Who makes your favorite functional holsters?


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Tony_the_tiger
June 16, 2014, 03:28 PM
Hello all,

I have done business with several quality holster craftsmen and woman over the years. Many are beautiful but not functional, functional but not beautiful, both or neither. Some are great but end up in drawers, some pierce you in the side like a a roman spear, and others find themselves seeing use because they just can't be kept down.

So I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of my favorite holsters that are functional and comfortable enough to see rotation down here. I invite you to do the same.

IWB/OWB: I have to give credit to Ray Cory at Lobo Gun Leather for making 2 of my favorite holsters - an IWB for a S&W 296 snub and an OWB for a Ruger Sp101. Ray's holsters smell great, have lasting dye jobs, and do an excellent job retaining the weapon (maybe too excellent at first, but you can break them in very easily). Runner up to Simply Rugged for the sourdough pancake and crossbreed holsters for the supertuck. Both are good, but lobo wins here, for me.

Pocket: I have tried several brands that I won't mention, but Bob Mika's Pocket Holsters will be my go-to purchase for any pocket holster. Not enough can be said about the service and commitment here. I have at least 6 of these for various models - he even made one for the Gp100 which is definately NOT going in my pocket. Still sees use on the GP when traveling in a case.

Ankle: The winner for me is clear as well: Renegade holsters "cozy partner". You just have to try it to see how good it is.

Classic: Ok, this one doesn't get much use because I don't own it yet, but I wanted to give a shout out to CraigC of the high road for making some of the best looking classic holsters I have seen. Looking forward to this rig for BBQ's and Hikes where the blackhawk can come along in Craig's cali slim jim. No comment on use yet but I will update when it comes.

How about you?

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460Kodiak
June 16, 2014, 04:12 PM
Simply Rugged and Elpasso Sadlery both make beautiful and practical holsters.

BobWright
June 16, 2014, 04:46 PM
This Tom Threepersons from Craig (Graveyard Jack) has become my favorite:

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i230/BobWright/Bob%20Armed/100_7124_zps7bddd2c7.jpg (http://s73.photobucket.com/user/BobWright/media/Bob%20Armed/100_7124_zps7bddd2c7.jpg.html)


Bob Wright

CraigC
June 16, 2014, 05:12 PM
Thanks guys, for the kind words. :)

PistolPete45
June 16, 2014, 05:18 PM
Hard choice but I guess I would go with my Galico shoulder rig . Depends on how you dress and what you do .. Driving and walking sitting in a restaurant.. I guess I like the shoulder rig the best .

Dr.Rob
June 16, 2014, 07:02 PM
In mass produced holsters? Galco.

As a 'custom maker' TrailRider Products. (Cowboy leather)

tcj
June 16, 2014, 08:52 PM
Comp-tac

WestKentucky
June 16, 2014, 09:20 PM
I like hunter for a good holster that's not prohibitively expensive.

Valkman
June 16, 2014, 11:24 PM
I've used Milt Sparks for IWB and Simply Rugged for OWB. There are other makers I'd like to get leather from but don't have the money yet.

zerobarrier
June 16, 2014, 11:58 PM
Simply rugged and Mernickle, top notch

Water-Man
June 17, 2014, 12:43 AM
For a Kydex holster, my favorite is Raven Concealment Systems.

There's a few I like in leather.

LKLive13
June 17, 2014, 01:12 AM
I love my Galco King Tuk for EDC IWB. I don't really have the budget for some of the higher end all leather rigs but if I had to chose one of them it would be a Milt Sparks

Centurian22
June 17, 2014, 04:18 AM
I've been amazed by the comfort, durability, and conceal-ability of my Aliengear IWB for my full sized semiauto. Didn't hurt that it was about $40 shipped.

zerobarrier
June 17, 2014, 05:33 AM
Aegis armory shield holster is also very comfortable. One of the few kydex IWB hybrid that allow you to use a flashlight with. I have one for my PX4 storm with viridian CTL light

maxxhavoc
June 17, 2014, 06:55 AM
Comp-Tac

kwil13
June 17, 2014, 07:10 AM
Tucker Gunleather HF-1 is my favorite owb holster

chiltech500
June 17, 2014, 08:03 AM
I am going to agree with the OP Tony, for a reasonable price Lobo Gun Leather makes a nice product, I have a Tom Threeperson and a couple of pancakes for 1911's from Ray. I have a beautiful burgundy high grain horesehide pancake but for most practical uses I pull out a Lobo.

I have not owned a Hunter, but have a cheap version they sell for revolvers at Cabelas coming today. The products in their catalog look quite well made. I want to look at Craigs products because I believe in supporting members.

Have bought several mass production made holsters and they get the thumbs down from me.

The best Kydex is the Silent Thunder from Garrett Industries. Leather lined and adjustable , I would not stick my nice metal gun in an unlined plastic holster. Plastic gun into plastic holster fine.

bannockburn
June 17, 2014, 10:54 AM
I like DeSantis for functional factory holsters, along with some older Bianchi designs.

Old Fuff
June 17, 2014, 11:09 AM
I cheat... :eek:

By making my own. If it doesn't come out right I have no one else to blame. On occasion I've made two or three before I got it "exactly right," but after that it's been good to go.

Usually I don't do any tooling except possibly along the border (edges) because I tend to mold the leather around the gun. Tooling can cut some of the leather's fibers, and that isn't good for what I'm doing.

armoredman
June 17, 2014, 11:23 AM
High Noon Holsters

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/High%20noon%20Gear/Bisononthebelt1_zps4f5491e7.jpg (http://s16.photobucket.com/user/armoredman/media/High%20noon%20Gear/Bisononthebelt1_zps4f5491e7.jpg.html)

Slide Guard in bison hide for CZ P-09.

Red Nichols, (by High Noon), Maltese Falcon for Browning Hi Power,

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/High%20noon%20Gear/Nicholsholster12_zps42385e94.jpg (http://s16.photobucket.com/user/armoredman/media/High%20noon%20Gear/Nicholsholster12_zps42385e94.jpg.html)

Slide Guard for Kimber 1911

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/High%20noon%20Gear/KimberholsterwithKimber1logo.jpg (http://s16.photobucket.com/user/armoredman/media/High%20noon%20Gear/KimberholsterwithKimber1logo.jpg.html)

Double Jeopardy IWB for CZ 2075 RAMI BD.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/CZ%20RAMI%20BD/IMG_3853_zps617f3580.jpg (http://s16.photobucket.com/user/armoredman/media/CZ%20RAMI%20BD/IMG_3853_zps617f3580.jpg.html)

Sistema1927
June 17, 2014, 11:42 AM
Functional? It depends on the function.

For the field, banging about in the woods: Simply Rugged

For IWB daily carry: Alien Gear

For pocket carry: DeSantis

For "I just want to put this G26 on and off easily": Fobus paddle holster

For open carry with a bit of flair: El Paso Saddlery

Like I said, it depends upon the function.

JTQ
June 17, 2014, 12:34 PM
As far as functional goes, my favorite is my Raven Concealment Phantom. As far as kydex holsters go it is about as concealable as they come. They are also easy to draw from and reholster. It works well for the range or concealment.

I can wear it OWB, and adjust the ride height or cant. I can also wear the same holster IWB with a variety of IWB attachments. If I could only have one holster, this would be the one.

While this type of holster (there are lots of companies making similar designs) is mostly marketed to the "tactical crowd" they really are a great choice for those new to carrying. They allow you to try out a variety of different carry methods and positions with just the one holster.

I forgot to post a link for those that may not be familiar with the product.


http://rcsgear.com



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Freakshow
June 17, 2014, 12:47 PM
I like the IWB Alien Gear Holsters!

Old Dog
June 17, 2014, 03:06 PM
For IWB, the Milt Sparks VM-II rules.
For OWB, I favor Kramer's Belt Scabbard (pancake style) in horsehide.
For training (Kydex), Safariland's ALS.

For the first holster I normally get just to have a holster for every new handgun purchase, due to availability and pretty good off-the-shelf quality -- Galco ...because I can generally find a Galco for everything in my local retail stores or order on-line and get it quickly.

JERRY
June 17, 2014, 03:23 PM
Galco or DeSantis for the big boys. for the smaller ones there are a ton. Ken Null, Milt Sparks, and Don Hume to name a few.

tommy.duncan
June 17, 2014, 07:58 PM
The holster brand I have the most of is made by Assault Systems. The elite systems holster line.

http://www.assaultsystems.com

I usually carry IWB at 6 o'clock. They make a nylon holster with a reversible clip for left or right hand use. Their customer service is good too.
I don't like carrying leather in when I am sweating on a hot summer day.

2ndAmendmentNut
June 19, 2014, 02:39 PM
Lobo leather for me.

royal barnes
June 19, 2014, 03:21 PM
Cowboy leather - Rod Kibler Saddlery
Large 1911 - Brommeland MaxCon V
Small 1911 - Alien Gear for IWB and Winthrop for owb
Small revolvers which I carry more than anything - Iwb appendix holster by Red Cent Custom Leather.

Teachu2
June 19, 2014, 06:14 PM
I'm so tired of hearing about the Brommeland MaxCon V. Owners of this holster seem even more fanatical about it than VM-II owners are. I've read enough reviews about the Brommeland MaxCon V that I've begun to think everyone who has bought one has written a review - a very, very positive review. So I just gave up and called them, and they are just starting a batch for Govt models...so I'll probably be writing a review in August about how great they are. :D

Never would have heard about the Brommeland MaxCon V if it weren't for The High Road. I look forward to it's arrival.

bakerj
June 19, 2014, 09:42 PM
Always carry in a Fist ultra thin kydex IWB. Have one for all of my pistols.

mongo
June 19, 2014, 11:20 PM
For me...

Milt Sparks VM-II for IWB.
Robert Mika for pocket.

Haven't found an OWB yet...

kbbailey
June 20, 2014, 09:49 AM
I am a holster addict. For me it's like tires for a car. They compliment each other.
I have El Paso, Don Hume, Bianchi (many), Hunter, Fobus, Black Dog, Roy's Original Pancake(awesome holster). Even a custom Kirkpatrick quick-draw rig that I further customized for speed. I also have a few that I shamelessly copied and made myself.
But my pride and joy is my cap 'n ball slim jim rig from Graveyard Jack.

See my belt/holster rig here:

http://www.sixgunleather.com/

It is adorned with brass spots and buckle and silver conchos.

The Bushmaster
June 20, 2014, 10:10 AM
My preferance for IWB is Kramer.

CraigC
June 20, 2014, 01:31 PM
But my pride and joy is my cap 'n ball slim jim rig from Graveyard Jack.

That's still some of my nicest work!

ahtoxa
June 20, 2014, 02:48 PM
I like Theis holsters and have 2 for my rigs. Very comfy and secure for my EDC.

Elm Creek Smith
June 20, 2014, 03:13 PM
I just got a Safariland ALS 6378 paddle holster for my S&W Model 37 on eBay for $18.50 and $5.15 shipping. It isn't pretty. It isn't custom. It isn't even leather. It just works absolutely perfectly. It even conceals under a Hawaiian shirt or other button-up shirt worn tails out. And,yeah, I have a box of holsters, too; some good, some very good, and some I won't even give away because they're crappy.

YJake
June 22, 2014, 09:24 PM
Galco for mass production. I have an OWB for my 686 that I love.

Mika for pocket holsters. Carry a 442 in my off-hand pocket as a back-up at work everyday.

-Jake

Cooldill
June 22, 2014, 09:32 PM
Bob.

Mika.

JRs12Valve
June 23, 2014, 04:12 AM
I like Bianchi or Galco for off the shelf type holsters.

I really like my MKII Do All holster from Big Ugly Leather Works. It is a convertible leather IWB/OWB.

The "Ugly Tuck" is a nice piece of leather as well, for those that like the Comp-Tac style holsters, but would rather have an all leather version.

https://scontent-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/t1.0-9/10451709_262546807281121_703456659187834484_n.jpg

If you check him out, just be sure and tell him JR sent you hahaha

NMPOPS
June 23, 2014, 10:28 PM
I have always preferred either El Paso Saddlery or Don Hume and I've never been disappointed with either.

mtrmn
June 23, 2014, 11:13 PM
Haven't bought any lately, but Lou Alessi made the ones I do have. His family has carried on with the business since he passed but I don't have any of the newer stuff.

LT.Diver
June 24, 2014, 12:21 AM
Fobus

Water-Man
June 24, 2014, 01:15 AM
Another good holster for your Blackhawk is made by Rusty Sherrick Leather.

I bought one for a Super Redhawk a number of years ago and it's made really well.

c-rusty.com

Phaedrus/69
June 27, 2014, 05:36 AM
My favorite purely functional holster is the Garrett Industries Silent Thunder IWB. I have four of them, one for every gun I ever carry- HK USPf9, HK P30S, Beretta Nano and Ruger LCR. Plus I have a Garrett STX2.0 for the USP as well. Finally Ron got a mold to do a holster for the Browning Hi-Power so I'll probably get an IWB for it, too. The rig is extremely comfortable and secure, my favorite EDC holster.

I will say that I have a Sirocco by Red Nichols for my P30S. It's an incredible work of art, extraordinarily beautiful but very functional as well. Since I only carry concealed, never OC, it's almost a waste to have such a beautiful holster that no one will ever see!

robgarnett79
July 3, 2014, 11:25 AM
Craft Holsters for me. They have a nice selection of concealed carry designs, great customer service and wide list of available gun models

www.craftholsters.com (http://www.craftholsters.com)

Iggy
July 5, 2014, 11:27 PM
Bein' an old Geezer, I like the old school stuff. It still works.
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p246/Iggy25/Keith%20Holsters/P1010002.jpg
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p246/Iggy25/Keith%20Holsters/CommanderMagPouch014.jpg

A feller by the name of Dave Keith builds them like they did in the good ol days.

http://www.redrivercustomleather.com/

Reap23
July 5, 2014, 11:56 PM
http://www.wrightleatherworks.com

Have a couple of their inside the waistband holsters already and ordered their hybrid and another IWB today. They have my business forever... I have a simply rugged and like it but the lady who took my order made me look elsewhere. These guys have the whole package... Product and service with fair prices.

orionengnr
July 6, 2014, 12:25 AM
Pocket holsters? Robert Mika and De Santis Nemesis. This is limited (for me) to guns the size of an LCP, Kahr PM9 and (to really stretch it, on rare occasions) Kahr P45.

IWB? Milt Sparks VMII and CrossBreed Super Tuck. Another one that is worth a look is the UBG Striker.

One unique holster made for K-and N-frame S&Ws is the Hoffners Miurage kydex holster. Different model for the K and the N; I have one of each for each of my 4" K- and N- frames.

The one for the K is outstanding...maybe the weight and balance of the K-frame is perfect for this design. The N-frame one is not quite as stable or accommodating...maybe the additional weight of the N-frame makes the difference.

Bottom line (for me)...the K-frame version is amazing. The N-frame version is frustrating.

YMMV.
Regardless, the design is compelling, and worth a look. Nothing else holds a medium/large frame revolver so close to your body. It really is a genius design.

Best regards, Rich

Vodoun da Vinci
July 6, 2014, 05:54 PM
I'm a High Noon Holsters lover. Got a couple of them and will buy one now for every gun I carry. Bang for the buck I find that they suit me. And the website a newbie holster buyer *right* to what I wanted and needed in a way few other places seem to be able to express...no surprises from High Noon.

http://www.highnoonholsters.com/index.html

Hidden Ally and Pocket Grabber and Alter Ego are my poison.

VooDoo

LUCKYDAWG13
July 6, 2014, 06:45 PM
IWB i like FOXX & Crossbread

Mr.510
July 7, 2014, 05:43 AM
I very much like my Comp-Tac MTAC hybrid Kydex/leather IWB. 100% functional. It's the most adaptable, adjustable, and seems to be the highest quality of all the hybrids. I've had Galco, Milt Sparks, DeSantis, Uncle Mikes (lol), and several no-name IWBs but none even came close to the comfort of the MTAC. Hybrids spread the weight of the gun over a very large area and to me this is the most comfortable. I'm not skinny, but I guess I'm not really what I'd call 'fat' anymore either. I carry a fairly big/heavy gun daily in the MTAC, an XD45C.

I also have a Galco shoulder rig that I use with my 'tuxedo gun', a PPK/S on rare occasion. I find their shoulder rigs are really comfortable, something about the swivel thing in the middle of the back keeps it from ever pinching me where others I've tried would on occasion.

ECVMatt
July 14, 2014, 12:07 AM
I think this thread just cost me some money! Thanks to all for posting your favorite makers. I tend to go with El Paso Saddlery, but it looks like I might have to stray....

AKElroy
July 14, 2014, 12:40 AM
High-noon all the way.

zerobarrier
July 14, 2014, 12:49 AM
Mernickle

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=200501&d=1405122263

Mernickle

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=194608&d=1391824348

Simply Rugged

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=197515&d=1397961291

And Aegis Armory for pistols with flashlights

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=198572&d=1400540083

The Grand Baboon
July 14, 2014, 02:42 AM
I carry my Glock 19 in a G-Code Incog every day to class, just about at the 4:30 position.

It's comfortable and built very well. If I couldn't sit through a two hour Calculus lecture in a 30+ year old wooden seats with it strapped on, I wouldn't be using it.

Also, G-Code hooked me up with a cool sticker pack because they love military folk. Great bunch of people.

http://i.imgur.com/nB6vXm7l.jpg

Eridine
July 16, 2014, 09:16 PM
IWB: Comp-Tac Infidel Ultra for everyday, or the MTAC if I decide to haul the 1911 Government model around.

OWB: Blade-Tech Eclipse.

a1rstreamer
July 18, 2014, 11:40 PM
I have a couple of Black-Ops Pro's from Pure Kustom. Last year I got one for my CZ-75B and used it for the handgun self defense course at Front Sight. When I put in my order for a Ruger SR1911, I also called Rocky and ordered another Black-Ops Pro for the 1911. His website is http://www.purekustomholsters.com/

rwehnau
July 19, 2014, 05:50 AM
UBG Holsters

Welding Rod
July 19, 2014, 11:27 PM
Galco Fletch is by far the best carry holster I have tried. For competing at the range an open top Kydex holster is nice.

Captains1911
July 20, 2014, 10:40 PM
For IWB I like Concealment Solutions, and Theiss second. For OWB all kydex, KT Mech is hard to beat for the price. I don't pocket carry much, but when I do it's an LCP in a Desantis pocket holster.

RealGun
July 21, 2014, 05:33 PM
Definitely DeSantis,, but I have a number of fine Galcos and Bianchis. I have stepped it up a notch a few times and gone with El Paso Saddlery, Cochise Leather, DM Bullard, and a couple directly from Smith or Ruger. Nice collection without being too extravagant.

As far as functional, economical, and quickly available, Triple K and Simply Rugged have been reliable and comfortable.

hariph creek
July 23, 2014, 06:03 PM
I know they're not as fancy as many mentioned here. But, I like Remoras for day to day IWB. They just work and they're cheap.
For anything else? Stephen over at RKBA gets all my business. He's great to work with, his prices are great and he makes great stuff.

Phaedrus/69
July 28, 2014, 04:32 AM
Here's a few pics of some of my Garrett IWBs:

http://i.imgur.com/EYOD8I9.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/F5fqOSA.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/UMQraVc.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/2plpT4p.jpg?1

http://i.imgur.com/AuOMejA.jpg?1

The last one has a pic of my STX 2.0 OWB, too.

Phaedrus/69
July 28, 2014, 04:41 AM
I like Garrett for functional rigs! The shell is kydex so it doesn't collapse on the draw. The retention is adjusted with an Allen head screw (wrench is included) from pretty loose and fast to very tight. The holster is lined with leather. To me it's the best of both worlds; kydex fit and retention with leather for a quiet draw and a total lack of "kydex rattle" that most full kydex rigs have in my experience, and they're pretty gentle on the finish of your gun.

The clips you can see in the pics I posted are my overall favorite. But you can get leather loops, kydex loops, heavy duty clips, extra slim clips, etc. I've experimented with most of them and have settled in the standard clips shown. They keep the holster rock solid, are fairly low profile, pretty sturdy and won't pull out with the draw.

BTW, the holster is also adjustable for cant. Some of the models have adjustment for ride height.

FWIW I have eight Garrett holsters and a ninth on the way (for my latest acquisition, an HK USPc). Needless to say I love their stuff.

Brindle
July 28, 2014, 11:11 PM
Mitch Rosen for everything but cowboy leather - Kirkpatrick for that.

HRnightmare
July 31, 2014, 11:26 AM
I have got a Theis IWB horsehide and love it. The horsehide is a little weaker than my previous Theis' but he recognized this was an issue and seized making them until he can get better horsehide in stock. That G code pictured looks nice.

Babyk
July 31, 2014, 08:16 PM
Check out stealth gear on line. Every iwb holster is custom made to fit your make and model gun. Fasteners are made of stainless materials next to skin is made of a wicking material. A little pricey for100.00 but I love mine and doubt i will need to buy another. 100% guaranteed for life.

jeepnik
August 2, 2014, 05:54 PM
+1 for SR.

douglaskies
August 4, 2014, 09:13 AM
Actually, it depends upon the personal choices. I was had lots of options while buying a holster but I found Custom Kydex holsters are good to choose. Blue Line Concealment provides best quality holsters and free shipping with lifetime warranty.

JTQ
August 4, 2014, 07:05 PM
douglaskies wrote,
Blue Line Concealment provides best quality holsters and free shipping with lifetime warranty.
Welcome to the forum, and what a coincidence.

http://www.bluelineconcealment.com/aboutus.asp
Douglas Kies
Blue Line Concealment

TarDevil
August 5, 2014, 12:32 PM
The two I use most often are Crossbreed Super Tuck for IWB and Nigh Noon Snapper for OWB.

If it's cool enough for a tee shirt under my dress shirt, I sometimes use a Desantis Sof Tuck.

shlike
August 5, 2014, 05:44 PM
I prefer to carry only OWB. These are my main carry guns & holsters: Kahr CW45 in a Detroit Concealment ( www.detroitconcealment.com ) custom-made kydex, S&W M&P 9C in a Desantis Mini Slide, and Kahr CW380 in a Mitch Rosen Belt Slide. These are all moderately priced, functional holsters that conceal well.

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d138/shlike48316/CARRYGUNS1_zpsa60e4a77.jpg (http://s34.photobucket.com/user/shlike48316/media/CARRYGUNS1_zpsa60e4a77.jpg.html)

JTQ
August 5, 2014, 08:39 PM
Could you compare the DeSantis with the Rosen holster? Not really the quality, but you could if you want, but more the extended flap of leather on the DeSantis.

Does it make reholstering more difficult? It looks fairly new, so you may not have any fold over, but it seems like a probability with that design.

Does it provide any extra security/retention over the Rosen?

shlike
August 6, 2014, 05:27 PM
Could you compare the DeSantis with the Rosen holster? Not really the quality, but you could if you want, but more the extended flap of leather on the DeSantis.

Does it make reholstering more difficult? It looks fairly new, so you may not have any fold over, but it seems like a probability with that design.

Does it provide any extra security/retention over the Rosen?
The Mitch Rosen is more rigid because it's made out of thicker leather, but also because it's much smaller than the Desantis. The Rosen came perfectly molded to my CW380 as you can see. It holds the gun firmly, with no need for adjustable retention. The Desantis is also quite firm. The extended "flap" is no cause for concern. It has held its shape 100% after 2 years of carry. The security/retention is about the same between the 2. The Desantis has an adjustable retention screw, which I only adjusted once when I first got it. I would recommend either holster.

Artym
August 7, 2014, 08:55 PM
Do you prefer the round or square version of the Mika pocket holster for a small revolver? Possible use might be in jeans or Dockers, in the rift front pocket. Please provide feedback and an explanation why one might be better than the other.
Also, is the Mika less bulky than the Nemisis? That model really fills the pocket, but some are even bulkier, like the Bianchi.

Scarpia
August 11, 2014, 08:37 AM
I cheat...

By making my own. If it doesn't come out right I have no one else to blame. On occasion I've made two or three before I got it "exactly right," but after that it's been good to go.

Usually I don't do any tooling except possibly along the border (edges) because I tend to mold the leather around the gun. Tooling can cut some of the leather's fibers, and that isn't good for what I'm doing.

I was looking for a slide belt with open bottom holster for my Browning BDA 380 but wasn't crazy about spending the bucks to see if those available were just OK. I decided to acquire the tools and materials from a local leather supply house and make my own. After two 'proof of concept' holsters, I came up with one then another that are "functional". I basically used the same process as described above. I now have a gun that feels comfortable on my hip with a forward cant that fits my body and arm motion and more importantly, doesn't pop out. The Browning BDA 380 and my S&W 36 (both in nickle) are those special guns that I'm willing to spend big bucks for a holster but only if it fits me and the guns.

WRGADog
August 11, 2014, 09:35 AM
Mitch Rosen for my Kimber Solo.

sfed
August 11, 2014, 10:40 AM
I have an N82 Tactical inside the waistband holster which they make for your specific carry weapon, the absolute most comfortable all day carry holster I have ever seen. I forget it is there most of the time, no pinch pressure points just all around excellent holster in my opinion.

Vodoun da Vinci
August 11, 2014, 08:36 PM
FWIW I have eight Garrett holsters and a ninth on the way (for my latest acquisition, an HK USPc). Needless to say I love their stuff.

Super thanks for the heads up on Garrett! I don't have one yet but this looks like something I'd like to try. I'm a die hard Appendix carry aficionado and Garrett has some pretty cool super slim stuff for this style of carry.

Wouldn't have researched it with yer prompt, pix, and recommendation!

VooDoo

Tophernj
August 14, 2014, 08:11 AM
I carry my Glock 19 in a G-Code Incog every day to class, just about at the 4:30 position.

It's comfortable and built very well. If I couldn't sit through a two hour Calculus lecture in a 30+ year old wooden seats with it strapped on, I wouldn't be using it.

Also, G-Code hooked me up with a cool sticker pack because they love military folk. Great bunch of people.

http://i.imgur.com/nB6vXm7l.jpg
Yeah... Thanks for costing me money!!!

I ordered a paddle holster and mag holders from them the other day. Anxiously awaiting their arrival.

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possumbelly220
August 14, 2014, 09:07 AM
https://www.grassburr.com/ They make some very nice cowboy rigs and custom mounts for inside your car/truck.

Quadkid
August 14, 2014, 10:24 AM
I've only just started ccw'ing this summer but I'm really impressed with the Kusiak Leather holsters I have for my LCP and Shield. Thin so they don't add much girth, but stout enough to hold everything in place. $35.

http://www.kusiakleather.com/ (http://www.kusiakleather.com/)

iblong
August 21, 2014, 03:16 PM
I mostly carry IWB and could open a used holster store like many others here.
The only holsters I buy these day's are all leather.By Milt sparks or TTgunleather
The latter getting the nod for the last Three.

nbragtop
September 11, 2014, 01:41 PM
I am a big guy stomach and love handles so holsters just dont fit well. Here is what works for me. The best feel and fit is a Crossfiregear.com "Alaskan" bandolier for my 6 1/2" Judge or N frame S&W's or Ruger SP 101 4.2". And you will not beat the quality. For OWB, Simply Rugged Sourdough Pancake for my , Ruger SP 101 4.2" or S&W 642. Neither imprint on me with a loose fitting shirt over them.

TomJ
September 11, 2014, 10:50 PM
Cooks. I use them for both IWB and tuckable.

dobegrant
September 17, 2014, 02:08 PM
Simply Rugged Holsters, great craftsmanship :http://www.simplyrugged.com/

sfed
September 17, 2014, 02:26 PM
The most comfortable holster for my carry weapon is an IWB holster made by N82 Tactical. It is so comfortable I forget I even have it on me. They will make a holster for your weapon and I would bet you will be more than satisfied!!

Edited to add: N82 Tactical is made in the USA!!!

markman
September 26, 2014, 10:27 AM
I just received a kydex holster from "4 Corners Concealment" that I really like. It's made as well or better as any big name brand I've had, but it only cost about $40. It's their "Scorpion IWB KYDEX® Holster"

http://www.4cornersconcealment.com/default.asp

http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/131gr/DSCN0042_zps897fc8c6.jpg (http://s1358.photobucket.com/user/131gr/media/DSCN0042_zps897fc8c6.jpg.html)

http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/131gr/DSCN0043_zpsa95c5300.jpg (http://s1358.photobucket.com/user/131gr/media/DSCN0043_zpsa95c5300.jpg.html)

Sebastian the Ibis
September 27, 2014, 11:28 AM
Comp-Tac. 100% leather holsters do not work in the South Florida heat and humidity. Comp-Tac has a nice mix of leather and plastic.

340PD
October 2, 2014, 11:49 AM
For all around usefulness at a reasonable price, and IWB,

Garrett's Silent Thunder models. Leather lined kydex.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t320/gnystrom_photos/acc39508-1bdc-4662-9ff6-e8a7c04064e8_zps051fb15f.jpg

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t320/gnystrom_photos/new.jpg

chiltech500
December 11, 2014, 01:46 PM
++ Garretts Silent Thunder. I love leather holsters and have many. The Garret Kydex sold with my Commander sized 1911 I would have loved to have kept if it fit another pistol in my collection. Have not seen/used another kydex holster that I would buy after owning the Garrett.

GBExpat
December 11, 2014, 07:03 PM
Who makes your favorite functional holsters?Roy Baker. My favorite holster is still the black leather pancake holster that I bought in 1975(6?) for my Walther.

Wishoot
December 12, 2014, 09:34 AM
Of the couple dozen holsters I own for various guns, the only company I've bought from multiple times is High Noon.

Lycidas Janwor
December 24, 2014, 01:16 AM
great, thread, so many options...

GRIZ22
December 24, 2014, 02:24 AM
DeSantis. Speed Scabbard my favorite.

kayak-man
December 24, 2014, 10:46 AM
I've been using a Keepers Concealment AIWB for the past couple weeks. It's hands down my new favorite holster!

maxxhavoc
December 24, 2014, 11:21 AM
For IWB, the only holsters I have kept are the Comp-Tac Minotaur and an Aliengear Cloak Tuck IWB. Both are good.

Surprisingly, the less expensive Aliengear is the one I prefer for everyday carry. It stays cooler and chafes less.

The Comp-tac supports a heavy 1911 better.

bbooker
December 28, 2014, 10:47 PM
Just ordered a N82 professional after seeing it on this thread. Looks good.

johnnyace762
January 2, 2015, 10:28 PM
I'm getting into tactical shooting, so I'm learning a lot about kydex holsters. I'm my opinion, a classic Smith & wesson or colt wheel gun deserve a quality leather holster. But for my Glock, I prefer kydex. I've tried a few custom makers who do decent work, but the best I've found so far is T-Rex Arms Kydex (http://trex-arms.com/product-category/holsters/). The company is only a year old but they are making amazing stuff. Pictred here is a Ragnarok holster(which is what I have). Mine is mounted to a G-Code paddle. They also make great IWB and appendix holsters.

http://trex-arms.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Ragnarok_2.jpg

340PD
January 3, 2015, 10:01 AM
Here is an odd option that has been working well with my G19. It allows me to carry a double stack gun with the same thickness a single stack.

Maybe not for everyone, but thin, light, easy on and off, full trigger protection, and draws like a dream. Re-holster requires some effort but not really a big deal.
http://raven-concealment-systems1.mybigcommerce.com/vanguard-2-holster-full-kit/

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t320/gnystrom_photos/09fdd0da-58db-4178-b7ad-b298aad5b98f_zps6ee7f1d0.jpg

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