Quantcast

1911 OWB suggestions

Discussion in 'Handguns: Accessories, Holsters, and Optics' started by Quoheleth, Jun 28, 2015.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Quoheleth

    Quoheleth Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2007
    Messages:
    3,193
    Location:
    The Land of Bowie, Crockett, Travis & Houston
    Since Texas is going open carry in a few months, I've been slowly adding a couple OWB holsters for use. I'll mostly continue IWB for various reasons, but some days I will carry open.

    I'm looking for suggestions for carrying my 5" Gov't model 1911. I'm 6'4", 325lbs. My waist is about 52" and chest 54", but hips are more like 54". Think very unsexy hour glass (more like whole day glass!) And you get the idea. I sit 80% of my day at my desk. Currently, I IWB carry my Sig P238, Ruger LCR, or M&P9c. The Ruger is occasionally carried in an OWB pancake; the 1911 in an IWB rig.

    My low-riding IWB is pretty comfortable - at least, enough for an 8 hour day. It lets the barrel ride along my hip bone and not dig in so much. I don't want a high-riding rig so I have a barrel digging into my hip. I don't really want a shoulder rig, either.

    I've been bouncing around between a pancake, a Tucker HF1 and an Avenger rig. I'm planning for carry between 3-4 o clock, depending on how it feels. Any thoughts on what direction I should go? I especially welcome 1st hand input from other big ol' boys.

    Thanks,
    Q
     
  2. Valkman

    Valkman Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2003
    Messages:
    8,268
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV
    I am 6'3" and 300lbs, so about the same build as you. I used a Sparks VM II for years for IWB with my Kimber 4" 1911 but I got tired of carrying that way and tried a Galco Miami Classic II shoulder holster. Loved it! For OWB I have a Simply Rugged Cuda for my XD45 and a White Tiger Leatherworks pancake for my XDs 45.

    For OWB there are many great choices but the one that stands out to me from your choices is Tucker - the HF1 is truly a great holster and I will own one some day.
     
  3. Eaglestroker

    Eaglestroker Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2011
    Messages:
    455
    Location:
    Southaven, MS
    I'm a big proponent of pancake and other variant holsters, if your only intended use for this holster is Open Carry there is no reason not to get a little distance between the gun and your body. A good holster for this is any Avenger/Bruce Nelson Professional style holster which puts the second attachment point against the slide and adds a little thickness. I'm 6'4" and 280 lbs, the pro to an avenger style is that it gets it away from your body so it is easy to get a handle. The same thing can be a con as I have a bad problem with catching it on things from time to time.
     
  4. MADDOG

    MADDOG Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2002
    Messages:
    486
    Location:
    Where the west begins
  5. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2002
    Messages:
    21,565
    Location:
    northern california
    I would suggest, for Open Carry, that you consider some form of retention.

    For a 1911, I'm partial to the Safariland SLS or the Blackhawk Serpa CQC. I've used both when carrying for light/office/security duty.

    If you decide to risk not having retention, I've a huge fan of the Sparks BN55...the licensed version of the Bruce Nelson Professional. The Avenger is the Bianchi copy of this holster
     
  6. cottonpicker

    cottonpicker Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2013
    Messages:
    21
    Location:
    South Texas
    Rick Garcia in Toledo,OH makes custom holsters at a reasonable price. His website is RG Leather. Contact: [email protected]
     
  7. SSN Vet

    SSN Vet Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2006
    Messages:
    6,027
    Location:
    The Dark Side of the Moon
    Don Hume makes a good pancake at a very reasonable price.

    Gunner's Alley is a stocking distributor.

    ps. DH double thickness belts are also very nice and reasonably priced.

    You'll want a 1-3/4" double thick belt to help distribute the weight of a loaded steel framed 1911
     
  8. entropy

    entropy Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2004
    Messages:
    8,395
    Location:
    G_d's Country, WI
    CQC Serpa.
     
  9. Iggy

    Iggy Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    3,389
    Location:
    Wyoming
  10. RustyShackelford

    RustyShackelford member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2006
    Messages:
    4,020
    Styles budget ....

    For a simple OWB type holster, I'd suggest looking at these makers: Greg Kramer, Mitch Rosen, Alessi, Milt Sparks, High Noon Holsters, Ted Blocker, Mernickle, R Grizle, Wright Leather Works(Predator).
    The Kydex High Noon Holsters Baseline is good. It's a OWB style but can fit either 1.5" or 1.75" wide gun belts. :D
    Redstone Concealment of AL has a few great Kydex holsters too. I like how the holster belt loops are not tacked on or held in place but a part of the Kydex holster. A minor - is that the styles are close ended & I prefer open muzzle type holsters. I think it lets lint, grit, dust, moisture, etc escape out.
    The Wright Leather Works, www.Wrightleatherworks.com predator brand OWB is very sharp, ;) . I like the darker coffee color. This well designed CCW holster allows quick one handed holstering & a side shield to prevent sweat, fabric from contacting the sidearm.
    A - with Wright's shop is a long wait & the prices seem a bit steep, :( .

    Greg Kramer offers regular or horsehide holsters. I've often heard many "special ops" types & federal agents like Kramer's well made horsehide gear. It can cost more but with last year's with proper care.
    I, personally wouldn't suggest a Blackhawk SERPA CQC holster for a single action 1911. The Sportster line is low cost but a better idea IMO. The security lever feature of the SERPA may cause problems while you draw quickly.
    Ideally, you want a smooth, even draw without needing to look at your firearm in a carry or duty holster. You should be able to re-holster or secure it too without needing to glance down or not be looking for any threats-danger signs.

    I'd close by adding a good belt, lined or able to handle the weight-gear on a steady basis is important. Many gunners run out & purchase a $900.00 gun then buy a $90.00 holster then stick it on a $9.00 belt they found at a yard sale or in a clearance bin, :rolleyes: . A CCW gun & the related gear could save your life or be able to prevent harm to another victim. If you want cheap gear or won't take concealed carry seriously, then do not do it.
     
  11. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2002
    Messages:
    21,565
    Location:
    northern california
    Is that based on personal experience carrying a 1911 in a Serpa CQC or something you've read?

    One reason I'm inquiring is that my curiosity was piqued by the above.

    Why would you holster quickly at all?

    ...and this
    Why would you choose between "lined" or "able to handle the weight..." when picking a belt?
     
  12. slickone

    slickone Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2011
    Messages:
    73
  13. zerobarrier
    • Contributing Member

    zerobarrier Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2013
    Messages:
    792
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    I use a medium ride holster from mernickle. Its very comfortable, paired with a elephant belt from thebeltman I barely feel it there all day.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. chieftain

    chieftain Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2002
    Messages:
    1,264
    Location:
    The Free State of Arizona
    I use Safariland ALS holsters for open carry. I use them for competition too. The ALS "ARE" that fast to presentation. A very large secondary advantage for me, is that it places your hand in a superior grip angle/position than any holster I know of.

    Unlike the Blackhawks, I don't know of any top tier trainers restricting the use of them, like some do the SERPA, either.

    I have not used any of my SERPA's since getting my ALS's. Another tertiary benefit is that you can add & remove security levels to/from your ALS holsters as necessary. The biggest down side is that they do not make great concealed OWB holsters. But for any type of open/duty carry, the ALS , in my experienced opinion is excellent.

    Which ever holster you choose is just that, your choice, choose wisely, good luck.

    Fred
     
  15. kenemoore

    kenemoore Member

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2014
    Messages:
    2
    Location:
    SC
  16. Red Cent

    Red Cent Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2010
    Messages:
    2,433
    Location:
    McLeansville, NC by way of WV SASS 29170L
    9MM, I ordered a Level 1 Serpa some years back. They sent me a Level II. I come from the old days of IPSC/Ken Hackathorn and I learned to put the finger on the side of the trigger guard, not like the awkward positioning of today.
    I could not use the Level II. Yes, I could have spent some time "learning" the Level II release but at my age it wasn't worth it. Deactivation time. I carry a Commander in it for my EDC.
    For those who run screaming at the sight of a cocked and locked 1911.
     

    Attached Files:

  17. X-Rap

    X-Rap Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2006
    Messages:
    6,657
    If I carry a 1911 in a holster that has belt loops it's almost always in a ElPaso Tortilla.
    I also use Paddle holsters from Galco and Fobus for open carry.
     
  18. ROAshooter

    ROAshooter member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2003
    Messages:
    651
    Location:
    Oklahoma City
    Bianchi Cyclone 111.....strong side or cross draw....works either way...
     
  19. MIL-DOT

    MIL-DOT member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2006
    Messages:
    3,110
    Location:
    Georgia,C.S.A.
    On a whim, I bought one of these belt-slide holsters on ebay last year, and am very impressed with it. It's extremely solid and well made, very thick, high quality leather, and beefy stitching. It's held several compact and full-sized pistols comfortably and securely (gen3 Smith, G19, 1911), and at $18 delivered, you just can't beat it. I personally like the minimalist approach of a belt-slide holster of a more full-sized one.
    They're made by a company up in Ohio called Hermann Oak leather.
    Check it out........
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Glock-42-Be...ltDomain_0&hash=item2a410ff7bd#ht_2453wt_1206
     
  20. Red Cent

    Red Cent Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2010
    Messages:
    2,433
    Location:
    McLeansville, NC by way of WV SASS 29170L
    Leather

    ....
     
  21. Uglyducky

    Uglyducky Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2014
    Messages:
    34
    I love the safariland 1911 holsters
     
  22. JTQ

    JTQ Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2009
    Messages:
    7,224
    Location:
    NW Florida
    I suspect Red Cent was heading there, that Hermann Oak is not the holster maker, but the leather supplier. I'm pretty sure the maker is Winthrop Holsters, and they get their leather from Herman Oak.

    I'm not a fan of slide type holsters in general. I have one, and spent a lot of time smacking the muzzle when sitting down in arm chairs, nearly launching the gun out of the holster. In addition, the muzzle nearly always makes contact with a seam on my pants, especially jeans, and I've ripped those seams open reholstering the gun. I now buy holsters that cover the muzzle, and are specifically designed for my gun.
     
  23. JackCrow

    JackCrow Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2007
    Messages:
    204
    Location:
    Tucson, AZ.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice