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Damiiaaannn
09-05-2012, 9:13 PM
What the best IWB and OWB full size 1911 holster? I prefer it to be leather or suede.

Bull's_eye
09-05-2012, 9:19 PM
I have the Crossbreed IWB, and I like it a lot. I haven't tried any others so I don't really have anything to compare it to but it is very comfortable.

InGrAM
09-05-2012, 9:49 PM
For IWB holsters I like this one: I carried my LW-Commander in it for awhile and I will be carrying a DW v-bob in it soon enough.
http://www.epsaddlery.com/pc-226-21-summer-cruiser.aspx

It is a bit hard to conceal with just a t-shirt on but I don't usually carry a 1911 in hot or warm weather.

This IWB holster works better for warmer weather and less clothing: I use one for my 6906 and it works well. Never tried a 1911 in it but I bet it would work fine.
http://www.epsaddlery.com/pc-77-21-ez-carry-holster.aspx

jessegpresley
09-05-2012, 9:52 PM
The best IWB holster is a Milt Sparks Versa Max II and Top Gun Supply actually has one in stock right now! Go buy it and don't waste your money on cheaper holsters.

fiddletown
09-05-2012, 10:00 PM
I also like the Milt Sparks VM2.

t0kie
09-05-2012, 10:25 PM
The best IWB holster is a Milt Sparks Versa Max II and Top Gun Supply actually has one in stock right now! Go buy it and don't waste your money on cheaper holsters.

+1, it's one of the best in the business & the waiting time is crazy too!

9mmepiphany
09-06-2012, 12:16 AM
The best OWB holster is some version of the Milt Sparks BN55...designed by Bruce Nelson...I liked the Alessi ACP, but most holster makers make a copy.

stevie
09-06-2012, 4:08 AM
Milt Sparks or TT Gunleather.

Brian1979
09-06-2012, 5:16 AM
VM2 with a wilderness 5 stitch belt. A 1911 is very heavy and I CCW it daily. I have the Milt Sparks belt and mag pouch but dont use them really. For me I am always between 1 hole and the next on the belt. The Wilderness I can adjust exactly as needed and that may change from morning to the end of the day so the velcro makes that possible.

The VM2 is seriously the nicest holster you can get. Buy one now and then go order another because it wont come in until 6 months. I have 3 now for back ups but my 1st just keeps wearing in perfectly. My Les Baer tore all the stitching from the mouth of the holster and there is still no problem because they make this thing so well. Now that its broke in it looks great in a roughed up black finish and the gun comes out/in as fast as kydex but the fit is exact and not sloppy.

For OWB I bought Raven holsters for each of my CCW guns and love them. It holds the 1911 high and tight to the body so its still possible to conceal with the right shirt. The bottom does peak out if you raise your arms and for my job I am very physical and work with patients so I had to go back IWB for concealment.

sholling
09-06-2012, 8:33 AM
I own a Milt Sparks (http://www.miltsparks.com/) VM2 and for IWB prefer my TT-Gunleather. The weapon rides lower in a TT-Gunleather (http://www.ttgunleather.com/catalog/c1_p1.html) "Mike's Special" than the VM2 so which is right for you depends on your build and personal preserence. Both have long lead times so if you just want quick and cheap a Nick Mathews (http://nm-holsters.com/products) is about 1/2 the price and 1/10th the lead time but are a bit crude looking when compared to Sparks or TT.

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/damnfineguy/My%20Tots%201024/IMG_0296.jpg
Kimber Compact CDP (4") in a TT-Gunleather Mike's Special.

For ride contrast here is a Kahr PM40 in a TT-Gunleather, a Milt Sparks VM2 and a NM Holster with a bit of extra cant:

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/damnfineguy/My%20Toys%20600/02c5fd75.jpg
http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/damnfineguy/My%20Toys%20600/DSCF0620.jpg
http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/damnfineguy/My%20Toys%20600/DSCF0616.jpg

negolien
09-06-2012, 8:41 AM
http://www.safariland.com/DutyGear/product.aspx?pid=568

Cyc Wid It
09-06-2012, 1:44 PM
The best OWB holster is some version of the Milt Sparks BN55...designed by Bruce Nelson...I liked the Alessi ACP, but most holster makers make a copy.

This. All the big names make some sort of variation...

jessegpresley
09-06-2012, 3:12 PM
You're really in luck. One of the best OWB holsters is in stock over at Stan Chen's website. His collaboration with Josh Bulman. It's a real coup to be able to get this and the VMII without waiting months.

http://store.chencustom.com/Chen_Custom_Leather_Holsters_Mag_Pouches_s/97.htm

http://store.chencustom.com/v/vspfiles/photos/categories/97.jpg

9mmepiphany
09-06-2012, 4:58 PM
See...that Bulman is a version of the Bruce Nelson

Irv
09-06-2012, 7:54 PM
Back time, about 5 years ago I would have said the Milt Sparks IQM (Idaho Quick Mount).
This was an IWB and OWB by changing the strap configuration. Similar to the VM2.

Mute
09-06-2012, 8:53 PM
The best OWB holster is some version of the Milt Sparks BN55...designed by Bruce Nelson...I liked the Alessi ACP, but most holster makers make a copy.

Yep. I've used all kinds of OWB holsters with varying degrees of success and always come back to the Nelson style holster. I've owned ones made by Alessi, Sparks, Horseshoe Leathers, Bulman and currently one from 5Shot. They're all good. I also like the Alessi CQC/s and similar style (I have one from Bulman) for the convenience.

Sam
09-06-2012, 9:57 PM
The best IWB holster is a Milt Sparks Versa Max II and Top Gun Supply actually has one in stock right now! Go buy it and don't waste your money on cheaper holsters.

Amen.

Neptune
09-07-2012, 12:14 AM
I've owned and currently own a bunch of different brands from different makers.

The best? Milt Sparks VM-2. I know, surprising, right? Sure the 4-5 month wait sucks, but you can pick them up over the counter if you're buying for a basic model of some firearms. They do carry some models as stock items.


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jeffrice6
09-07-2012, 2:29 AM
I like the Galco CCP

http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterPG3.asp?ProductID=116&GunID=28