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Picked up a new G26 yesterday, so I'm a Glock owner again. Anyways, I used to get all my holsters from El Paso Saddlery but I heard they are not the company they used to be. So I am in the market for a leather paddle holster. Must have a thumbsnap as this will be used in a farming/outdoor environment.

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I have a Safariland 7371 concealment paddle holster for my Shield. It conceals well and doesn't catch on things as you walk by them. It has the ALS retention which works very well. It is not leather, but it is waterproof, I like it, and at $36 on Amazon it is a pretty good price.
 

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Used fobus around $15. I like the Bianchi 58L also.
 

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I carried a Fobus paddle holster every day for 20 years with a Glock in it. I loved it. It rides good on your hip and is very quick to draw. It is also secure and is almost impossible for someone to rip it out of the holster from the rear. They are very rugged. I highly reccommend them.
 

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The internet may not agree.. but, don't over look Blackhawk paddles. low price, pretty good retention for holster and gun and natural draw stroke. Should serve you well around the farm.
I actually ordered a Blackhawk CQC that is both a belt holster as well as a paddle. And I think I have a Fobus around here from a previous Glock....
 

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I have several of the Blackhawk CQC paddle/belt holsters. You might want to reconsider leather for a work/farm holster. If you are going to be outside, exposed to dirt, mud, and the elements, kydex will be better that leather. It will not retain moisture, and if it gets dirty can be easily cleaned with soap and water, then dried with a paper towel. I have heard Safariland also make good kydex paddle holsters with level 2/3 retention. I don't know what mechanism they use to stay put on your belt because I don't own any.

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"In training, it is common for the holster to come along with the gun during a draw. Also, in an entanglement, paddle holsters are known to come off the body or be knocked loose. 3rd, it is not hard to disarm somebody wearing a paddle holster.

While they may be convenient and easy, using them for anything serious is generally ill advised. "


Maybe he is talking about the "cheaper ones". The Blackhawk will not come off your belt unless you un-hook the three little "teeth"(which is not easy). As for being easily disarmed, it is not any easier than with a regular owb or iwb holster without retention features. The Blackhawk has level 2 retention, unless you press the side button, the gun stays in the holster.

I have no stake in any holster company, just wanted to give my 2 cents worth. YMMV.
 

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Like I said I wore one for 20 years every day as a LEO. The Fobus will not come off if it is yanked. It hooks under the belt and fits tight to your waist. We tired to rip one out of another Officers pants and you would have had to rip his pants off to rip the holster off. The Fobus has a retention feature inside the holster that locks the gun and will only release if it is pulled straight up. I would have NEVER carried a holster without a retention feature.
 

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In training, it is common for the holster to come along with the gun during a draw. Also, in an entanglement, paddle holsters are known to come off the body or be knocked loose. 3rd, it is not hard to disarm somebody wearing a paddle holster.

While they may be convenient and easy, using them for anything serious is generally ill advised. I know they feel nice and secure when you put one on, but they are one of the least secure methods of carry, especially the cheaper ones like a fobus. Don't take my word for it though. Take a good class or see what well known, highly regarded instructors have to say.

The above does not apply for carry around the house or doing chores on the farm. For that, it doesn't really matter.
I am using a Blackhawk paddle with my M&P Shield 9mm and it works great. Good luck with anyone trying to jerk this one off me- it is a real struggle for me to get it off- which I almost consider a drawback, as I have need to slip it on and off during my daily routine. You are right about Fobus- stay away!! Agreed that the Paddle is not held as tight against the body as a good belt holster, I.E. Concealed better, but it is pretty good and the advantages of the paddle for someone like me is worth some minor drawbacks. When I can wear on my belt I do like the new Versa holsters.
 

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The internet may not agree.. but, don't over look Blackhawk paddles. low price, pretty good retention for holster and gun and natural draw stroke. Should serve you well around the farm.
I like my Blackhawk paddle too. Fits tight and no one is going to jerk it off. Comfortable to wear all day and you can adjust the retention.
 

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No thumbstrap but the Fobus Evolution has excellent snap in retention, holds the G26 close to the body and it's relatively cheap. For a thumbstrap holster in possibly wet, dirty conditions, I'd go with the Glock belt sport/duty holster. It's for the 17 but fits the 26 like a champ.
I'm with SevenSixtyTwo - I have FOBUS holsters for all the semi-autos I own - including a G26. I love 'me! Especially the newer Evolutions that have the adjustment screw.

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The best leather paddle holster available is the Kramer MSP. Carries as close as a pancake.


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Good feedback. I may use they Fobus as my "work" holster and the Blackhawk as my "Sunday" holster.
 
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