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Old 06-23-2020, 02:57 PM
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IWB holsters

I haven't carried a 1911 for several years and it seems like the holster options have blown up. Anyone have suggestions for a comfortable IWB holster for a 1911 4.25 inch barrel? No rail. If it helps the gun is the Sig nightmare carry fastback.
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Old 06-23-2020, 03:11 PM
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I will give you my three top recommendations in order:

1) Warbird Leather. Paul is a craftsman and a member of the forums here. Email him at [email protected]

2) TT Gunleather "Mikes Special". Great product from a great guy.

https://www.ttgunleather.com/product...-mikes-special

3) Milt Sparks Nexus or Criterion.

https://www.miltsparks.com/products-inside.php

I have and use each of these holsters and am very happy with all of them. I'm sure you would be too!
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Old 06-23-2020, 03:36 PM
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Nelson Holsters, the neoprene backing is very comfortable. From the website:

Their AIWB Holster comes with a neoprene backing covered in a material similar to the under armor clothing line and works wonderfully in wicking away moisture from your body, the neoprene keeps your gun sweat free.

http://www.nelsonholsters.com/nelsonholsters_014.htm
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Old 06-23-2020, 04:06 PM
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I agree with joepilot, Paul at Warbird Leather is the way to go.
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Old 06-23-2020, 06:58 PM
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Welcome to the forum.

We have an IWB holster sticky that may give you some ideas.

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=196181
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Old 06-23-2020, 06:59 PM
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All good holsters mentioned so far. My favorite by far is Milt Spark's Criterion.
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Old 06-23-2020, 07:12 PM
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Milt Sparks Criterion is the way to go.
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Old 06-23-2020, 07:33 PM
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Milt Sparks Criterion is the way to go.
My choice as well.
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Old 06-23-2020, 07:36 PM
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Aliengear clock-tuck (I think) IWB.. Bought it for the HP, (sent back the pistol), ordered the 1911 shell, (while waiting for the pickup call, it fits the G2c)

Quite comfortable.
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Old 06-23-2020, 09:50 PM
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If you are slim (eg. 30” to 33” waist), I would recommend trying a Milt Sparks Summer Special or Summer Special 2 or something similar in that type holster, because it takes up less real estate on your body.

A pancake type holster may take up too much real estate around your body. When you wrap it around your slim waist, you may find that the extreme curving of the pancake holster cinched by your gun belt may make drawing or holstering your gun more difficult. If you have a wider waistline, then a pancake style holster like the Milt Sparks Criterion is nice.

This is my experience with IWB holsters for strong side carry having a 30” waist. I carry a full-size 1911. For OWB, I prefer a pancake style holster and don’t have issues with drawing or holstering.

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Old 06-23-2020, 11:18 PM
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I had a 32" waist once....
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I have a 32" waist, and the Criterion works fine for me with no interference with my draw. I also have a Low Profile II from Wilson for my railed X9, and a few Jason Winnie J111's for my G19 gen 4 and Baby Eagle 9mm; no problem with either - these are all pancake designs. The problem I have with the slim waist-line is that belt real estate gets consumed quickly, so there is limited room for extra gear. Like most things in life, it is a trade-off; slim waist-line means I'm not carrying extra weight around to develop knee/ankle problems, where a larger waist-line would give me more real estate on my belt but also wear out my knees/ankles much faster.
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Old 06-24-2020, 02:05 PM
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The Milt Sparks Versa Max 2 is also a great option for those who prefer a less radical rake featured in the Criterion.
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Old 06-24-2020, 02:15 PM
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Anything made of leather is fine.

Steel and wood deserves leather. Plastic is soul-less and class-less.
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Milt Sparks Criterion as I have for all my guns. Except for VMII’s for my 5” 1911 and a P238.
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Old 06-25-2020, 02:09 PM
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I suggest looking at simply rugged. They make fantastic holsters. The Cuda ordered with inside out straps will be both an IWB & OWB holster. Very comfortable!
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Old 06-25-2020, 07:03 PM
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Anything by Milt Sparks you find comfortable. I also have a Galco V-hawk that’s isn’t bad at all.
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Old 06-28-2020, 03:07 PM
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I have Milt Sparks leather and I have Galco leather - IMHO, Galco is superior - I carry IWB so my favorite is Royal Guard II in horsehide---It's so good that it almost makes you wish you didn't experience since afterwards, all others don't stand up.

Only reason I still have my one Milt Sparks is because it's for a Shield and Galco doesn't make that one ... yet ...
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Old 06-29-2020, 12:09 AM
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I find some of the all-leather IWB holsters mentioned above to be a bit bulky for my taste, even though they are of very high quality. I have been carrying the same gun you are mentioning (a 1911 commander in all steel) in a Crossbreed SuperTuck since day one. I still carry it in the same holster. It has Kydex on the front for retention, but horsehide leather on the inside for comfort and fit. It is comfortable, slim, and concealable. The key is to pair an IWB holster with a good, stiff gun belt. A 1 3/4" leather belt with a steel core would be perfect. A 1 3/4" plastic "instructor belts" would also be very good. I have a Simply Rugged 1 3/4" gun belt in all-leather. It is good to go, as well.
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Old 06-29-2020, 04:00 PM
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I am a huge fan of Brommeland Leather! I find the Max Con V performs well and is extremely Comfortable.
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Old 06-29-2020, 04:29 PM
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Galco is vastly inferior to Milt Sparks in design, comfort, quality of build and materials utilized.
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Galco is an assembly line factory. Sparks is done by one artist one at a time.
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Galco is an assembly line factory. Sparks is done by one artist one at a time.
--- That's interesting but honestly, it does not change the experience I've had with both....
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Galco is vastly inferior to Milt Sparks in design, comfort, quality of build and materials utilized.
---It's just like so many other things in life, each opinion is based on our experience...my experience does not align with yours but it's sure great to hear!
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I finally dropped enough weight that I could start using IWB holsters again. Have tried a few as an experiment. Although not a comfortable as an OWB, they have their uses. Here is the style I found the most comfortable, a Galco and a Brommeland.



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