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1911 Holster observation / opinion

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by TSAX, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. TSAX

    TSAX USAF Vet

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    Maybe its just me but I have noticed that most people I've seen with a 1911 in person, on a tv show or the gun shows like American Guardian, American Rifleman, etc use leather holsters for 1911's.

    Could it be because leather has been around longing than these new Kydex and Kydex/leather hybrids.

    Could it be that Kydex seems to add more holster wear then leather. I noticed this in the Glocks, M&P's and XD's.

    This is not an entry into the 1911 fact book just an observation.
     
  2. samuse

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    Maybe it's just that people with traditional guns have holsters made of traditional materials.

    I have found the VM-II to be the most comfortable holster for me, so I carry in leather for comfort.

    I've had trouble with 1911s not fitting in kydex holsters because the holster makers use a Colt for their mold and 1911 makers make their guns whatever size they want. I could get all of my 1911s in a leather holster.
     


  3. The_Drizzle

    The_Drizzle I make it rain!

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    I would say it is the wear issue, and the fact that leather is just nicer.
     
  4. ajstrider

    ajstrider Silent Warrior

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    I prefer to carry a inside the waistband holster and leather is way more comfortable to me when doing this than a kydex holster. I have some regular belt slide holsters made of kydex that are nice and get use sometimes, but for me, leather is the way to go for IWB carry.
     
  5. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

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    I know a lot of people like them but I'm not putting my finely crafted wood and steel 1911s in a cheap plastic holster. :dunno:
     
  6. I find the kydex holsters to be a bit rough on a parkerized gun, and I surely wouldn't use one for a nicely "blued" gun.
     
  7. Hokie1911

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    :agree:
     
  8. airflyer

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    I have a kydex blade tech holster for my kimber pro carry and it does wear finish off quick but I really don't care, it's not as comfortable as Leather but it is so fast to pull first shot, use a timer and time ourselves it makes a difference and is easy to reholster
    But has bad effects on finish
     
  9. airflyer

    airflyer

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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Rinspeed
    I know a lot of people like them but I'm not putting my finely crafted wood and steel 1911s in a cheap plastic holster.

    My kimber is not finely crafted for sure
    and when I get my Wilson professional bobtail it's going in leather
     
  10. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    I do have a CBSTD on order, however right now I am using a Sparks VMII. I would use the VMII year-round, however I don't think I'll personally be able to conceal it in the summer due to my body build.

    With that said, the Sparks is hands down one of the best holsters you can buy, and if I'm going to buy a 1911, it's going to be put into a nice holster.
     
  11. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Senior Member

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    Right behind you...
    I use the best of both words. I got a leather backed(feels better against skin) Kydex body(sturdy for one handed reholstering), but the kydex is lined with leather(easier on parked finish).
     
  12. TSAX

    TSAX USAF Vet

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    The leather back and Kydex body is what I normally prefer but the Kydex is not as nice on the the finish on guns like a leather lined one.
     
  13. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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    so the EMP is a crap 1911? :tongueout:
     
  14. Hokie1911

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    Junk. Pure junk. :whistling:
     
  15. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    Well, being the EMP is my EDC, I don't care if it gets scratched. It'll be refinished eventually anyway. :tongueout:
     
  16. rsxr22

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    I almost religiously use kydex. I ventured away to the VMII for my EMP and Im liking it, but I cant say that Im going to be switching to leather. Its hard to say what material is worse on your gun. Kydex will rub a little at first, but in my experience leather will create more wear over the long haul.
    Holsters like the Serpa create very little holster wear because of the trigger retention. I like the VMII a lot, but still think I prefer the CBST style of holster over anything else going. I use Garrett's silent thunder holsters for OWB carry and competition. They are leather lined kydex.
     
  17. Personally, I find plastic holsters to be quite unsuitable for anything but range use. Even my plastic pistols get carried in quality leather.
     
  18. NDLAWRENCE

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    What about a crossbreed supertuck? Anybody have a crossbreed and a vm2? If so witch one do you prefer?
     
  19. Hokie1911

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    Currently carrying a HK in a CBST, but a 1911 in a VM2 is much more comfortable to me and will be switching back next month.
     
  20. NDLAWRENCE

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    I'm looking for for a holster my glock 36 is the sparks more comfortable all around or just with the 1911's