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Leather 1911 5" paddle holster?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by spaniel, Mar 15, 2014.

  1. spaniel

    spaniel Active Member

    I have a Kimber Eclipse. I don't plan on carrying this concealed often, if at all. But I'm looking for an easy on/easy off holster for it -- so a paddle-style would work best. Anyone have a recommendation for one in leather, without a thumb break? This is basically for home range use.
  2. zerobarrier

    zerobarrier Contributing Member

  3. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

    Kramer http://www.kramerleather.com/productDetail.cfm?productID=18&categoryID=25

    High Noon http://www.highnoonholsters.com/Product_Line/_Speedy_Spanky/_speedy_spanky.html

    There is a bunch of technology and parts tied up in a paddle holster. As you can see by the above holsters, all that technology and parts can make paddle holsters pretty pricy.

    Another option for the easy on/easy off holster is the snap on/snap off holster most famously represented by the Alessi CQC-S.


    also available at Brownell's http://www.brownells.com/shooting-a...spx?avs|Make_3=1911&avs|Manufacturer_1=ALESSI

    There are many that use this basic design and quite a few are fairly inexpensive.

    Lobo Gun Leather http://www.lobogunleather.com/4_1-sl_pancake_snap-loop

    Mitch Rosen "Premier" in both regular and Express line http://www.mitchrosen.com/products/express-line/

    also available at Brownell's http://www.brownells.com/shooting-a...vs|Manufacturer_1=MITCH ROSEN GUNLEATHER, LLC

    Ritchie CQ-QR http://www.ritchieholsters.com/catalog/p-100009/close-quarter-quick-release-cq-qr

    also available at Top Gun Supply http://www.topgunsupply.com/ritchie-close-quarter-quick-release/

    Milt Sparks Axiom http://www.miltsparks.com
  4. JP49

    JP49 Member

    You should check out:
    Stoner Holsters
    Triple K 655 Amadini Paddle Holster
    American Holster Co.
    Galco Gun Leather
    Nevada Gun Leather

    I've seen all offer leather paddle holsters for less than $100. Good looking holsters.
  5. spaniel

    spaniel Active Member

  6. RainDodger

    RainDodger Well-Known Member

    Galco makes a nice one. I've got one of their paddles holsters for a 5" 1911.
  7. 340PD

    340PD Well-Known Member

    Don't think all paddle holsters will just pull right off. I have a couple of Galcos that require me to literally drop my pants to remove. The little leg on the inside of the paddle is made to grip your belt and prevent the holster from coming out on the draw.
  8. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

    A valid point. Forum moderator 9mmepiphany has explained on a couple of occasions, the paddle holster advantage is not that it is easy on/easy off, but that you can position it on your belt regardless of where your belt loops are. The snap on/snap off holsters are often easier to put on and take off.
  9. spaniel

    spaniel Active Member

    I ended up ordering one from Ross Leather. The one I ordered was not in stock as advertised, so they offered to and are shipping me a more expensive suede-lined one for the same price. So no review on the actual holster yet as it is taking longer than expected but +1 for their customer service.
  10. spaniel

    spaniel Active Member

    Update - Received the Ross holster today. A bit delayed as the holster I ordered, listed "in stock" was not in stock. They emailed me with a 6-8 week production estimate, but said that a higher-priced, suede-lined version was in stock and they would ship me that immediately for the same price. Great CS! Took the deal.

    From what I've played with the holster I'm very happy with this choice.
  11. 340PD

    340PD Well-Known Member

    Pics please?
  12. Top leather paddle rigs.....

    I'd suggest the top rated Kramer MSP style holster. It was R&Ded by Greg Kramer for the MI State Police.
    Other well known leather holsters include; Milt Sparks, Don Hume, Galco, DeSantis, Mitch Rosen.
    A custom rig might take a few months due to high demand. Contact any holster shop first to make sure they have what you pay for. Minor changes or modifications are common in the US gun industry.

    The new holster firm: www.Wrightleatherworks.com has a few paddle types too. The prices are decent & they come in several colors. I like coffee. :D

  13. spaniel

    spaniel Active Member

    340PD, pretty busy now but will post pics when I can. I don't typically carry a $1200 pistol that took me 21 months on order to acquire for CCW, but I have several times just to try it and it has worked out fine with loose enough clothing (I have a comparatively small frame).

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