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Offline SuperHans

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School Me on Holsters
« on: December 23, 2013, 07:58:23 AM »
For various reasons I let my license to carry expire several years ago. I just filled out the paperwork and should have my license to carry again soon.

Do to a recent divorce and the selling of all my good firearms, I am left with my Taurus PT-140. Not a great pistol, but it works and isn't as bad as most people make it out to be. I don't have a holster for it and even when I did have my CCW, I never really carried a pistol on my person, just threw a gun in the truck.

I'm sure there are many preferences, but can anyone give me some pointers on holsters and maybe some recommendations on what to look for in a concealed carry holster? I don't want to spend a fortune since at some point in the near future I would like to upgrade to a better firearm.

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Re: School Me on Holsters
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2013, 08:26:31 AM »
The only quality holster I have is a Fobus.
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2013, 08:36:22 AM »
I have a Blade Tech IWB (inside the waistband) that is decent.  I have been looking pretty hard at the crossbreed holsters http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/ for a while though.  A friend just ordered one so I can't wait to check it out and decide if it's worth the money

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Re: School Me on Holsters
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2013, 08:50:33 AM »
High Noon makes decent holsters that don't break the bank.

http://www.highnoonholsters.com/index.html

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Re: School Me on Holsters
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2013, 08:57:41 AM »
My wife asked me why I needed so many holsters. I asked her why she needed so many purses. Same thing-there is no one perfect holster. Summer clothes may require some less comfortable holsters while winter clothes can cover more comfortable carry holsters.

I like the old school leather ones that are made to fit specific guns as opposed to generic fit as they feel more secure for gun retention and tend to not allow the gun to shift around as much as some of the cheapies.

If your gun isn't the current hot model, you might find the holsters cheaper on sites like budsgunshop.com or gunbroker.com. Personally, I like some of the Galco or Bianchi leather holsters as a good bang-for-the-buck holster.
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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2013, 09:02:28 AM »
Tagua makes a decent budget leather holster. I carry the 1911 in one.
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Re: School Me on Holsters
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2013, 10:01:35 AM »
Although they don't show one on their website, shoot an email to Hanks GunLeather

Hanks name gets bandied about on the Keltec forum for making quality inexpensive holsters, even for guns not in his standard rotation. He made me a good IWB all leather formed holster for my Keltec PF9 at a cost of $40 and 10 days (and it wasn't an offered model at that point).

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Re: School Me on Holsters
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2013, 11:37:21 AM »
Where (o'clock-wise) do you carry, how high a ride do you like, what level of concealment is necessary for you (I'm assuming IWB) and do you need tuckability? 
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« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2013, 12:32:14 PM »
Thanks for all the suggestions. Hard to not go for Ad Bots suggestions. :bigsmile:

As far as what do I like and how do I wear a holster? The answer is I don't know as I never really have worn one. At this point it will all be experimental to me.

Right now I'm looking at an IWB and I rarely if ever tuck my shirt in.
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Re: School Me on Holsters
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2013, 01:05:38 PM »
IWB=good concealment.
OWB=comfortable.

Since you are not sure what you will like, budget for a few...it won't be your last holster.
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« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2013, 01:13:32 PM »
Well, my usual go-to is the Milt Sparks Summer Special but I'm going to guess they don't make one for the PT-140.

Holsters that work well (which from my perspective means concealment, comfort, an unencumbered draw stroke, one-handed reholstering and nothing that could project into the trigger guard) aren't all that cheap and you can burn through a few finding something that works for you.

For that reason, my advice is to switch guns first, to a gun with a lot of aftermarket support.

You grab a used G19 and I can recommend a dozen holsters in under a minute, all high quality.

Oddball guns, tough to shoe.

Are you looking for leather or does kydex work for you? Some guys hate iwb plastic but it's easier to get on the cheap.
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« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2013, 01:34:03 PM »
IWB=good concealment.
OWB=comfortable.

Since you are not sure what you will like, budget for a few...it won't be your last holster.

I think I would go with concealment over comfort. I don't plan to wear it a lot, just on occasion.

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« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2013, 01:41:49 PM »
Well, my usual go-to is the Milt Sparks Summer Special but I'm going to guess they don't make one for the PT-140.

Holsters that work well (which from my perspective means concealment, comfort, an unencumbered draw stroke, one-handed reholstering and nothing that could project into the trigger guard) aren't all that cheap and you can burn through a few finding something that works for you.

For that reason, my advice is to switch guns first, to a gun with a lot of aftermarket support.

You grab a used G19 and I can recommend a dozen holsters in under a minute, all high quality.

Oddball guns, tough to shoe.

Are you looking for leather or does kydex work for you? Some guys hate iwb plastic but it's easier to get on the cheap.

I think I would rather have a G23 and have considered one as a possible next carry weapon, but I assume they are a similar frame as a G19? I really have no idea if I would prefer leather or Kydex. I have handled Kydex and it doesn't concern me if a holster is made of it.

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Re: School Me on Holsters
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2013, 01:55:34 PM »
G23/G19 is the same gun but 40 v 9.

But I'd try shooting the 23 a bit before committing to it - the snappy 40 on that gun puts it in the upper end of the controllability spectrum for a lot of people.

Otoh, it can be done and quality wise it's a big step up from the Taurus.

A jillion good holsters for it, too.
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« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2013, 02:23:55 PM »
I really like the 40 and I do understand it is more to handle over the 9. The Taurus I have is quite a handful being so small, but I still have no major problems.

Overall I still prefer the 40 and doubt it would be a problem. Of course I would like to try the G23 first.

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« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2013, 03:02:14 PM »
Or if you are looking at more concealable, try the G27.
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« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2013, 03:08:43 PM »
Or if you are looking at more concealable, try the G27.

I was kind of looking at that too, but was afraid it may be a bit too small for a 40. I might have to go shoot one and see what it's like.

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« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2013, 05:15:29 PM »
Or if you are looking at more concealable, try the G27.

I was kind of looking at that too, but was afraid it may be a bit too small for a 40. I might have to go shoot one and see what it's like.

Not something you would like to take to the range for a leisurely shoot, but totally controllable and reliable. It ain't pretty but it won't bother you if you bump into something in the garage with it, or sweat on it a little.
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Re: School Me on Holsters
« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2013, 05:23:05 PM »
I have never had a single issue ever with a number of SIG/Sauer handguns in 9mm and .40S&W.
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« Reply #20 on: December 23, 2013, 07:36:19 PM »
I have never had a single issue ever with a number of SIG/Sauer handguns in 9mm and .40S&W.

...and the .45 (P220) is not only reliable, but fun to shoot.
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« Reply #21 on: December 23, 2013, 08:11:29 PM »
I'm also a big fan of the 22X.

No experience with them in .40, but the 226 etc are some of the best-designed pistols ever.  Even Ron Cohen could hardly fuck them up.  Despite trying, sincerely.

I don't know how the Walther PPS is in .40 but it's a good gun in 9mm.

It's also closer in size to the PT-140 that you currently have.

If we're talking teutonic wunderpistolen now, I mean.  Of course it's always easy to spend someone else's money.
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« Reply #22 on: December 24, 2013, 04:56:37 AM »
Think I'd rather stick with the Glock or maybe even an M&P Shield.  Nothing against the Sig, but right now those are my preference. Looking at a new Glock 23 right now for $499.

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Re: School Me on Holsters
« Reply #23 on: December 24, 2013, 08:04:27 AM »


I don't know how the Walther PPS is in .40 but it's a good gun in 9mm.



I like it, my 16 year old daughter handles it just fine but the 14 year old is pretty small so it's a bit too much for her. for a grown man it is very nice, not as nice as my baby eagle 9mm to shoot, but way easier to carry around.
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