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Cheap Holster Comparison - Glock

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by doc540, Feb 7, 2012.

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  1. doc540

    doc540 Member

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    G23

    Fobus Paddle - $20
    Rides 1" lower
    Easier to R&R
    More room to slide rearward
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    Glock factory - $10
    Rides 1" higher
    Tighter to your side
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    Not any significant difference, but the Glock factory holster gets the nod.

    Note: I also carry an expensive 1911 in a high-end, custom leather holster. This is just an experiment in cheapness.;)
     
  2. Rail Driver

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    Even a cheap holster is (somewhat) more effective when you've got a good belt.
     
  3. doc540

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    That's very true.

    That's an Aker Leather gun belt.
     
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    I recently picked up the Glock holster. $12 shipped and it's definitely a solid holster. Holds tight against the body for concealed OWB.
     
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    I've got both for my G17. Either one makes a good CCW holster (if you are dressed for OWB carry). The main advantage of the paddle is the ease with which it can be put on and taken off without needed to remove your belt.
     
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    I never understand why people pay $400+ for the gun, probably another $100 for some night sites, toss in another couple hundred for lasers, custom guide rods etc. etc. then only budget $10-$20 for a holster...
     
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    Possibly because those $10-20 holsters do everything they need? If you want something for appearance, then by all means, go for some high $$$ leather, but realistically kydex holsters aren't complicated critters. They're dirt cheap, sturdy, and have excellent retention. Why burn extra money just so that your expenditures can feel justified next to the things that actually do require more funds?

    I compete every weekend with a $10 Uncle Mike's holster. I've thought about replacing it with something better like a Blade-tech DOH (even that is only about $70), but then I realize that it's probably not worth it to gain virtually nothing in retention or durability and maybe get 1/4 of a second benefit on my draw time.
     
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    You can't seriously use the word "retention" when talking about cheap kydex holsters.


    I'll put a $10-$20 kydex holster against my Safariland any day. I guarantee you, the difference isn't just a perceived justification.
     
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    I can guarantee you once I put my gun in my holster its not going anywhere until I draw it. It doesn't have level-based retention like LEO-requirements but thats because I specifically don't want that (releasing such mechanisms slows the draw). Trust me - I've sank nearly $1000 into that gun + accessories now. If I saw any real benefit to spending more on a holster I'd do so.
     
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