stitched together. The better ones are double layed, oriented cross grain, with kydex liners in between the two layers.
Off and on will require you to partially remove the belt but once you do it a few times you can perform this step very quickly. I would be afraid that something with clips might not hold the gun as tight against the body as the belt slits do. Remember, everything is a compromise.