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Blackhawk CQC 3-Slot Pancake Holster Review

Blackhawk CQC Holster Review Don’t confuse the Blackhawk CQC 3 slot holster with the Blackhawk CQC Serpa Holster. This is a leather pancake holster with the three slot design for adjustable cants. It does not have a mechanical retention system like the carbon fiber CQC Serpa, but rather this Blackhawk leather holster relies on a thumb break for retention. The CQC Holser features curved belt slots which help to place pressure on the belt, pinning it in place and keep it from sliding- an interesting, unique, and practical feature that is not commonly seen. Opting for no cant by choosing the lower belt slot does present with some difficulties. Choosing this option, the holster rides extremely high and in...

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Bianchi 5 Black Widow Hip Holster Review

Bianchi 5 Black Widow Holster The Bianchi Black Widow is the ideal choice for those looking for a high riding, stable and easily concealable pancake holster. The Black Widow delivers double stitching, two standard 1.75″ belt loops, and a compact design that contours to the body. The Black Widow Holster has well placed double stitching that conforms nicely to the gun. Aesthetically it would be nice to see the molding to be more sharp, but it does not effect the performance of the holster. The belt slots are well balanced and lend to a gentle, but much needed cant. The thumb break and open muzzle may be options that some do not care for. With a durable, thick gun...

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Gould & Goodrich 890 IWB Holster Review

Gould & Goodrich 890 IWB Holster   The Gould & Goodrich IWB Model 890 Holster is the ultimate entry grade holster. The Gould & Goodrich IWB holster is a cheaply and haphazardly produced holster, however it does serve its purpose. It conceals and retains the holster without any thrills, and the material appears to be able to withstand about 1-1.5 years of normal use. The leather appears to give off a plastic like appearance and characteristic. The stitching is rushed and not contoured to the holster. The design is not economical, and does not disperse the weight throughout the body. The holster also offers no cant. At $22-$34, this holster is appropriately priced. However you justify the purchase, remember...

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Safariland 328 Pancake Holster Review

Safariland 328 Pancake Here is a 3-slot pancake holster from Safariland.  The Model 328 pancake holster is created with a thumb break, suede lining, and traditional 1.75″ belt slots. The additional belt slot on the slide side of the holster allows the user to determine the degree of cant. At first glance, this holster appears to be well built. The stitching is close to the gun, and the suede lining gives the Safariland holster a feel of royalty. Unfortunately it is very difficult to marry the thick vegetable tanned leather to another, thinner material- in this case the suede. This discrepancy culminates in a rough burnished edge, giving the user a scratch upon every movement if the holster is...

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Bianchi 59 Special Agent Paddle Holster Review

Bianchi 59 Special Agent Holster   The Bianchi 59 Paddle Holster is a hybrid leather with a waffle pattern neoprene lined plastic paddle. Bianchi’s patented paddle is adjustable and does rotate to allow for varying cants and carry positions. The griped texture of the paddle as well as its length does lend ability for the holster to be comfortable, light, and stable. With the thumb break and re-enforced sweat guard, this is a great holster if you do not want to deal with a belt. Even at $60-$84 this is a bargain of a holster if you are in a position where you are taking the holster on and off often. Here is an Amazon link to the Bianchi...

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1911 Handgun

The 1911 was conceived in the 1890’s, and was adopted for US military use in 1911. This .45ACp handgun was decommissioned in 1985 in favor of the Beretta 92 9mm. The 1911 continues to be a favorite handgun of many people around the world. It has been adapted and recreated in multiple sizes and calibers. The most common sizes that you might see include: Government Model which has a full size frame,  5″ barrel, and a 7 or 8 round magazine Commander Model which has a full size frame,  4.25″ barrel, and a 7-8 round magazine CCO Model which has a short frame, 4.25″ barrel, and typically houses 6-7 rounds in a magazine Officers Model which has a short...

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Galco Fletch High Ride Holster Review

Galco F.L.E.T.C.H. High Ride Holster Galco’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Holster (F.L.E.T.C.H.) Holster  looks as though it issued to every Federal Agent in every movie. There is a reason for that. With its close and bright stitching, practical design and cant, the Galco Fletch Holster is practical and overall a great holster. The Galco Fletch Holster is a very popular model for Galco, who states the holster is made of premium saddle leather. The Fletch boasts a slightly reinforced back thumb break (you can see the continued stitching in the picture), two rows of tight stitching, and two 1.75″ belt slots. The slots are placed as to allow the firearm to ride slightly elevated, and the wide placement...

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Desantis Scabbard Pancake Holster Review

Desantis Scabbard Holster Review The Desantis Scabbard with thumb break hosts an adjustable retention screw, precise molding, bright stitching, and an additional belt slot. For those unfamiliar with reasoning for an additional belt slot, no- it isn’t a mistake. The reason for the extra slot on the Scabbard Holster is to give the wearer a choice for the cant of the holster. If the belt is placed through the bottom one, the holster will ride higher and have less cant. This additional slot is also known as a three slot model. The belt slots are the standard 1.75″, and the holster is available for many types of guns. Upon first use, the Desantis was rather snug, but after some...

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Bianchi Carrylok OWB Holster Review

Bianchi Carrylok Holster Review   This holster is designed with the Bianchi Carrylok. It is a plastic retention devise which Blackhawk has tried to combat with their less successful Serpa holster. The Carrylok seems to be more ergonomic and in addition is encased in leather, as opposed to the Serpa. While the holster’s mouth is not reinforced, and the stitching is mildly wide, the holster does have some strong points.For the potential firearms carrier who is worried of being disarmed by another, this may help ease their qualms. Some argue that the Bianchi Carrylok holster has multiple points of failure, and may cause the gun to retain holstered. The author suggests if you can stay on the lower end...

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Galco SC2 IWB Holster Review

Galco SC2 IWB Holster The SC2 has a snap-on design with a reinforced thumb-break design. It boasts the Galco Royal Guard design plus a thumb break for half the price. The Galco SC2 also sports a mild cant, appropriate for most individuals carrying concealed. At $55-$62, The Galco SC2 is very fairly priced. Here is an Amazon link to the Galco SC2 for your convenience. Made for the following models: Glock 19, 23 32, 26/27, S&W M&P 3.5″ 1911, S&W...

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Bianchi Minimalist OWB Holster Review

Bianchi Minimalist Holster Review The Bianchi OWB Leather Holster is well defined by its name-minimal. The leather does cover the necessary areas of the gun, and extends far enough to distribute the weight appropriately. With all Bianchi products, you can expect a stiff and hardened leather holster. It is evident the molding was with a commercial vacuum, leaving out the perfection of a hand crafted holster. The retention system, made up of a loop and O-ring, does not appear to be of the highest quality and will likely be the first failing point of the Bianchi Minimalist. The stitching appears rushed and the holster relies on the forming for the pistol retention. This is clearly evident in the picture....

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Blackhawk Leather IWB Holster Reivew

Blackhawk Leather IWB Holster Review The Blackhawk line of holsters can be hit or miss, depending on the model. The non rigid and non model specific holsters are atrocious and rarely can carry any gun appropriately. Finally, with the leather line of IWB holsters, Blackhawk recognizes that flimsy generic holsters is not a responsible way to carry a weapon concealed. The Leather IWB design boasts an adjustable belt loop, rotatable for multiple forms of carry. While this multi purpose idea is appreciated, it shuts the door to being able to fix the one issue with this holster. It would be appreciated if there were two belt loops for the larger holsters to distribute the weight more efficiently. Considering the...

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Front-Line IWB Leather With Kydex Review

Front-Line IWB Leather Holster Front-Line is an Israeli based manufacture who contracts for their military. They offer a variety of leather holsters that are illegibly hand made. This IWB holster provides a 360 degree throat which is highly welcomed. The stitching does not mirror the firearm’s outline, though it is closer than some other commercial manufacturers. The Front-Line IWB offers a dual prong kydex attachment for a belt which runs the entire length of the holster. The prongs are lower than typically seen on an IWB holster. A significant amount of weight is in the grip of a loaded 1911, and the placement of the weight is crucial. When the heavy firearm is much higher than the belt on...

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Galco Pocket Protector Holster Review

Galco Pocket Protector Pocket Holster This model from Galco has the traditional ‘hook’ you see in any respectable pocket holster. This additional curve with the leather on the Pocket Protector allows you to draw the firearm with the holster remaining in the pocket. This is one of the few benefits of this holster. The material is suspected to be split leather, which though extremely cheap and susceptible to quick destruction, minimizes the “printing” on the outside of the pants. There is a beginning of a reinforced throat, however it does not continue throughout. This makes this flimsy holster much more difficult to re-holster. The Pocket Protector is priced at $20. Although reasonable, you will be disappointed how much more...

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Galco Ultra Undercover IWB Holster Review

Galco Ultra Undercover IWB Holster   Meet one of Galco’s higher end IWB holster. Made of horsehide and a patented ‘J-hook’ belt attachment device, the Ultra Undercover IWB is a respectable holster. The leather is turned rough side out. A discussion on this matter can be found at the end of the article. Because of the the length of the re-enforced mouth, as well as the thickness of the leather, the Galco UDC should prove to hold its own for years to come. A minor problem with the plastic hook is that it places a majority of the downward weight on the tip of the pants band. Depending on the pants and the weight of the gun, this may...

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Blackhawk Cutaway OWB Holster Review

Blackhawk Cutaway Holster This Blackhawk holster advertises a sleek and minimalist design with durable belt slots. It also features a thumb break with elongated sweat guard. The Cutaway holster does not feature a re-enforced mouth, which is typical of most thumb break designs. The double stitching enforces Blackhawk’s goal of a durable holster. The rounded corners and high riding design proves for a comfortable and concealable holster. $40-$67 Here is an Amazon link to the Blackhawk Cutaway Holster. Made for the following models: 3″ 1911, 4″ 1911, 5″ 1911, Springfield XD 4″, Glock 17, Glock 19, Glock 26/27,Blackkawk holsters have made a name in the military and tactical industry. This holster is a sleek and concealable leather holster. Is...

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Galco Royal Guard IWB Review

  Galco Royal Guard IWB Holster Updated in 2013, the Royal Guard has now been outfitted with a sweat guard, premium horsehide, swappable loops with an integrated reinforced mouth, and a slightly more aggressive cant. This is Galco’s top of the line IWB holster. The holster sports the horse hide and rough side out material, which Galco seems to be fond of. The Royal Guard features a re-enforced mouth. The dual loops have a mild cant which is comfortable for most, and supportive of small to medium frame handguns. The entirety of the Royal Guard is narrow, which may distribute weight unevenly for some. This Galco holster originally did not come with a sweat guard, however a sweat guard...

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Bulldog Pocket Holster Review

Bulldog Pocket Holster The Bulldog holster is a unique, hand made holster capable of holding a host of small semi automatic pistols. The holster is rather narrow, which is a benefit to those with small pockets. For those with larger pockets, this means the holster-and gun- may move around more than you are comfortable with. For $20, the Bulldog Pocket Holster is likely the cheapest real leather holster out there, and much better than a nylon alternative. Here is an Amazon link to the Bulldog Pocket Holster for your convenience. Made for the following models: Small automatics including LCP,Bersa .380,Sig 230, Walther...

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Talon Wallet Pocket Holster

Talon Wallet Holster The Talon Wallet holster boasts a thick and durable leather formed to be mistaken as a wallet. This author would prefer his firearm not to print at all, prefers to keep his firearm out of the reach of pickpockets, and is not keen on sitting on his firearms. By placing the firearm in a back pocket, the individual opens himself up to these risks. When placed in the front pocket, the Talon Wallet Holster does not conform to the leg, forcing an obvious print through the pants fabric. In addition, the backing prevents an easy grasp on the handle of the firearm. Although this author tries to remain impartial and objective, he can not endorse this...

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