Need a recomendation for holsters

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by Doug1627, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. Doug1627

    Doug1627 New Member

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    Hello,

    I am currently searching for concealed carry holsters. The holster will be used with a Glock 23. What brands are good? What do you use? Any advice is appreciated.

    Thank You,
    Doug
     
  2. Olympicarmsfan

    Olympicarmsfan New Member

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    I carry a Glock G19 in a paddle holster I cant remember the brand name now because its been a few years. I have been looking at Black Hawk tactical holsters as they seem to fit closer to the body. My holster sticks out a little and after looking at how close the black hawk holsters fit to the body Im going to be getting one. I also like the security feature in that when you grab it you push a small button and it releases. Keep us posted.
     

  3. G21.45

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    Kramer Handgun Leather IWB #3 Horsehide

    Kramer #3
     
  4. Doug1627

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    Thanks for the responses. There is soo many choices I want to be sure I am well informed before making a purchase.

    I like the "inside the waistband" style. Do I need bigger pants for it to fit? I buy my pants a little big but only by an inch.
     
  5. G21.45

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    No, an extra inch should do; and, you won't get better concealment.
     
  6. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    You can get much better comfort though. Let face it, if a rig is uncomfortable, you'll be less likely to wear it. If not worn, a holster is useless.
     
  7. G21.45

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    OK, but, 'Why' would it be uncomfortable? I recommended one of the most popular undercover law enforcement holsters on the market - The Kramer IWB #3! I've never heard of this holster bothering anyone. Just the opposite, actually. Greg Kramer can't built them fast enough!
     
  8. coltm4

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    i use a Galco Summer Comfort for my sig p239. i also wear a belt made my desantis or boston leather. all my pants are one size larger. i'm really not bothered by wearing an IWB. i guess i just got used to it. this rig seems to work for me. my only suggestion is that you don't go cheap. spend a little extra money on a quality holster and you won't regret it.
     
  9. Doug1627

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    What do you recommend for comfort?
     
  10. matt g

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  11. Stumpy16076

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    El Paso Saddlery offers a couple choices for IWB-their C-Force might work for you-the Glocks are a bit on the thick side, and the C-Force puts the belt retaining strap away from the slide area. Take a look at www.epsaddlery.com.
     
  12. Doug1627

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    Thanks to everyone for the help. I am still torn between one that can be worn on the inside of the belt and the other that sits on the outside.
     
  13. Doug1627

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    Turns out a co-worker has a hook up on holsters and other firearm parts. He is offering me a Desantis Cozy Partner inside the waistline holster Brand New in the package for 50$. I found them online for 70$. Does Desantis make a good quality holster?
     
  14. Stumpy16076

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    I do not have any personal experience with Desantis-I have heard good things about their holsters (as well as the other holster makers mentioned in other postings). If your friend will allow, try the holster for fit and comfort-$50.00 sounds like a great deal to me!
     
  15. Doug1627

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    Thanks for the response. I have put it on and worn it around the house a few times. I do not mind it being there. One downfall I found is the rough lining. Are all holsters like that?
     
  16. Southern6er

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    Doug, I wear IWB belts as I feel (MY OPINION) they conceal better with my body build and clothing style.

    I have 2 IWB holsters for my 1911 - a Milt Sparks Versa Max II and a Nick Mathews #1.

    Comfort for IWB will be based on holster design and material, but also pant size and gun size. Thicker guns may be a bit harder to carry IWB. That is one reason I love my 1911. It is a 4" barrel, single stack and fairly thin. Glocks tend towards the wider side.

    Here is my VM2 (www.miltsparks.com) in horsehide/shark in Cordovan:

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    Here is my Nick Mathews #1 and dual mag holder in black leather (www.nmholsters.com):

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    If you want comfort, go leather. If you are using this for IDPA or something, kydex may be an option. I've seen a few that have a kydex holster but backed by a leather sweat guard and are actually quite comfortable from what I've heard. I can't recall the names right off hand.

    IMO, you will get what you pay for, so don't be afraid of buying a quality holster like an Alessi, Sparks, Delfatti, etc. But also realize that for some of them, there is significant wait time involved. I know Top Gun Supply had VM2's in stock earlier today, but they go QUICK!
     
  17. Doug1627

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    Wow, the holster pictured looks much nicer than the Desantis. Do you have any pics of the inside or lining, if there is one?
     
  18. Southern6er

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    It is just boned leather. Both fit my 1911 like a glove. I can try to shoot some this weekend. I don't have my holster on right now - I'm at work and guns cannot be brought in (federal regulation).
     
  19. Doug1627

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    Eh, its alright. I will check one out at a nearby store.