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Dakota Carpenter
03-11-2012, 00:34
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.


Thanks

Magnus2131
03-11-2012, 00:53
Have not found anything I like better.
http://i436.photobucket.com/albums/qq90/Magnus2131/serpa.jpg

Folsom_Prison
03-11-2012, 01:03
Love my serpa paddle!

mattleegee
03-11-2012, 01:10
+1 on Magnus picture i bought one for my g19 today ($35)
I am a new pistol shooter and the "Blackhawk!" hoslter is awesome, i was recommended it by a friend and love it

Great fitment (g17 size is "00")
Safe (button puts your finger right below the slide, instead of on the trigger when pulling out the gun, then easily you can move down into the trigger guard area)
Lightweight (plastic)
Lots of adjusting for different angles

AA#5
03-11-2012, 01:15
I sorta like the Serpa too. What I find interesting is that you have to practice releasing the lock BEFORE you start to draw, otherwise the gun won't come out.

MikeG36
03-11-2012, 01:24
Plastic:

Blade-Tech (http://www.blade-tech.com/OWB-Belt-Holsters-c-357.html) makes a great kydex holster. The retention is friction bump in the trigger guard.

Galco (http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterPG3.asp?ProductID=3225&GunID=47) kydex paddle holster that works great on my 19 or 36. Same principle as Blade-Tech.

Garett (http://garrettindustries.mybigcommerce.com/silent-thunder-stx-champion/) makes some nice Kydex bonded leather holsters but I haven't tried one so this is just word of mouth.

Michael9418
03-11-2012, 01:46
Go with both.http://img.tapatalk.com/aeed41be-6678-6357.jpg


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hsprincipal
03-11-2012, 06:46
I have had good luck with my Desantis Dual Carry. IWB or OWB. It does have the thumb break.

DFin
03-11-2012, 06:55
To start off you should consider a Glock Sport/Combat holster for about $15.00. Good concealment for a belt holster as the pistol rides close to the body. I use the larger size made for the G20/21 because it allows a quick draw of the smaller frame Glock pistols and still provides good retention. The only thing I don't like about this holster is that it does not cover the lower 1/2 of the G-17's slide. You can spend a lot of money on holsters trying to figure out which ones you like.

2740dmx
03-11-2012, 07:00
What is your primary use for the holster?
Concealment holsters will have much different features than the paddle type that are designed more for range use or competition....

There is a great area subforum called "Carry issues" that will get you more responses...

The options are many, and the perfect holster has yet to be designed....let us know what you decide!

Spiffums
03-11-2012, 07:14
Have not found anything I like better.
http://i436.photobucket.com/albums/qq90/Magnus2131/serpa.jpg

If ya pack a SERPA, pack ya a trama kit!

tpr7304
03-11-2012, 09:42
For a leather OWB holster, check out Lobo Gun Leather. Ray makes top quality holsters for a reasonable price. I have several of his holsters and highly recommend them.

http://www.lobogunleather.com/

ak103k
03-11-2012, 09:50
Ill second the Blade Tec IWB kydex holsters, and throw in the Milt Sparks Versa Max II if you want leather.

IWB is the way to go if you want the most concealment. Its also very comfortable once you get used to it.

Dont get cheap here, a decent holster is going to cost you. Same goes for the belt, which is also part of the system. Kydex and nylon tend to be cheaper than leather in this respect, and in some cases, the better route to go. This is especially true if you sweat a lot. Not that its as much an issue with a Glock a it is with other guns/finishes.

As far as wear on the guns slide, anything you put in a holster is going to get beat up over time. Kydex tends to wear at specific points, where leather tends to wear a finish overall. Kydex is sweat proof, and doesnt hold or embed dirt. They are easily cleaned under the kitchen tap. Leather tends to absorb and hold moisture, making it a poor choice if you sweat and your activity level and environment is more than that of an office worker. It also tends to keep the dirt it picks up which just adds to wear over time.

glockSPD
03-11-2012, 09:55
I have a lobo holster. Great quality, great stitching, great price. Ray was very helpful and answered all of my questions. Give his holsters a try, you won't regret it.

kshutt
03-11-2012, 12:18
My future holster purchases will probably be limited to those made by either Blade-Tech or Raven. The Serpa holster is taking an absolute beating in some of the firearms forums. In fact, they've been banned in some training circles.

I still have 3 Serpas that I hang my pistols in at the range, but I'm not shooting any speed events with them unless I wear my bullet-proof leggings and steel-toed shoes! :supergrin:

mattleegee
03-11-2012, 12:25
My future holster purchases will probably be limited to those made by either Blade-Tech or Raven. The Serpa holster is taking an absolute beating in some of the firearms forums. In fact, they've been banned in some training circles.

I still have 3 Serpas that I hang my pistols in at the range, but I'm not shooting any speed events with them unless I wear my bullet-proof leggings and steel-toed shoes! :supergrin:


whats the deal with the serpa (paddle) holsters?
as a new shooter, i tried a few at the sports store and they seemed like the safest, what am i missing?
(Blackhawk Serpa concealment holster)

ak103k
03-11-2012, 12:36
This isnt the only occurrence, but probably the most posted....

I shot myself! Original Upload! - YouTube

This one also goes into a little more depth....

Opinion: Blackhawk SERPA and Tex Grebners Mishap - YouTube

Magnus2131
03-11-2012, 12:54
Seems the problem started with the safety on the 1911. You won't have that problem with a Glock. Also it was blamed on the way he was wearing the Serpa. I'm not into competition so they work great for me. Good video however. Something to consider if you are rolling around on the ground.:whistling:

Magnus2131
03-11-2012, 12:59
Tex's training kicked in and the first thing he did was call his parents.:rofl:

MikeG36
03-11-2012, 13:09
Tex's training kicked in and the first thing he did was call his parents.:rofl:

+1 :rofl: :rofl:

MikeG36
03-11-2012, 13:20
I thought you are looking for OWB, but if you are also looking at IWB then check out the Galco Triton, MS VMII and CompTac. The top two are my EDC and the MTAC is my backup carry. They are all great holsters. The VMII and MTAC are the most comfortable if you are in and out of the car a lot. I've worn both for 18+ hour days and they are great. For quick trips to the store or for quick on and off the Galco triton can't be beat.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v313/Mike16610/G19Triton_2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v313/Mike16610/G19Triton_1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v313/Mike16610/G19VMII.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v313/Mike16610/Holster_2.jpg

AA#5
03-11-2012, 13:28
This isnt the only occurrence, but probably the most posted....

I shot myself! Original Upload! - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYvAxLX6OzE)

This one also goes into a little more depth....

Opinion: Blackhawk SERPA and Tex Grebners Mishap - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDpxVG9XFJc)

That guy is one of the most intelligent people I've ever listened to. Great video. It's all in the details.

I bought a Serpa, but after using it a couple of times, I decided to stop. I also experienced the same problem he describes. It's a good example of a product that seems wonderful - until you actually use it.

jmathis84
03-11-2012, 13:39
I would recommend the Safariland Als. I have one and love it. It is a kydex retention holster. Suede lined on the inside for protection. I have done hundreds of draws and see no harm to my slide. Has a paddle for easy on-off and is very comfortable. I can conceal it quite well with a button up shirt. Forgot to mention the lock is deactivated with the thumb as you acquire a shooting grip.

Southswede
05-20-2012, 17:03
This isnt the only occurrence, but probably the most posted....

I shot myself! Original Upload! - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYvAxLX6OzE)

This one also goes into a little more depth....

Opinion: Blackhawk SERPA and Tex Grebners Mishap - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDpxVG9XFJc)

Unsafe gun handling is NOT the holsters fault! The video is disingenuous at best. The serpa design does NOT place the trigger finger inside the trigger guard upon holstering. It requires the shooter to do this.

Southswede
05-20-2012, 17:05
Tex's training kicked in and the first thing he did was call his parents.:rofl:

+1 :rofl: :rofl:

:rofl::rofl::rofl:

ak103k
05-20-2012, 17:36
Unsafe gun handling is NOT the holsters fault! The video is disingenuous at best. The serpa design does NOT place the trigger finger inside the trigger guard upon holstering. It requires the shooter to do this.
Problems with the Serpas seems to be a pretty common occurrence, and enough so, that many places offering training refuse to allow them to be used. User error or not, its happened enough to be an issue that other retention holsters dont seem to have.

I believe most of the issue is with during the draw too, and not reholstering.

With anything you use, you do need to be familiar with them and practice with them until they require no thought. I think the problem with the Serpas is, they work fine, until they dont work as expected, and the natural instinct is to jab harder on that button, and with that extra pressure still bearing down on the holster, allowing the finger to enter the trigger on release as the gun starts to clear the holster.

Another issue thats been been brought up too is, debris jamming the release. It doesnt take to much to cause the release to be inoperable. Probably not to much of an issue for a range holster, but not something Id want in a holster for more serious use.

Southswede
05-20-2012, 17:48
Problems with the Serpas seems to be a pretty common occurrence, and enough so, that many places offering training refuse to allow them to be used. User error or not, its happened enough to be an issue that other retention holsters dont seem to have.

I believe most of the issue is with during the draw too, and not reholstering.

With anything you use, you do need to be familiar with them and practice with them until they require no thought. I think the problem with the Serpas is, they work fine, until they dont work as expected, and the natural instinct is to jab harder on that button, and with that extra pressure still bearing down on the holster, allowing the finger to enter the trigger on release as the gun starts to clear the holster.

Another issue thats been been brought up too is, debris jamming the release. It doesnt take to much to cause the release to be inoperable. Probably not to much of an issue for a range holster, but not something Id want in a holster for more serious use.

I still maintain that unsafe gun handling is NOT the holsters fault. There are plenty of law enforcement agencies out there issuing this holster, or allowing its use.

ak103k
05-20-2012, 17:59
I dont think youre wrong about the gun handling, but I do think the holster is contributing to the problem too.

If it were strictly a poor handling issue, you'd be hearing about problems with the other type retention holsters as well, which you dont.

Southswede
05-20-2012, 18:14
I dont think youre wrong about the gun handling, but I do think the holster is contributing to the problem too.

If it were strictly a poor handling issue, you'd be hearing about problems with the other type retention holsters as well, which you dont.


The serpa is the only one with this retention design. If it were a holster issue, then the serpa wouldn't be in as wide use as it is.:dunno:

cluznar
05-30-2012, 17:08
If you truly want a comfortable holster with great retention, yet easy to draw and re-holster then get a
N82Tactical Pro holster.

225586

Most comfortable holster I have ever used.

:patriot: