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Curious--Leather or Kydex?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by LASur5r, Sep 30, 2004.

  1. LASur5r

    LASur5r Well-Known Member

    Just a general question for the membership and lurkers:

    If you were down to one holster, which would it be?

    Leather or Kydex? and what version?

    I have a Hoffner's kydex IWB on order, but I have tried about 5 brands of kydex and have narrowed it down to one in leather (Sparks' Versa Max 2), but I am in that eternal search mode....always trying to find the latest and greatest.

    Have any body out there find a recent holster that you could recommend?

    thanks in advance.
  2. 4MUL8R

    4MUL8R Member

    Leather squeaks against the leather belt. Leather discolors (lighter tan Galco). Kydex seems the way to go. Did you look at Comp-Tac?
  3. Drjones

    Drjones member

    If the Milt Sparks VM-2 is one of your options, then all of your other options just became moot.

    Get the VM-2 and enter the world of REAL holsters. :)

    And if your gun is a 1911, prepare to be positively amazed at how easily your full-size "big" 1911 will absolutely disappear. :) :eek:

    I've tried kydex and just don't like it.....even for plastic guns....
  4. Okiecruffler

    Okiecruffler Well-Known Member

    Call me old fashioned

    But a wheelgun wrapped in leather is the only way for me. Right now I have an assortment of Don Hume holsters and I'm happy with all of them.
  5. LynnMassGuy

    LynnMassGuy Well-Known Member

    Absolutely positively leather!
  6. Sylvilagus Aquaticus

    Sylvilagus Aquaticus Well-Known Member

    For wheelguns or fine (custom) pistols, leather. We have a veritable plethora of leather crafters on board here.

    My BHP rides in an Original Roy's Hidden Thunder Pancake.

    My SIG always is in a Comp-Tac.

    Hey, there's leather hangers on a C-TAC...

  7. Bobarino

    Bobarino member

    i tried a few leather hoslters before switching to Kydex. the finish on my pistol was more worn from 4 months in leather than in 4.5 years in Kydex. i like the positive "click" i get with the Kydex when reholstering. the retention is a major plus for me. i have 4 different Kydex holsters now and no leather. there's no maintenence, stretching, squeaking, finish wear, (as long as you wipe out the dust on occasion) and no movement in the holster.

  8. Drjones

    Drjones member


    I don't know what kind of gun you have, nor what kind of kydex and leather you were using, but that is the exact opposite of pretty much everything I've ever read and experienced personally.

    Usually, kydex wears a finish a lot faster than leather and it is clear why; Kydex is harder.
  9. Archie

    Archie Well-Known Member

    Without doubt!


    "... down to one holster..."
    Do you mean one holster each?

    I prefer a high ride, just aft of the hip, strong side mount. IWB are good, but I'm a bit - uh - huskier- now, so belt mounted rigs are nice.
  10. AK103K

    AK103K Well-Known Member

    I havent found the Kydex to wear the finish any faster than leather. All holsters will wear the finish, and a wet leather holster will ruin it and your gun pretty quick, something you dont have to worry about with Kydex. I went to Kydex for just that reason and have never looked back. I wear daily an almost ten year old Blade Tech IWB that is just as good now as it was when I bought it and it shows very little wear and tear. I was lucky to get more than two years out of a leather holster.
  11. Smoke

    Smoke Well-Known Member

    Amen, Brother.

  12. Bobarino

    Bobarino member

    Dr. Jones,

    i carry a USP compact in a Blade-Tech IWB. i tried a Galco for a while and it began wearing the finish off teh sharp edges of the slide from teh ejection port forward. i switch to the Kydex and no additional holster wear since. you do have to keep it clean though, just a damp cloth to wipe out the dust every so often. i have seen some Kydex holsters that have the textured finish on the INSIDE of the holster. that would, of course, wear the finish faster. the inside of the Blade-Tech holsters are as smooth as glass and of course a lot softer material than the slide and its finish. thats my story and i'm stickin' to it :)

  13. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Leather, thanks all the same—and I don't have any plastic guns to put in my non-existent plastic holsters, either.
  14. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska member

    Come on Wolf we all know that you have every Glock model ever made:D :neener:

  15. DMF

    DMF Well-Known Member

    Can't sweat through kydex. Given the choice I will carry kydex IWB.

    Unfortunately my new agency insists on leather OWB, with a thumb break, unless the boss approves something else. So far the boss isn't signing off on my Blade-Tech. :mad:
  16. Mulliga

    Mulliga Well-Known Member

    Leather. The polycoat on my CZ-75B needs some love. ;)
  17. Maddock

    Maddock Well-Known Member

    If I had to choose just one it would be a Milt Sparks Summer Special.

    MICHAEL T Well-Known Member

    Plastic guns, Plastic holsters Real guns Real Leather.
    Young people= Plastic Old people = Leather :neener:
  19. Valkman

    Valkman Well-Known Member

    Leather! Horsey or cowhide, it's all good. I've worn a horsey VM2 and a Brommeland Max Con V in cowhide, and they are both excellent. With Brommeland's holsters they fit so well that my gun snaps in like it's Kydex. I wouldn't wear a plastic holster when I can get quality leather like this.

    Ditto! :D
  20. Lennyjoe

    Lennyjoe Well-Known Member

    Depends on the pistol.

    All metal pistols deserve leather.

    All remaining Polymer pistols deserve Kydex.

    Then again, its totally up to the carrier.;)

    Ok, Ok, I was just goofing:neener:

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