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Old 04-17-2020, 10:47 AM
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My Sparks VM II is very comfy carrying a 5" steel gun. If I was to purchase a new holster it would probably be a Sparks Criterion.

A Sparks Summer Special II serves extremely well carrying a lightweight Commander. (Brownell's sometimes has SS II's in stock.)

Although I have no issues with Sparks belt loop snaps, many prefer the magnetic snaps introduced a few years ago. I do remember reading one post where the forum member had issues with the snaps coming undone while drawing during a self defense course. Perhaps his holster was too tight.
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Old 04-17-2020, 11:35 AM
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Sparks Executives Companion. The flange really adds to comfort.
I only have one EX (for an HK P7). It is a very comfortable holster.
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Old 04-17-2020, 04:35 PM
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I only have one EX (for an HK P7). It is a very comfortable holster.

Took me awhile to discover the EX but now that Ive tried it...wow...love it...for both the 1911 and HK
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Old 04-17-2020, 05:41 PM
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There is no 'best'. The best is what works for you. That's why most of us have a drawer full of unused holsters. You don't really know what's going to work for you until you try it.

For large handguns like the USP45 Tactical, SIG-Sauer P220 etc, I like Black Arch IWB Kydex holsters. These holster make the two above handguns disappear in shorts and a t-shirt.

I have an IWB no-name leather holster for a Walther PPS and another Black Arch for a Walther PPK.

For the Walther P99, HK USP Compact, and SIG-Sauer P225, a cheap Uncle Mike's nylon IWB holster does the job just fine. What I like about that cheap holster is that it conforms to both me and the firearm after a few minutes of wearing.
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Old 04-28-2020, 06:04 PM
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Milt Sparks Summer Special 2 and Milt Sparks VersaMax2.
Of these two, I wear the SS2 most of the time.
I've also used Milt Sparks Executive Companion, and it was great.
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Old 04-28-2020, 06:06 PM
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Although a 4" barrel is a whole lot nicer at 5:30, than a fullsize. I'm skeptical of any IWB holster without a huge sweat guard. Getting stabbed by the side og my 1911 and especially it's sights, can get old.

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Old 04-29-2020, 08:56 AM
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Sparks Executives Companion. The flange really adds to comfort.
I was about to say the same thing. For a full size heavy gun, the Executive Companion seems to work better. At least for me, anyway. However Iím not carry full size and all steel any more. Too much work for old age.

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Old 04-29-2020, 09:42 AM
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I have a Galco V-Hawk, which is similar to the Sparks but perhaps more available?

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Old 04-29-2020, 10:46 AM
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I'm skeptical of any IWB holster without a huge sweat guard.
Conversely, I'm skeptical of any holster with a huge sweat shield for a 1911, because a full firing grip means I need to get to the thumb safety. Those huge sweat shields typically make getting to the thumb safety difficult.

If you're shooting a Glock, or any other non-manual safety equipped gun, and just getting your hand around the grip is all that matters, I say go ahead and rock your giant sweat shield.
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Old 04-29-2020, 10:58 AM
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To save some rebuttal time, Gunsite's Ed Head in this GunTalkTV video beginning at the :40 mark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGGxwJrrABY
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Old 05-04-2020, 04:10 PM
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Milt Sparks VM2
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Old 05-04-2020, 06:36 PM
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For the 5" guns I lean towards VM2.

In 4.25" I like the Criterion.

The SS2 is a sure fire winner in either length.
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I have a Sparks Criterion for every size gun I carry. But another extremely well made holster is from Gary Brommeland. Very comfortable.
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