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  • Blaster229

    God loves you, I don't.
    MDS Supporter
    Sep 14, 2010
    40,283
    Glen Burnie
    Just did my LEOSA qual yesterday and saw a few holsters being worn improperly.
    This kills me. The paddle part goes down INSIDE your PANTS for proper support. NOT under the belt.
    Most spaces are 2 inches. Most regular belts are 1.5. that's too much play. 1, for the draw and 2 the damn thing can come right out from under the belt and you end up with a handful of holster. Also, the pants help to push the paddle against your body.
    So anyway to shorten this up, keep it in your pants.
    At best, paddle holsters are good for the range, not for carry. If it's not attached directly to a belt, you have zero retention.
    A few pics for your viewing pleasure...
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    eruby

    Confederate Jew
    MDS Supporter
    Just did my LEOSA qual yesterday and saw a few holsters being worn improperly.
    This kills me. The paddle part goes down INSIDE your PANTS for proper support. NOT under the belt.
    Most spaces are 2 inches. Most regular belts are 1.5. that's too much play. 1, for the draw and 2 the damn thing can come right out from under the belt and you end up with a handful of holster. Also, the pants help to push the paddle against your body.
    So anyway to shorten this up, keep it in your pants.
    At best, paddle holsters are good for the range, not for carry. If it's not attached directly to a belt, you have zero retention.
    A few pics for your viewing pleasure...
    Chuck Cedar approves.
     

    Mr. Anderson

    Junior Member
    MDS Supporter
    May 22, 2022
    85
    Severna park
    I also have the Safariland All holster with the concealment paddle instead of the big one.
    I have no issues at all. It’s a solid rig. It ain’t moving. It’s all about quality.
    I’ve seen several companies that have paddle holsters and they are designed wrong in that they want it to be outside the pants between the belt. Which makes no sense. Might as well just be and easy clip.
     

    squaregrouper

    6.5 Man Bun
    MDS Supporter
    I also have the Safariland All holster with the concealment paddle instead of the big one.
    I have no issues at all. It’s a solid rig. It ain’t moving. It’s all about quality.
    I’ve seen several companies that have paddle holsters and they are designed wrong in that they want it to be outside the pants between the belt. Which makes no sense. Might as well just be and easy clip.
    I found the concealment/smaller paddle isn't as rigid and the pistol grip "sags" away from the belt.
     

    jrumann59

    DILLIGAF
    MDS Supporter
    Feb 17, 2011
    13,104
    Just did my LEOSA qual yesterday and saw a few holsters being worn improperly.
    This kills me. The paddle part goes down INSIDE your PANTS for proper support. NOT under the belt.
    Most spaces are 2 inches. Most regular belts are 1.5. that's too much play. 1, for the draw and 2 the damn thing can come right out from under the belt and you end up with a handful of holster. Also, the pants help to push the paddle against your body.
    So anyway to shorten this up, keep it in your pants.
    At best, paddle holsters are good for the range, not for carry. If it's not attached directly to a belt, you have zero retention.
    A few pics for your viewing pleasure...
    e6fcf3a659baeba92025b589ec4405b9.jpg
    d666cc9ea12d1d77ee259c616634fc7f.jpg
    19ad8ead19a32ea218b68a9914ed57a6.jpg
    In the pants is a hard and fast rule for all paddles? I have seen some paddles have "groove" on the paddle part that looks like its meant for the belt to catch there. Just asking for the info, I may go paddle in the winter when I tend to wear baggy sweatshirts.
     

    miles71

    Active Member
    Industry Partner
    Jul 19, 2009
    2,141
    Belcamp, Md.
    More and more of my class time is spent teaching people how to dress/holster. Could be a 3 credit course.

    TD
     

    Mr. Anderson

    Junior Member
    MDS Supporter
    May 22, 2022
    85
    Severna park
    I found the concealment/smaller paddle isn't as rigid and the pistol grip "sags" away from the belt.
    Yea it’s not exactly tight against my side. But it’s secure. It’s not my summer holster. It’s my winter holster. Not worried about concealment. The only reason I didn’t get the regular paddle was because I’m built like a 2x4 and thought it wouldn’t form to my body. I also thought to myself. What if I take a heat gun to it and make it form to my body.
     

    Biggfoot44

    Active Member
    Aug 2, 2009
    26,722
    I found the concealment/smaller paddle isn't as rigid and the pistol grip "sags" away from the belt.

    It's a design balancing act .

    A lot has to do with how the center of balance of the holstered gun in relation to the line of the belt . Ie , if it's extra high riding , gravity acting on center of balance , will pull the upper part of the gun outwards .

    Conversely , if it's lower riding , it will stay in place better , but the muzzle will be lower . and require a longer cover garments ( if concealed ) . A ride height about the same as the classic Tom Threepersons is close to a sweet spot for comfort and stability .
     

    Biggfoot44

    Active Member
    Aug 2, 2009
    26,722
    Sounds like a good use of time, actually.
    If a perfect world , yes . In probability , in 5 minutes it would go down a rabbit hole of pro/ anti Appendix aka Femoral carry .
     

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