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Reholstering IWB

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by 10-Ring, Feb 21, 2003.

  1. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    I've tried 2 inexpensive IWB holsters & was a little disappointed. After the draw, they both collapsed and were difficult to reholster. Do I have to go kydex or will a higher quality leather one be satisfactory?
  2. Charles S

    Charles S Well-Known Member


    I have carried IWB for about 10 years. I have carried a S&W 4567, SP101, BHP, Colt Officers Model, S&W Chief Special 45 ACP, and now I carry a Kahr Arms K9.

    Early on I decieded based on the advice of others more knowledgeable than I, that I needed to reholster 1 handed. I still firmly believe this.

    The quality leather holsters will allow 1 handed re-holstering. I have had great luck with Milt Sparks, and Kramer Leather. There are others that are as good I just do not have any personal experience with them.

    I really like the Blade Tech Kydex holsters and they are less expensive than good leather. Kydex protects the gun well and does not creak like a saddle (I doubt anyone else notices). Kydex is also very fast. I shot my last combat course with kydex and it is noticeably faster than leather for me.

    I will say that the best made kydex is comfortable, but not as comfortable as a well made smooth side out leather holster.

    I currently am carrying with a Blade Tech IWB holster, but I am strongly considering trying out a Milt Sparks Versamax for the Kahr.

    Good luck in you selection.

  3. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Well-Known Member

    You will notice that along with many holsters (of all types), the "directions" say you should remove the holster from your body, insert the gun into the holster and then restore the holster to your person.

    Obviously not very realistic, but to cover them from lawsuits, I guess.
  4. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    Milt Sparks, no silly disclaimers. You won't be unhappy.
  5. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    Yup, reholstering a pistol into a soft-leather IWB holster can be difficult if not impossible. The only advantage of these is that they are usually inexpensive.

    The better kind has a band of heavier leather around the mouth of the pouch to keep it from collapsing. I have also used others that were made from thicker leather that after being molded to the gun and lacquer finished wouldn’t collapse. It makes some difference if you are carrying a revolver vs. an automatic – I find revolvers easier to reholster, but not by much. Last, but not least, if you are carrying a larger gun let out your belt a bit, and possibly your pants too. If both are too tight the gun has nowhere to go.
  6. Monkeyleg

    Monkeyleg Well-Known Member

    HKmp5sd: "You will notice that along with many holsters (of all types), the "directions" say you should remove the holster from your body, insert the gun into the holster and then restore the holster to your person"

    How many times a day do you go to the bathroom? (Don't answer that). ;)

    A good quality IWB holster can be had for less than $75, and will permit one-handed reholstering. 10-ring, I suggest you check out some of the better models at your local shops and spend the extra $20 or more. If the holster is collapsing when you try to reholster, how do you know that same collapsible leather isn't impeding your draw?
  7. BerettaNut92

    BerettaNut92 Well-Known Member

    Make a list. Next time you visit, you can try on my Emerson AND my Milt Sparks! The VersaMax 2 has a reinforced mouth so it won't close.
  8. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Well-Known Member

    You may rest assured that I violate this particular safety precaution several times a day! :)
  9. larry_minn

    larry_minn Well-Known Member

    I grab gun with thumb and palm and blade fingers to open Uncle Micks soft holster to reholster. Works very well.
  10. sm

    sm member

    Quality holsters I have/do use IWB that I can re holster one handed:

    High Noon
    many others...names escape me....

    have a few inexpensive ones, range use for students,NOT FOR reholstering...just education...re-enforces the suggestion for a good holster/belt combo.
  11. OF

    OF Well-Known Member


    - Gabe
  12. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska member

    Call me wild and crazy, but every time the pants or zipper go down, the gun comes out, then its time to carefully reholster using two hands.

  13. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Well-Known Member

    One reason is LEOs that are holding someone at gunpoint and must transition from having the gun out and handcuffing the BG. You then use one hand to hold the BG while the other hand re-holsters and pulls out the cuffs.

    I guess it could apply to non-LEOs that for whatever reason, cannot use both hands to re-holster. Generally not a problem when your pants are down or unzipped. :)

    BTW, I won't ask where you keep your gun so that it comes out every time you unzip. :what:
  14. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    Wild, as you know, one handed reholstering is for transitions, one hand drills and not setting yourself on fire in reholstering.

    Two handed reholster is an extremely good way to set yourself on fire when people buy godawful cheap gear and cross their support hand in front of the muzzle. Buy good gear and limit the number of new holes in your body.
  15. notos&w

    notos&w Active Member

    just wanted to chime in about blade-tech kydex holsters. this was the first quality holster that i bought. it is sturdy, very tough, adjustable retention, easy to clean and pretty comfortable. factor in immediate delivery, $60 price tag and different methods of attachment (j hook, straps, belt loops) and you have a great value that you might want to think about.

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