Paddle or Belt Holsters?????
I am planning on getting an Uncle Mike's Kydex holster for my Glock G22, I was wondering what the advantages and disadvantges are to the belt holsters and the paddle holsters, This is gonna be my off-duty carry holster. i also do some plain clothes work for my security company, anything from slacks and a polo shirt to jeans and a sweatshirt. just wondering what might be better for my use. So any help, Paddle or belt holster????
The two plastic paddle holsters I have position the pistol too far from my body to easily conceal. Therefore, I only use them at the range, where I can openly carry. They are however easy to get off an on, and it's easier to holster the weapon as compared to a tight-fitting leather holster.
My leather belt holsters hold my pistols much closer to the body, so I can conceal with a normal shirt. I will sometimes thread the belt in front of the hoster instead of behind, as this will pull the pistol in even closer.
PhilR. is on the money, as usual. Paddle holsters are the least concealable of belt-type holsters. A Kydex belt holster is normally not much better.
With the concealing garments you mentioned, you'd probably be better off looking at a pancake-style leather holster or an IWB.
Edited to add: Galco's M7X is a thermoplastic belt holster that is quite concealable, and also fast on and off like a paddle holster. Keep in mind that I work for Galco when not deployed.
Last edited by Mike Barham; 11-29-2007 at 09:47 AM.
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Get a good belt and belt holster. The outfits I like the best are Galco, Don Hume, and El Passo. All three have quality stuff. Stay with leather works best for me. I had one plastic holster and gave it away. There all right for out in the woods but not everyday packing. Good luck.
Hey i just want to thank you guys for your help, i still went with the uncle mikes kydex but did it with the belt holster instead of the paddle style. i love it so far. works perfect for the occasion, and have even gotten to test it out, we had a good little fight involving weapons on one of my details. smooth and fast draw. And thank you mike, i have looked at the M7X ans may by one as my true off-duty holster and just use my uncle mikes kydex for plain clothes work. thanks for all the insight it has helped me out better, as the only thing that i was used to was a duty holster. once again thank you.
Hey Mike, how would you compare the concealability of the M7X to an uncle mikes IWB?
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