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Old 05-13-2019, 06:59 PM
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AIWB holster recommendations

I am looking for specific company and holster model recommendations for an AIWB to carry a full size 1911. Non-railed if it matters. I have carried a couple different pistols AIWB in the past but used a more generic straight drop holster. I want a dedicated appendix rig that will hopefully help with comfort and concealment. Comfort and draw speed are my top priorities with concealment third. Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:18 PM
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I carry a mc operator in a jmck wing claw 2.5, I can hide it under a regular t shirt and it’s all day comfortable

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Old 05-13-2019, 07:53 PM
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Check out the Vedder LiteTuck. It has a great clip that allows you to adjust cant and height of holster above waistband.

https://www.vedderholsters.com/lighttuck/
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Old 05-13-2019, 08:47 PM
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I have tried nearly every top-tier kydex AIWB holster on the market- JMCK, Vedder, Blade-Tech, Garrett, Tucker, etc., and the most comfortable by far has always been Dale Fricke Holsters' Archangel.
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Old 05-13-2019, 09:17 PM
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Call me old-fashioned or whatever, I'm not going to wear a loaded firearm in a holster that points it towards my "junk".
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Old 05-13-2019, 10:11 PM
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... in a jmck ...
In the event the OP doesn't know who this is...

JM Custom Kydex https://www.jmcustomkydex.com
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Old 05-13-2019, 10:18 PM
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Keeper remains the best option for speed and concealment combination. It is a dedicated AIWB rig with a number of positive features and for 1911 they will mold your sweat guard to retain the thumb safety. You need to ask them. It's been described as a competition holster in appendix position and two-four fastest appendix guys I know run it. Expensive, and the design makes holster slightly longer than minimally required. I've one for my 1911, it is excellent.

http://keepersconcealment.com/produc...-6a8d01ec-b51d

Generally, speed and concealment are opposite qualities. If you want a dedicated junk carry rig, that usually means you want active concealment features / safety vectors. You might find that those straight drop holsters that don't tuck also draw the fastest if set up for high ride. Above mentioned Fricke Archangel is an example of a refined straight drop holster and is very fast. It also doesn't conceal worth a damn for me, unless I have those additional bolt-ons that Dale offers.

I've found no difference in comfort between different kydex rig. It is the same plastic, wrapped around the same steel, put in the same position, and at about same depth. I dunno what's so magical about any specific design as long as they are not stupid wide. This is based on owning probably 20 some appendix rigs for various guns, in kydex from Custom Carry Concepts (the original wedge kydex rig and still the best for me), JMCK, Fricke, Keeper, Dark Star, Raven, VDev or whatever its name is, now defunct Cane and Derby, and possibly others, I just don't remember. If I want comfort, I want leather. If I want speed, I want kydex. If I want concealment, either will do if holster is built correctly.
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:18 PM
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A short review of JM Customs AIWB-WC holster back when I just got it. I've got lots of miles on both rigs at this point and they're excellent. It does a great job of concealing a full size 1911. I've been running them with pull the dot soft loops and greatly prefer them over belt clips. YMMV.

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=664513
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:43 PM
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Call me old-fashioned or whatever, I'm not going to wear a loaded firearm in a holster that points it towards my "junk".
You may consider yours "junk" but mine's a precision tool.
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Old 05-17-2019, 03:12 PM
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I like Tier 1 Concealed for my appendix holsters. I use a couple of their different models their AGIS and XIPHOS.

https://www.tier1concealed.com/
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Old 05-28-2019, 12:00 PM
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Thank you everyone for the great reviews. I appreciate everyone’s input and will update once I make a decision and order one.
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:53 AM
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Just to toss out a leather option for ya, I build a dedicated appendix rig for most stuff in leather also: https://adamsholsters.com/store/closingtimeholster

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Old 06-16-2019, 08:36 AM
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Another vote for Keepers Concealment. I have four and they're the best I've found after many years of searching.
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Old 06-16-2019, 11:35 AM
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I have several AIWB holsters, including Keeper's, JMCK, and Dale Fricke. Keeper's gets the nod for me.
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Old 06-16-2019, 01:41 PM
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Call me old-fashioned or whatever, I'm not going to wear a loaded firearm in a holster that points it towards my "junk".
I've thought about it many times. Just not where I want a bullet to be heading!
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Old 06-21-2019, 01:03 PM
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Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the proper positioning of appendix carry such that the muzzle lies between the femoral and the family-maker?
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Old 03-07-2020, 08:07 AM
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I am looking for specific company and holster model recommendations for an AIWB to carry a full size 1911. ...
@Thumper88 Did you figure this out? I now have the same query so I am hoping you did all the hard work.
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Old 03-07-2020, 04:26 PM
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https://ksgarmory.com/product/doulos/

I use this to carry my RO Elite Champion
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Old 03-09-2020, 06:06 AM
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I've thought about it many times. Just not where I want a bullet to be heading!
That is a consideration but a bullet could miss the important bits...

but that ball of hot, expanding gas trapped between your jeans and boxers is gonna burn the hell outta everything!

It will be way worse than the blowout after some Thai hot Pat Grapow Moo...
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Old 03-09-2020, 08:57 AM
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I carry my commander and ECO in Garrett Industries AIWB holsters. I heat the sweat shield with a plumbers heater for about a minute and then use a pencil to mold the soft kydex around the safety. Then put a cold wet towel on it to cool it down. Works perfectly.
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Old 03-09-2020, 09:10 AM
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I use mine to store it in my safe, don't want to scratch the other guns. Wear it, never.
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Old 03-16-2020, 11:49 PM
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https://www.miltsparks.com/products-versa-max-2.php
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Old 03-17-2020, 08:26 AM
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The Versa Max 2, for Appendix Inside the Waistband (AIWB) carry?

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Old 03-17-2020, 05:37 PM
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Just to toss out a leather option for ya, I build a dedicated appendix rig for most stuff in leather also: https://adamsholsters.com/store/closingtimeholster

Take care!

Luke
Very interesting
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