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Paddle or Not?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by dbp, Nov 2, 2012.

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  1. fatcat4620

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    Fobus added a metal strip to their basic holster. The older ones without it could break but the newer ones (with red backing) will not. I like the blackhawk padle because it it's not going anywhere and is even hard to take off yourself. As fit ccw its pancake or iwb for m.e
     
  2. X-Rap

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    I don't like to put myself into a corner with the "If I had to have just one" but if it were true of holsters and my Glock I would probably pick the Fobus.
    I don't see the problem some seem to be having with the conceal ability of the Fobus over many of the OWB holsters I own or have seen. If the comparison is IWB then it's apples to oranges.
    At this moment I am wearing an Askins Avenger style (which pulls the gun in quite well) and when comparing it to my Fobus under a pull fleece pull over I can't tell any difference.
     
  3. 9mmepiphany

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    Not to put too fine a point on it, but the Akins Avenger, manufactured by Bianchi, isn't a style or even an original design.

    It is based on the Bruce Nelson Professional design originally produced, with permission, by Milt Sparks (BN55). It is one of the timeless designs that many holster makers offer.

    Here is one by Rafter-L that is close to the original:
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    ...and another by Bulman, for Chen Custom:
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  4. Frank Ettin

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    And it's a wonderful holster design.

    My first holster, which I still use on occasion, was a Galco Avenger. Here I'm wearing it at rifle class at Gunsite a few years ago.

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    And here I'm wearing Bulman's version, also at Gunsite.

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    Forgive the digression please. Now back to our regularly scheduled thread.
     
  5. mgmorden

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    I have a few paddle holsters, but overall I don't tend to prefer them. To me getting the paddle on is actually MORE of a hassle then just unclasping the belt and slipping on a belt holster, AND it feels less secure.

    I'm a fan though of the varieties like BladeTech and/or Blackhawk that include both attachments in the package and let the user decide for themselves which they prefer.
     
  6. 9mmepiphany

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    What I like about a paddle holster is the freedom it offers as to placement on the belt regardless of the location of beltloops and such
     
  7. Double_J

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    I have both a paddle holster (serpa) and a belt holster. They both get used, which one depends on what I am wearing and where I am going. I prefer the serpa when I am going to be wearing a loose fitting jacket/shirt, or if I am OCing. The belt holster is used when I am wearing a less loose fitting cover garment. I no longer own any IWB holsters due to weight gain, and the holsters being cheaply made. I don't care for the entire rig digging into my hip, it gets old very quickly. I had a fobus holster that I used before I got the serpa and had no problem using it. I gave it to my father for his sigma as all he had was an uncle mikes one size fits most holster. He prefers it as it is easy on/off when he goes to work.
     
  8. 340PD

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    I did not have a holster for my Sig 226 that I wanted to carry for my RSO/instructors job. I won a auction bid for a used Galco FED paddle holster. I am very impressed. It keeps my firearm close to the body. Easy on and off but extremely secure. Very comfortable with this full size gun for all day carry.

    http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterPG3.asp?ProductID=381&GunID=151
     
  9. rodinal220

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    Paddle holsters have always shifted on me or in some cases come off with the draw.I do not use them or anything with a simple money clip for the same reasons.I like the holster to stay in one spot and the gun moves only when I move it.
     
  10. 9mmepiphany

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    Paddles have gotten more sophisticated over the years.

    The retention clips have been spaced out to the edges of the paddle and many offer adjustments for belt width. I've also noticed the some are adding a layer of rubber to the back of the paddle to limit sliding on clothing
     
  11. dbp

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    Decision made

    Well, this thread really grew legs. I'm the OP and I really appreciate everyone's input.

    I made the decision on and purchase of both a gun and holster today. My LGS just got in a Glock 26 and I relieved them of it. Browsing while waiting for paperwork to be finished I noticed that they had a Wild Bill's Fusion paddle holster to fit the 26. After trying the gun and holster on my hip I bought the holster. It is very well made and sturdy. It will not come out of the pants by pulling on it - very secure. Sits close to the body and I easily adjusted to forward cant.

    Very happy with both gun and holster. Different strokes for different folks I guess, but this works for me.

    Again, I really learn from the input on THR.

    http://www.wildbillsconcealment.com/wildbill/shop/item.aspx?itemid=3014
     
  12. 9mmepiphany

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    Congrats on your new gun and holster.

    Post some pictures when you get it home
     
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    I have had problems with them before, I got a Fobus for my Glock, and when I would practice drawing, all too often it would still be on the gun when I drew it. But I recently got a Galco single mag/flashlight paddle carrier, and it has a mean inclined tooth that goes against the belt line, I have to use two hands to get it off. That is much more confidence-inspiring. If you're going to use one, use a very pronounced belt, and practice a lot with it.
     
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    All you have to do is remove the rivet under the trigger and replace it with a nut and bolt and you can adjust the tension. I just got one in yesterday and did it for my G23. I can get it so loose I can wear sweats and draw my gun. There might be better but for about 15.00 it gets me by. Can’t open carry in TX so its mostly range and practicing he at the house

    One thing is they did add a metal brace to the back to strengthen it up and what I do is glue a piece of leather or felt to the strip so it doesn't bite against bare skin
     
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    Instead I use a Serpa with the belt loops.
     
  16. 340PD

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    Nice combo you have. We need pics.
     
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    If you're talking to ME, I got rid of the Glock years ago. Now it's a 1911, and it's currently attached to my vest, I can't grab it and get a picture.
     
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    The fobus out of pants issue can be solved with a tighter belt and quick jerk at the beginning of the draw motion.
     
  19. 22-rimfire

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    I also like the freedom the paddle holster gives you on placement. I carry my Glock M23 in a paddle usually. The weight does however drag down my pants at times and becomes inconvenient.
     
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