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Old 10-11-2012, 22:18   #1
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Plain clothes holster opinions.....

Guys,

Got word this week that each patrolman will work with CID for 2 days every 8 weeks......

This means I've got to find a decent (read as not too expensive) plain clothes holster for my MC Operator (without the TLR-1). I've got a Serpa for it that I occasionally wear for class, but here as of late, I've not been too happy w/ it.


Any suggestions.......
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Old 10-11-2012, 23:25   #2
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My favorite is my Milt Sparks VM II, but they are not cheap. If money is an object like you say, the COMPTAC MTAC IWB holsters are comfortable and priced right.
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Old 10-11-2012, 23:27   #3
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Guys,

Got word this week that each patrolman will work with CID for 2 days every 8 weeks......

This means I've got to find a decent (read as not too expensive) plain clothes holster for my MC Operator (without the TLR-1). I've got a Serpa for it that I occasionally wear for class, but here as of late, I've not been too happy w/ it.


Any suggestions.......
don't know what Mc operator is but I use a 5.11 clip on iwb and I love it.

Only about 30 bucks for it, good quality.
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Old 10-12-2012, 00:06   #4
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Holsters for railed 1911s can be tough. Galco has a couple of options. I have a DeSantis Speed Scabbard and do not particularly care for it. They compensate for potential damage by the rail to the leather by not stitching the last inch and a half of the bottom of the holster together. It gets damaged this way.
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Old 10-12-2012, 00:21   #5
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Holsters for railed 1911s can be tough. Galco has a couple of options. I have a DeSantis Speed Scabbard and do not particularly care for it. They compensate for potential damage by the rail to the leather by not stitching the last inch and a half of the bottom of the holster together. It gets damaged this way.
I'm finding this to be true....

I guess if push comes to shove, I'll just suck it up and use the Serpa.....
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:11   #6
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Holsters for railed 1911s can be tough.
Ditto. Kydex holster makers may be your best bet for something rail friendly. I'd look at Comp Tac as there lead times are pretty quick if you're in a pinch for time.

Do you need a retention device? This might make it a little harder...
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:32   #7
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If you're looking for IWB the CompTac MTAC is awesome.


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Old 10-12-2012, 04:15   #8
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I would take a look at the Safariland ALS, I think the model is 6378. This is a paddle holster and it is rock solid. The problem I have with pancake or IWB holsters in the issue of reholstering one handed. Plus, with the ALS feature it offers some retention value, I use this holster for duty and really like it. As I recall they run around $38 dollars, +/-.

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Old 10-12-2012, 04:20   #9
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Are you looking for IWB, paddle, or belt?

As a fellow 1911 guy I have both the Comp Tac MTAC and a Crossbreed supertuck. I find the supertuck to be more comfortable, mostly due to the belt clips being wider.

For an reasonably priced paddle holster, look at safariland. I can't think of the model number at the moment, but they have an ALS holster that I would recommend if you are carrying in the open since it has some retention.
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:42   #10
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Not a fan of the Serpa myself. I am in the same boat you are. Our Chief reinstated rotations through detectives effective Jan 1. 3 month rotations for all personnel.

I have a Don Hume H721 for each handgun I own. For the money they are great holsters and hold up well.

Their website shows one for SA 1911 w/rails.

http://www.donhume.com/index.php?mai...cvuj0t40q1ug11
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:11   #11
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I needed a solid holster this year since I had five weeks of class. I bought the snap loop holster, with a thumb break, for my P226 and have been very happy with it.

It is sturdy but with the snap loops you can take it off instead of having to take off your belt. If memory serves, it was $75 shipped with all my options.

found this company http://lobogunleather.com/4_1-sl_pan...tyle_snap-loop
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Are you looking for IWB, paddle, or belt?

As a fellow 1911 guy I have both the Comp Tac MTAC and a Crossbreed supertuck. I find the supertuck to be more comfortable, mostly due to the belt clips being wider.

For an reasonably priced paddle holster, look at safariland. I can't think of the model number at the moment, but they have an ALS holster that I would recommend if you are carrying in the open since it has some retention.
Has Safariland fixed the issues with the ALS, I know few years back they had issues.
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The issue I have with my Safariland ALS is that lots too bulky to put under a button up shirt without it being obvious that I am concealing something. I have a Comp-Tac MTAC and love it for IWB. For OWB I had a holster molded by a local shop that does quality work.
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We are required to wear ours OWB (belt/paddle) and not IWB. I use the Safariland ALS holster. Others wear the Serpa, but I like the retention better in the Safariland.
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Has Safariland fixed the issues with the ALS, I know few years back they had issues.
I haven't had any issues with their off duty stuff or their duty ALS system. I'm also a firearms instructor for a regional program and haven't seen anything personally. I've seen several issues with blackhawk holsters and will never use them.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:07   #16
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I'd prefer OWB. I use the ALS for my duty holster now so that may be an option.


Thanks for the suggestions.
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+1 for the Don Hume 721. I have two - one for a Beretta 96 and one for a H&K P2000. I think the whole IWB thing is overblown. If you have a decent OWB holster and BELT as well as a well thought out covering garment you're good to go. I have carried the above mentioned guns on and off duty and have never had a problem. In fact the H&K is my constant carry gun 99% of the time.
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Guys,

Got word this week that each patrolman will work with CID for 2 days every 8 weeks......

This means I've got to find a decent (read as not too expensive) plain clothes holster for my MC Operator (without the TLR-1). I've got a Serpa for it that I occasionally wear for class, but here as of late, I've not been too happy w/ it.


Any suggestions.......
I loved my Safariland 6378.. Looks decent, still has security, clean draw.. Great holster..
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Want me to send you one of mine to use?

I have a COM kydex from my pro. It'll work. Lefty, railed, paddle OWB.
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