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Looking to do an IDPA match here in the near future. Will either of these holsters work ok? Or any other suggestions.
I posted the whole list, as strangely there is no listing for the 19/23? I'll ask Lone Wolf about that tomorrow.
Any strong side hip holster will work. The Fobus is probably a step up from the Glock. If you are just going to play every once in a while either will do the job. If you plan on competing regularly pay a little extra and get a Blade-tech or Comp-tac they are way nicer than the others.
If you are wanting to stay on the cheap, you may look at the bladetech/5.11 holster. At least you will the ability to adjust the 5.11 holster for your belt size. You can also get the IDPA competition pack which comes with every thing you need to get started. Personally, I like my Comp Tac.
The Glock Sport/Combat holster is THE way to go. Regardless of what model Glock you own, get the larger holster. I regularly use a Glock 21 for IDPA but that holster made for the 21 will accept and retain my other Glocks (19 & 17) without any problems at all. Now I never have to change holsters to change guns!
The other holster I found and I"m starting to like more and more is the Safariland model 5187. It's a Kydex holster with adjustable retention strenght; I like it a lot better than my Blackhawk Serpa holster for IDPA.
Again, Blade-Tech, Safariland and others like that are good, but try one of those $13.00 Glock holsters before you buy anything else! Those things work like a dream!
I freakin' love the cheapo Glock sport/combat holster.
I've got nice Blade-tech's but I'd never ever use them for carry out in the real world, just too bulky, they're game holsters only.
Now, the cheapo Glock sport/combat holster on the other hand rides nice and high and tight (higher and tighter than any other I've ever seen at any cost in any material actually...) and hides easily under an unzipped hoodie or open button down shirt meaning you can actually use it in every day life, and in use in IDPA matches worn at about 3:30-4:00 on the belt is really just about as fast as my straight drop at 3 o'clock gamer holsters for me.
Simple and practical just like the Glock itself.
(another cool thing about the sport/combat holster is that if you have to unholster and leave your piece behind to enter a place that is posted, you can just leave it on your belt since it's light and unobtrusive and really doesn't even look like it has to be a firearm holster, kind of looks like a pda/cell/tool holster to the untrained eye...)
Another legal holster in the same price range is the Blackhawk Serpa CQC (no button). It's a bitnicer than the Fobus, with adjustable retention and angle, and comes with both paddle and belt attachments.
The Fobus is specified as "legal" in paddle format, btw.
I think I'll give one of the Glock holster a shot. For only $13, if I don't like then not much lost. So you're saying I should get the 21 holster for my 23? Lone Wolf only seems to have a 17 and a 21.
Yeah there are only 2 sizes, one for the 17 sized frame which is every Glock aside from the 20, 21. The other is for those. Here is a picture of my G19 and my 17. The 19 is in the Glock Sport/Combat size 21 holster. Not all Glocks come with a mini Monster John Deere, just so you know! My son likes to help me take pictures.
I don't own a 21, or plan on getting one in the near future. So would you still recommend the 21 holster for a G23. Or go with the 17 holster?
i have the Blackhawk CQC.
one thing i really like about it OVER the glock holster is that it protects
my Fiber Optic front sight.
it also has adjustable cant,tension, paddle or beltloop as stated above.
$30 shipped at www.opticsplanet.com
when i got it.
I'd still recommend the 21 size; I actually got the recommendation from reading the Midway USA review about it. Several shooters have recommended it because the 17,19,22,23 etc sized Glocks come out quicker. Either is great and will serve you well for a long time; and you never know, a Glock 21 could come calling one of these days. My Glock 21 is my favorite pistol I own!
Get a comp-tac or blade tech if you think you'll shoot much at all. I find that I try to pinch some pennies at first then end up buying the one I should have in the first place. You will need mag pouches too. Blade Tech has an IDPA package that's reasonable. I don't like Fobus holsters at all, had them and even the evolution series doesn't adjust enough to make the draw smooth. Their mag pouches on the other hand work well for me, such as the double mag pouch on a paddle
I agree with spending the money up front, because you'll probably just end up doing it later.
I had a Blackhawk, but now I use the BladeTech Stingray SRB... way faster of a holster. I'm pretty sure the BladeTech Belt holsters are the most commonly used holsters in IDPA... and that's for a reason.
So, this one...and add mag pouch?
So, this one...and add mag pouch?
You really have to be careful what you buy, if you want to stay IDPA legal. I don't know if they do it to "steer" you to the more expensive holsters, but neither of those state "IDPA approved".
and clearly the Stingray holster I mentioned earlier says "IDPA approved".
Several others on that page clearly are NOT IDPA legal, as they have offset/drop modifications that would work in USPSA, but not IDPA.
I only purchase holsters that clearly say "IDPA approved". YMMV.
This is what I was referring to, the holster is kydex instead of the injection molded plastic, the mag pouches are injection molded but to me that is less important than the holster. You may be able to find this competition pack cheaper somewhere else online but this will get you started with good equipment.
I own both the regular higher priced SRB Blade-Tech belt holster and Blade-Tech's "Revolution" belt holster... neither is "way faster" than the cheapo Glock sport/combat holster (maybe a tenth of a second faster I'd guess...), really they're just different and cost more.
While I totally agree with spending the money up front on good stuff rather than a bunch of lower-end crap you'll just end up replacing, the sport/combat holster is an exception, I'd try it first...
I still use my Blade-Tech double mag holder, but the Glock mag holders probably are just as good too.
The Glock stuff is IDPA legal too in case you're wondering.
Really, you could probably grab a sport/combat holster, a couple of the $8 Glock mag holders, a decent 5.11 belt, and maybe a vest or range bag for the same price as some of the more expensive holsters or combo packs out there... if they work just as good, then who cares... more money left over for ammo.
Also depends on what you are comfortable with, most shooters don't like the forward can't of the glock or fobus holsters. I had a fobus with a front cant and I had to do too much movement to get the gun drawn. It forced mr to have to lean forward and to the side to draw. I am not a big guy so it is probably worse for someone bigger
neither is "way faster" than the cheapo Glock sport/combat holster (maybe a tenth of a second faster I'd guess...),
I believe I was the only one to use the "way faster" statement, and I wasn't comparing the BladeTech Stingray to the Glock holster, but instead the BlackHawk holster. I wasn't quite as specific as I should have been (my bad), but the BlackHawk model I was referring to is the Serpa model with the retention lever you have to push with your forefinger to draw the pistol:
When I was shooting the classifier, on the very first draw I got hung up with that lever (I was usually pretty decent with it). My guess is that I added an EASY 3-4 seconds (more, maybe?) across all the draws with that added requirement.
Yeah, WAY FASTER. :supergrin:
No argument here man. Just was making the point that the cheapo Glock holster is just as fast...
I would NOT recommend a Serpa holster to anyone, especially for a Glock, there's quite a buzz about people having AD's with them and they're banned at many training courses already.
Well, I went ahead and ordered a Glock holster, 2 Glock mag pouches, and a 1.75" nylon BDU belt, from www.opticsplanet.com.
Total of $37.64 with free shipping.
I figure, with this holster, I can discover what I want/don't want in future holsters without dropping a bunch of $'s on one that I might not like. And at only $10.95, if I don't like it, or end up wanting to upgrade, no big loss.
I ordered it last night, and got a shipping conformation today, so that's already a +1 for them.
Thanks for the site Jhayesvw, and thanks for all the other suggestions. I'm sure I'll put them to use in the future.
Darn it, UPS says it won't be here until Monday.... should have ordered it one day earlier, then I wouldn't have to wait all weekend.... :crying:
The Glock mag pouches suck BIG time.
Blade Tech, BLACKHAWK, Tucker Gunleather, Mernickle Leather; depends on how much you want to spend and your preferences.
The Glock holster is fine and it works; really does.
All you need to know. Their customer service is awesome.
I've been eyeballing Com-Tac's stuff for a while now. I really like the Minotaur Gladiator holster.
For IDPA I like kydex. I've tried Comp-tac, Blade tech, Ready Tatical, Safariland (suede lined) and Kytac. For my money Kytac is by far the best.
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