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Alessi CQC/S

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by nickcarr, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. nickcarr

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    Hey all, I just learned of this myself but it looks like Brownells has a large selection of Alessi CQC/S in Black, Right hand holsters in stock. They even made a YouTube video in June showing them.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqhmt7fwOec

    I owned one for an ex-HK USP Compact and it was a super comfortable and functional holster.

    I've already ordered one for my Glock 31 and it'll be here Monday. If you haven't tried one of these, then I highly recommend one. It's great for CCW.

    I'll post pictures next week.
     
  2. Aeroscoper

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    I've owned one for a g33 for years and always wondered how it'd do with my g31, please provide feedback on how it carries with yours if you can, thx for the heads up!
     

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  3. rta108

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    The CQC/S pales in comparison to the Mitch Rosen Premier, also available from brownells and less expensive.
     
  4. BuckyP

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    While I don't have a CQC-S yet, I have a couple Premiers. The premier is a different holster in that the front loop is offset. I find this allows the front of the gun to stick out too far when carrying at the 3:00... for me. It would appear the CQC-S does not do this.

    The best I can compare it to would be the 5JR and 5JR-President. The Pres model is offset like the Premier. The basic 5JR works much better for me, and it how I see the CQC-S.

    Best I can show this offset (below). The rear is the offset I describe in the 5JR President. This design allows all the pull to come from the back. I would assume this would work well in the 4:00 - 4:30 position, where the front is better hidden by the natural curve of the body. The standard 5JR pulls equally in the front and the back.

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  5. nickcarr

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    While I haven't tried any MR holsters, I prefer the reinforced lining around the mouth of the holster. Also, the "less expensive" version isn't nearly as sexy. ;)
    You'd have to pay $160 for the full-detail model.
     
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  6. I received a CQC/S for a Glock 17/22 et al as a gift a few months back, while an IWB is my preference, I have worn the CQC/S on several occasions and have found it comfortable and conceals well.
     
  7. Rinspeed

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    :rofl: :rofl:
     
  8. AGAF

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    When I get my 4" 1911, this will be the holster that I carry it in.....looking forward to it!!!!
     
  9. pens-66

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    I am very picky when it comes to OWB as far as I am anal about printing. I have gone thru many holster trying to find one that puts me at ease. The Alessi CQC/S works great!

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  10. Aeroscoper

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    I had a MR premier and tried it for a few months. Wasn't happy with the quality of leather or workmanship so sold it. Glad you like yours though.
     
  11. BuckyP

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    Was this an "Express Line" model? Big difference in quality between the Express and standard Mitch Rosen holsters.
     
  12. Aeroscoper

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    I believe it was and I'm sure what you say is correct.
     
  13. rta108

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    I realize arguing holsters is like arguing blondes vs brunettes....

    The offset construction is what makes this holster for me, personally. Belt tension does not affect draw resistance, and the holster stays open after the gun is out. I need this feature (LE).

    The leather on my Alessi was so soft, i could close the opening and almost roll the holster into a loop. No lie. The rosen is the stiffest leather i've ever seen. Did I get a dud? I bought it from brownells.

    Appearance is personal preference. However, you could triple layer reinforce the alessi and the rosen would still be stiffer. It's just the difference in the leather materials.

    As far as i know, the express is the same as the "standard" detailed line, minus the detailing. The molding is still very good, retention excellent. The gun actually "pops" in when it seats all the way. Never seen a holster do that before.

    just my 2 cents, gents. Based on one CQC/S i got from brownells.
     
  14. rta108

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    BuckyP, excellent description of the construction differences, BTW. Something for a prospective shopper to consider.
     
  15. Apples to oranges. Both are great holsters that are designed to do different things.

    I make holsters that are very similar to both. I actually talked with Lou about the CQC/S and it became (with a few changes) my Paladin.

    The Rosen is a classic belt scabbard/pancake design with Mitch's own touches. The Rosen(and my scabbard) suck if your day requires you to remove your weapon frequently.
     
  16. rta108

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    I don't understand. The Rosen model we are discussing has snap loops as well, The Premier. He used pictures of Rosen's scabbard model, of similar construction, as an example.
     
  17. Ohhhhhhhh. I missed that part. Sorry.

    In that case, this is only my opinion, the Alessi is far superior to the Rosen design.
     
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  18. nickcarr

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    The only nitpick about the CQC/S is that I would like to have my holsters cover up the magazine release, but I understand this can be sort of a pain with certain designs, especially with leather holsters. I still don't understand why most kydex holsters leave it exposed.

    ...

    So I received my CQC/S on Monday and it's (of course) perfect in quality. As with all leather holsters (I've used) it has to go thru its initial break-in period. The included plastic bag is a bit on the thin side, so I'm using an old Milt Sparks plastic bag which is quite a bit thicker. After 2-3 days, it'll be perfect.

    I'll post a couple of pictures in the next few days.
     
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  19. up1911fan

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    I see no reason to have the mag release covered. If I bump or lean against something, my mag won't drop loose. If the release were covered and the same thing happened, the backside of the holster my activate the release.