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70cuda383 07-24-2012 08:59 PM

Who carries a full size Beretta?
I think I've finally convinced the wife to allow me to get my carry license, and start carrying. the rising number of local armed robberies, people immitating police officers, nut jobs driving cars into churches and burning them the incident in Colorado last Friday, she finally gave a reluctant "I guess so." followed with "I just worry about what happens if the boys run up to hug you/grab you and they catch on the gun"

I've assured her that with a proper holster, it's virtually impossible to discharge the firearm until AFTER the trigger guard has cleared the holster. knowing the safety features of a beretta, I don't see how it can possibly fire unless the trigger is exposed/out of the holster.

Anyway, I plan on carrying my 96 Elite II model, it's .40 cal, and holds 11+1. It's also very accurate to shoot, reliable, and I've even had it equipped with night sights for some various uses in competition where we've had low light/no light stages using flashlights in weak hand, firearm in strong hand.

I've got a lot of experience with the Beretta series. my first firearm was a 92FS that I bought because I love the looks of the curvy piece. Plus, being military, it's what we trained with and carry when deployed. I've carried an M9 every day while deployed, but that was in a tactical leg/thigh holster.

to the point...what holsters are you guys using for your full framed beretta's? from my experience in the military plus IPSC/IDPA competitions, I know that I want a holster that's molded to fit the weapon. I have used the generic nylon "pouch" style holsters and am just not a fan of them, never felt that the weapon was all that secure. I also know that I don't want a paddle style. I've seen guys use those in competition and have also watched them draw, and the whole holster comes out with the weapon.

I'm thinking something with spring clips to hold the side of my pants/belt or loops for the belt to pass through, while still being an inside the waist holster. I also prefer leather over hard plastic since it'll be up against my body.

I've searched though the various pics threads here, I saw one other pic of a full size beretta, but no reference as to what brand it was. and of course when using google to do a search, you get flooded with information that's often difficult to weed down to what I'm really looking for.

so...ideas? what are you guys using!? Thanks!!

70cuda383 07-24-2012 09:42 PM

--nevermind, the thread was cleaned up and the off topic posts removed...

dog2000tj 07-24-2012 09:51 PM


Originally Posted by 70cuda383 (Post 880687)
anyway, anyone with any real input? or is this just going to be a "bash on Tom" thread because of my choice of words?

I'm gonna go with this one ;) .......... :p

j/k - I have Px4 Storm in 45 and use one of these - It is very comfortable and can be adjusted to whatever tension you want.

JohnJak 07-24-2012 11:28 PM

Getting Back on track.

I have carried full size pistols in Leather Holsters and leather belt. Don't care for plastic or cloth holsters.

rurak 07-25-2012 12:40 AM

I know I know. Just had our 5 year ....... Feels like a lifetime!!

phildenton 07-25-2012 05:36 AM

Have you looked at crossbread holsters?

silverado113 07-25-2012 02:03 PM

I have a Galco Miami Classic shoulder holster that I carry my M9 in but I only carry it in the winter under a coat.

JonM 07-25-2012 02:13 PM

Depends on your clothing choice. Running around in a tshirt an shorts in a state where printing is an issue a m9 is going to be damn near impossible to hide. Sport jacket or similar shoulder holsters that have good retention are excellent.

Cant go wrong with a galco holster. I think all of us that ccw regularly have drawer full of holsters...

jujutsuka 07-25-2012 03:09 PM


Originally Posted by phildenton
Have you looked at crossbread holsters?

What phil said: I don't carry a Beretta but my Super Tuck is great, and it's not even fully broken in yet. It can only get better.

70cuda383 07-25-2012 04:33 PM

yea, I contacted crossbreed, but they don't make a holster that will fit the thicker slide of the Brigadier/Elite subseries of the 92/96 series pistols.

I don't really want to carry my 92FS because it's old and well used, pretty much just a range gun now. the rear sight was knocked loose and now it won't stay in one spot. I've used locktite to "glue" it back in position but that lasted about a year.

my 1911 isn't a good option either because of the modifications made to it for competition shooting. I don't feel safe carrying a single action with a hair trigger on it.

Anyone know someone that custom makes leather holsters at a reasonable price? The biggest problem I'm running into is that there just doesn't seem to be a very good supply of holsters that fit the Brigadier/Elite pistols. There's TONS of stuff out there to fit the standard sized 92/96.

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