I've been using the paddle attachments on a Bravo concealment for a few weeks now. Getting along with it pretty well. Very secure, rides close to the body. I also have a pair of the paddles on a Bravo double magazine carrier. Not liking that too much, it's just too long and the front paddle hits me in a pretty uncomfortable place. I've used paddles for years, my work is such that I have to take the gun on and off sometimes. Paddles aren't perfect, but can be a good answer for some folks.
Many modern plastic paddle holsters have wide "stabilizing" paddles that take up too much IWB real estate. The front & rear edges can find and annoy pressure points.
I rather liked the older leather paddle holsters, where a thick & stiffened narrow leather "paddle" slipped inside the waist line. That leather paddle more easily shaped itself to conform to the anatomy of the wearer. The holster was stabilized inside the pants by a leather loop that snapped around the belt.
Tex Shoemaker made some excellent vintage paddles.
Here's one I bought back in the 80's, for a 3" M36. Note in pics 3 & 4 how you can see the curved shape taken by the leather paddle as it conformed to body shape as the result of time and body heat.
While some of the softer plastic paddles are more flexible than the thicker, stiff and unyielding polymers (kydex, concealex, whatever), I've never found a plastic paddle that approached, let alone rivaled, a good quality all-leather paddle for sheer comfort.
Also, with a leather paddle being retained inside the waistband by virtue of the paddle shaping itself to your body, and a snap loop securing it to your belt, it's nicely stable. No plastic hooks built into the middle or outer edges of the paddle, to try and shove down inside the waistband, or later try to lift up over and the lower edge of the bottom of the belt and the cloth of your pants. The leather paddle just slides in and out between the waistband and the shirt.
I own a variety of plastic paddles for some of my newer pistols because they were easily available, and all-leather paddles are becoming less easy to find. (You can find leather holsters attached to plastic paddles.)
Another thing I can say about leather is that while I've had a couple of plastic paddle holsters break apart or crack due to impact, I've not yet had a leather holster break in a similar manner.
Sure, you may experience a "tear" in leather at a stress point, or a waxed nylon thread may eventually rot and come apart over the course of years, but good leather can last for a long time.
A good leather holster can conform to your body like a good pair of leather shoes.
Carried my old brick thick G30 in a Comp-Tac paddle for the last two days, I haven’t carried or even seen that pistol in probably five years! I had forgotten just how comfortable and how well those Comp-Tac paddles carry! Think I might order one for a HK tonight?
@kenzo, so you’re saying you like your Vedder paddle better than Comp-Tac? Could you expound on that some, I’ve also been interested in a Vedder paddle for a while, thanks!
Murphy and paddle holsters. Quick on and off may mean exactly that.
One of the first things John Farnam said to me at the beginning of his basic pistol course is he does not recommend any paddle holster. My decades of experience carrying concealed has taught me the same thing. I have owned and carried many of the brands/models mention in this thread. In essentially every case I have through normal daily physical activity (ranging from house/yard work, sitting in a restaurant booth or taking a nap) separated the paddle holster from my carry belt (purpose built carry belts from Galco, Hank's, 5.11.) This has resulted variously from fishing my loose weapon/holster from random places in my pants to picking it up off the floor after a sickening thunk that I hoped no one else noticed. I mainly carry IWB and always use solid or multiple snap loops that capture the belt 360 degrees. Easy on/easy off, no. Will it be where it is supposed to be when you need it, yes. YMMV
High Noon, think the model name is Spanky. I have 2, one for a Glock 45 and one for a Sig P229. For me very comfortable,stays in place and mine both have thumb break. Quality leather work, lined or unlined. For me only negative is the price, i think they are overpriced. But i wouldn't hesitate to buy another.
Paddle holsters are fine but you have to consider several things. When you pull your handgun, if the fit is too tight you may pull the holster also, and may not get your HG out in time. If too loose it may fall out while running or bending over. No big deal if you do a slow draw, But if your life depends on it everyday then use a belt anchored holster.