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Old 12-04-2019, 06:04 PM
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Just say NO to black leather!

So, I’ve been retired for over 5 years from LE, after 34 years. I’ve been wearing black gear for most purposes for just over 40 years. I’m done, sick of it, won’t have it, don’t want to see it anymore!

In order to remedy this issue, I placed an order with the good folks at Milt Sparks. 55BN, a couple mag pouches, PMK for my M-13, and a couple belts.......all in natural tan.

I feel so much better, having gotten that off my chest, 🙂
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Old 12-04-2019, 06:31 PM
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The guys at Simply Rugged used to have a quote about color options on their site, I think this is it, but grabbed from separate parts...

https://www.simplyrugged.com/frequen...-questions.cfm
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Tan is plain oil tanned leather it highlights the texture and natural beauty of the leather, it does not bleed and is easy to maintain.

Oxblood: the ancient color of naturally tanned leather. The Color of the Roman legions! The color of champions! The Color of vanquished foesÖ

BlackÖ looks cool to your pals at the mall security booth.
Black dyed leather looks very close to plastic.
I'll admit, nearly all my stuff is black. I probably need to correct that.
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Old 12-04-2019, 06:46 PM
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Who's going to see your holster?
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Old 12-04-2019, 06:55 PM
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Who's going to see your holster?
depends. Mostly me.......but possibly no one, possibly anyone.

When out stomping around the mountains, I rarely conceal it, when in town I almost always conceal it.

But back to my initial point, it’s for me and about me. I’m sick of black after 40 years everyday.

Consider it my personal statement about being able to NOT have to use black.:-)
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Old 12-04-2019, 07:01 PM
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depends. Mostly me.......but possibly no one, possibly anyone.

When out stomping around the mountains, I rarely conceal it, when in town I almost always conceal it.

But back to my initial point, itís for me and about me. Iím sick of black after 40 years everyday.

Consider it my personal statement about being able to NOT have to use black.:-)
I have a few Milt Sparks in natural, and several in Cordovan; not very many in black these days. I fully understand your being tired of black holsters!
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Old 12-04-2019, 07:03 PM
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My black leather duty rig must have shrunk so we parted company years ago. Now it's brown leather all the way
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Old 12-04-2019, 07:55 PM
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It's nice to be able to stick two fingers up and try something new.

I only buy black gunleather. Tan looks rough too quickly for my taste when used, and cordovan / mahogany and brown are very difficult to color match. Those colors can make for good looking gear though.

Enjoy your break from the norm!
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:32 PM
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I’m somewhat in the same boat with over 40 years of black leather. I would like to switch to tan but find the cost to switch all my Milt Sparks leather to be quite prohibitive.

Someday I would like to get a tan Spark’s belt with the decorative stitching and a 55BN or a Criterion and of course an S-4C to try.

I did try when I retired from my first department 11 years ago and at that time it just seemed a little strange.
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:43 PM
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I’m somewhat in the same boat with over 40 years of black leather. I would like to switch to tan but find the cost to switch all my Milt Sparks leather to be quite prohibitive.

Someday I would like to get a tan Spark’s belt with the decorative stitching and a 55BN or a Criterion and of course an S-4C to try.

I did try when I retired from my first department 11 years ago and at that time it just seemed a little strange.
I’ll admit, it was an expensive call:-)
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:45 PM
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:55 PM
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One nice thing about black is that black is black. Holster from maker 1 matches mag pouch from maker 2. Can’t say that about tan, cordovan, etc.
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:56 PM
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I'm surprised you didn't rebel completely...

Story of my life, take the plunge then realize I shoulda done more research🤣
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Old 12-04-2019, 09:21 PM
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OP,
After 30 years of having to use black leather, I too joined the natural leather club. So refreshing.
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Old 12-04-2019, 10:00 PM
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One nice thing about black is that black is black. Holster from maker 1 matches mag pouch from maker 2. Can’t say that about tan, cordovan, etc.
Very often true.....but I’ve had quite a bit from Sparks over the years, I’m confident enough it will be close.

Besides, like I responded earlier, unlikely many will see it, and I don’t care too much, I’m just happy my ‘main gear’ doesn’t have to be black.

I’m never polishing black leather again. Ever. Never.😂
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Old 12-04-2019, 10:02 PM
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After 30 years of having to use black leather, I too joined the natural leather club. So refreshing.
Sad thing is I have a boatload of natural for all kinds of stuff, just not much OWB for my main two carry guns

No more uniforms either. Or tuck my shirt in😂
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Old 12-05-2019, 05:22 AM
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Old 12-05-2019, 07:27 AM
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Black Holsters Matter

Patiently waiting for my Black Milt Sparks belt and holster to arrive.
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Old 12-05-2019, 09:02 AM
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Although we seldom "dress up" black leather is the rule when we do. Other than that, it's tan/natural; the more well worn the better. We miss our old and well travelled Rybka Rhodesian from the '80s but it has a good home in MT now and, we have current renditions of same to use.
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Old 12-05-2019, 09:15 AM
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I will normally buy black gear because it goes with every firearm. But I will buy just about any color if I need a holster NOW and black isn't available.
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Old 12-05-2019, 11:10 AM
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No more uniforms either. Or tuck my shirt in😂
Two thumbs up for this :-)
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Old 12-05-2019, 05:47 PM
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I'm not a fan of black leather our duty belts, holsters, mag pouchs, cuff cases, OC cases, & asp cases were black. However I found black holsters show up less when ccw & your vest rides up a bit. Retired I don't often open carry now & appreciate my leather blending in.
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Old 12-05-2019, 06:33 PM
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So, Iíve been retired for over 5 years from LE, after 34 years. Iíve been wearing black gear ...
About 40 years ago, like everyone else, I had to buy my own black duty gear. So for off duty I bought brown or tan leather. This Bianchi holster has served me well for 37 years.
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Old 12-05-2019, 06:42 PM
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Nice! Nice pistol as well.
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Old 12-05-2019, 09:07 PM
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Until reading this thread, I was was very happy with my black elephant holsters and belts.

Now a wrench has been thrown into those years of satisfaction.

Ya think that maybe I could forget what I've read here?
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