Best IWB for a 1911 Commander?


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Smythley
July 20, 2012, 10:49 PM
Been carrying a pocket 9 for about a year, but would rather carry my 1911. Looking for opinions on the best IWB to do this. Have looked at the King Tuk in person, and pictures of the Crossbreed and Minotaur online. Would like to hear thoughts and opinions on any and all 1911 Commander IWB holsters. Thanks.

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JTQ
July 20, 2012, 11:04 PM
Milt Sparks Summer Special II
http://www.miltsparks.com/

Also available from Brownell's
http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/cid=10081/avs%7CManufacturer_1=MILT%20SPARKS%20HOLSTERS/Products/Holsters

Similar in design is the 5 Shot IBS (Inside Burton Special)
http://www.5shotleather.com/

Here is a long term review of the IBS from Jason Burton of Heirloom Precision. He is the "B" in the IBS.
http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=265817&highlight=inside+burton+special

If their new website ever comes up, they usually have the IBS available for sale.
Heirloom Precision
http://www.heirloomprecision.com/

burk
July 20, 2012, 11:43 PM
I've been carrying the Kimber CDP Pro in a Milt Sparks Versa Max II and love it. It is comfortable, and presents great.

I've also heard a lot of good about both the Minotar, and the Crossbreed II.

johnnydollar
July 21, 2012, 12:20 AM
Another vote for the Sparks Summer Special. It is about as good as it gets for IWB with a 1911.

9mmepiphany
July 21, 2012, 12:30 AM
I'm pretty old school and my IWB rig for a 1911 is the Milt Sparks Summer Special...this is the iconic IWB holster designed by Bruce Nelson and copied by everyone.

Sparks' product improved IWB rig is the Versa Max II which is more comfortable as it spreads the weight between wider anchor points

Wags
July 21, 2012, 09:13 AM
For my Colt Combat Commander in 9mm, I'm extremely pleased with my IWB holster by Horseshoe Leather. The holster fits or rides nicely, and the snaps are the ticket for putting on and removing. Other than a quality product, Andy is a real gentleman who answers ALL his emails, and his turn around is acceptable for being across the big pond.

http://www.holsters.org/

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c288/bwagss/62L.jpg

tlen
July 21, 2012, 12:10 PM
Crossbreed Supertuck Deluxe works for me.........
http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/SuperTuckDeluxe/tabid/90/List/0/ProductID/1/CategoryID/1/Level/1/Default.aspx?SortField=ProductName,ProductName

Smythley
July 21, 2012, 12:35 PM
Can any of you post some photos of holsters "in use"? Just want an idea of how they sit/ride/attach etc. Went to my local shop today but they didn't have anything. They did have a Colt Defender that I fell in love with...Didn't bring it home, but a guy can't have too many 1911s.

JTQ
July 21, 2012, 01:26 PM
Forum member tmoore912 has some of the best "holsters in use" pictures I've seen on the 'net.

See post #29 in this thread for a Sparks SS II, VM II, and a Comp-Tac

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=567867&highlight=tmoore912

coalman
July 21, 2012, 01:45 PM
Crossbreed. It's thin, secure and the flat, seamless leather against the body is very comfortable. I tweaked mine some.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-cmf3CF2COhk/Tn_Te3krPaI/AAAAAAAAE6A/AGeN0zvL09E/s800/CBST%25201911%2520Mods2008%2520%2528Large%2529.jpg
BEFORE
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-DS-Gjm2Ol5Q/THQgIbghXlI/AAAAAAAADmE/dmo59YpLZyU/s640/crossbreed%2520supertuck%2520deluxe%25201911002%2520%2528Large%2529.jpg

AK103K
July 21, 2012, 03:18 PM
I pretty much always used a Blade Tech IWB with my Commander. Reasonably priced, and last forever. Pretty much eliminates the rust risk too.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b7d700b3127ccec27f0086198400000010O00CYuWbdo5bsQe3nwk/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

Chuck R.
July 21, 2012, 03:28 PM
I carry my Les Baer Stinger in a Sparks VMII and have zero complaints:

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a5/CFRHunter/X-Mas060972.jpg

Having said that, I recently bought 2 Kaluban Cloaks for my Walther PPQs (Kydex Pancake Style) and Iím very, very impressed both with the quality and service. The KCs are modular similar to the Rave Concealment, but without the wait. They go from IWB to OWB by simply changing hardware, and thereís a bunch of different options to include a paddle.

http://www.calsentllc.com/KalubanCloak.html

Chuck

elrowe
July 21, 2012, 03:41 PM
[QUOTE=coalman;8291975]Crossbreed. It's thin, secure and the flat, seamless leather against the body is very comfortable. I tweaked mine some.

Another vote for Crossbreed, which my wife and I both use for our EMPs and I also have for my Sig P250. They're comfortable compared to any of my other brands, and tuckability, even if you don't always use it (I almost always do), is a great added feature. Seems like the wide platform is both more stable for carry and draw and helps break up the outline and reduce visible printing too. Spend the extra ten bucks and get the J-clips.

red rick
July 21, 2012, 10:46 PM
Mine is a VMII, but if you don't want to wait 6+ months then I would try a Galco V Hawk @ opticsplanet.

Snag
July 21, 2012, 11:05 PM
Summer Special (http://www.miltsparks.com/Summer_Spec.htm)
Summer Cruiser (http://www.epsaddlery.com/pc-226-21-summer-cruiser.aspx)
DA3 IWB (http://www.tedblockerholsters.com/product.cfm?pi=5CBA961A-F686-F710-1831444DFC75E06D)

bleland45c
July 21, 2012, 11:21 PM
I use an Alessi PCH model for my Kimber compact STS .45 ACP. It is very thin, stable and extremely well made. I have been told by friends and family who know I carry concealed that they cannot tell even in shorts and a Tshirt that I am armed. Here are some pics.

Mello
July 22, 2012, 01:01 AM
For about 20 years I used an original Summer Special made by Bruce Nelson. I finally needed a replacement and went with Milt Sparks Summer Special II.
http://www.miltsparks.com/

ugaarguy
July 22, 2012, 01:20 AM
The Minotaur MTAC (http://www.comp-tac.com/product_info.php?products_id=95) is the best IWB holster I've used of many that I've tried.

bigfatdave
July 22, 2012, 02:40 AM
"best" is tough to attain, but I really like my CrossBreed SuperTuck

don't forget a real gunbelt, the "best" belt holster will flop around and be useless if you hang it off the cheap belt you bought at <department store>

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