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#1 Gator4838

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 12:07 PM

I'm a leather guy,I like the look,the smell,I just love it.on the other hand,I like the stability and retention of kydex holsters.I am not a i.w.b.guy,I'm a o.w.b.guy.I have a couple leather ones that collapse on me a bit after I draw,which is a bit of a pain in the the butt,when re-holstering at 3 o'clock.any thoughts?

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 12:17 PM

I like leather for OWB and kydex for IWB.

Out of an entire box of holsters I’ve tried over the years my favorite is a Safariland 518.
It a leather OWB paddle with a thumb break. Not cheap but quality rarely is.

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 12:38 PM

Horsehide vs Cowhide, it’s tougher and retains its shape better (still good to reinforce the holster mouth with an extra piece of hide).

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 01:13 PM

Suggestions yes get a better leather holster milt sparks makes great ones

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 01:20 PM

I've got 4 VMII's for CCW and have never looked back.  My favorite has sharkskin trim, and it's stunning.  I've literally got a laundry basket full of all sorts of lessor holsters I've tried, in leather, kydex, etc, and that's where they will stay.



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Posted 19 November 2019 - 02:15 PM

I have both and I like 100% Kydex all the way.

It never fatigues and retains it's shape.

 

I like the way the gun clicks into place and is totally secure.



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Posted 19 November 2019 - 03:53 PM

With a good leather holster it does click if left in a hot car in the summer time it will not loose its shape or squeak while you're walking that is why i switched

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 04:55 PM

Have a TTGunleather Slim XC and Hanks 1.75 belt all set for my CZ75 Compact. As soon as I get my permission slip. Have been wearing it around the homestead (staying legal) and so far so good. 



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Posted 19 November 2019 - 05:06 PM

I have a Hank's belt and worth every penny.it's a thick piece of leather,but has bend,and will not stand up on its own,but I carry sub-compact to compact pistols owb without sagging.if you really search and look at some of the small batch,or custom makers in leather holsters,there are some true works of art.

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 06:21 PM

TT gun leather is good stuff

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 09:49 PM

To me it's worth the wait as they're usually backed up on fulfilling orders...

https://www.kramerleather.com

 

 

Currently using two of their Paddle Gun holsters...


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Posted 20 November 2019 - 10:25 AM

Mitch Rosen makes some nice holsters.

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 09:49 PM

95% of my holsters are leather...

Of the kydex holsters..I rarely ever use em.



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Posted 21 November 2019 - 07:32 AM

95% of my holsters are leather also but I only use the kydex ones now.  Different strokes for different folks I guess.

 

For me, leather was like sticking a squeaky stack of floor mats down my pants. I have a few $100 leather holsters and none of them give me the comfort, ajustability and ease of use and maintenance that kydex does... Just make sure it's is blocked correctly or it will wear your finish pretty badly.  e.g. The ejection port should not molded as a source of retention.



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Posted 21 November 2019 - 12:11 PM

I have an IWB (english bridal leather?) I believe, purchased from holsterpro.com. They are handmade by the owner I think. Have to wait about 4 weeks. Had it 5yrs and no complaints. It does collapse ever so slightly IWB after drawing, but I dont find it to be a problem. I also have one from him for cargo pocket carry, simple and the square pc of leather attached to the holster blocks the gun from printing.

Just like it says on Kramer leathers site, these holsters will most likely outlast the user.

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 02:34 PM

Raven concealment Kydex fan here. Fits like a glove always. Does not need any special care and rides in the same place on my hip always. OWB  too except for the 43 which lives in my pocket.


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Posted 21 November 2019 - 03:32 PM

You can have both:

 

https://www.safarila...ster-10870.html

 

I have one of these for use with my 1911's, and they work great.

 

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 04:15 PM

IWB leather holsters made inside out. The finished side of the leather on the inside. The gun draws fast and smooth. Its also easy on the handguns finish. The rough unfinished outside of the holster sticks to your pants and does not move around. The holster is so stable, only one belt loop is needed. Always use leather belt loops which are sewn or have lift the dot snaps. The mouth of the holster is reinforced with a steel band sewn between the leather, this makes reholstering easy. You can bend the steel to adjust the level of retention you are comfortable with. This works for me.

  I like the way the holster is easy on the weapons finish. Spare me that crap about a gun is a tool. If you like using sand paper kydex and you think the worn out finish look means your gun looks cool or like you are an experienced operator then have at it.  I have been a Mechanic for 40 years in several different fields and all of my tools look almost new. I take care of them and like my weapons, they look good.

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 10:55 PM

Look at garrett holsters leather lined kydex have four of them iwb for revolvers and a glock 43



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Posted 21 November 2019 - 11:45 PM

Look at garrett holsters leather lined kydex have four of them iwb for revolvers and a glock 43

Just looked, very nice. found one for my P227r. Thanks!


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Posted 22 November 2019 - 08:14 AM

I generally prefer all kydex because they won't absorb sweat, and you don't have to worry about dealing with a holster that deforms due to your sweat and body heat.  They can deform in uncontrollable ways where it deforms and part of the leather comes to a point where it can accidentally interfere with the trigger during reholstering.  

 

If I do go with some form of leather, it's usually a hybrid kydex holster where the leather is a backer to rest against your skin, but what actually holds the gun is kydex.  Crossbreed is one example.  Lately for me it's just been 100% kydex.  


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Posted 22 November 2019 - 08:57 AM

It seems to me,my kydex also completely covers the trigger guard,while even after firmly holstering my gun in leather,the trigger itself might not be exposed,but you notice a small gap above the trigger,and a bit of trigger guard is visible.normally not a big deal,but I'm conscious that I'm not getting positive retention,and did I holster it firmly enough to cover the trigger 100%.yea,I know,keep your finger off the trigger,problem solved.what say you?

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 11:06 AM

If I do go with some form of leather, it's usually a hybrid kydex holster where the leather is a backer to rest against your skin, but what actually holds the gun is kydex.  Crossbreed is one example.  Lately for me it's just been 100% kydex.

 

Lately it's been all kydex for me... second choice being full molded leather. With a hybrid, there are times when the retention provided by your belt just isn't available. How embarrassing would it be to have your loaded gun slide into the next stall...


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Posted 22 November 2019 - 11:31 AM

20191122_105538_resized_1 (1).jpg   milt sparks 


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Posted 22 November 2019 - 12:40 PM

attachicon.gif20191122_105538_resized_1 (1).jpg  milt sparks

I took a look,very nice.taking a hard look at that pmk revolver holster.

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 01:20 PM

 

attachicon.gif20191122_105538_resized_1 (1).jpg  milt sparks

I took a look,very nice.taking a hard look at that pmk revolver holster.

 

I think you will like it I also have the 55bn 

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