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MattyIce
04-27-2012, 15:11
Don't carry my 1911 enough, want to into the habit more often. What type of holster does glock talk recommend? OWB would be how I carry it.

NeverMore1701
04-27-2012, 15:18
http://sethsgunleather.com/images/index.1.jpg

http://sethsgunleather.com/OWB.htm

fnfalman
04-27-2012, 15:18
The best holster is the one that you:

A. Can afford to buy.

B. Fits your needs.

ColbyoneKenobie
04-27-2012, 15:34
Crossbreed has excellent holsters.

TN.Frank
04-27-2012, 15:38
The best holster is the one that you:

A. Can afford to buy.

B. Fits your needs.

Following those rules I normally will pick up a Fobus Paddle holster(I know everyone hates em' but they work ok for what they are) and then I can shop around on E-Bay or LGS for something better.
I really need to get up to Muddy Pond and get a double shoulder of 10oz Oak Tanned leather from the Mennonite's so I can start making my own holsters again. Need to get some more waxed thread too. That's the best way to get a holster, that way you can design it just the way you want it. :cool:

oldways
04-27-2012, 15:41
Milt Sparks 55BN works for me.

TN.Frank
04-27-2012, 16:14
I made a copy of the Milt Sparks Summer Special that worked pretty well. If you can afford the Real Deal that'd be a good IWB holster to get.

seanmac45
04-27-2012, 16:15
Milt Sparks VM II for me.

NeverMore1701
04-27-2012, 16:30
Milt Sparks VM II for me.

I've been carrying my 92 in one for almost six years now, fantastic holster if you want IWB.

seanmac45
04-27-2012, 16:37
That's a BIG gun to carry IWB. I used to own one, and almost always carried it in a shoulder rig.

You sir, are the man.

DRJ1911
04-27-2012, 16:50
Check out Adams Leather. Top quality work and service.

Doyle

jb1911
04-27-2012, 16:56
Milt Sparks VM II for me.

:agree:


It's a beautiful thing!

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7008/6814731215_91e1b44108_z.jpg

seanmac45
04-27-2012, 17:03
Yes indeed! The 1911 and the VM II are a phenomenal combination.

NeverMore1701
04-27-2012, 18:14
Do keep in mind the OP specifically asked about OWB :tongueout:

jb1911
04-27-2012, 19:03
Do keep in mind the OP specifically asked about OWB :tongueout:

We know, we just don't care.

NeverMore1701
04-27-2012, 19:05
We know, we just don't care.

When does anyone around here?


:tongueout:

Keoking
04-27-2012, 19:07
Tucker HF-1. Functional and even my wife says they're purty.

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/rlcompanyusa_2202_1390659

NeverMore1701
04-27-2012, 19:14
Tucker HF-1. Functional and even my wife says they're purty.

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/rlcompanyusa_2202_1390659

Not my style, but pretty cool.

seanmac45
04-27-2012, 19:28
Do keep in mind the OP specifically asked about OWB :tongueout:


YIKES!!!! You are correct. I read the OP too fast.

My apologies for giving an incorrect answer.

OWB I prefer the Milt Sparks 60TK also used to be known as the RoadRunner.

Sorry

Sean

NeverMore1701
04-27-2012, 19:34
I think the Axiom is the best designed of the Sparks OWBs.

dakrat
04-27-2012, 20:08
my choice for OWB would be the Milt Sparks 55BN and Alessi CQC-S. good luck

Rinspeed
04-27-2012, 21:31
How much are you willing to spend and how long are you willing to wait.

fendertele87
04-27-2012, 22:02
Just bought this black hawk today... It worked out great!

CanyonMan
04-27-2012, 22:32
Some of you guys got some very nice looking rigs....

I'm pretty simple I guess. I either use a Fobus paddle, or usually just Mex carry down the back of my Wranglers... ;)





CM

fendertele87
04-27-2012, 23:11
Here is the black hawk i tried to post earlier

Wil Ufgood
04-28-2012, 04:48
http://cache.wists.com/thumbnails/3/bc/3bcc0930e086b783716d15329e8d16ab-orig

okie
04-28-2012, 06:15
http://sethsgunleather.com/images/index.1.jpg

http://sethsgunleather.com/OWB.htm

This:supergrin:

seanmac45
04-28-2012, 06:23
OK OK OK

MAJ wins.......................

Rinspeed
04-28-2012, 06:26
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y29/Rinspeed/132.jpg

fnfalman
04-28-2012, 11:26
I like Milt Sparks and Seth's Custom Leathers for concealed carry. Do other custom leathersmith products or good off-the-shelf holsters work? Of course they do, I also have Bianchi, Galco and Safariland. However, I like the people at Milt Sparks and Seth's and that's why I favor their products over Mitch Rosen/Del Fatti/Alessi/Kramer.

Nowadays I like to develop relationships with people and I don't know Rosen, Del Fatti or Alessi. I spoke with Kramer before at a gun show and his holier-than-thou attitude turned me off. His stuff is good but not better than Milt Sparks or Seth's. So, for now for concealment holster, I'll stick with Milt Sparks and Seth's. Though Seth's is making something for my M1911s that aren't for concealment.

Anyhewww, I carry my M1911 concealed in a Milt Sparks 55BN (the old Bruce Nelson Professional with slight mod), the IBAK (Improved Baker) or sometimes IWB style with the Executive Companion with the NLG (Nelson Legacy) coming. I'm not an IWB fan though I think that my Colt Detective Special might be more comfortable for me IWB. If that's the case then Seth's will have to do something for me.

I like the 55BN so much that I had holsters made for my P7PSP, P5 and 92FS. Sometimes it's hard to improve on a classic that was well designed from the start.

I also like Seth's Paladin a lot too. Super comfy and hugs the body tight. It makes a wide gun like the SIG P228 disappear around my fat belly.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Guns/Holsters/MiltSparksColtM1911d.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Guns/Holsters/MiltSparksLtCdrXSEnGSP.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Guns/Holsters/PaladinP228onthehip2.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Guns/Holsters/PaladinP228behindthehip2.jpg

FLSlim
04-28-2012, 12:07
Whatever works the best for you. I've kind of gotten attached to a D.M. Bullard Bodyguard.

mdm3
04-29-2012, 07:40
I think the Axiom is the best designed of the Sparks OWBs.

I agree on the Axiom. It has a smooth draw, conceals well, comfortable to sit in a car with, and easy to snap on and off.
I find I wear it more than my VMII now when concealing because its just as easy to conceal as long as the shirt isn't too short.

The only potential drawback I can see is retention since it doesn't have the reinforced mouth.

My only regret on the Axiom is that I waited so many years to try one.

Andrew10736
04-29-2012, 09:22
This will be my next.. I'm partial to thumbreak holsters

http://www.c-rusty.com/pages/holsters/large/sisvertical.html

FLRon777
04-29-2012, 16:25
Here is my Del Fatti SLP that is nicely made.

http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb128/FLRon777/DSC02421.jpg

http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb128/FLRon777/DSC02423.jpg

prez1967
04-30-2012, 07:33
I was going to go with a Milt Sparks leather holster for daily carry to compliment my Blackhawk Serpa that i use in competitions but i've been looking at Raven Concealement alot... it looks like that may offer my next OWB solution.

packsaddle
04-30-2012, 10:47
a GT member makes these.

only 3 week wait right now.

http://www.zlogonje.com/blog1.php


http://www.zlogonje.com/media/blogs/photos/1911tbSmall.jpg?mtime=1327030960

MD357
04-30-2012, 10:48
Following those rules I normally will pick up a Fobus Paddle holster(I know everyone hates em' but they work ok for what they are) and then I can shop around on E-Bay or LGS for something better.
I really need to get up to Muddy Pond and get a double shoulder of 10oz Oak Tanned leather from the Mennonite's so I can start making my own holsters again. Need to get some more waxed thread too. That's the best way to get a holster, that way you can design it just the way you want it. :cool:

Fobus holsters are junk and you're better off throwing your money out the window. Nobody seriously carries these things.

This individual shows how fragile they are...

Plastic Holsters suck - YouTube


To the OP, get the best holster you can afford like FN said, what works for you will be different from everyone else. Personally, I own or have tried Milt Sparks, Alessi, and Tucker that have worked for me. MS VM-2 is my preference.

pezzulli
04-30-2012, 11:51
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y29/Rinspeed/132.jpg

VERY,VERY Nice Holster! Was that holster made by Lou or the new guys?

COLDSTEEL165
04-30-2012, 12:34
Milt Sparks Summer Special 2 is a great IWB holster, & for a shoulder rig the Bodyguard rig from Alessi Leather is another one hard to beat 1911 holster, I own both of them & have no problems with either one.

Gary1911A1
04-30-2012, 15:12
I like Wilson Combat Pro. It's available and holds the 1911/Commander just high enough to keep the pistol conceal under a short outer garment, but not to high to draw.

SubCaliber
05-01-2012, 09:15
I think I have 4 or 5 holsters for my 1911 now. My favorite for IWB is my Milt Sparks Versa Max II

http://starbase4.com/album/albums/Private/normal__MG_4030.jpg


Before that for IWB I used a Milt Sparks Watch Six Dual Talon. I don't think they even make that version any more. I also have an old Dillon I use for OWB that I like but I can only use that when I am wearing a long coat or something.

big kitchens
05-01-2012, 19:12
Milt sparks versa 2 with a 5 inch 1911

Sent by my walky talky

Rinspeed
05-01-2012, 20:53
VERY,VERY Nice Holster! Was that holster made by Lou or the new guys?




Thanks, it was made by Lou. :angel:

fnfalman
05-01-2012, 22:56
I agree on the Axiom. It has a smooth draw, conceals well, comfortable to sit in a car with, and easy to snap on and off.
I find I wear it more than my VMII now when concealing because its just as easy to conceal as long as the shirt isn't too short.

The only potential drawback I can see is retention since it doesn't have the reinforced mouth.

My only regret on the Axiom is that I waited so many years to try one.

I have an Axiom coming for a Commander size. I like the IBAK, but I've begun to appreciate quick detachable holsters.

I'll have to compare the Axion to the Paladin and see. Interesting that the Axiom doesn't have a reinforced mouth. I'll have to ask the Milt Sparks people about that.

NeverMore1701
05-01-2012, 23:07
I'm very interested to hear what you think of the Axiom vs. Paladin.

fnfalman
05-01-2012, 23:11
I'm very interested to hear what you think of the Axiom vs. Paladin.

Alas, it will be a while. I won't get the Axiom until probably October or November.

NeverMore1701
05-01-2012, 23:14
Alas, it will be a while. I won't get the Axiom until probably October or November.

No doubt, both my Milt Sparks orders (5 years apart) had about a 6month lead time.

fnfalman
05-01-2012, 23:17
No doubt, both my Milt Sparks orders (5 years apart) had about a 6month lead time.

They like me, so my orders had been more around four months. That's still going to be end of the year. Oh well, it's not like I'm short of holsters.

faawrenchbndr
05-02-2012, 00:19
Milt Sparks Versa Max II.........love it!
Another good choice is a Brommeland Max Con IV

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c341/faawrenchbndr/Miller%20Custom/SpringfieldGIcarrypic.jpg

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c341/faawrenchbndr/Miller%20Custom/MillerCustomSpringfieldpicVI.jpg

MikeG36
05-02-2012, 02:26
I like my Milt Sparks holsters.

Axiom. Best OWB I've ever owned. (and I've owned a few.)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v313/Mike16610/MSAxiom.jpg

VM II Commander size
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v313/Mike16610/CBOBVMII.jpg

VM II Government size with Kydex clips making the holster tuckable.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v313/Mike16610/1911VMII.jpg

I also like my MTAC.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v313/Mike16610/MTACCBOB.jpg

true believer
05-02-2012, 20:31
a GT member makes these.

only 3 week wait right now.

http://www.zlogonje.com/blog1.php


http://www.zlogonje.com/media/blogs/photos/1911tbSmall.jpg?mtime=1327030960

thanks for the heads up...will be ordering real soon!!!
:wavey:

shays4me
05-02-2012, 21:13
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v313/Mike16610/MTACCBOB.jpg
Nice grips! Believe it or not, I suggested she combine two of her patterns to come up with what you have there, and then I bought the first set. Mine are in Cocobolo, but they look awesome in ivorywood! That pistol deserves a theme song!

slickab
05-06-2012, 09:53
http://www.taguagunleather.com/new/open-top-leather-belt-holster-p21

This is my favorite, gun fits snugly, you can run, roll around, whatever, pistol will not come out. Economical, very well made. Have owned 3, still own 2, let 1 go with a trade.
Customer service is excellent, dog chewed one up, sent it back with a letter of lamentation and presto, a new one arrived a week later.

fnfalman
05-06-2012, 22:56
http://www.taguagunleather.com/new/open-top-leather-belt-holster-p21

This is my favorite, gun fits snugly, you can run, roll around, whatever, pistol will not come out. Economical, very well made. Have owned 3, still own 2, let 1 go with a trade.
Customer service is excellent, dog chewed one up, sent it back with a letter of lamentation and presto, a new one arrived a week later.

For off-the-shelf economical choice, it ain't bad at all. I have two of the minimalist holsters with accompanied mag pouches. Not custom work for sure, but then they didn't command the price of custom leathers either.

zackwatt
05-07-2012, 10:05
I have a Galco V-Hawk

http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/2663/img0398lw.jpg

R.Ph. 380
05-07-2012, 10:15
Nate at www.ubgholsters.com (http://www.ubgholsters.com) makes very nice OWB or IWB and they're fairly reasonable.

DG2
05-08-2012, 02:08
Exodus Gunleather. Carl and Amy Collins will make whatever you want and you won't have to wait 6 months. Exotic hides included.

Goldendog Redux
05-08-2012, 02:15
My Commander rides in a VMII and it is stupid comfortable and concealable. I have a Sparks Axiom (among other Sparks stuff) on order right now. I cannot wait for it to come.

I ordered a VMII for my Ruger LC9. It seems like a lot of holster for the little gun but the Tagua IWB I am using sucks you know what.

MF

JordanK
05-14-2012, 12:23
I carry mine in a Black Hills Leather OWB. It's pretty simple, but I've paid more for less, so to speak. Belt, holster, and mag pouch ran me around 150$ shipped with the military discount as I recall. The pic is the same rig, from the BHL website. You can probably find better deals than that elsewhere, but it's the most well made holster I own, and probably the best belt too :p, so no complaints from me. I am also pretty fond of El Paso Saddlery (http://www.epsaddlery.com/)... but I might be biased, they are based in my home town.

http://www.bhlstore.com/images/conceal2.jpg

fnfalman
05-15-2012, 08:05
I am also pretty fond of El Paso Saddlery (http://www.epsaddlery.com/)... but I might be biased, they are based in my home town.


I am also a fan of El Paso Saddlery because of its history. For the western/field holster types, I love'em. However, in all fairness and honesty, I don't care much for their concealment leathers. They're crude and the details are rather lacking; specifically with the mag pouches. The retention screws are always misaligned and ill-made. The Street Combat #88's fit is not too exacting. Tight on one gun and loose on another gun.

I used to visit the shop when Bobby McNellis was still alive and he admitted that the shop's speciality isn't concealment type leathers and he didn't believe in hand boning either. He's long dead of cancer now and his son sold the business out to somebody else. I bought some holsters after Bobby's passing and while the quality was still there, the philosophy is more different now with even a bunch more concealment type leathers available.

The thing is that I don't know who they use for craftsmen nowadays. Concealment leathers is a lot different than field type leathers. Way back when, El Paso Saddlery's saddlers were old Mexicans who couldn't speak a lick of English. Not the type that would make IWB/OWB, but the floral carvings and tanning are simply gorgeous with the field holsters.

Here are some samples of western/field holsters from El Paso Saddlery.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Guns/Holsters/BernardelliP018002.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Guns/Holsters/SW625nEPSaddlery2.jpghttp://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f308/fnfalman/Guns/Holsters/SWandCZwoodsleathers003-1.jpg

JordanK
05-15-2012, 08:27
Those are beautiful. You might give em' a shot again sometime. Whoever is making their stuff now knows their way around an IWB. I bought one for my Dad a while ago, and he loves it... great fit on his Sig, very comfortable. Only one I own is a Hardin shoulder holster for my blackhawk... and they definitely still know their way around a sixgun holster :)

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/398644_2955840216390_1273012712_3242410_986318470_n.jpg

Not the best picture in the world... I think I took it to show off my hog hunting set up or something... but you get the idea.

fnfalman
05-15-2012, 08:38
Those are beautiful. You might give em' a shot again sometime. Whoever is making their stuff now knows their way around an IWB. I bought one for my Dad a while ago, and he loves it... great fit on his Sig, very comfortable.

Like I said, I've bought holsters from El Paso under new management and I've no complaints but then I stuck with the western type holsters. I'm about to order a Doc Holiday shoulder rig for my Ruger Blackhawk 9mm Convertible. I've just found others who make much better concealment holsters.

JordanK
05-15-2012, 09:00
Eek... sorry bout that, I missed that part of your post on the first read through. My bad. Sometimes my fingers get ahead of my eyeballs.

Wyoming
05-15-2012, 20:30
Tagged. Remember OP asked for OWB holsters. :whistling:

COLDSTEEL165
05-21-2012, 04:54
The CQC/S from Alessi leather Co. in NYS A little pricey but Top Shelf quality etc.