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Offline Okiedodge

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« on: April 18, 2012, 09:20:14 AM »
I am looking for a holster for my pistol. 

I like the polymer locking holsters, I just do  not know which one is the best.

I want to get two types.

1) To carry at my side, similar to a upper thigh holster I have in the military.  Used for camping.
2) A separate one for shoulder carry for concealed carry.


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Re: holsters
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2012, 05:04:09 PM »
I am a firearms instructor and specialize in concealed carry. I will tell you what I tell my students, You have to go to the gun shop and try the holsters until you find the one you like. I personally own a bunch of holsters for different carry situations, NONE of them locking. One more step to the draw is one less second I have to put the gun on target.

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Re: holsters
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2012, 01:13:14 AM »
For a shoulder holster you need to decide on what kind you want (horizontal or vertical ) and also what material you want (leather, nylon etc). Do you want to carry spare ammo (mags/speedloaders) on you shoulder holster or not.  Shoulde holsters can get heavy esp. using a cheap one. Good holsters will spread the weight on your shoulders while bad ones will cut into your neck with the upper strap. That causes some pain/grief after a while. Another item to consider is how the gun is retained, many use a spring clamp while others are just basically a pocket.
Many of the inexpensive shoulder holsters are basically somewhat-universal fit (small frame revilver, 1911-style auto etc) and while the price is low so usually is the quality of the fit of the gun to the holster. Personally I would get a leather shoulder holster fit fit for a specific gun. To me, they are much more comfortable when I wear a shoulder holster.
As for a locking thigh rig, check out a law enforcement supply place as most locking holsters are competition or LE rigs (Safariland etc).
Also, as stated above, try out the holster as fit is everything. If it's not comfortable, you won't want to use it.
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Re: holsters
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2012, 09:17:35 PM »
Personally, I hate the feel of kydex on my skin.  I would recommend the Milt Sparks VM2, the Crossbreed Supertuck and the Comptac Minataur, for a concealment holster. They are all IWB holsters, and do a good job of concealment.

As far as a thigh rig, Blackhawk makes some pretty good ones.  That is what I used in Iraq.

With either holster, the belt makes the difference.  Crossbreed makes a nice gun belt, which is what I use.  There are others out there too.  A leather belt will not hold up under use, and will stretch out over a few months.  You are going to shell out $60 or more for a decent gun belt, but it is worth it.

With the thigh rig, make sure you get a good duty belt, or you can use a gun belt.   I used a London Bridge Trading Company duty belt when I was in Iraq.  I had to wear the pistol every day for four months, and it wasn't too bad.  It was a lot better than the duty belt I was issued...
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Re: holsters
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2012, 09:57:25 PM »
I have to agree although I do own a few Kydex rigs. In fact I just bought a Blackhawk! today. I was looking for a leather rig but they didnt have black and I wanted to carry a specific gun I didnt have a holster for. I have also stretched a few leather belts.

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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2012, 07:02:34 AM »
I really need to go to a shop and start looking myself. I don't have a holster for my AMT Hardballer, my GP 100 or my Ruger 22/45. The only one I have holsters for is my Super Blackhawk. Uncle Mikes nylon rigs for that one. Got a 10.5" bull barrel.

Kinda partial to shoulder rigs myself.(I don't conceal carry just find it more convenient for hunting) None of my sidearms are "light" aside from the .22.

Now I'm not trying to threadjack but, for those that have been issued a M4, do you prefer a single point sling or something like the standard Mamba sling? I had a Mamba for my A2 and liked it but now I have a "M4" civilian. Haven't had the experience with a single point sling. Likes, dislikes?
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Re: holsters
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2012, 08:57:23 AM »
The main reason I don't like shoulder rigs, is because the gun and holster flop around.  Hunting it is probably a good thing, but I prefer a belt holster, or a leg drop.

As far as the sling goes, the only one I have used was a two point sling.  I was issued an M4, but never carried it.  All of our M4s had cheap dual point slings.
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Re: holsters
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2012, 03:01:24 PM »
Now I'm not trying to threadjack but, for those that have been issued a M4, do you prefer a single point sling or something like the standard Mamba sling? I had a Mamba for my A2 and liked it but now I have a "M4" civilian. Haven't had the experience with a single point sling. Likes, dislikes?

I used a Mamba single point sling in Afghanistan.  I loved it because I could bring the weapon to the ready position very quickly.  It did not interfere with walking and was comfortable to carry.

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