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Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Dakota Carpenter, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. I'm looking for a good holster for my Glock 17. I want something that I can pull up quick and something that isn't going to scratch my slide. Should I go leather or plastic? Another thing, since I'm looking for a quick draw, do I want a release button on the holster? All recommendations are welcome.

  2. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    Where and how do you want to carry it? In waist, on the belt, appendix? is this for range, ccw? All of those make a big difference in what kind of holster you need.

  3. No not for concealment just recreational use. Therefore I want something on the belt for a quick draw.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2012
  4. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
  5. gunsmithlee


    Mar 7, 2012
    Check out the Safariland 5187 (belt) and 5186 (paddle) kydex.
  6. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

    Feb 28, 2001
    If you're worried about scratching the slide better leave it in the safe. :whistling:
  7. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

    Oct 11, 2004
    Avondale, AZ.
    I was just going to suggest a Fobus Paddle holster. They're inexpensive and easy on, easy off. Some folks say that the poly holsters ware the finish but I've never noticed it. Also, a leather holster with dirt inside of it will ware the finish too so it's pretty much 12 to one, half a dozen to the other.
  8. The best wearing holster that I have found is a Milt Sparks 55BN. This holster is leather. Bruce Nelson was the inventor of this holster. This design has been copied by almost everyone in the holster business. This holster isn't cheap, and is high quality.

    There are no safeties to interfer with the draw of the weapon.

    Glock almost never "scratch" due to the tennifer, but the matte finish well wear. As far as wear on the finish, if you carry a gun it's going to have wear. If you don't want a worn finish leave the gun at home.

    If you buy one or two good quality holster in the long run you'll save a good deal of money over buying lesser quality holster.
  9. Another option is the Milt Spark's SSII. This is another Bruce Nelson design. I have a SSII for each of my guns.
  10. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    While Milt Sparks makes top-grade holsters, the cost (and 20+ week wait time) is far more than someone looking for a basic range holster really needs. I would second the earlier suggestions for Fobus - just avoid the Blackhawk Serpa holsters.
  11. bsg1


    Aug 31, 2009
    Southern California has a "Questions" section; check it out. it may be helpful for many of the questions you might have regarding holster selection.
  12. BBJones


    Mar 2, 2010
    +1 Glocks have tough finishes but holsters will wear finish.
  13. gunsmithlee


    Mar 7, 2012
  14. True, but Rome wasn't build in a day, either. :whistling:
  15. G31

    G31 Millennium Member

    Jun 27, 1999
    NE FL
    I am unaware of any holster that doesn't wear the finish over time. I guess you could find some sort of "skeletonized" competition holster to minimize it. Having many leather and plastic holsters, I would give my nod to Kydex for smooth draw and easier reholstering.
  16. DrBob


    Jun 26, 2010
    Your really HAVE to look at Garrett Industries combo leather/kydex custom holsters. I've posted pictures here:

    response #66
    or go directly to

    the product is really high quality and won't wear your slide like a kydex or plastic holster.
  17. 4Rules


    Mar 11, 2012

    Try a Raven Concealment Phantom. <>
  18. crashwg


    Dec 9, 2011
    North East
    I try not to be "that guy" with the grammar policing or in this case idiom policing, but this makes no sense at all:

    The saying goes "six of one, half a dozen of the other" which equates to "same thing." What you wrote completely subverts the intention of the saying, 12 being not equal to half a dozen and all...

    My intention is not to be a pain in the ass or anything else antagonistic but rather, informative and helpful wherever I can.
  19. DrBob I have to say those Garrett holsters look great. So if I went with one of the STX's, what part do I need for a fully adjustable cant? And can you tell me the difference between the STX and STX Auto?