What Type of Holster Clip is best?


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LeftyTSGC
June 16, 2014, 09:21 AM
I am wondering on which, if any, type of clips for holsters are best?

I am looking at getting an IWB (crossbreed, aliengear) type holster and see that there are a few options on clips. I plan on using the IWB with 1.5 inch thick leather belt. I am not just looking for which is stronger, but which one functions better and which one looks better and is not as obvious? Any thoughts.:confused:

I hear many opinions but would like to know some facts.

Thanks,

Lefty

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340PD
June 16, 2014, 09:59 AM
Before you choose, please check out http://www.giholsters.com/silent-thunder-holsters/

These guys make a really solid, well designed product. The leather lined kydex is the best of both worlds and their over the belt clips hold, and in my opinion, look a lot nicer than the traditional black metal versions seen on most other makers.

bigfatdave
June 17, 2014, 09:57 PM
Are you going to actually use the "tuck" feature regularly?
I don't, but I find the CrossBreed basic steel clips superior to pretty much everything else, and throw a few extras in when I order anything from CB.

I've replaced my Garrett style bent-kydex clips with CBST clips, actually. The Garrett clips kept hanging up on stuff and would never sit flat.

LeftyTSGC
June 17, 2014, 10:01 PM
Yes I do have to dress with shirt tucked in a lot. I keep hearing some say that the metal clips standout more at the bottom due to the lip. Where the Kydex wrap around? Also what about durability, affects on leather and color availability? I am looking to get one black set and one brown set to match the belts:confused:

F-111 John
June 17, 2014, 11:36 PM
I prefer leather loops to the metal clips. I was always snagging my hand on the metal clip whenever I accessed my front pocket.

My Old Faithful IWB with leather loops:

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8509/8479810775_1c1b56d0e4.jpg

(Alien Gear and Old Faithful just merged, so I'd go with Alien Gear.)

JTQ
June 18, 2014, 11:12 AM
I am not just looking for which is stronger, but which one functions better and which one looks better and is not as obvious? Any thoughts.
Functions better, I'm with F-111 John, leather loops work much better, for me at least.

If I just had to have a clip, I'd get something that puts the weight on the top of the belt and hooks under the bottom of the belt, like the standard clips from Comp-Tac

http://www.comp-tac.com/product_info.php?products_id=81

I wouldn't pick any of these styles, but these are the less obvious options,

C-Clips http://www.comp-tac.com/product_info.php?products_id=79

V-Clips (you'll need velcro on your belt) http://www.comp-tac.com/product_info.php?products_id=78

J-Hook http://www.giholsters.com/j-hook/

hardluk1
June 18, 2014, 01:01 PM
I use comp-tacs C clips now for 6 years but also there minotaur neutral holster. The clips offer more adjustment range than many , they do hold up to stupidity and don't show much if your a tucked in shirt kind of guy.

herrwalther
June 21, 2014, 08:36 PM
I prefer clips that go over the belt so the weight of the firearm is much better supported. Black clips on a black belt help the holster disappear better under an untucked shirt, for me. I am considering using Velcro strips on the inside of my dress belt with corresponding Velcro on the holster for business dress/tucked in shirt carry.

340PD
June 24, 2014, 10:00 AM
How well your clips perform is proportional to the quality of the belt you are wearing. Get a couple of quality belts and you will find most any clips will do the job.

hardluk1
June 29, 2014, 06:28 PM
Hey Lefty There ain't no best, they all work for some of use our they would be out of business . Its more about what YOU can deal with. Most of us have bought a number of holsters thru the years only to pass them on to others or throw in a box . Some that others like many may hate. I first IWB I bought because many loved it , I HATED IT.

I still have my first one for a different handgun now 28 years old ago buy its sat now for 7 years.
It even depends on what you are CC'n as to how well it hides and where you can carry it. May be a 3 speed type holster is best if your a tucked shirt guy 16 hours a day. Maybe a 3" or 3 1/2" single stack is best too. You did not mention what your handgun is ether. Hard to guess what could work well.

LeftyTSGC
June 29, 2014, 09:45 PM
Hey Lefty There ain't no best, they all work for some of use our they would be out of business . Its more about what YOU can deal with. Most of us have bought a number of holsters thru the years only to pass them on to others or throw in a box . Some that others like many may hate. I first IWB I bought because many loved it , I HATED IT.

I still have my first one for a different handgun now 28 years old ago buy its sat now for 7 years.
It even depends on what you are CC'n as to how well it hides and where you can carry it. May be a 3 speed type holster is best if your a tucked shirt guy 16 hours a day. Maybe a 3" or 3 1/2" single stack is best too. You did not mention what your handgun is ether. Hard to guess what could work well.
hardluk1, I am carrying a SCCY CPX 2, I have a OWB that I am using for now. I have just heard so much about different clips that I got unsure on what I needed. I am looking at getting the Aliengear holster and I will be needing one Black and one Brown set of clips or leather loops. So many decisions.:banghead::banghead:

Mr.510
July 7, 2014, 07:40 AM
I never tuck my shirt so that's not a factor for me. I've tried five or six different styles of belt clips and loops from various manufacturer's on my MTAC but settled on Comp-Tac's C clips a couple years ago and they've been great. The standard style clips tend to end up bowed out at the bottom over time and don't reliably grab the belt anymore. I notice people wearing standard Cross Breed belt clips with tucked shirts on a regular basis out in public, if that tells you anything about how badly they stand out.

Vodoun da Vinci
July 7, 2014, 08:46 AM
I like the fat wide clip High Noon uses on their holsters....I have a Hidden Ally from them that is tuckable and thought the wide clip a dead give away with dress pants and the clip showing over my belt. I dressed with it and asked wore it 'round the house for a couple days.

My Wife was skeptical that I could hide a big fat Beretta Px4 SC with shirt tucked in and that holster/clip and when I told her I'd been wearing it around for 3 days she looked and shrugged. She couldn't see it..apparently most folks do not recognize the clip and usually don't stare at folks midsections or question stuff like that.

Anyway....I like those wide metal clips.

VooDoo

1911 guy
July 22, 2014, 05:55 AM
I ordered an Alien Gear holster and got the optional belt loops with it. I am impressed enough with the function of the clips that i suspect i may have wasted my eight bucks buying the leather loops.

LeftyTSGC
July 30, 2014, 08:26 PM
I ordered an Alien Gear holster and got the optional belt loops with it. I am impressed enough with the function of the clips that i suspect i may have wasted my eight bucks buying the leather loops.
I am also interested in the Alien Gear IWB. Can you post a pic of the metal clips on a belt?
Interested to see how it looks.

I am still undecided, using a Pancake and Belly Band for now.

Lefty

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