Open Carry Holster for a Commander-size 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Shintsu, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. Shintsu

    Shintsu New Member

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    Hey guys, so I'm looking for an open carry holster for my commander sized 1911 - I planned to get a CCW but not for some time. In the meantime, I would like to have a way to have my firearm on my person when going to the firing range and various other places. I'm well aware of the implications of open carrying in public and would take serious consideration about my surroundings, approach, and attitude before doing so.

    All that said, what would be a recommended holster? I'm figuring there isn't a great concealed holster option that would double as an open carry - so I'd like to know the best kind of on the hip open carry holster you all have experience with. I'd prefer to avoid the hard plastics as I don't want them wearing the finish, but otherwise have at it.

    Oops, realized I should mention - my normal attire usually doesn't have a belt on, but I realize now that might not offer many good options to actually have the holster stay on my person when drawing from the holster. Are there any options, or do I basically have to wear some form of pants that allow a belt to be worn? Also I will carry on my right side, and I am right handed (I believe strong side carry? Sorry, don't know the terminology).
     
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  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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  3. sensei9

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  4. jeffkaiser1989

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    I use a guy based out of toledo here for all my leather needs. Great holsters and belts and i have done some reviews on them you can head on over to my youtube to check them out. heres his information

    Rg Leather
    Rick Garcia
    Website: www.rgleather.freehomepage.com
    Email: rickg48@bex.net
    Phone: 734-790-0225
     
  5. Mule659

    Mule659 New Member

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    I carry in a holster from Jason Winnie. Here is a pic. I carry mine concealed under a cover garment though. ImageUploadedByFirearms Talk1391831930.743947.jpg


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  6. Doc3402

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    If you are going to open carry please give some serious thought to weapon retention when you buy a holster.
     
  7. DeltaF

    DeltaF New Member

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    Don't open carry without retention. Period. Think your superman and won't ever have somebody try to take your gun? Fine. Tree branch, desk, wall corner, low shelf. Don't need to get in a fight for one of these to rip your gun out and bang it all over the floor.

    http://www.safariland.com/DutyGear/product.aspx?pid=6378

    Most comfortable, easy releasing, retention holster on the market. No belt required.



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  8. Doc3402

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    I know he said no hard plastic, but with the suede lining you met every single one of his needs plus added retention. Great find. Now my only question is how he plans to keep his pants up with a Commander sized 1911 and no belt.
     
  9. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    There are many, many holster makers. Google is your friend. But I can't even imagine someone asking about putting 2 lbs. on there side and not using a belt.:rolleyes:
     
  10. wittmeba

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    There are some really beautiful leather models - DanFL posted 1 - Andrews Leathers. I just added Jason Winnie holsters to my list. They look pretty nice too.

    I just ordered an AlienGear holster yesterday Feb 7. Doesn't appear to be what you are looking for.

    Here is a pretty complete list of mfgs. Lots of options.
    http://gotnarcosis.com/brucewittmeier/technical/Holsters.html
     
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  11. Shintsu

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    Thanks guys, I am not totally opposed to the plastic - just afraid it would leave lots of scuff marks on the finish. If there are ones with a soft lining on the inside to prevent this, then I'm all ears for that. I probably will end up wearing a belt I suppose, so I guess it's time for me to get used to the idea.
     
  12. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    A good strong belt will make things a lot more comfortable for you. It will also help keep the firearm where you want it.
     
  13. wittmeba

    wittmeba New Member

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    I was in a hurry when I posted above. I was trying to update the Holsters.html page and enjoy dinner with mama. ;)

    Your question regarding a holster that may double as OWB and IWB - Take a look at this from The Mako Group:
    http://www.themakogroup.com/product_p/quadxxc.htm

    I too am an "elastic waist" pants/shorts person but realized a belt will be necessary for almost any carry except a small pocket carry in Cargo pants or the like.

    As you go through the various offerings you will soon be able to narrow your search to paddle, clip, OWB, IWB, leather, Kydex or any with a lining to avoid scuffing your gun. Just keep track of what is and is not important and each brands offerings.
     
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  14. DeltaF

    DeltaF New Member

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    Safariland are felt lined. No scratches. I have 3, all have seen daily use for a period of several years. One is 10 years old. Nary a scratch. Not from the holster at least.





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  15. k9guy

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    I like backhawck cqc it is a retension holster or the kydec holter too


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