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Old October 13, 2000, 06:20 PM   #1
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What are the advantages and diadvantages of belt and paddel holsters? what is the best set up?
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Old October 13, 2000, 08:49 PM   #2
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I have both a paddle and belt holster for my HK compact USP. I prefer my belt holster because the paddle tends to ride up upon drawing the pistol.

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Old October 14, 2000, 03:39 PM   #3
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The benefit of a Paddle holster is ease of removal when entering a building where carrying is prohibited. Or once at your office and need to place it in your desk. This is because no belt to undo.

Drawbacks.... simple..most Paddles walk. Doesn't stay putand you may find yourself constently adjusting it. I know of one LEO that even pulled his holster from his pants when drawing on a felon. tahnk goodness the felon had his hands full at the time because the gun was basically still in the holster.

Belt holsters give youa firm base to work from. But you do have to undo belt in ordeer to remove same.

Check out the Alessi CQC-S holster. It is a belt holster that can be removed without undoing the belt and is firm and tight to the body. I have one for my 1911 and one for my wifes Brownng BDM. She loves it.

The magazine writer Dave Spaulding used paddle holsters for years..despite the weakness's. He now uses the CQC-S. And praises it.

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Old October 16, 2000, 02:55 PM   #4
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Just got the Pager Pal for myself. While it's touted to be able to conceal a large frame gun, this depends on the user's size. I can't use it to hide a Sig P220 but it will hide a smaller gun like a PPK/S or some other .380. The Pager Pal is not as fast as a belt holster, but enjoys the advantage in that you can remove your jacket (hot weather) and still appear unarmed.
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Old October 17, 2000, 02:04 PM   #5
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I sugest going with a belt holster with snap loops. This works especially well for IWB models. The snaps make it very easy to remove and you get the stability of a belted holster. Just ask the holster maker a few questions about snap loops and don't forget to inquire about the color of the snap. A shiny chrome snap really shows off on your belt,which you may come to loathe.
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Old October 17, 2000, 11:41 PM   #6
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I have a Safariland model 560 paddle that fits beautifully anywhere on the front, side or rear of my hip, and it stays where I put it.
I don't have to worry about it coming out when drawing my G23 either - in fact, my only complaint is that it's too hard to remove!
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Old October 18, 2000, 09:19 AM   #7
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Lou Alessi makes his Close Quarter Covert/Snap holster that is a real winner. You can see it at

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Old October 18, 2000, 12:48 PM   #8
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I also have the Safariland 560, which I found to be excellent. Has never come off on me, and I use it in IDPA once a month. The paddle is haped to grab your waist and your pnts/belt. It also has optional belt loop mounts.
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Old October 18, 2000, 01:13 PM   #9
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Paddle holsters also tend to carry a little farther from your body than standard holsters. This makes the paddle holster just a touch harder to conceal.

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