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I'm starting to look for an owb kydex holster. Not looking for anything "fancy", just a reasonable priced one that holds the pistol (colt 1911 gov't) close to the body & secure.
I very rarely ccw the colt anymore & mainly want it for the range or back country fishing trips. I would like to be able to conceal it under a light jacket or loose shirt if I wanted to.
I've got an Allesi iwb leather with the pull through snap I bought in the late 70's but age, an expanded waist line, & no want/need to "deep" conceal a 5" 1911 tells me it's time for a new owb holster :).
Just looking for some recommendations on where to start looking for a strong side, reasonable priced, no frills, secure kydex holster.
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Just looking for some recommendations on where to start looking for a strong side, reasonable priced, no frills, secure kydex holster.
I'll admit, when I usually read these kind of statements the person asking usually means...

- "reasonable priced" - I shouldn't have to pay more than $40 because kydex is just plastic.

- "secure kydex" - I want an active retention device.

That usually means Black Hawk SERPA. I typically wouldn't recommend the SERPA, but it sounds like what your are looking for. http://www.blackhawk.com/Products/P...A®-CQC®-Concealment-Holster-Matte-Finish.aspx

I have very good kydex holsters from the following…

Garrett Industries http://www.giholsters.com

Raven Concealment Systems http://rcsgear.com

Dale Fricke http://dalefrickeholsters.com

Other options…

Safariland http://www.safariland.com

Comp-Tac http://www.comp-tac.com

Blade-Tech http://shop.blade-tech.com
 

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The kydex holsters that jtq listed above are all good quality holsters. Another one to add to the list is Fobus. Fobus gets put down a lot as a low quality holster, but in my experience it's just fine for light to medium usage. I think it's the best "value" in Kydex holsters.
 

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Raven.
 

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I carry my G19 in a Raven phantom and love it.
 

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Thanks everyone for the feedback.

"I'll admit, when I usually read these kind of statements the person asking usually means...

- "reasonable priced" - I shouldn't have to pay more than $40 because kydex is just plastic.

- "secure kydex" - I want an active retention device."

"reasonable priced" = somewhat cheap :), won't be worn much.
"secure kydex" = the pistol won't fall out with normal movement.

Also "wears finish off"
Does kydex usually do this?

I know nothing about kydex holsters, asking because a couple of guys at the rod & gun club recommended one, but I believe they shoot IDPA. I'm not adverse to leather, nylon, etc., but the only 1911 holster I've ever worn was the Allesi iwb pull through snap one, & that was mostly when I was younger & slimmer :).
I guess I should have posted I was looking for an somewhat cheap owb holster that holds the pistol well, doesn't wear the finish badly, & can be concealed under a loose shirt or light jacket if needed.
Again, thanks for the feedback as I'm ignorant on modern owb holsters except for the advertisements which I take with a "grain of salt".
 

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the pistol won't fall out with normal movement.
The very tight molding of most kydex holsters, since they are basically melted around the gun during construction holds the gun very securely. Most kydex holsters also have retention screws that allow you to adjust the tension to your liking.

reasonable priced = somewhat cheap , won't be worn much.
That is relative. A quality kydex holster like Garrett, Raven, Fricke, etc., is not cheap compared to a $40 Black Hawk SERPA, but they are all pretty inexpensive compared to a $150 Alessi.

Also "wears finish off" - Does kydex usually do this?
Yes it does, but so does leather. Some kydex holsters can do it very quickly, while leather may take longer. It took about 10 practice draws from my Raven Phantom to wear off a long strip of bluing from the ejection port to the muzzle on my 1911. Conversely, a leather lined Silent Thunder from Garrett may be even more gentle on a finish than a leather holster.

...looking for an somewhat cheap owb holster that holds the pistol well, doesn't wear the finish badly, & can be concealed under a loose shirt or light jacket if needed.
Have you seen our OWB Holster Picture thread. It is a great place to look for ideas. https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=204433
 

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I'm not adverse to leather, nylon, etc.,
Most folks will not recommend nylon. Leather and kydex are typically better materials for holsters. A nylon holster will typically be soft and flexible, providing very little if any retention with the body of the holster and will typically require a thumb break or other retention device to keep the gun from falling out.

Most leather or kydex holsters can be held upside down, with the gun inside, and the gun will not fall out of the holster.
 

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Panther Concealment out of Jacksonville Florida
 

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Garrett Industries Silent Thunder Classic would be my pick. I read good things about the other recommendations above^^^^^as well.
 

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Thanks folks, a lot of good info, I'll start looking at holsters in the gun & sporting goods stores to get an idea of "real life look" & probably return here for the style that appears to fit, unless I find one in a store.
One last question (I hope), what about a clip on holster, as it probably won't be worn much? I remember years ago most were junk, but I imagine improvements have been made.
 

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Thanks folks, a lot of good info, I'll start looking at holsters in the gun & sporting goods stores to get an idea of "real life look" & probably return here for the style that appears to fit, unless I find one in a store.
One last question (I hope), what about a clip on holster, as it probably won't be worn much? I remember years ago most were junk, but I imagine improvements have been made.

I have a paddle holster or two that work. I find that the Concealment Solutions Sidewinders hold the gun much closer to my body. The paddle holsters have some gap that causes printing.
 

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Is a paddle holster one with a clip on for the belt?
Thanks.
Here are a couple of paddle options from Comp-Tac

Paddle Holster where the paddle is part of the holster http://www.comp-tac.com/competition-holsters/paddle-holster-10212

International, where the paddle is one of the screw on/screw off options http://www.comp-tac.com/competition-holsters/international-holster-10241

Since you're an Alessi guy, and Alessi's most famous holster is probably the CQC-S with a snap on/snap off attachment, this attachment method is also available for kydex holsters.

Aholster http://www.lefthandholster.com/Belt_Holster_CB81.php

Garrett leather belt loops http://www.giholsters.com/stx-leather-belt-loop-mount/
 

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... mainly want it for the range or back country fishing trips. I would like to be able to conceal it under a light jacket or loose shirt if I wanted to.
Reviewing your request again, I think I'd probably look for two (maybe three) different holsters.

For back country fishing trips, I can see the need for some kind of retention device. As much as I don't care for the Black Hawk SERPA, that's probably the one application where the holster has some use. A leather holster with a thumb break could also be used in that application. The Simply Rugged Tribute ( http://www.simplyrugged.com/ecommerce/Tribute-Leather-Concealment-Holster.cfm?item_id=158&parent=669 ) or the Lobo Gun Leather pancake ( http://www.lobogunleather.com/3_model_1_pancake_holster ) are two fairly inexpensive thumb break holsters.

Conversely, for range use, a retention device, especially a thumb break would seem to get in the way of repeated presentations. An open top kydex is the perfect option for this use.

For concealment, the two leather pancake holsters above would be great, but the SERPA is a poor choice.
 

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Garrett Industries Silent Thunder Classic would be my pick. I read good things about the other recommendations above^^^^^as well.
+1. I use Garrett's leather-lined kydex IWB holser for my Kahr P9 and it is a fabulous holster. I like it so much so that I'd even consider getting one for OWB carry of my 1911(s) if I didn't love the smell and feel of leather so much.
 
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