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Old 02-04-2015, 08:41 PM
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Finally chose a new gun and want a good holster system.
Who makes good OWB pancake holsters and belts? How much cant do I want? For all around concealment where do I want to carry, 2 o'clock, 3, 4?
Anyone using kydex or composite versions?
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Old 02-04-2015, 08:55 PM
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You need to try different holsters in different carry positions to see what works or you.

I personally prefer kydex over leather but its just a matter of what you like.

For my kydex I go to Rick Holmes and for leather products my go to is gunbelt.
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:25 PM
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I like DM Bullard leather but he takes a long time. My only criticism of his stuff is I like thumb snaps on some sort of securing device which all his stuff is non secure.
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Old 02-04-2015, 11:30 PM
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Holsters for carry are like shoes for women, you'll have a closet full of them before you find the 2 or three that you like and carry consistantly. You just have to try out various kinds, I recommend looking around at gun shows for used ones to start with to get an idea of what you do/don't like.
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I like DM Bullard leather but he takes a long time. My only criticism of his stuff is I like thumb snaps on some sort of securing device which all his stuff is non secure.
I bought DM Bullard from Crackers recommendation. No wait for his in stock items. I like his body guard series. No issues at all with gun staying secure.
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Personally I like crossbreed holsters. Kydex and leather combo. Choice of horsehide or cowhide. There is often a wait for holster but if you google crossbreed seconds you will get their factory website that lists holsters available immediately that for a variety of reasons have been returned or have a blemish.
I bought a new and second and I cant tell why it was a second when comparing them. Price is also reduced.
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I carry every day and I am a marine tech, mostly diesels, gensets, electrical repairs. I carry a Kahr P45 most of the time with the exception of a lightweight commander 45 some days. This is what I carry in and unless I'm hangin upside down my gun stays put, I also have a quality belt that I wear, even to church.

http://www.safariland.com/belt-slide...%C2%AE&start=1

http://www.thewilderness.com/tactical-belts/
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You said owb, so let's assume you want either a paddle or pancake .

With a pancake, you will need to run the belt through slits in the holster. Advantages are it holds the gun very close to the body and if the holster has some type of retention the gun is very secure. Disadvantage- holster is harder to remove or put on, and the can't will not be adjustable.

I have a Galco paddle style for my 1911. Easy to take on and off, basic tan leather, and a snap retention strap. Some of these will also have adjustable cant.

If you are trying to conceal with a shirt or jacket OWB, the more can't the holster has the better it will conceal.

For leather I would look at Galco, DeSantis, and their are several custom makers as well.
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Old 02-05-2015, 05:53 AM
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Don Hume Holsters make a good product.

http://www.donhume.com/index.php?mai...d70uplvbko8b80
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Originally Posted by Sneaky Snooker View Post
I bought DM Bullard from Crackers recommendation. No wait for his in stock items. I like his body guard series. No issues at all with gun staying secure.
I just like a thumb snap, my hang up, did not mean imply the gun wont stay in..
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I has several sets of Pancakes and gun belts made by Desbian Gun leathers. Rhome does great work. These were made when he was first starting out and I had only simple functional ones made. Take a look at his gallery for more fancy work. I always have wanted to go back and have something like Ray or Elephant or some exotic trimmed stuff done some day. And finally and some years later (last picture and I cannot recall how many years later) I had the one for my Colt Defender done. My tastes had trended to less "gaudy western" by then you can see.

http://www.desbiensgunleather.com/

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And I had two pancakes made, one for a J Frame revolver and one for a Glock G27/26 as well as a matching Black gun belt

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Colt Defender FBI Cant OWB

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Originally Posted by Milehog View Post
Finally chose a new gun and want a good holster system.
Who makes good OWB pancake holsters and belts? How much cant do I want? For all around concealment where do I want to carry, 2 o'clock, 3, 4?
Anyone using kydex or composite versions?
Any advice welcome.
A lot of it is in the type of belt your using the holster on. Regular belts can't hold the weight properly.
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For a damned fine belt, try this guy. They ain't cheap but will last forever. I have a couple with the internal stiffener.

http://www.thebeltman.net/
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Originally Posted by Thalasso View Post
A lot of it is in the type of belt your using the holster on. Regular belts can't hold the weight properly.
Most certainly. A good gun belt is a must for an OWB Its usually doubled leather. Sometimes with a plastic stiffner in between them. Thick and so doesn't sag or fold outward. Eliminates squeaks too.
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Originally Posted by cphilip View Post
I has several sets of Pancakes and gun belts made by Desbian Gun leathers. Rhome does great work. These were made when he was first starting out and I had only simple functional ones made. Take a look at his gallery for more fancy work. I always have wanted to go back and have something like Ray or Elephant or some exotic trimmed stuff done some day. And finally and some years later (last picture and I cannot recall how many years later) I had the one for my Colt Defender done. My tastes had trended to less "gaudy western" by then you can see.
We have a guy in GA, Zookeeper Holsters, he does outstanding work with exotic materials. I haven't pulled the trigger on one yet but know several people who have one and IMO they are really outstanding. A quick google search should be able to find him. I bought my Galco for my new 1911 because I wanted something I could get quick while I made up my mind on a custom holster.
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I am very satisfied with the Allen simple leather one that I got from Academy for about $15. Fits snug and holds ok.
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D M Bullard's stuff shore is purdy. Some nice belts out there too.
Garrett has an interesting adjustable, leather lined kydex holster.
http://www.giholsters.com/silent-thunder-stx-2-0/
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http://www.johnstongunleather.com/
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I've used Bullard for years and they are the only ones that don't live in the "dead holster drawer" I find their belts too saggy for OWB and use AG Gunleather horsehide belts, after years and years of failures.
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Originally Posted by Roosty View Post
Looks good. They hadn't come up in my searches. Have you used their stuff?

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I've used Bullard for years and they are the only ones that don't live in the "dead holster drawer" I find their belts too saggy for OWB and use AG Gunleather horsehide belts, after years and years of failures.
You 'spose their belts would suffice for a lightweight ultra compact 9mm?
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