Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by SniperStraz, Nov 4, 2008.
Cheap, secure, comfortable.
Inexpensive might be O K...Maybe...
Quality just can't be beat. There is only one draw back when buying quality holsters. If you don't like the one you chose it will have cost you.
Your choice. Even my Yaqui Slide wasn't cheap.
For a holster, I would suggest some sort of retention holster, especially if you carry something with no manual safety and no BUG.
I'd also suggest something PRESENTABLE, i.e. Saddle brown leather. Reason being, open carry is a great example to show fence-sitters or antis that polite, clean cut, law-abiding citizens carry guns too. That's my main reason for open carrying when I do, but that's a personal perogative, so take it for what it's worth (to you).
Take a look at the Bianchi CarryLok.
It's only made for revolvers up to 7.5" Bbl. Len.
DId you specify what kind of handgun to open carry?
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Choose All other Holsters,
I have the #Axiom in COrdovan - it is a "FBI" or muzzle
slightly to the rear cant. The #55BN, created by Bruce
Nelson can be straight drop, Muzzle fwd, for cross draw or
an FBI Cant it is a bit higher riding than the #Axiom
SOme Milt Sparks Holsters can be had with decorative
stitching, or Sharkskin for detailing.
A matching Milt Sparks Belt supports the weapon well
and makes for a great rig.
A high and tight carry seems to be the best for me. Whether or not you want the added retention of a strap is a personal choice. I have had good luck with Don Humes for a reasonably priced leather holster.
Would you rather try to rob the guy with a gun or a guy without a gun?
Nonetheless, this is a thread about holsters.
Regardless I suggest you get something with retention like a SERPA or thumbsnap.
Nobody will notice.
In Florida, when carrying a firearm for duty use, openly on a duty rig, it is required by law to have at least one retention system, either a maneuver (such as forward-and-up) or a positive thumbsnap.
For open carry, I'd follow that recommendation.
You may end up having to purchase up to three holsters to match your choice of clothing..brown for brown/tan, black for black/white/blue, and perhaps cordovan for reds/maroons.
It's your choice to open carry -- now you gotta look good doing it!
It is my first plastic (carbon fiber) holster and paddle holster. I was surprised at how comfortable it is. It can also double as a concealment holster if needed. It doesn't stick out very much further than one designed for concealed carry.
The other gun is a S&W 610 with a 4"barrel. I did a lot of looking and decided on a custom holster by Mike Taurisano http://www.taurisholsters.com/index.cfm
He made my holster in just under 3 weeks. It is a great holster. I went with a tension screw and a thumb break on the one I ordered. He is very helpful, will ask you questions on how you carry and suggest a holster if you don't have one in mind.
Now that I'm off my soap box, get some type of security holster. I do like the Serpa. Mount it on a sturdy belt, and practice with whatever rig you chose. Something that I think may have been missed was handgun retention. Usually 20-25 percent of cops who are murdered are shot with their own guns. If you plan to advertise to God and Country that you are carrying, get some training on how to hang on to it.
If the open carry movement can get open carry passed in Texas, you may just get to do that.
After a couple of years my leather ones do not hold as securely as I would like.
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