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Old 09-12-2020, 06:32 PM
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Im looking for a holster that fits a 45 shield. Options are pretty slim. I have a Bianchi #5 black widow, I believe its called, for a glock 30. The shield is loose in it but wearable. Its a thumb strap style model and the front of the trigger guard sits about mid belt. Gun rides fairly high. The front belt slot is molded flat, no curve, so it pulls towards the body as the belt is tightened. Nice forward cant to. A gov model 1911 disappears under a t-shirt in it. I love this holster for my shield. Id like to buy 2. One for the shield, one for 1911s. Id cut the outer strap off for the 1911.
My problem is that the only Craft Holsters makes them for the Shield. Their stuff looks great and others here speak highly of Craft but they seem to be an overseas company. Id like the buy USA made.
Ive looked at several holster makers web sites and havent seen any like this Bianchi. Anyone point me in a direction to look?
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Old 09-12-2020, 07:17 PM
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Im looking for a holster that fits a 45 shield. Options are pretty slim. I have a Bianchi #5 black widow, ...
This holster? https://lapolicegear.com/bianchi-5-b...t-holster.html

I suspect there are a lot of holsters available for the .45 Shield. However, you are probably correct, there probably aren't many available that are slide holsters with a thumb break.

Are those two features that you have to have, or are you simply simply looking for a reasonably high riding pancake holster?
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Old 09-12-2020, 07:32 PM
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Tucker Gunleather Compact Pancake is available for both the Shield .45 and 1911's https://tuckergunleather.com/compact-pancake-holster/

Black Hills Leather Bikini Thumb Break Holster. Doesn't indicate what models they cover. You'll probably have to call or email. https://www.blackhillsleather.com/sh...break-holster/
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Old 09-12-2020, 07:34 PM
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If you don't need a slide holster, your options open up

High Noon Sky High https://www.highnoonholsters.com/lea...-duty/sky-high
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Old 09-12-2020, 07:35 PM
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If it doesn't need to be leather, kydex options would open up your options more.
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Old 09-12-2020, 07:46 PM
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Im looking for a holster that fits a 45 shield. Options are pretty slim. I have a Bianchi #5 black widow, ...
This holster? https://lapolicegear.com/bianchi-5-b...t-holster.html

I suspect there are a lot of holsters available for the .45 Shield. However, you are probably correct, there probably aren't many available that are slide holsters with a thumb break.

Are those two features that you have to have, or are you simply simply looking for a reasonably high riding pancake holster?
Yup thats the one. Im looking for "this" holster by any maker. I like everything about it. Like I said, Craft makes one. If I have to to get what I want, I will buy from them. Rather buy American made though
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Old 09-12-2020, 07:51 PM
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Tucker Gunleather Compact Pancake is available for both the Shield .45 and 1911's https://tuckergunleather.com/compact-pancake-holster/

Black Hills Leather Bikini Thumb Break Holster. Doesn't indicate what models they cover. You'll probably have to call or email. https://www.blackhillsleather.com/sh...break-holster/
Tucker looks like what I'm wanting! I must have gotten lazy when I looked at Tuckers web site. Never noticed thumb break option.
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Old 09-12-2020, 07:56 PM
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If you don't need a slide holster, your options open up

High Noon Sky High https://www.highnoonholsters.com/lea...-duty/sky-high
These look great as well but im looking for the open bottom. My be worth a call to find out if thats an option as well. It would allow 4.25 or 5in with a 1911.
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Old 09-12-2020, 07:59 PM
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If it doesn't need to be leather, kydex options would open up your options more.
Im not a fan of kydex holsters. But it would provide many more choices.
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Old 09-12-2020, 08:03 PM
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And this is why I asked. In a few minutes you've provided a few that are what I'm looking for and couldnt seem to find myself.
Thanks all.
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Old 09-12-2020, 08:13 PM
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OK, I'll look for belt slide's with thumb breaks.

The Tucker and Black Hills models should give you a start.

Lobo offer's a slide, but doesn't show they offer a thumb break with that model, but they offer it on their two pancake models so it may be worth asking. They show the Shield .45 on their gun list.

Lobo slide https://lobogunleather.com/owb-outsi...nd/belt-slide/

Simply Rugged shows the .45 Shield on their gun list, but not listed with their CID, which is their slide holster. Their Tribute comes with a thumb break, but don't list it as an option on the CID. It may be worth a call.

Simply Rugged CID https://www.simplyrugged.com/ecommer...167&parent=669
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Old 09-12-2020, 08:19 PM
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It would allow 4.25 or 5in with a 1911.
My first holster was an El Paso Saddlery High Slide ( https://epsaddlery.com/product/high-slide/ ), and my intention was to be able to do just that, use one holster for a 5" 1911 and shorter versions.

My conclusion was it was a bad idea. The holster isn't very good, and the open slide caused all kinds of problems for me. In the big picture of firearms and support gear, the price of holsters, even very good ones, is a drop in the bucket. Now, I buy holsters for specific guns.

I'll keep looking for something to fit your needs, though.
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Old 09-12-2020, 08:22 PM
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Tucker looks like what I'm wanting! I must have gotten lazy when I looked at Tuckers web site. Never noticed thumb break option.
Tucker's HF2 is also be available with a thumb break https://tuckergunleather.com/hf2-belt-holster/
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Old 09-12-2020, 08:29 PM
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Ted Blocker has a model, though they don't have a gun list. You'll have to call.

https://www.tedblockerholsters.com/B...ster_p_13.html
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Old 09-12-2020, 08:31 PM
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It would allow 4.25 or 5in with a 1911.
My first holster was an El Paso Saddlery High Slide ( https://epsaddlery.com/product/high-slide/ ), and my intention was to be able to do just that, use one holster for a 5" 1911 and shorter versions.

My conclusion was it was a bad idea. The holster isn't very good, and the open slide caused all kinds of problems for me. In the big picture of firearms and support gear, the price of holsters, even very good ones, is a drop in the bucket. Now, I buy holsters for specific guns.

I'll keep looking for something to fit your needs, though.
What didn't you like about it? It appears to be fine for a 4.25 or 5in 1911. I agree on buying for specific guns but fail to see the difference between the barrel protruding a little or 3/4in more. I daily carry the Shield. I would like the same holster minus the strap for a 1911 for hunting.
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Old 09-12-2020, 08:34 PM
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Anyone own a Black Hills? These look nice and flat and should pull in close.
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Old 09-12-2020, 08:42 PM
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What didn't you like about it? It appears to be fine for a 4.25 or 5in 1911. I agree on buying for specific guns but fail to see the difference between the barrel protruding a little or 3/4in more.
It's not that a Government Model's slide protrudes 3/4" more than a Commander length model, it's that it protrudes at all.

Reholstering, caused the slide to contact seams on my jeans, including my back pocket. I did it enough to rip a hole in my jeans. The exposed slide also hit all kinds of stuff during the day, doors, cabinets, etc., and especially the arms of arm chairs when sitting down. The holster you like has a thumb break, which would probably prevent it, but you can launch a gun out of a slide holster when you hit the arm of an arm chair sitting down.

Folks often comment about damaging their front sight with an exposed slide holster, though that was one problem I never encountered. The other issues I had with it were enough for me to relegate it to the box of unused holsters.

Unsolicited, but High Noon has an excellent FAQ section ( https://www.highnoonholsters.com/faqs ). FAQ #25 has their opinion on thumb breaks.
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Old 09-12-2020, 09:06 PM
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What didn't you like about it? It appears to be fine for a 4.25 or 5in 1911. I agree on buying for specific guns but fail to see the difference between the barrel protruding a little or 3/4in more.
It's not that a Government Model's slide protrudes 3/4" more than a Commander length model, it's that it protrudes at all.

Reholstering, caused the slide to contact seams on my jeans, including my back pocket. I did it enough to rip a hole in my jeans. The exposed slide also hit all kinds of stuff during the day, doors, cabinets, etc., and especially the arms of arm chairs when sitting down. The holster you like has a thumb break, which would probably prevent it, but you can launch a gun out of a slide holster when you hit the arm of an arm chair sitting down.

Folks often comment about damaging their front sight with an exposed slide holster, though that was one problem I never encountered. The other issues I had with it were enough for me to relegate it to the box of unused holsters.

Unsolicited, but High Noon has an excellent FAQ section ( https://www.highnoonholsters.com/faqs ). FAQ #25 has their opinion on thumb breaks.
I agree with High Noons take on thumb breaks. However I'm a truck driver pulling a stepdeck trailer and am climbing around tarping, chaining, or strapping loads and want/need the thumb break. Im not to concerned with an open bottom while hunting.
From the pictures I'm really interested in Black Hills.
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Old 09-12-2020, 09:14 PM
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Im not to concerned with an open bottom while hunting.
While I'm not a fan of thumb breaks, the only place I'd probably consider using one (well, other than open carry or if I were LE) would be for field use. I can't imagine hiking through the woods with my El Paso Saddlery High Slide and not expecting my 5" 1911 to get knocked out of the holster.

I've found some examples for you of slide's with thumb breaks, but for my use, I just don't see any advantage to a slide holster.
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Old 09-12-2020, 09:46 PM
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Tucker, Black Hils, and Ted Blocker all seem to be what Im looking for. Cost is close on all 3. Im assuming quality is high on all 3. I like this Bianchi that doesnt fit the gun so I'm sure I'll be very happy with any of the 3.
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Old 09-13-2020, 06:50 PM
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If you are open to Kydex, I have a JM Custom Kydex IWB 3 for my shield 45 and it's fantastic. You choose the cant and sweat/body shield size, belt clip or loops. The best executed kydex holster I've seen or used. I have the same IWB 3 model for several other pistols.


https://www.jmcustomkydex.com/p/IWB3.html
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Old 09-13-2020, 08:55 PM
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Here's a thumb break slide holster for the .45 Shield. It ships from Florida, but doesn't explicitly say it was made in the US.
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