Cheap Holster Comparison - Glock


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doc540
February 7, 2012, 04:44 PM
G23

Fobus Paddle - $20
Rides 1" lower
Easier to R&R
More room to slide rearward
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Glock factory - $10
Rides 1" higher
Tighter to your side
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/Holsters/Glock/009-1.jpg

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Not any significant difference, but the Glock factory holster gets the nod.

Note: I also carry an expensive 1911 in a high-end, custom leather holster. This is just an experiment in cheapness.;)

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Rail Driver
February 7, 2012, 04:46 PM
Even a cheap holster is (somewhat) more effective when you've got a good belt.

doc540
February 7, 2012, 04:51 PM
That's very true.

That's an Aker Leather gun belt.

Ludasmith
February 11, 2012, 07:42 PM
I recently picked up the Glock holster. $12 shipped and it's definitely a solid holster. Holds tight against the body for concealed OWB.

mdauben
February 13, 2012, 02:29 PM
I've got both for my G17. Either one makes a good CCW holster (if you are dressed for OWB carry). The main advantage of the paddle is the ease with which it can be put on and taken off without needed to remove your belt.

ClickClickD'oh
February 13, 2012, 02:51 PM
I never understand why people pay $400+ for the gun, probably another $100 for some night sites, toss in another couple hundred for lasers, custom guide rods etc. etc. then only budget $10-$20 for a holster...

mgmorden
February 13, 2012, 02:58 PM
I never understand why people pay $400+ for the gun, probably another $100 for some night sites, toss in another couple hundred for lasers, custom guide rods etc. etc. then only budget $10-$20 for a holster...

Possibly because those $10-20 holsters do everything they need? If you want something for appearance, then by all means, go for some high $$$ leather, but realistically kydex holsters aren't complicated critters. They're dirt cheap, sturdy, and have excellent retention. Why burn extra money just so that your expenditures can feel justified next to the things that actually do require more funds?

I compete every weekend with a $10 Uncle Mike's holster. I've thought about replacing it with something better like a Blade-tech DOH (even that is only about $70), but then I realize that it's probably not worth it to gain virtually nothing in retention or durability and maybe get 1/4 of a second benefit on my draw time.

ClickClickD'oh
February 13, 2012, 03:04 PM
They're dirt cheap, sturdy, and have excellent retention.

You can't seriously use the word "retention" when talking about cheap kydex holsters.


Why burn extra money just so that your expenditures can feel justified next to the things that actually do require more funds?

I'll put a $10-$20 kydex holster against my Safariland any day. I guarantee you, the difference isn't just a perceived justification.

mgmorden
February 13, 2012, 03:18 PM
You can't seriously use the word "retention" when talking about cheap kydex holsters.

I can guarantee you once I put my gun in my holster its not going anywhere until I draw it. It doesn't have level-based retention like LEO-requirements but thats because I specifically don't want that (releasing such mechanisms slows the draw). Trust me - I've sank nearly $1000 into that gun + accessories now. If I saw any real benefit to spending more on a holster I'd do so.

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