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TSAX
02-02-2011, 00:30
Maybe its just me but I have noticed that most people I've seen with a 1911 in person, on a tv show or the gun shows like American Guardian, American Rifleman, etc use leather holsters for 1911's.

Could it be because leather has been around longing than these new Kydex and Kydex/leather hybrids.

Could it be that Kydex seems to add more holster wear then leather. I noticed this in the Glocks, M&P's and XD's.

This is not an entry into the 1911 fact book just an observation.

samuse
02-02-2011, 01:52
Maybe it's just that people with traditional guns have holsters made of traditional materials.

I have found the VM-II to be the most comfortable holster for me, so I carry in leather for comfort.

I've had trouble with 1911s not fitting in kydex holsters because the holster makers use a Colt for their mold and 1911 makers make their guns whatever size they want. I could get all of my 1911s in a leather holster.

The_Drizzle
02-02-2011, 02:52
I would say it is the wear issue, and the fact that leather is just nicer.

ajstrider
02-02-2011, 03:07
I prefer to carry a inside the waistband holster and leather is way more comfortable to me when doing this than a kydex holster. I have some regular belt slide holsters made of kydex that are nice and get use sometimes, but for me, leather is the way to go for IWB carry.

Rinspeed
02-02-2011, 04:41
I know a lot of people like them but I'm not putting my finely crafted wood and steel 1911s in a cheap plastic holster. :dunno:

Jim S.
02-02-2011, 07:17
I find the kydex holsters to be a bit rough on a parkerized gun, and I surely wouldn't use one for a nicely "blued" gun.

Hokie1911
02-02-2011, 07:26
I know a lot of people like them but I'm not putting my finely crafted wood and steel 1911s in a cheap plastic holster. :dunno:

:agree:

airflyer
02-02-2011, 07:30
I have a kydex blade tech holster for my kimber pro carry and it does wear finish off quick but I really don't care, it's not as comfortable as Leather but it is so fast to pull first shot, use a timer and time ourselves it makes a difference and is easy to reholster
But has bad effects on finish

airflyer
02-02-2011, 07:37
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rinspeed
I know a lot of people like them but I'm not putting my finely crafted wood and steel 1911s in a cheap plastic holster.

My kimber is not finely crafted for sure
and when I get my Wilson professional bobtail it's going in leather

polizei1
02-02-2011, 08:09
I do have a CBSTD on order, however right now I am using a Sparks VMII. I would use the VMII year-round, however I don't think I'll personally be able to conceal it in the summer due to my body build.

With that said, the Sparks is hands down one of the best holsters you can buy, and if I'm going to buy a 1911, it's going to be put into a nice holster.

GeorgiaRedfish
02-02-2011, 08:13
I use the best of both words. I got a leather backed(feels better against skin) Kydex body(sturdy for one handed reholstering), but the kydex is lined with leather(easier on parked finish).

TSAX
02-02-2011, 15:07
I use the best of both words. I got a leather backed(feels better against skin) Kydex body(sturdy for one handed reholstering), but the kydex is lined with leather(easier on parked finish).

The leather back and Kydex body is what I normally prefer but the Kydex is not as nice on the the finish on guns like a leather lined one.

Quack
02-02-2011, 15:11
I do have a CBSTD on order, however right now I am using a Sparks VMII. I would use the VMII year-round, however I don't think I'll personally be able to conceal it in the summer due to my body build.

With that said, the Sparks is hands down one of the best holsters you can buy, and if I'm going to buy a 1911, it's going to be put into a nice holster.

so the EMP is a crap 1911? :tongueout:

Hokie1911
02-02-2011, 15:12
so the EMP is a crap 1911? :tongueout:

Junk. Pure junk. :whistling:

polizei1
02-02-2011, 15:31
Well, being the EMP is my EDC, I don't care if it gets scratched. It'll be refinished eventually anyway. :tongueout:

rsxr22
02-02-2011, 16:04
I almost religiously use kydex. I ventured away to the VMII for my EMP and Im liking it, but I cant say that Im going to be switching to leather. Its hard to say what material is worse on your gun. Kydex will rub a little at first, but in my experience leather will create more wear over the long haul.
Holsters like the Serpa create very little holster wear because of the trigger retention. I like the VMII a lot, but still think I prefer the CBST style of holster over anything else going. I use Garrett's silent thunder holsters for OWB carry and competition. They are leather lined kydex.

Agent6-3/8
02-02-2011, 21:46
Personally, I find plastic holsters to be quite unsuitable for anything but range use. Even my plastic pistols get carried in quality leather.

NDLAWRENCE
02-02-2011, 21:55
What about a crossbreed supertuck? Anybody have a crossbreed and a vm2? If so witch one do you prefer?

Hokie1911
02-02-2011, 21:59
What about a crossbreed supertuck? Anybody have a crossbreed and a vm2? If so witch one do you prefer?

Currently carrying a HK in a CBST, but a 1911 in a VM2 is much more comfortable to me and will be switching back next month.

NDLAWRENCE
02-02-2011, 22:04
I'm looking for for a holster my glock 36 is the sparks more comfortable all around or just with the 1911's

Quack
02-02-2011, 22:06
What about a crossbreed supertuck? Anybody have a crossbreed and a vm2? If so witch one do you prefer?

Had a CBST while I waited to get VMII. Never used the CBST again.

Hokie1911
02-02-2011, 22:09
My P2000 is plenty comfy in the CBST, but my Kobra Carry will ride in a VM2. High-end 1911s and good leather go together like peanut butter and jelly.

NDLAWRENCE
02-02-2011, 22:13
Well it seems that the vm2 is more comfortable. But how do the two compare as far as concealbillity?

Hokie1911
02-02-2011, 22:20
Well it seems that the vm2 is more comfortable. But how do the two compare as far as concealbillity?

My P2000 disappears in the CBST under just a t-shirt. Given the right gun, I assume the VM2 is the same with a 1911.

http://i880.photobucket.com/albums/ac6/HokiePS7/dc903f47.jpg

polizei1
02-03-2011, 05:12
I'll find out an about a month. :tongueout: My EMP prints pretty bad when sitting in my VMII with just a shirt on. I'll see how the CBST does. For reference, I'm 5'4", 125lbs, and skinny.

TSAX
02-03-2011, 14:07
I'll find out an about a month. :tongueout: My EMP prints pretty bad when sitting in my VMII with just a shirt on. I'll see how the CBST does. For reference, I'm 5'4", 125lbs, and skinny.

I'm skinny as well but IMO the CBST has probably done the best job holster wise for printing the least.

knedrgr
02-03-2011, 15:26
it all depends on what your outfit is like too. I don't dress over size, but leave just enough room to help with reduce printing. Also where you carry on your belt is also important in reducing printing.

Ruggles
02-03-2011, 16:30
Like many here I have a bunch o 1911 holsters :)

Heavily used are Tucker Silent Thunders which are Klydex holsters with leather liners. Good stuff OWB, not too great for me IWB.

A good Glaco Yaqui slide holster works well for me as well.

The new VMII is off to a very strong start as well, it might just be the eventual winner for IWB.

More holster choices for 1911s than any other gun it seems so there are a bunch of great ones.

polizei1
02-03-2011, 17:24
So...is it safe to say that holsters are the mens version of purses? :rofl: I guess I can't get mad at my GF for spending money on a purse, because then I can just go buy a new holster. :tongueout:

Ruble Noon
02-03-2011, 17:35
I know a lot of people like them but I'm not putting my finely crafted wood and steel 1911s in a cheap plastic holster. :dunno:

This.

marlinfan
02-03-2011, 17:36
I like the Milt Sparks summer special for the IWB holster. For IDPA I just use a cheap Fobus paddle holster.

Hokie1911
02-03-2011, 17:45
So...is it safe to say that holsters are the mens version of purses? :rofl: I guess I can't get mad at my GF for spending money on a purse, because then I can just go buy a new holster. :tongueout:

Unless you are Deadite and actually wear a man-purse.

DOH! :homer:

Quack
02-03-2011, 18:02
psssst... it's a Murse

Hokie1911
02-03-2011, 18:06
psssst... it's a Murse

I thought it was a European shoulder bag. :rofl:

Whatever helps him sleep at night. :tongueout:

polizei1
02-03-2011, 18:10
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_t416jpp3dEs/TCjg8I6H0CI/AAAAAAAABf0/2pFFJ8RAJOQ/s1600/satchel.jpg

:whistling:

fowler
02-04-2011, 04:53
I like the Galco concealment pancake . Combfortable all day. IWB is ok for short term carry and the hide& tuck ones are way to slow. Your a dead man before you can get it out. Leather the real holster.

Hokie1911
02-04-2011, 07:16
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_t416jpp3dEs/TCjg8I6H0CI/AAAAAAAABf0/2pFFJ8RAJOQ/s1600/satchel.jpg

:whistling:

No problem concealing a 5" in there. :rofl: