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MTAC vs. Memphis vs. VMII - an IWB Holster Comparison

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by teombe, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. teombe

    teombe New Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Hi All:

    Here's an overview of one of our contributors' experiences with some of the most popular IWB holsters.

    MTAC vs. Memphis vs. VMII - an IWB Holster Comparison

    Written by VOLGRAD

    Tuesday, 01 April 2008 20:23
    At any given time, there are numerous threads on internet discussion boards requesting a recommendation for a good quality inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster. I have read and responded in many of them with my recommendation. However, until recently my experience was limited to Comp-Tac products and a few low-end IWBs.

    I feel compelled to state my opinion that it is not necessary to ask this same exact question every time you get a new pistol. While some models do have specific issues, they are usually due to the fact the pistol is a new model and holster makers have not yet begun production of holsters for them (e.g. Glock 21SF or Sig 250). In general, what folks recommend for a Sig P239 or P229 or for a Glock 19 or 22 will likely work equally well for your HK, S&W M&P, etc.. A more appropriate question might be, “What IWB works best for a fat guy?”, or something that is more “user specific” as opposed to “gun specific”.

    I feel equally compelled to say that many, including myself, often make statements like the following; “It completely disappears.”, “I completely forgot I was wearing a gun.”, or “I wore it for 10 hours and it felt great.” Let’s set something straight from the beginning. These statements are a little exaggerated. No matter how comfortable the holster is we still feel the gun and know it is there. This is true for both IWB and OWB holsters alike. When you sit down you feel it. It might not dig and jab into your side, but you know it is there. It is possible to forget we are wearing a gun. However, it is not because the holster is “magic”. It is more likely that we have grown accustomed to wearing one. We notice it less and less over time, sort of like wearing a wrist watch.

    The most popular models of IWB holsters seem to be the Comp-Tac Minotaur MTAC for Kydex and the Milt Sparks Versa Max II (VMII) for leather. There are countless other makers using similar designs of these two products.

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  2. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Elder

    Jul 30, 2006
    Johnson City, TN
    I like that Memphis holster. :) It would be better (for me) if it rode about half an inch or an inch higher.

    If all goes according to plan, I should get the Watch Six (another Milt Sparks product, for a S&W 3913) that I ordered back in November in a couple more months. At least they are up front about the wait and will not charge my card until it is ready to ship.

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