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Old 06-21-2017, 02:21 PM
ATG1982 ATG1982 is offline
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AIWB Holsters

Is there any AIWB holsters that are as good as quality and concealable as a 5 Shot SME?
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Old 06-21-2017, 02:28 PM
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If you want an all leather holster I have not found a better, dedicated AIWB holster. There are other leather holsters that will work but they are not designed to carry in that position or conceal as well. Just my opinion of course. There are kydex holsters that work. If lead time is why you ask the question my suggestion is to by a kydex and use it while waiting for your SME.
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Old 06-21-2017, 02:43 PM
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Is there any AIWB holsters that are as good as quality and concealable as a 5 Shot SME?
Most definitely. Matt Del Fatti's AIWB holster shares same concealment principle and is of superb quality. Mark Garrity's Invictus is a different design but works well and is of excellent quality. These two I have a pretty good personal experience with. Jim Ryan's holsters are well regarded too. I've not owned one to comment on how it works but his leather belts that I bought for me and my son are superbly made.
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Old 06-21-2017, 04:23 PM
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I have contacted both 5 shot and jrc for a colt rail gun holster. Waiting to hear back. I will look into the del fatti. Thanks!
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Old 06-21-2017, 06:59 PM
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Has anyone tried a JRC watson?
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Old 06-21-2017, 07:12 PM
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https://pistol-forum.com/showthread....Watson-Special
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Old 06-21-2017, 11:15 PM
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Yes there are other holsters that are as good of quality and as concealable as the SME. JM Custom Kydex AIWB-WC holster comes to mind. However, it is kydex and not leather...which you didn't say was a requirement. It's also a whole lot less than $200. My god why is that holster so expensive?
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Old 06-22-2017, 09:12 PM
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I ordered a watson special. Looks nice!
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Old 06-22-2017, 11:02 PM
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From the pics that I've seen, it looks like it has a lot of active features. I would talk to Jim now, before he starts building, about options for a ride height adjustments. Seems pretty freaking high on pics that JAD put into that post I linked you to. Clearly higher than SME, for example, although I personally find SME ride height too low as it comes from John. Post back here when you've evaluated it. 1911 is not an easy gun to run in AIWB.
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Old 06-22-2017, 11:15 PM
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Do any of the holsters mentioned have a wing and a wedge? I find the wing permits me to wear taller guns and the wedge reduces printing up front.
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Old 06-22-2017, 11:32 PM
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What kind of wedge, muzzle level or mouth band level? SME and Del Fatty have wings and you can always add your own velcro and make a muzzle level wedge. Watson has an abbreviated wing, thinner mouth band wedge and velcroed muzzle level wedge. Invictus had an integral muzzle level wedge, fuller mouth band wedge but no wing.

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Old 06-23-2017, 06:17 PM
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From the pics that I've seen, it looks like it has a lot of active features. I would talk to Jim now, before he starts building, about options for a ride height adjustments. Seems pretty freaking high on pics that JAD put into that post I linked you to. Clearly higher than SME, for example, although I personally find SME ride height too low as it comes from John. Post back here when you've evaluated it. 1911 is not an easy gun to run in AIWB.
I asked about ride height and was advised that his new model has 2 sets of holes that allow the holster to lower 1/2".
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Old 06-23-2017, 06:21 PM
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I run a colt wiley clapp lightweight commander in 45 with a SME. I think the height is good. Virtually no printing. I think the SME is a great holster definitely worth the price and the leather work is outstanding. Just sucks waiting that long for a holsters.
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Old 06-24-2017, 12:01 AM
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That's good that Jim changed the design for a ride hight adjustment.

Re SME, I owned three of them for different guns, and with all of them they rode too low for me. The printing in fact was minimal but I was hitting a belt with my knuckles during the draw. John made me custom loops for a higher ride.
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Old 06-26-2017, 12:24 PM
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I asked about ride height and was advised that his new model has 2 sets of holes that allow the holster to lower 1/2".
I have a JRC Watson, a JRC AIWB CDA-II & 5 Shot SME for my Sig P-Series pistols.

Like YVK, I find the SME to ride a bit low. This is only a problem when I'm practicing with it, as it will beat up my knuckles. I do use it with my P229 as my soft-NPE holster as it creates the flattest belt area of my AIWB holsters.

My Watson has the 2 ride-heights; the lower ride height is very similar to the SME and the higher is similar to the CDA-II AIWB, which is my preferred height. I use a foam wedge with this holster to help tuck the top of the entire pistol. I find the foam wedge adds comfort as well. It has a mini-wing to help it tuck the grip, but the real tucking action is a built in wedge at the belt mounting area. I've had it for only a couple weeks now and I really, really like this holster, it is now my favorite.

My CDA-II is now relegated to 3rd tier duty, even though it is still a great holster. It is just a lot of leather to stuff in my pants. I prefer to wear my pistol closer to the hip as opposed to centerline, the CDA-II design being so long forces it into the centerline...at least for me. If I pulled the holster/gun position where I like it most, the wing extension would dig into my hip when I moved around or sat down. But, it did a great job of concealment, was very adjustable for ride height and is very comfortable.

IMO - kydex comparisons based on my usage/experience.

SME - JMCK Wing Claw 2.5 (newest style)
Watson - Concealed Carry Concepts Shaggy or JMCK AIWB / George
CDA-II - A better executed Raven Concealment ACR

Jim(JRC Holsters) is great to speak with and makes a first class product. I especially like that he'll customize every holster to your liking. Now that I know I like the Watson I'll be picking one up for my 1911 to replace my CDA-II.
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