Holster experiences - Wild Bill's Concealment


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RainDodger
December 5, 2013, 10:41 PM
First off, I want to say that I have no connection with Wild Bill's Concealment Holsters. I have at least four of their holsters, dating from the mid-1990s, right up to today. For some background, I'm a former federal agent with professional training in the use of holstered handguns.

My first holster from Wild Bill's Concealment was a paddle holster for an H&K Compact 9mm. The paddle is not plastic - it's leather and it's a good bit larger than today's plastic paddles. It molds to the shape of your hip and it's very comfortable. The holster is beautifully made and it fits perfectly. At the time, the H&K was rather exotic, but they had it done and delivered to me within a couple of months. I still have it, and I still use it. I also care for the leather, which a good holster deserves.

I have other Wild Bill's holsters for a 1911 Commander and a Kimber Pro-Carry, as well as one for a Browning Hi-Power. All are equal, superb quality. They fit flawlessly and they perform as they should. My most recent holster is a "Fusion Paddle" model, for a Springfield XDs. I ordered it two DAYS ago by phone, and it arrived today. Granted, they had one ready-made in the olor I wanted. Still, that is excellent service.

My holsters from them are paddle holsters, as paddles are great for going in and out of an office, where you need to take the holster on and off numerous times a day. Based on my years using paddles, I still use them for the same reasons. A paddle is quick to put on when you're on the way out the door. the newer ones have a plastic paddle, but it is adjustable for cant on the ones I have. It's nice to be able to adjust the cant, as it allows you more flexibility regarding belt position. The holsters are also unlined - there's a great explanation why on the web pages. If you're shopping for a holster, you should take a look there.

I wanted to write this review because I've read some negative ones out there. I can only speak about my experiences, but they've all been good, and all the holsters I have are very, very nice. I'm sure there are bad experiences out there too, so I wanted to try and give them a fair shake with another honest review.

Do a Bing search for "Wild Bill's Concealment" and you'll find their web site. If you're looking for a holster, I recommend these guys. Based on recent stories, I've tried to order when they have what I want in stock, but that's only based on other's reviews. I have not ordered a custom holster from them in a number of years, so I don't have recent experience there.

There you go... just another holster review!

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dbp
December 5, 2013, 11:50 PM
Had a Wild Bill's Fusion Paddle for a Glock 26 and liked it a lot. Very easy on/off and comfortable.

Just sold the G26 and holster and may get another Wild Bill's for new gun.

CVA-66
December 6, 2013, 01:24 AM
Ordered a holster from Wild Bill's several years ago. Was told it would be about 6 weeks, older pistol, but it took over 6 months. Called many times and left messages to call me and let me know the status, never a call back. At one point his message machine was full for several weeks. I understand he was having some health issues. When it finally arrived it was a good holster, but I'll never order from him again. If you see one of his holsters at a show and you like it, buy it, but his lack of response cost him my business.

blue_ridge
December 6, 2013, 07:56 AM
I also always found Wild Bills to be great quality holsters. I've met them at gun shows and they are extremely nice and thoroughly helpful. I've ordered from them online also and always received a great holster exactly when I was told to expect it. Great people doing fine work.

Hangingrock
December 6, 2013, 09:31 AM
CVA66: Ordered a holster from Wild Bill's several years ago. Was told it would be about 6 weeks, older pistol, but it took over 6 months. Called many times and left messages to call me and let me know the status, never a call back. At one point his message machine was full for several weeks.

That mirrors my experience. It was frustrating and when the last holster ordered was delivered it was substandard. I deposited it in a trash barrel and moved on.:eek: I'll say this the very first holster and magazine pouch I ordered from them was of acceptable quality.

thefamcnaj
December 6, 2013, 09:46 AM
I bought one a few years ago at a gun show and its still in good shape. I just need a new clip for is, because the holster started coming out when I would draw my gun during practice. I must say my g27 lived in it for two years. I've had to retire my wild bill's until I get a new clip.
Hopefully I'll see them at a gun show early next year.
I was over all happy with mine.

MrBorland
December 6, 2013, 10:27 AM
I have 2 leather paddle holsters from WBC, and think they're great. I've heard stories about big delays in shipping, but fortunately for me, he's local, so I picked both of mine up from him directly at a local show.

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