I'm a Baby Boomer and prefer leather holsters. I ordered a Galco VHS 4.0 for my Colt's Series 70 Government Model .45acp.Can I hijack this thread and talk about holsters generally?
I've got several handguns. Every one has at least one Kydex holster, even though I don't really plan on carrying all of them. I just want the option.
I've come to the conclusion, finally, after trying several brands of Kydex that I just don't like the stuff. Call me a contrarian. They all seem secure. They all seem very decent. Like a Glock (got a couple of them, too), I just can't like the things. I'm ordering two new leather holsters right now for my two likely carry pieces...one for the Sig SP2022 from Craft Holsters, and one for the P365 from Andrews Leather. I used to use leather way back in the dark ages. I'm hoping I love it now. Big lead time. But it's ok. There's a big lead time on my W&C too.
I'm wondering what the general consensus is on holster material. I'm assuming most folks are using Kydex, but maybe I'm wrong.
Perhaps I'm getting old and curmudgeonly. I don't seem to like the new fangled stuff. I really don't like striker fired pistols (the P365 is a compromise for all its' other excellent properties). I don't like plastic holsters. I don't like thumbs forward shooting grips. I do like the the composite frame on the SP2022 over the similar, higher end P229 so maybe I'm not totally lost. Although, I don't know anyone else fond of the SP2022, so maybe I'm still a mess.
Can I hijack this thread and talk about holsters generally?
A lgs owner told me leather holsters will tarnish a gun because the hide is tanned with salt. HmmmmmPersonal preference aside, Kydex is better for carry, doesn't retain moisture like leather, and has built in retention. Bianchi has a nice holster that sandwiches Kydex between two pieces of leather, so you get the nice looking leather with the stiffness of Kydex.
Agree. But unfortunately, the retention factor is relatively limited in most all-leathers should things go to the ground. I say this with one of my carry guns currently sitting in an new all-leather OWB for an initial break in.Dang ! I was thinking . Here's my kinda guy , until you sprung the SP2022 > P22X part .
I have a few kydex and nylon , and some of them have their uses . But Dead Cow is the sweet spot of stiffness , but just enough flex for your body movement . and gradual confirming to a particular gun .
Agree. But unfortunately, the retention factor is relatively limited in most all-leathers should things go to the ground. I say this with one of my carry guns currently sitting in an new all-leather OWB for an initial break in.
I have to say that I've been relatively impressed by the Urban Carry LockLeather line, though. Essentially an adjustable polymer retention clip that provides adjustable retention to the front of the trigger guard that is embedded in the leather. It doesn't try to marry kydex to leather like a sandwich over an appreciable area like a lot of hybrids do.
A lgs owner told me leather holsters will tarnish a gun because the hide is tanned with salt. Hmmmmm