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Lined leather holsters

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Trent316, Sep 16, 2010.

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  1. Trent316

    Trent316 Member

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    Folks, I am in the market for a nice leather holster for my HK USP 45. I see some brands that offer "Suede lined" holsters. What does the extra money for these lined holsters buy me? What are the benefits?
     
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    Never owned one ... but wouldn't the lining reduce holster wear?

    Oh yeah ..and make a faster draw with less resistance. Because roughish leather does provide more friction.
     
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    I would say that you will regret the suede lined holster. The suede will collect dirt and grime. Hard on the finish. Great retention but difficult to draw. Try one at a gunshop.

    Get a good leather holster and use a sealer/polish to keep leather clean amd smooth.
     
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    The really high end ones sometimes offer a smooth leather lining. That would be less likely to collect grime and allow an easier draw.
     
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    I have a lined holster from El Paso Saddle Co. that I really like. I was supprised when I got it that the lineing was smooth, not suede, so I called them and asked why. I was told that suede will remove the finish real fast, they don't use it. I've never noticed any "holster ware" on my relover, unlike a couple other ones I have for other guns, so I'd say it works.
     
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    Another vote for EL Paso Saddlery.

    They use Pigskin lining on some of their holsters, and the one I have for my Colt SAA has been very kind to the finish over the years.

    Of course the holster fits like a glove, and that prevents holster wear too because it prevents movent inside the holster.

    rc
     
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    Great advice.

    In a perfect world free of dust, dirt, debris and moisture...it would do a fine job protecting the finish.

    We all know, however that a little holster wear is sexy.

    What a suede lining doed do, is add another layer to the holster and increase the bulk...not something I find attractive in a concealment holster.

    For quality custom leather...check out http://www.mernickleholsters.com/

    I have no regrets with the holster I purchased from them. I will say that I carry my $30 high noon split decision holster far more often because it is just easier does the same thing...for far less money. Sure, the craftsmanship isn't there...but it functions just as well. That being said, I wouldn't feel right without some nice custom leather. I like to wear it whenever I dress in a tie. It just feels like a nice, formal holster!
     
  8. Trent316

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    Many thanks!

    Folks, thanks to all of you for your fine input. I will keep researching this issue. Have pleasant weekend.
     
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    A local holster maker once told me he lines his soft lined holsters with sheep skin.

    I recently bought a Sparks VM-2 and the only thing I don't like is that I was very surprised to find the holster was not soft lined.
     
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    Only one I have is a OWB for my 357mag & is Excellent OMO
    Y/D
     
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