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This is a discussion on The Holster Thread within the CCW Conceal Carry forums, part of the Gun Forums category; Yet another to add to the list of holsters I've tried is the Fobus Evolution paddle. I have one of these for my Glock 23, ...

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    Gunatic Loyalist (Bow down) mwink822's Avatar
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    Yet another to add to the list of holsters I've tried is the Fobus Evolution paddle. I have one of these for my Glock 23, and it's a good holster for range duty. I wouldn't recommend one for concealed carry purposes in that the retention isn't a strong suit nor is concealability. One can easily draw from the holster quickly and smoothly, but again, it relies on a tension adjustment screw alone for weapon retention in an OWB design. Another reason that I would not recommend this holster for CC purposes is that the holster can be removed from the wearer's weaist gun and all without too much effort, so keeping the gun on your hip is a concern. As far as paddle designs go in a holster, I'd say Blackhawk has one of the best paddle designs around on their Serpa and CQC.

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    I'll be adding another holster assessment here shortly for a Blade-Tech Bobby McGee Pro Series IWB holster. That's right sports fans, I'm giving Kydex IWB another shot.

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    Alright I just got the Blade-Tech Bobby McGee Pro Series NANO IWB holster for my USP Compact in, and here's my initial impression.

    The holster is constructed of Kydex, however the material is thinner than that used on Blade-Tech's UCH holster. That is a major plus for me as the UCH could get to feeling a little bulky after wearing it all day. The NANO is cant adjustable by way of a Phillip's head screw. There is also a Phillip's head screw adjustment for tension to provide better gun retention. I ordered this holster with belt loops that are secured to the waistline via one way snaps. I have not yet carried the gun in this holster as 1) the gun to which this holster belongs still has some breaking in to do before it is carried, and 2) the holster JUST came in (as in delivered to my office this morning). I can't speak to comfort of the holster yet for obvious reasons, but I can say the quality of the holster seems to be outstanding as has been the case with all Blade-Tech gear that I have used. I'll update the info about this holster shortly hopefully.

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    CompTac Minotaur MTAC: I just got this one in for my 1911. The holster holds position well, and is comfortable. Concealment is great, however, the C-clips I think are too obvious to use it with my shirt tucked in. Retention is definitely there, perhaps too much. No matter how tight I set my belt, trying to draw one-handed just pulls my pants/shorts up, so I use my right to draw and my left to hold my waistband down. Someone with a bit of girth probably wouldn't have this issue, but I'm a toothpick. Aside from me being too skinny, the draw is nice and fast and reholstering is much of the same. It's adjustable cant as well. I'm really happy with it, this is now my primary holster.

    Smart carry: Most of us are familiar with this one. I could probably conceal a Desert Eagle at the beach. Pocket for a spare mag or a second gun, whichever you prefer. The problem is that either your firearm or your waistband is prone to moving. This can create problems ranging from printing issues (or maybe I just have a huge dong) to drawing issues. Drawing is tough to do one-handed, slow, and at an awkward angle. My issue usually comes in when my shorts or pants ride up so the belt is no longer against the grip, but above it. Tighter fitting pants generally help keep the gun where you put it, and as long as it doesn't move you won't have printing issues. Retention is only one step above the waistband carry. Comfort and ultimate concealment are the real strong points. Also, this holster is very uncomfortable on my motorcycle because I have a crotch rocket, which requires a forward lean. Stick a 5" 1911 in there and you end up with a stomach full of pistol grip.

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    Raven Concealment Systems -- Phantom Series:

    This is a thin kydex holster that isn't uncomfortable where I ride it, @ 4 o'clock. Its a modular system using Eclipse assessories, which allows an assortment of mounting options. My current favorite is the tuckable 1-way leather snaps. Allows for a deep conceal and the ability to tuck if you need to. The holster is molded so that kydex covers all the slide on one side, and 3/4 of the slide on the outside so you can clear it a bit faster, while protecting the slide from your body moisture etc. The holster is also cut such that the magazine release is exposed so you can drop the mag without unholstering the sidearm. Retention is set my friction and there is no retention screws for adjustment. it does however pass the "hold up side down and shake violently" test, so you can be sure the sidearm only comes out when you want it to. With a proper belt, this holster puts the gun very close to you and will not "bow" out as you walk, as some other holsters tend to do. Price is sorta steep, including mounting options, but i'm happy with my investment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattxander12
    Raven Concealment Systems -- Phantom Series:

    Price is sorta steep, including mounting options, but i'm happy with my investment.
    This tends to be the case with most better holsters. I've always loved the look and design of the Milt Sparks VMII, but I can't justify spending that kind of cash on a holster that may end up not being THE holster for me.

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    I've been carrying my USP Compact in my Blade-Tech Bobby McGee Pro IWB for the last couple of weeks and must say I'm impressed, it's been as good an IWB holster as any I've used and it's not too terribly uncomfortable for a Kydex holster...and it's used for a fairly wide gun. I'm not sure, however whether I'd want to get another of these for my 1911 in that there would be considerably more weight from the gun to sort of skew the balance of the holster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwink822
    The Galco Matrix 7X is a hard thermo-molded plastic type holster that is worn OWB and attaches via wrap around belt loops that are secured by one way snaps. I like this holster as it has good retention and keeps the gun closer to the body for concealent. This is my favored way of carrying the XD.
    I have also picked up one of these for my XD .40 sub compact, and it carries great, and with my build a good t shirt and jeans hides it just fine. Now if I am doing a lot of other weird movements, like at work, I have a cheap nylon IWB that doesn't work to bad, but looking at the super tuck to replace that.

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    Crossbreed Supertuck

    I got my supertuck a couple of weeks ago.

    I carry my S&W M&P9. A little bigger than I would like for a carry, but it is all I have at this time.

    The leather was a little stiff at first (I got the cow hide, not the horse) but has begun to mold nicely to my body shape. It now sits right at 3 o'clock and doesn't seem to be noticeable at all except under extreme bending (which is to be expected). I wear polo's untucked most the time, but have worn a button up tucked in with it and am very happy with the appearance when worn this way as well! I do need to get a larger dress pant size to do this on any regular basis.

    All in all I am coming to love it! It is the first holster of any wort I have bought and am VERY happy with my purchase. I would suggest it to any of my friends!

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    Well, I've added another holster to the collection to try out. This time a Galco Stow N' Go. THis holster is for my Springfield EMP to be carried after another range trip with a couple hundred more rounds through. It's a pretty bare bones suede holster with a permanently fixed heavy duty polymer reverse J-clip and a reinforced mouth so that the top of the holster does not collapse.

    Out of the box, the holster is very tight and I had to drop the gun into a plastic sandwich bag and throw it in the holster that way to slightly stretch the holster out. I'll revisit this area again after the gun goes in to carry rotation so that I can more properly assess the holster's functionaliy and comfort, etc.

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