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Javi
09-09-2012, 9:33 PM
Hi guys,

Kind of in a pickle here. Here's the deal: I'm looking at getting a leather holster for my FNH FNP-9. Will be using this OWB holster for a self-defense class, probably some USPSA shoots and normal practice drills at the range/BLM. I believe the non-molded is ready to ship a.s.a.p. and about $50 cheaper than the molded. The site says that it would take two weeks for it to mold to your gun. Their molded one looks great, $50 more, and will take 3-4 months to get to me. Anyone with a leather holster have any thoughts on this? Here's a picture of the two:


http://www.highnoonholsters.com/_Questions/Molding_on_front_of_holster/Foward_Cant/0-_Cant/_Lining/question_124-125_molded_holster_-_non_molded_holster.html

FredoSD
09-10-2012, 8:18 AM
It looks like both hoslters are high quality and have a retention adjustment screw on them so both seem would be be pretty secure. Usualy molded holsters are designed for retention so I'm not sure why they would add a retention adjuster on there. It boils down to what do you want in a holster. If the 50 bucks and extra wait time is worth it then thats what you should do.

1911ShooterPhil
09-10-2012, 8:43 PM
I have used High Noon Holsters before. This is my favorite model they carry:
http://www.highnoonholsters.com/Product_Line/Swift_Skin/swift_skin.html

It is just as fast, if not faster, than my custom leather holsters. You are paying the extra $50 for the labor-intense molding process and for the material (leather VS synthetic). I don't know exactly what the synthetic material is, but it is some tough stuff that wears really well. The Swift Skin holster's reinforced mouth is a big plus (for one-handed holstering), it has a slight cant (FBI cant), and it stays close to your body for retention. This is a fast holster. This is a great holster for IPSC competition because the trigger guard is covered and the holster allows you a good combat grip for easy presentation. Their mag pouches are nice too. High Noon Holsters has good customer service, so buy with confidence, dude.

Cheers! --1911ShooterPhil

Javi
09-10-2012, 11:22 PM
I have used High Noon Holsters before. This is my favorite model they carry:
http://www.highnoonholsters.com/Product_Line/Swift_Skin/swift_skin.html

It is just as fast, if not faster, than my custom leather holsters. You are paying the extra $50 for the labor-intense molding process and for the material (leather VS synthetic). I don't know exactly what the synthetic material is, but it is some tough stuff that wears really well. The Swift Skin holster's reinforced mouth is a big plus (for one-handed holstering), it has a slight cant (FBI cant), and it stays close to your body for retention. This is a fast holster. This is a great holster for IPSC competition because the trigger guard is covered and the holster allows you a good combat grip for easy presentation. Their mag pouches are nice too. High Noon Holsters has good customer service, so buy with confidence, dude.

Cheers! --1911ShooterPhil
Thanks for your input, Phil! That one definitely looks appropriate for IPSC.

1911ShooterPhil
09-11-2012, 7:57 AM
If you go the synthetic route...here's another good, inexpensive option:

http://www.safariland.com/DutyGear/product.aspx?pid=567

Safariland 567-744-411 (size for the FNP). The 567 has two adjustable screws so you can customize the retention of the holster. Plus, using different backplates, you can change what type of belt you want to put it on and the length of drop. Ex: you can mount the 567 series on the belt adapter for the 6280 series of holsters. That will allow you to use up to a 2" belt, so perfect for the 5.11 Operator or 5.11 Trainer belt. The 567 is IDPA approved, so you would also be able to use it for USPSA.

http://www.amazon.com/Safariland-Mid-Ride-Belt-Loop-Adapter/dp/B000MF48AQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347378100&sr=8-1&keywords=safariland+mid+ride+belt+adapter

They also make great magazine pouches. Check this out:

http://www.amazon.com/Safariland-Beretta-Slimline-Triple-Magazine/dp/B004DT0VVM/ref=sr_1_7?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1347378594&sr=1-7&keywords=safariland+triple+magazine+pouch

(Beretta pouches will fit FNP-9 mags...check the Safariland fit chart.)

You get 3 magazines in a pouch the size of a double magazine pouch. Plus, the magazines are indexed for a quick pull plus there are screws that you can adjust the amount of retention with.

I hope this helps. Good luck.

Cheers! --1911ShooterPhil