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Old 10-18-2008, 12:47 AM   #11
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I'm a big fan of the FBI cant, open top also. Much more goes into weapons retention than a snap or screw. Those things tend to be relied upon as a crutch, rather than practicing proper retention techniques.

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Both my leather rigs are FBI Cant Open Top as well. I really prefer that on my hip, it just feels natural. The Blackhawk in the picture is actually set up the same way with the self adjustable screw set.

I don't know of anyone carrying a 1911 with the leather strap between the hammer and slide, but to each his own. *shrug*

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Thanks Matt and JD, I have narrowed my options to a DeSantis, with a FBI cant, OWB. The only real decision left is thumb snap or open top. Material is immaterial to me; do you guys see any pros/cons leather vs. composite? Next ? is paddle or belt mounted? As always, all opinions are greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-18-2008, 01:11 PM   #14
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Thanks Matt and JD, I have narrowed my options to a DeSantis, with a FBI cant, OWB. The only real decision left is thumb snap or open top. Material is immaterial to me; do you guys see any pros/cons leather vs. composite? Next ? is paddle or belt mounted? As always, all opinions are greatly appreciated.
Check out High Noon Holsters. They're the same quality as the big names, but about half the price.

Leather is the way to go. It offers adequate protection to the weapon, and once broken in, becomes silent. Your finish will suffer a little at the wear points, but a pistol without holster wear just looks odd.

http://www.highnoonholsters.com/
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:56 PM   #15
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Here is a DeSantis model I kinda like. Model 85 (L)


"Premium saddle leather, double seams and a highly detailed
molded fit, make this exposed muzzle, tight fitting, two-slot
holster a great choice for your favorite pistol. It features an
adjustable-tension device. Black or Tan unlined leather. 1 3/4"
belt slots. Note: Some models without tension device.
1911 models must be worn cocked & locked."

Description taken from DeSantis catalog, 2008, Volume XXXl, p.5


Do you guys have any thoughts on paddle vs belt attach? Or open muzzle vs enclosed? Linned vs unlinned?

I also like the the model 1 R) with the enclosed muzzle. Concealment is my main objective here, but I obviously need to get the weapon out and on-target before I am the target.

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I prefer the belt attachment, but it means undoing your belt to put it on/take it off. Can be a bit off a hassle, but I prefer the secure fit. Oh yeah...open muzzle and unlined.

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Belt attachment, closed muzzle, unlined

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Thanks for the input. You reinforced my tendencies. What are the pros/cons of open/closed muzzle holsters? The only thing I can find from the manufacturer's is that it allows foreign debris to pass on through (?). Based on researching the web a and gun show in Lexington, NC on 18 Oct., I will most likely get one of the two holsters I have displayed here. Does anyone happen to own either specifically or have reasonablly depenable 2nd hand knowledge of either?






As always, thanks............

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I have a Kimber Compact Aluminum and also a Kimber full size 1911. I carry them in a OWB kydex holster made by Fobus. It is a open bottom design and uses a screw to adjust holding tension. I am extremely active outdoors with them and I have never had a problem. Well worth checking them out, and not too expensive either.

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