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IWB, Kydex or leather?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by Sauer Grapes, Aug 20, 2010.

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  1. Sauer Grapes

    Sauer Grapes Member

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    I'm looking for a holster for my PT 709 slim. I hate IWB holsters but this is what I bought the gun for. I was looking at the MTAC hybrid which is Kydex body with leather backing for 80 bucks. In that price range, under 100 bucks is there a nice comfortable leather holster?
    All my OWB holsters are leather, I don't know if I want plastic with regards to comfort.

    Any help with holsters would be great.

    Thanks
     
  2. bigfatdave

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    My PPS is about the same size as the PT709, I posted pictures of the carry rig I use for it a while back:
    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=439381
    I've since bought another CrossBreed SuperTuck and worn in the one shown in that thread a lot more, it gets more comfortable every month and I've only tweaked the Kydex once for personal preference after the initial break-in of the backer. Now it fits the gun great ("pop" in and out) and is molded to my hip at the carry position.
    Kydex/leather hybrid is a winner for IWB as far as I'm concerned, you get comfort on your side and retention and stay-open on the other.
     
  3. jcj

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    I've carried a 709 in an MTAC. Very comfortable for me.
     
  4. Zundfolge

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    Many good leather IWB holsters are under $100

    The Ugly Bald Guy Striker or a Side Guard Double Clip are a couple of ideal examples that list your Taurus.

    But people do swear by the Crossbreed Supertuck and the MTAC.
     
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    I watched a guy at a match the other day, using a Crossbreed holster that couldn't get a full grip on the gun, due to the leather backing.

    Leather will soak up sweat. Is this a problem? Maybe. Probably.

    I prefer an all kydex rig, properly designed and executed by KyTac www.kytac.com
     
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    I have a high noon tuckable IWB holster for my XD Sub-9. I went through three before I found this one and I like it. A guy next town over makes them - was about 40 bucks if I remember. Black leather and I can wear a t-shirt with an appendix carry position. I think they are worth checking out.
     
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    Heck, I carry a Sig P226 in an MTAC, very comfortable. Have a C-TAC for my K9 which is a skosh slimmer than the Taurus. I like the C-TAC a little better, but either would work well.

    I like both of these better than the leather "summer special" types...never tried a VMII, probably the best leather IWB.
     
  9. bigfatdave

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    For one thing, it is a concealment holster, not a competition rig. For another, I get plenty of grip on my carry guns in CB ST holsters, and I don't even have the combat cut option.

    Mine does soak up a bit, horsehide soaks up less than cow/bull hide can. I've checked for saltiness or moisture on the inner (gun side) surface, nothing yet in about a year of carry with this setup.
    Keep in mind that the gun side of the leather isn't very porous and I've got a healthy coating of Obenauf's heavy duty leather preservative on top of that which adds a waxy layer. All Kydex would be impervious to sweat (and I am a sweaty fat guy, I've considered it) but the comfort of the leather backer is well worth it for all day carry. I took a pretty damn long roadtrip with a PPS and two mags on my belt IWB, and I regularly carry that or an all steel compact 1911 with two mags for 18 hours plus a day, too. Doesn't Kydex have more pokey bits? Or is there a body-friendly inner surface on the all Kydex IWB rigs?
     
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    the sweat issue has become very important to me over the past few months; thats the reason I am getting displeased with my supertuck. I am a pretty sweaty fellow and I get a good amount of sweat transfer to my xd with this holster. Also, the hybrid holsters seem so bulky for me. I am looking around at a full kydex holster now, something like a blade-tech razor, for the minimalism of the holster itself and the funk resistance. Of course, you will probably end up buying both in the long run! Enjoy the hunt!
     
  11. finz50

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    Love my MTAC! (I should have said MTACs....I own 3)
     
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    Give Kholster a look see
     
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