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OneSevenDeuce
07-13-2010, 6:19 PM
In response to Sammy Reese's recent article in American Handgunner entitled "Carry Options", comparing plastic to leather holsters, I thought I'd pose the question to my fellow CalGunners. What do you use for Open/Duty carry, Concealed carry, or "other" to including any type of carry you utilize that involves a holster. Do you prefer plastic or leather for any type of carry? Why?

Here are my picks...

Concealed carry: Bianchi IWB full size suede leather. The leather feels much better for all day wear in my opinion, when it comes to concealed carry. There are several plastic choices available for CC, but they don't seem to be as popular for this type of carry and I can see why.

http://i861.photobucket.com/albums/ab174/onesevendeuce/colt1-vi.jpg

Open/Duty carry: Safariland Special Ops Tactical Holster. I love this holster and used it extensively in the military. It has multiple retention systems but does not adversely effect the ability to draw quickly.

http://i861.photobucket.com/albums/ab174/onesevendeuce/6274.jpg

Honestly I have no aversion to either plastic or leather, but they each have their uses for me. I do like both for different reasons, but I don't see myself wearing a leather open/duty holster, or a plastic CCW holster. What say you?

shoupdawg
07-13-2010, 6:22 PM
I don't use a holster, but why don't you put up a poll?

OneSevenDeuce
07-13-2010, 6:25 PM
I hate polls. Can't stand them. They detract from constructive conversation in my opinion. I post these questions because I like to give CalGunners the chance to have their own gun magazine column in a sense.

Black Majik
07-13-2010, 6:31 PM
I find leather more comfortable for concealed carry, leather is just more easy on the body than hard kydex.

I do prefer kydex overall, it is much, much faster than leather.

FeuerFrei
07-13-2010, 6:36 PM
I have both types and won't pimp any particular brands here.
Kydex is what I usually dress with. Sweat won't affect it and re-holstering is easier.
Leather is more...traditional and expensive. Sweat and or water will soak in eventually and keep the moisture close to the weapon...bad.
Leather can be more comfortable against your skin (IWB).
Men and their holsters are like chicks and their purses. Got one for every occasion.

Trapper
07-13-2010, 6:38 PM
I've used plastic holsters for IPSC/IDPA matches and nylon holsters in the military, but prefer the look and comfort of leather holsters.
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk256/Trapper_308/IMG_1665.jpg

rgs1975
07-13-2010, 6:52 PM
Open carry...

http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/5614/13167341.jpg

http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/6504/58673.jpg


Concealed carry...

http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/5614/13167341.jpg

http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/8410/carry.jpg

HighLander51
07-13-2010, 6:58 PM
Plastic is faster ,but leather is more comfortable. There is no one be all, end all holster, it's all about compromise...

gaucho750
07-13-2010, 6:59 PM
Concealed carry...

http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/8410/carry.jpg

Where did you get these holsters?

OneSevenDeuce
07-13-2010, 7:00 PM
rgs1975,

Are those plastic holsters with the leather pad bulky at all? I was thinking of trying one but they look like they take up a lot of space IWB.

jdg30
07-13-2010, 8:54 PM
I prefer leather holsters because they are more comfortable to wear, especially IWB. I like how they get worn in the more they are used and have a custom worn in look and feel. They just seem more personalized than plastic ones.

For simple shooting at the range, I may use a Kydex holster over a leather one because of the ease of drawing and reholstering, but for carrying I prefer leather.

adrenaline
07-13-2010, 9:06 PM
This is the only one I have. I am amazed at the ease of draw and am liking the Serpa setup right where my index finger is naturally resting along side the pistol. However, this is only for the range or if I feel motivated to join one of these UOC meets.


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4136/4782038561_37f26e7795.jpg



If/when I ever get my concealed carry permit, I would go leather. I really do like the ones I see posted so far.

BigDogatPlay
07-13-2010, 9:59 PM
To carry out in the world, concealed or open, leather. I prefer Aker Leather (http://www.akerleather.com/). Made in California, superb quality, designs to fit all preferences and reasonably priced. Below is their Flatsider.

http://www.akerleather.com/pages/whatsn10.jpg

To carry around the homestead, in the boonies or on the range, kydex is good to go.

9mmepiphany
07-13-2010, 10:25 PM
i started with leather back in the days when my back would still allow me to wear IWB with a real classic...the Milt Spark's Summer Special for a 1911. i'm still partial to leather with a Alessi CQC/S and ACP for a Sig 220 and Beretta 92/96.

for teaching (Blackhawk CQC Serpa) and Competition (Comp-Tac Settable Cant Paddle), i've found that Kydex holds up better and is faster to draw from

ExZeRoEx
07-13-2010, 10:25 PM
Where did you get these holsters?

Looks to me like a crossbreed holster

Knauga
07-13-2010, 10:32 PM
Where did you get these holsters?

Those are Crossbreed Holsters. I use them myself, they are the most comfortable holsters I've used so far.

noob_tube
07-13-2010, 10:41 PM
Blackhawk all the way... Level 3 Serpa Duty for duty carry. CQC Serpa for cc purposes.

OneSevenDeuce
07-14-2010, 8:23 AM
To carry out in the world, concealed or open, leather. I prefer Aker Leather (http://www.akerleather.com/). Made in California, superb quality, designs to fit all preferences and reasonably priced. Below is their Flatsider.

http://www.akerleather.com/pages/whatsn10.jpg

To carry around the homestead, in the boonies or on the range, kydex is good to go.

Bookmarked that website. That's some good looking leather.

cmaynes
07-14-2010, 8:28 AM
if you like kydex, you should check these out....

http://www.shop.peterscustomholsters.com/category.sc;jsessionid=31721EA72D5F15D4030ADCE30CF EAD04.qscstrfrnt02?categoryId=2

Mute
07-14-2010, 8:38 AM
I use both but usually prefer leather.

GŁnter
07-14-2010, 12:05 PM
Metal frame handguns like a 1911 - Leather
Polymer frame handguns like a Glock - Plastic

rgs1975
07-14-2010, 12:23 PM
They are Crossbreed IWB holsters. Leather back pad with Kydex molded front. They are ridiculously comfortable. I don't feel the holster or gun at all after about an hour or so. In my book, they are the finest IWB's available.

OneSevenDeuce
07-14-2010, 12:32 PM
I want one now.

(Note: one=fifty)

paul0660
07-14-2010, 12:33 PM
No plastic, holsters OR guns.

FUBAR
07-14-2010, 7:19 PM
I use kydex (FIST and Blade-Tech) for all my handguns. I like the moisture resistance and some are also modular.

Shenaniguns
07-14-2010, 8:14 PM
Leather for IWB
Kydex for OWB

razr
07-14-2010, 8:41 PM
Leather, easier on the finish.

Grumpyoldretiredcop
07-14-2010, 10:06 PM
Either as conditions call for.

thayne
07-14-2010, 10:57 PM
I just got my first plastic holster a few weeks ago, Serpa, and love it. Its wicked fast to draw from and the paddle is comfortable

supertrooper
07-15-2010, 3:18 AM
safariland 6280 wiyh light for duty and safariland ALS paddle for range. no ccw since the sheriff got reelected :(

MrBrent
07-15-2010, 6:01 AM
Where did you get these holsters?

Like others have stated these are crossbreed supertuck and are great. The large leather surface molds to your body and is really nice. I have a mini-tuck that I carry a Kahr PM9 in and you really forget its on. Its that comfortable. Another great thing about Crossbreed is you can get them in a few weeks, not months like other high end leather. I have some other pistols and TT Gunleather IWB that are really good as well.

Colt
07-15-2010, 6:07 AM
http://i861.photobucket.com/albums/ab174/onesevendeuce/colt1-vi.jpg



Not to go off topic - but that's a beautiful old Colt commercial. What vintage?

OneSevenDeuce
07-15-2010, 7:35 AM
Not to go off topic - but that's a beautiful old Colt commercial. What vintage?

Wish I knew. It's not mine, haha. I can't tell if it is a commemorative, or a duty pistol, but it looks like it is associated with a LEA. I'm going to guess early 90s.

Mac Attack
07-15-2010, 8:35 AM
I posted a review of a CompTac (kydex holster) vs. a Milt Spars VersaMax II (custom leather holster) which I thought was pertinent to your question so I created a new post and here is the link:
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?p=4620316#post4620316

To answer your question I like leather holsters and have them for all of my carry handguns. I go with VMII's for IWB and CQC/S for OWB.

Milt Sparks VMII holsters for when I want the ultimate in concealability and comfort. Holsters for a full sized 1911, Glock 30 and HK P7M8. The standard against which all IWB holsters are measured.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/mmacayan/Colt%201911/IMG_5530.jpg

Lou Alessi CQC/S for when I don't want to bother with a IWB holster and just want to snap it on. 2x full size 1911, Officer size and a Glock 30. The ultimate for OWB holster.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/mmacayan/Colt%201911/IMG_5528.jpg

In_this_city
07-15-2010, 8:58 AM
I have a leather owb for wearing around the house and a serpa for range use.

Shenaniguns
07-15-2010, 9:14 AM
If you guys are looking at Top Quality leather IWB that will ship in less than 10 days, check out TT Gunleather designed Occidental Leather Holsters:
http://www.ttgunleather.com/catalog/i72.html

This holster has replaced my M-Tac (More comfortable) and VMII (More concealable) which will be the holster I use when I finally get my CA CCW :D

patriot_man
07-15-2010, 4:03 PM
Kydex. Leather warps and changes over time from pressure. Kydex keeps it's form and allows you to insert your firearm into a holster that is a perfect fit every time. But leather is more comfortable for IWB. Raven makes great Kydex holsters.

vhram
07-15-2010, 4:13 PM
I really like leather myself. Just like the fit and feel. I think Kydex is far more durable thou.

In_this_city
07-15-2010, 5:18 PM
Raven makes great Kydex holsters.

I agree. I want one for my 1911, but I have to wait 12-13 weeks.

Colt
07-15-2010, 5:35 PM
Wish I knew. It's not mine, haha. I can't tell if it is a commemorative, or a duty pistol, but it looks like it is associated with a LEA. I'm going to guess early 90s.

No - that one is no younger than pre WWII, maybe even older (C prefix).

OneSevenDeuce
07-15-2010, 5:36 PM
No - that one is no younger than late 40's - may be even pre WWII.

What gives it away?

Shenaniguns
07-15-2010, 5:52 PM
Kydex. Leather warps and changes over time from pressure. Kydex keeps it's form and allows you to insert your firearm into a holster that is a perfect fit every time. But leather is more comfortable for IWB. Raven makes great Kydex holsters.


Maybe the cheap non-reinforced ones do but don't fool yourself about kydex not cracking over time either. Even Raven is making his kydex thicker to minimize cracking.

Colt
07-15-2010, 6:06 PM
What gives it away?

C prefix serial number. They switched to C suffix in 1950.

OneSevenDeuce
07-15-2010, 6:14 PM
C prefix serial number. They switched to C suffix in 1950.

How about that. I didn't even see the serial number.

Colt
07-15-2010, 6:31 PM
I'm nuts about old Colts...

OneSevenDeuce
07-15-2010, 8:55 PM
I'm nuts about old Colts...

That's great. I love 1911s but I didn't know that. I'll keep that in the ol mental toolbox.