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Old 04-14-2020, 08:14 AM
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Best IWB for full sized

I'm sure this question gets asked once a week, and I've gone back through pages and pages of questions, but they all seem to narrow down the selection by factors that don't matter to me. So, here it is:

I recently moved out of the Kalifornia and will be getting my CCW as soon as this plague lightens up a bit. My carry weapon will be a full sized Kimber Custom TLE II and I want to carry IWB strong side. Exact placement is TBD. I've never carried concealed before, but I open carried an HK USP Compact .40 for about a year working in a gunshop, so I have a very small amount of experience wearing a weapon all day.
When it comes to holsters, I don't care if it's Kydex, Leather, or petrified iguana droppings. All I care about is that it's the best out there. I know 'best' is subjective, but I want it to conceal well and be comfortable.

Ignoring nostalgia, price, wait times, and everything else, which holster should I be looking at?
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Old 04-14-2020, 10:16 AM
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Milt Sparks Criterion.
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Old 04-14-2020, 10:27 AM
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Milt Sparks Criterion.
Do you prefer rough or smooth side out?
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Old 04-14-2020, 10:48 AM
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All I've used is smooth out.
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Old 04-14-2020, 10:58 AM
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Thank you.
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Old 04-14-2020, 11:00 AM
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i can barely fit me IWB
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Old 04-14-2020, 11:01 AM
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Here is our IWB holster picture thread that may give you some ideas

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=196181
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Old 04-14-2020, 02:52 PM
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I'd vote for a Sparks Summer Special; it's been the standard by which all others are judged for a long time.
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Old 04-14-2020, 02:58 PM
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I'd vote for a Sparks Summer Special; it's been the standard by which all others are judged for a long time.
I always like to share Jason Burton's comments on the style (the 5 Shot IBS is the focus of this thread).

http://forum.ltwguns.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=8187

same review on our forum, but with broken picture links https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=265817
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Old 04-14-2020, 03:15 PM
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I'd vote for a Sparks Summer Special; it's been the standard by which all others are judged for a long time.
I prefer the Summer Special II.

The SS allows your shirt to be dragged into the holster.

The SS II has a sweat guard that prevents the shirt problem.

I have a Vedder Light Tuck for my Commander.

Both holsters carry well, but I think the Vedder is a little quicker draw.

Good Luck

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Old 04-14-2020, 04:05 PM
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I'm paddling upstream, but check out Simply Rugged. The Cuda with inside out straps will allow IWB & OWB as a pancake holster. Rob makes a very good holster that will last for years. The price & wait is less than some others. Check them out.
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Old 04-14-2020, 06:57 PM
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ANY of the Sparks Summer Specials. Nothing else come close........
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Old 04-14-2020, 09:17 PM
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I prefer Alien Gear or White hat IWB holsters. Works great with my 1911 and 2011 pistols. I pretty much have their holsters for most of my guns too.
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Old 04-14-2020, 11:11 PM
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Style is going to matter more than maker. Capitalism works and anybody who has survived in the market can't be that bad. My own choice has been the GWH. I suggest whether the wearer is high waisted or low waisted, what height above or below the belt, angle all matter more than the maker's name. I do think Kydex worn appendix is the better choice for someone to whom carrying is part of the job and being prepared is paramount. For most of us balancing risk and comfort is still necessary much like the difference between uniform and plains clothed. I strongly suggest ordering a belt and holster together at least for the first time. Then again I strongly suggest ordering two, maybe in contrasting colors because I've never been able to cross lace or bar lace my rig. As noted my own choice was a GWH from Alessi though today 5 Shot or Ritchie is as good. In fact I'd say order 4 as I have. I use an OWB ACP to pair with the GWH.
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Old 04-15-2020, 09:42 AM
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Looks like we have some varied opinions, which is great. Thank you guys, keep them coming. And if you've had experience with different holsters that have been suggested here, your comparisons are very welcome.
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Old 04-15-2020, 08:39 PM
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Any of Milt Sparks holsters.
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Old 04-15-2020, 09:04 PM
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Milt Sparks Criterion.
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Old 04-16-2020, 06:25 AM
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I've got a Milt Sparks Criterion, worn it at the local golf driving range, no problem, (ASSuming a GOOD gun belt), I can wear it all day. I have a Milt Sparks Summer Special II for a Sig P365, it's awesome also. Seems a bit small, IMO, for a full size 1911 but from all the great reviews on it, I guess not.
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Old 04-16-2020, 06:41 AM
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I use the Milt Sparks Summer Special II. No complaints.
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Old 04-16-2020, 08:20 AM
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Comfort and concealment are so dependent on your body shape that only you will be able to answer your question. If you can try out some different models that would be a start. But in my experience it takes at least a couple of weeks of use to form a solid opinion on any piece of gear. I have been using the original Bruce Nelson SS style for forty years and it is still my favorite.
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Old 04-16-2020, 05:52 PM
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I like the Garrett Industries Silent Thunder but they have some new models you may want to look at. A benefit is that the Full Size also works fine for an Officer Size 1911!

https://www.giholsters.com/category-s/342.htm

I also like the Simply Rugged and have worn it in all three modes-OWB strong side and IWB and cross draw while in a tree stand. While fitted to a revolver that isn't my usual EDC I found it comfortable and secure in all modes.

I paid extra for the Celtic Knot and whoever they have doing the engraving is very good...kind of a shame to carry it concealed all the time!

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Old 04-16-2020, 08:56 PM
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Sparks Executives Companion. The flange really adds to comfort.
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Old 04-16-2020, 10:49 PM
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Anything from Milt Sparks, but specifically, the Criterion is the best option (IMO) for IWB carry.
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Old 04-17-2020, 12:05 AM
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A lot of great choices here. I went with Warbird Leather. Paul (colt hammerless) is the owner and is on this website.
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Old 04-17-2020, 01:41 AM
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