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Need a new holster

Postby JKosprey » Sun May 13, 2018 2:25 pm

So, I bought a Glock 43 a couple years ago now. I love the gun; for a carry gun in a state that's just non-permissive in general, it's perfect. I'm still having trouble finding the right holster though. I have an OWB fobus, which works well, and I can use in the winter or the woods. Around town it tends to print, since I'm a skinny guy (6'2 and 180).

I've tried:
-Remora (just never feels secure enough for my liking)

-Alien Gear (I loved the fit and feel, but the cut was all wrong and didn't allow a full grip on the draw stroke. Sent it back after this actually caused an ND *in a safe place, during practice, thankfully)

Desantis Invader (holster is relatively comfortable but those plastic clips are fragile. I broke a 2nd set a couple of weeks ago.)

Thinking now about a Crossbreed Minituck. Thoughts?

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Re: Need a new holster

Postby Netpackrat » Sun May 13, 2018 2:57 pm

I have several of this guy's holsters, and I have been pretty happy with them.

https://dalefrickeholsters.com/
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Re: Need a new holster

Postby Combat Controller » Sun May 13, 2018 2:57 pm

I have a couple of crossbreeds and think they are the bees knees. Is IWB the way you are going?
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Re: Need a new holster

Postby randy » Sun May 13, 2018 3:28 pm

If you like leather (I do) check out Stoner Holsters.

I have an IWB for my Glock 17 and Darlin' Daughter has one for her 26. They have the only IWB for a J frame that I have found to be comfortable and functional (including Ted Blocker, my traditional go-to).

(A bonus for me is they are local to me. I found the J Frame holster on their "blemish" holster, and dang if I can see what the problem is, and for 1/2 price it was worth trying it. It doesn't have their lifetime warranty as a "blemish", but so far after a year no indication of any problems).
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Re: Need a new holster

Postby Weetabix » Sun May 13, 2018 3:50 pm

I have a couple Crossbreeds, too. They're great. Comfortable, retain the firearm well. Draw well. The only two things are, they can push the mag release on some guns, and some trimming may be necessary to get the best cut for drawing.

Drill a hole where your mag release button is, and trim a bit, and you'll have a great IWB holster.
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Re: Need a new holster

Postby skb12172 » Sun May 13, 2018 7:12 pm

randy wrote:If you like leather (I do) check out Stoner Holsters.

I have an IWB for my Glock 17 and Darlin' Daughter has one for her 26. They have the only IWB for a J frame that I have found to be comfortable and functional (including Ted Blocker, my traditional go-to).

(A bonus for me is they are local to me. I found the J Frame holster on their "blemish" holster, and dang if I can see what the problem is, and for 1/2 price it was worth trying it. It doesn't have their lifetime warranty as a "blemish", but so far after a year no indication of any problems).


Do you mind discussing the pros and cons of her 26 with me sometime? I have one and I'm still not sure if I should've gone with the 19.
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Re: Need a new holster

Postby Netpackrat » Sun May 13, 2018 9:13 pm

skb12172 wrote:Do you mind discussing the pros and cons of her 26 with me sometime? I have one and I'm still not sure if I should've gone with the 19.


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Re: Need a new holster

Postby randy » Sun May 13, 2018 10:25 pm

skb12172 wrote:Do you mind discussing the pros and cons of her 26 with me sometime? I have one and I'm still not sure if I should've gone with the 19.


It was strictly a matter of comfort in her hand. The 26 fit her hands better than the19 or 43, and she liked the smaller size for commencement than the 19.

She can shoot the 17 and my Hi Power just fine, just prefers the 26 as her primary for her first CCW piece.

We tried all the various sizes on rental ranges a couple of times each and she kept coming back to the 26.

Stayed with Glock due to my familiarity with the platform and magazine interchangeability with the 17. She can pick out something else when she's on her own dime.
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Re: Need a new holster

Postby skb12172 » Sun May 13, 2018 10:48 pm

Concealability was the determining factor in my choice, as well. However, it is just on the verge of being too small for my hand. I will probably buy a 19 at some point while also keeping the 26.
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Re: Need a new holster

Postby Netpackrat » Mon May 14, 2018 12:41 am

http://www.pearcegrip.com/Products/search/GLOCK/26

I run these on my Glock 29 and they help a lot. They had some sharp edges that I had to smooth over, but after that they have been great. I have the plain ones that don't add any capacity.
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Re: Need a new holster

Postby JKosprey » Sat May 19, 2018 4:49 pm

Ended up going with the Crossbreed, since I was able to get it for cheap with a rediscovered Cabela's gift card (thanks in-laws!). The holster arrived yesterday and I think it's going to be a good fit. I like the IWB style mainly because I worry a fair amount about printing. OWB is ultimately much more comfortable but I haven't found an OWB holster that doesn't print unless it's cool enough for a coat.

I'll post a full review at some point after I've had time to wear it awhile longer and break things in, but my primary impression:

1. Holds the gun very close to the body. Great for concealment, but slightly harder for the drawstroke.
2. Concealment is great. I wore the gun empty around the apartment yesterday and *almost* was able to fully conceal in PJ pants and a medium T-shirt. A large would have done the trick.
3. Metal clips that wrap around the belt, rather than hooking the bottom. That's a really big thing for me since I kept breaking the plastic ones on the desantis IWB
4. I may need to trim back the sweat-guard that comes up along the slide. It may be something I can train to get used to but at the moment it makes getting a solid grip on the draw a bit more difficult.

As as aside, I also picked up a Hogue grip sleeve. I'm a fan. The rubber *stickiness* and slightly increased thickness seem to be a good thing. Now I just need a range trip soon....

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Re: Need a new holster

Postby BDK » Sun May 20, 2018 3:43 pm

I used crossbreed holsters, years ago - switched to different carry styles.

You make have to cut a hole in the leather, over the mag release. I kept bumping my mag release, until I did that. Mine also had the horsehide option.

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Re: Need a new holster

Postby Greg » Mon May 21, 2018 5:32 am

I bought a Crossbreed Supertuck for my 229 a little while back. I'm still breaking it in (it creaks something awful still) and getting used to it. I've only worn it inside the house so far. :oops:

I've had to adjust the cant to get it comfortable, but now it is. I'm going to have to trim the sweat guard though, it's too large and slightly interferes with both draw and, because the edge of it is curling out a little, reholstering.
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