Holster Suggestions (Paddle or OWB Belt)

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by rajl, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. rajl

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    So, I own a Sig P-220, and want to get a holster for it. I definitely want to get some kind of OWB for it. If I feel brave, I might even try for an IWB someday, though a 220 is a little thick for that in my mind.

    Any suggestions on an OWB? Personally, I'm torn between going for a paddle holster, and a belt holster. On the one hand, a paddle holster is really easy to take on and take off, but it seems to be hard to find a decent one. Belt holsters are a pain to take on and off, but seem to cost less for a good one and are more common.

    Other thoughts I've had. How easy is it for someone to remove a paddle holster from your body? As an example, suppose someone saw you were open carrying, and tried to take your gun away from you while it was still holstered. It almost looks like you might be able to rip a paddle holster right off. Belt holsters at least appear sturdier.

    Comments and suggestions please.
     
  2. rajl

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    As a second thought, I know that with a belt holster, I could always just take the gun out and leave the holster on, but that seems to advertise "gun-owner without a gun on him", which I view as a possibly bad idea.
     

  3. Malum Prohibitum

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    Definitely belt holster. It isn't that tough to take on and off. I do it while driving all the time.
     
  4. rajl

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    I actually have looked at his belt holster. But if I decide on a Paddle Holster, I would have to look elsewhere I am afraid.
     
  5. rajl

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    Why do you say definitely?
     
  6. rajl

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    Let's not get brand specific. :wink: Why'd you choose a paddle over a belt?
     
  7. ber950

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    I use a paddle most of the time.
    Positives
    Easy to take off. There are so many off limit places in GA this is a plus.
    Comfortable without a pistol belt.
    Rides a little farther away from the body. Aids in drawing and sweating.

    Negatives
    Easy to take off. Not the best choice for open carry.
    Rides a little farther away from the body. Doesn't conceal as well.

    Chances are you will wind up with a box full of holsters trying to find the one or two you use most of the time.
     
  8. rajl

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    Bah! I really don't want to spend a bunch of money on holsters I'll only use once and then not like.
     
  9. ber950

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    None of us wanted to. We just did. It just gets worse if you change guns. Then you start all over again.
     
  10. Malum Prohibitum

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    For the negatives listed by ber950.

    I want a gun secure. I like it attached to the belt and with a thumbbreak.

    I have an inside the waistband holster that does not attach to the belt and does not have a thumb break, but my preference is an outside the waistband holster with a thumb break.

    Like this.

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  11. Malum Prohibitum

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    That way, if necessary, I can beat your ass without having to worry about the gun falling out. :shattered:
     
  12. Malum Prohibitum

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    Seriously, it is more comfortable not to have something sticking inside your pants, too.

    I first became acquainted with this holster while performing duties that required interaction, sometimes hostile, with an exposed firearm, while dressed in regular clothes.

    I am now comfortable with this style of holster. It also hides well when concealing a larger firearm.

    It mainly comes down to personal preference.

    Something that you find comfortable will be something you carry. The rest will end up in the "box full of holsters" that ber950 describes.
     
  13. rajl

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    Any practical thoughts on cross-draw versus strong-side?

    I'm right handed, so I can see strong side get annoying because it would sit right next to where my seat-belt locks when I'm driving my car. Also, if someone came up behind me, cross-draw might be easier to get my pistol because I could use my body to hide the movement of my arm as I reach for it.

    On the downside, just moving my arms around, cross-draw feels a little slower than strongside to draw.

    Any thoughts?
     
  14. rajl

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    I do like that point. I don't necessarily want to kill everyone that tries to pick a fight with me.

    How much does the retention strap slow down the draw? Is it enough to matter in your violent encounters that you've been in?
     
  15. Rammstein

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    I got the paddle mainly because I needed a good range OWB holster. It also works well when I need to run out the door on a quick errand.

    In the future I am going to get a good leather OWB holster with a thumb break.
     
  16. S&W 40

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    There are some composites that offer both paddle and belt that I have heard good thing about. Check blackhawk CQC
     
  17. Malum Prohibitum

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    It does not. You break the thumb strap as you are grabbing the gun. No worries.
     
  18. ber950

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    I agree not enough to worry about anyway.