Ok...I got my first holster...it is a blackhawk serpa and it fits both my XD9 and XD45....I strapped it on and put the XD9 in it and started practicing a draw and noticed something weird (to me anyway)....When I see pictures of people with their gun in the holster most of what I see is the tilt (cant?) usually tilts the gun forward so the butt of the gun is up and the back bottom corner is at the highest spot. Now I am talking the holster at around the 1-3 o'clock position (right handed shooter)...My holster was set in the mid position and I found it uncomfortable in that position and it would be even more uncomfortable to draw if it was tilted forward. It seems to put my shoulder and wrist in an odd uncomfortable position..
So I pulled the holster off and tilted it backwards so the end of the slide near the rear sight is the highest point...if I put my hand straight down to my side and naturally bend my elbow to bring my hand to the gun, my hand lands perfectly on the gun and my index finger falls right on the paddle to push and unlock the gun..I can keep my elbow in close to my body and my shoulders square and comfortable. Gun slides right out and easily up to be on target...As I re-holster it seems to be a good fit too.
now I know if I moved the holster to the 4-6 o'clock position that would be a different story...This holster is gonna be mainly used for competition when I get the comfort level up enough to start with entry level stuff..
anybody else have any issues with that...different tilts, etc?
The cant of the pistol helps to hide it when concealed, as the "pointy parts" are more in line with the torso. If you are going to use it for competition, I'd recommend carrying it at around 3 o' clock in whatever orientation is comfortable, safe and reasonably fast.
The Galco guys can probably give you a more professional reason as to why the cant is the way it is. I "cant" (ohhhh holster humor is painful)
*Disclaimer* I'd strongly suggest practicing drawing and reholstering with no ammo in or near the gun for a long time before trying to do it with live ammo. I usually do about 1000 reps with a new holster and gun before ever trying it with live rounds.
gun is definitely empty when I do this....
Zhurdan is right on the money with the cant.
A neutral cant is more conducive to the ergonomics of a draw stroke. The disadvantage is that it causes the but of the gun to “print” on the back of the covering garment. By canting the holster along the line of the body it helps reduce printing.
The same is true regarding how close the gun is to your body. IWB holsters work well as they have a belt pressing the gun into the body. It is a little slower to draw the gun than a holster worn on the belt, but it prints less.