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Old 09-06-2016, 01:15 PM   #1
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Plastic holster?

Didn't think I would ever hear myself say that, have always been a leather guy but was shooting some action matches and I can see where a good one might be handy. So who makes a really good one, either plastic or Kydex, that is tight and rigid fitting and without some gimmick to release? I tried a Safariland but it was an epic fail. Guess I should have known with a one size fits many but even the retaining catch messed up all the time. This would be for a 229.

I went to an IDPA match last weekend and three things I didn't see were 1) metal guns, 2) leather holsters and 3) hammers. I can give a little on the leather...
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Old 09-06-2016, 03:10 PM   #2
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One thing I like about being an old fart is not having to go along with the crowd. I like my pistols to have a certain heft, I like metal, I like a hammer and I like the look and feel of leather. But, at Gunsite, i did use a Safariland holster on a 226 that worked like a charm, allowing me to put three in assigned area in 1.5 seconds. But, having said that, being a conservative and being one of those radicals that believe in person's freedom to choose, I say more power to those that choose the newer styled "party favors" to be lead delivery systems! Go forth and deliver!
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Old 09-06-2016, 04:06 PM   #3
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I almost alway go with leather while carrying off duty. I have had some kydex holsters. I really like the raven holsters but they are limited in gun models. Im sure there are other good ones out there.
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Old 09-06-2016, 04:19 PM   #4
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A plastic Blackhawk scratched up the slide on my Beretta. Not a fan.
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Old 09-06-2016, 04:21 PM   #5
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This is what i use for competition

International Holster | Comp-Tac Victory Gear

Works very well for my 226 tacops, i use it with the drop attachment ad well as their "PLM" belt loop, it has a button release which can be locked to make sure it doesnt let go. Ive used it for a few USPSA matches, works like a charm, i have a couple of their holsters, one for my USP, their tutn around is 5-10 days usually, they make good stuff.

Raven concealment makes good holsters, but they are designed to be tigjt to the body, not sure id want that for competition, i use the raven for iwb on my usp for the last few years, good for concewl carry, down side, is depending on what you want custom made ones are 14-16 weeks out, they have some quicl ship options
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Old 09-06-2016, 04:26 PM   #6
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Check out the Clinger offered by the supporters here. I have 2 for my 229 and my 239.
They are minimal, polished and work very well undercover.
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Old 09-06-2016, 04:28 PM   #7
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Raven, Comp-Tac, JM Custom Kydex, Ozark, Dale Frick, Incog, and Garrett (leather lined) come to mind.

I have only kydex holsters and love them. A well made kydex holster can be gentle on the finish, if that matters to one, since they use the trigger guard primarily for retention.

Ozark IWB for my Glock 19.

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Old 09-06-2016, 04:29 PM   #8
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I like the Sig Sauer plastic holsters made by IMI
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Old 09-06-2016, 04:53 PM   #9
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I just remembered a good choice. Check out Silent Thunder from Garret. It is a kydex holster with leather on the inside. I have one for my XDS. They are really nice Silent Thunder STX
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Old 09-06-2016, 05:30 PM   #10
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Sounds like the safari land you came in contact with was a "GLS" which for lack of a better term is an abortion of a system. Look for an ALS specific to your weapon. It has inside thumb retention that is for the most part hidden from others but naturally releases when you form a grip on the weapon. It is suede lined so very finish friendly. Comes with both paddle and belt loops. You won't be disappointed.

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Old 09-06-2016, 06:43 PM   #11
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This is what I use for USPSA...Ben Stoeger BOSS DOH Holster | Pro Shop with the Blade-Tech.

I have never shot IDPA but I think that the dropped and offset part is a no go. I could be wrong.

You can buy just the holster though.

My girlfriend uses this...Silent Thunder Champion

I really like GI holsters and have a few of their silent thunder GT holsters for my carry pieces but I honestly like my Blade-Tech better for competition but YMMV.

We both use metal guns with hammers. She uses her 229 Legion and I use a CZ SP-01 Accu Shadow.
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Old 09-06-2016, 07:27 PM   #12
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When I go to the range to shoot my p226 Extreme I usually use my Sig plastic paddle holster - the part number on the back is 8501227. It says on the back that it works for the 2009, 2022, 220, 226, 227, MK25 and M11-A1. You can buy these from the Sig Store - mine came in the box with a new sp2022. I see no indication of this holster causing undue wear marks on my p226. It works.
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Old 09-06-2016, 08:34 PM   #13
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OWB - Safariland 578 GLS paddle holster

IWB - Comp-Tac MTAC holster
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:04 PM   #14
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I bought one of those SIG Tac plastic holsters (with the retention device) for my P239 just in case I decided to open carry. I still haven't used it yet. I prefer leather for all my concealed needs.
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We have a guy in AZ that custom makes kydex holsters and he does a great job. I personally like kydex, it doesnt respond to moisture and is good under warmer temps, you just cant leave them in direct sun in a hot car for too long. I also like the fact that in some, you can adjust the tension. I have mine made with a paddle but I can switch it out to a Blade Tech belt attachment.
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