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Old 10-31-2019, 12:22 PM
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What Holster for OWB carry

Looking at just a small leather belt slide but what holsters do you use or prefer?
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Old 10-31-2019, 12:30 PM
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I like the Galco Combat Master. I have one for my SIG-Sauer P220 & P225, and a S&W 4006.

For 3 O'clock carry I like the Safariland ALS series and use those for my HK USP9 Compact, Walther P5, and S&W 4006.

I've been trying to find one for my German P225, but no one can tell me if the holsters sold for the P225 are for the German model or the American model. And crickets live over at Safariland.
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Old 10-31-2019, 12:37 PM
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Holsters people prefer are so individual, it's hard to say. For me, I always opt for a pancake-style holster. I like that they ride higher and usually have a couple of belt loops so you can alter the cant of the gun.
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Old 10-31-2019, 01:16 PM
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Looking at just a small leather belt slide but what holsters do you use or prefer?
Terminology varies, but I consider a "belt slide" to be something like these that don't cover the muzzle of the gun...

Galco Yaqui Slide https://www.galcogunleather.com/yaqu..._8_4_1343.html

Lobo Belt Slide http://lobogunleather.com/owb-outsid...nd/belt-slide/

My experience with the type, an El Paso Saddlery High Slide ( https://epsaddlery.com/product/high-slide/ ) was not good. The muzzle would catch on seams of my pants, especially jeans, and I eventually tore the seam on the rear pocket of one pair of jeans that I wore often. In addition, I routinely caught the muzzle on arm chairs causing the gun to come out of the holster. I made a few catches with my elbow. Most folks complain about banging the front sight, but that was the least of my concerns.

Using the Lobo website as an example, either a pancake style or an Avenger (also known as a Nelson #1 Professional style) style would be my choice.

Lobo's Pancake http://lobogunleather.com/owb-outsid...del-1-pancake/

Lobo Enhanced Pancake http://lobogunleather.com/owb-outsid...anced-pancake/

Lobo Enhanced Avenger http://lobogunleather.com/owb-outsid...anced-avenger/

The key concealment feature of both designs is a trailing loop, the loop near the trigger guard of the gun. This pulls the grip of the gun close to the body.

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Old 10-31-2019, 01:39 PM
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Check these:
https://www.facebook.com/redsgunleather/
https://reds-gunleather.myshopify.com/collections/all

Robert is running some awesome specials right now via his facebook

I have 3 of his IWBs and am looking to get an OWB pancake.
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Old 10-31-2019, 02:10 PM
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Old 10-31-2019, 02:56 PM
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Milt Sparks #Axiom It has a mild FBI Cant (muzzle rearward)m
MS 1 1/2" gun belt

I also have the Milt Sparks #Mirage which only covers the trigger/slide
It is Outside the pants but inside the belt. FBI Cant
problematic with the exposed muzzle/slide below the holster

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Old 10-31-2019, 03:11 PM
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Simply Rugged also makes a nice slide....minimal bulk...vey comfortable.

I wear mine when I know I'll be driving on long trips. My gun comes out and goes in the console. When I pit stop at rest areas, gas stations, restaurants and etc the gun goes into the slide and a a comfortable untucked shirt covers it nicely.

Another plus for them that's nice...is all my non-rail 1911s will fit it....3" to 6".
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Old 10-31-2019, 05:25 PM
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El Paso Saddlery

I carry the El Paso High Slide. Extremely concealable and comfortable.
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Old 10-31-2019, 06:29 PM
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I usually carry my pistol on the car seat when traveling and tuck it my waistband when I stop. This works great with jeans but with BDUs they fit loose so looking at getting a holster.
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Old 10-31-2019, 06:31 PM
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Looking at just a small leather belt slide but what holsters do you use or prefer?
The most over-asked question on this site.

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Old 10-31-2019, 06:40 PM
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I prefer snap on pancake style holsters for my 1911’s if I carry OWB. My revolvers will go on chest rigs as they’re for hunting. Occasionally, they’ll go on a pancake belt holster, well, because life is too short for one holster.
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Old 10-31-2019, 06:56 PM
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I really like the simply rugged Defcon 3. It's a pancake, reinforced mouth, converts in seconds to a very nice IWB holster.
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Old 10-31-2019, 07:08 PM
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I have and like these options. Great value for the level of quality.

https://stonerholsters.com/stoner-pancake-holster

https://stonerholsters.com/stoner-fbi-slide
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Old 10-31-2019, 08:08 PM
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Pancake at 4 o'clock!

Galco Combat Master or Don Hume H721 OT. I also have a local guy who makes great holsters for a reasonable price that I use sometimes.
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Old 10-31-2019, 08:11 PM
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Re-reading your requirement (a small slide holster) I suggest an El Paso Saddlery Yaqui Slide. It's a minimalist holster with tension screws to adjust how tightly it holds the gun. If you have to leave your gun off it really doesn't look like a holster if you leave it on your belt.
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Old 10-31-2019, 08:23 PM
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Another vote for the Sparks Axiom.
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Old 11-01-2019, 07:13 AM
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I wear and recommend Simply Rugged Pancake Holsters. I have tried and used many over the years. Simply Rugged is my choice!
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Old 11-01-2019, 07:31 PM
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Snap on

Of late I've been real happy with a Galco SSS Side Snap Scabbard Gen2
Well made and secure with easy on-off. Also available without a long lead time.
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Old 11-01-2019, 07:41 PM
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Of late I've been real happy with a Galco SSS Side Snap Scabbard Gen2
Well made and secure with easy on-off. Also available without a long lead time.
https://mitchrosen.com/order-online/...egory=10984035

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Old 11-02-2019, 04:15 AM
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MY OWB will be either a MTR Leather or Versacarry and usually a Versacarry 2ply belt
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Old 11-03-2019, 10:52 PM
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I could never understand what all the interest is in slide, minimalistic holsters. I don’t want pokey parts wearing out my pants and shirts.
I’ve been very pleased with Privateer Holsters. The Cutlass works great for me with just an over shirt. The Raider rides a little higher and should work just as good.
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Old 11-04-2019, 01:17 AM
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Looking at just a small leather belt slide but what holsters do you use or prefer?
Range: Galco Avenger
Carry: Galco Combat Master
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Old 11-15-2019, 07:41 AM
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VersaCarry OWB and a MTR Leather OWB I use
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Old 11-21-2019, 12:23 AM
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Finding a holster that works for us is a struggle we all go through. I guess I'll never be happy with IWB because I'm not willing to buy my pants a size larger so that it is comfortable. I'd rather go OWB. My first one was/is a Galco paddle that is perfect for my Kimber Ultra Carry ll w/ its 3" barrel, but it is just too snug for my 3.5" barreled RIA Compact. I spotted what is called a "Wilson Combat" 1911 Compact...and the RIA drops right in it. However the maker isn't Wilson but rather Azula Gun Holsters. Not sure if that is important, and I also prefer its leather paddle to the Galco plactic one. However the retention of the gun doesn't seem as secure and it lacks the forward cant of the Galco, and the Galco rides a little higher. But the Azula has the leather upper flap that keeps the top of the gun away from my skin. And I am happy with both. With a loose shirt worn outside, or a sport jacket (unbuttoned), I am very comfortable in all my movements and sitting, standing and bending positions. Much more so than IWB. And both are made in the USA, and both cost under $70 including shipping. These are the two holsters that give me the best draw and also for replacing the gun without having to look at the holster. I am wearing both at the 3 o'clock position and without a belt. I am now experimenting with how I will carry my two spare magazine. All suggestions appreciated.
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