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Old July 6, 2018, 01:10 PM   #1
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Paddle Or Belt Slide Holster?

I conceal carry daily in business casual attire, generally a tucked in polo/ button down/ golf shirt comfortably. I use a variety of tuckable IWB holsters that change depending on the firearm/ outfit/ day and have little to no problem concealing.

That said, I work in a job that occasionally requires I wear a suit and tie, and I’ve found my dress slacks to be a little less forgiving with a firearm.... (I’ve gained some weight, so what?)

That said, I would like to pick up a nice OWB holster to support a full-sized pistol (Ruger SR9/ Full Size 1911) and I’m not sure whether to go paddle or slide.

I don’t generally remove my pistol from my person throughout the day, so I’m leaning towards a belt slide leather OWB, thoughts?

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Old July 6, 2018, 01:23 PM   #2
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A lot depends on the firearm used. A 1911A1 can disappear with a minimum leather holster. The belt is more important for support a full-sized pistol than the actual holster.
This'd be the holster. Been making 'em for myself for eons. This one needs forming though. And you can make it for a great deal less than $35. If you have the tools and leather.
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Old July 6, 2018, 02:25 PM   #3
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I would strongly suggest against the slide-type holsters. There is good potential to pop your gun out... not good.
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Old July 6, 2018, 02:45 PM   #4
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If you use a retention holster it should not matter if it on a belt or a paddle design so far as it coming unstowed.

That said given all the media events with holsters lately always use a retention holster. I prefer paddle holsters if I am going to remove the gun through out the day and place it somewhere like a lockbox. I can remove the holster and gun together safely. If the gun is not coming off than I prefer a belt holster. Make sure you get one that slide tightens to belt diameter on to the belt and does not move around if you go that route.
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Old July 7, 2018, 06:18 PM   #5
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As most of us , we have quite a few holsters , tydex and leather . I something use the paddle , kydex , AIWB , shoulder and OWB holsters. I agree too , you need a good EDC gun belt . Just as important as a good holster . You'll wind up getting both holsters . I have 5 holsters for the pistol I carry .
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Old July 8, 2018, 10:23 AM   #6
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I too have multiple holsters for my EDC pistol, all of which are IWB.

When I wear my larger guns with a suit or sports coat, I carry at 4:30 with a hybrid type IWB holster, but need to move to OWB. I was flirting with the idea of a shoulder rig as well, but I often wear my blazers unbuttoned and am concerned with the wind exposing the piece.

I agree that a good gun belt makes A world of difference. Holsters I once hated while wearing cheap belts fit like a glove and do wonders with the proper support. It took me a good year of daily carry to figure that out, unfortunately.
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Old July 9, 2018, 12:44 AM   #7
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Belt slide.

Take a couple seconds longer to put on but more secure for peace of mind.
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Old July 10, 2018, 08:23 AM   #8
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Paddle for convenience to slip on and off... belt loops for every other factor. I find belt loops hold closer to the body, don't move around as much, and are more comfortable when sitting.

My 2 cents.
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Old July 10, 2018, 06:25 PM   #9
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If your looking for a nice OWB holster , I ordered a custom OWB holster from R Grizzle , I carry a Colt 1911 3" in 45acp , the holster fits the pistol like a glove . It's a beautiful holster . Shoulder rigs are fine when dressed with a jacket or back problems , kydex appendix carry when driving and deep concealment and waist band carry for walking or standing alot .What ever holster you go with ,get a quality holster made for your gun .
P.S. Paddle holsters are fine if your need to take it on and off during the day , they do print more though .


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Old July 10, 2018, 06:37 PM   #10
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Perhaps mentioned already, but you MUST use a very sturdy gun belt, no matter what pants you are wearing.
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