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Old 08-14-2018, 07:27 PM
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Whatís Your Favorite Sparks Holster

Very simply what is your favorite Milt Sparks Holster and why.

I have two. OWB is the 55BN and IWB is the Criterion. I use them daily and go back and forth between the two. For me they both conceal very well with a t-shirt and an oversized button up shirt. Certainly the Criterion is slightly more concealable but not by much and the comfort of the 55BN is fantastic. Iíve been carrying for over 40 years and these two are by far the best holsters that I have used during that time. Recently switched from the VMII to the Criterion but the VMII is also a great holster. Really like the extra cant and my hands also like the magnetic closures on the Criterion

I will admit that I am very brand loyal once I find a company that produces fantastic quality, superb craftsmanship and also has excellent customer service. Milt Sparks does those three very, very well. With the shark trim, I donít need anything more from holster.

Just curious what others have as their favorite Sparks holster(s).
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Old 08-14-2018, 07:37 PM
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I totally agree with you on the Criterion, as I too converted all my carry holsters from VM II to Criterion. However, for OWB I use the Axiom. The easy on off capability is what sold me on that model.
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Old 08-14-2018, 07:47 PM
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I have the Summer Special II for my Colt Commander. I use Milt Sparks belt and double magazine pouch also. Their gear works great. I like the SSII because of the metal reinforced mouth and the built in sight track. I find it to be a very comfortable IWB holster that conceals very well. Quality is excellent on the holster, belt and magazine pouch.

I can carry my all steel Colt and two spare 8 round magazines with zero discomfort all day long using Milt Sparks gear.

Worth the wait!
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Old 08-14-2018, 07:56 PM
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My vertical drop 55BN's and my VMII's
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Old 08-14-2018, 09:04 PM
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The three holsters for my two pistols... Axiom and Nexus for CCO 1911 and NLG for G19. Had many styles over the years but these are the keepers as well as the two EDC pistols.
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Old 08-15-2018, 08:55 AM
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I have many to choose from, Criterion, VM2, SS2, Heritage, 55 BN and Axiom. If I had to choose 1 it would be the VM2.
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:32 AM
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I had a Watch Six with snap loops years ago. Sold it. Regretted it ever since. No longer made and I have yet to run across one for sale used... The Watch Six was a collaboration with Alessi. It was a pancake IWB but with single thickness Horsehide and no reinforcement. It was very thin, comfortable and concealable.

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My favorites so far are the Criterion for IWB and the 1AT-RT for OWB.
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I had a Watch Six with snap loops years ago. Sold it. Regretted it ever since. No longer made and I have yet to run across one for sale used... The Watch Six was a collaboration with Alessi. It was a pancake IWB but with single thickness Horsehide and no reinforcement. It was very thin, comfortable and concealable.
Help you out with a picture of a sample that belonged to a friend of mine.

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Old 08-15-2018, 12:51 PM
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Axiom for the compacts.
55N straight drop for the full size.
1AT-RT for either during the cooler months
Still haven't fallen in love with IWB carry but I have a couple of VMII. I think if I got some weight off I may be more incline but ...

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Old 08-15-2018, 01:13 PM
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That doesn't help...it just makes me feel sad...jerk!
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Old 08-15-2018, 02:05 PM
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Interesting that most of the 55BN’s are the straight drop. Mine are with the slight cant and I like it very much. Was back at the range today and since I’ve been carrying my 55BN most of the week that is what I shot out of. Just a superb holster in function and design.

I’ve been using some Milt Sparks holsters for about ten years with some others thrown in but have gone to strictly just using the Criterion and 55BN for everything right now, unless it’s a quick trip to the hardware store with the P238 that I do not have a Sparks holster for.

I have some of their magazine carriers and they are also of the highest quality. After my next order arrives I’m thinking of a black shark belt to fill out my collection. Been in the habit of placing a new order the day after my order current order arrives. Spaces out the payment pretty nicely and I always have something coming from Sparks to “patiently” await. My current order is a 55BNSH for a standard Commander length 1911 and a dual mag pouch for single stack magazines. My current 55BNSH is for my railed EDC X9. Once the current order arrives I’ll probably be selling some of my other holsters and I’ve actually already sold several this summer.
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Old 08-15-2018, 02:36 PM
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Hi David,

I have a old 55N FBI slant also. That ones so old (1993) it's before the craftsman at Milt Sparks put their initials on the leather.

The zero cant sits a bit lower which I prefer. Both are great holsters.

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Old 08-15-2018, 03:08 PM
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Criterion, IWB FOR EDC X9...
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Old 08-18-2018, 11:21 AM
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In addition to being one of my favorites holsters of all time, the original Summer Special is easily my favorite from the Sparks line up.

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Old 08-18-2018, 01:44 PM
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The Criterion for IWB - the spread of the loops spreads the weight. The relative flatness of the inside leather piece is exceptionally comfortable. Also, the magnets are much more forgiving / easier to use than the one-way snaps.

I have 1ATs for all guns I get to use at the range when shooting from the draw is allowed. Theyíre just too easy to draw and re-holster, and hold the weapon well. I often wear it in the winter with longer jackets / coats.
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In addition to being one of my favorites holsters of all time, the original Summer Special is easily my favorite from the Sparks line up.

Those mag pouches definitely have soul, they are really special.
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Old 08-18-2018, 08:29 PM
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Once I went Sparks there was no going back. They are worth the 18 week wait. Criterion is my favorite. I have a VM-2 for my CZ PCR because at the time I ordered they didn't make a Criterion for a PCR.
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Old 08-19-2018, 09:24 AM
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MY Milt Sparks Criterion left handed for my EDC X9. The cant is perfect, as well as the craftsmanship. The fit was snug at first, as time went on the fit now is perfect...IWB holster is very comfortable even when sitting in the car...

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Summer Special II and the 55BN (I still want the latter).
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Old 08-19-2018, 04:46 PM
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This thread got me thinking about some of my old holsters. Broke out my old Sparks 55bn fbi tilt today. I wore this holster will in Vice & Narcotics for a number of years.

Has the old style stamp on it.

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This thread got me thinking about some of my old holsters. Broke out my old Sparks 55bn fbi tilt today. I wore this holster will in Vice & Narcotics for a number of years.

Has the old style stamp on it.

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Old 08-19-2018, 04:52 PM
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The rules changed to need a retention device of some type so this one was replace with a Lou Alessi Open Port with thumb snap made for and sold by Heinie. Lot of miles on these two holsters.

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The Nexus is my favorite of theirs.
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Old 08-19-2018, 11:20 PM
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I use a Milt Sparks summer special for my pistols I carry but they are too beautiful to carry. Like my Hi Power


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