Springfield XD OWB Holster

Springfield XD OWB Holster

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    Springfield XD OWB Holster

    With the cooler weather coming soon I am looking to get an OWB holster to start carrying my full size 4" Springfield XD in 9mm to replace my summer gun primary carry Taurus TCP. I have briefly trialed a Galco Concealment OWB holster, which I like for the most part (only issue was very tight fit). However, a federal agent friend of mine insists that I should realy get a holster with a retention strap. Anyone have experience with the Concealment or other similar OWB's? Anyone have feedback on OWB's with a retention strap. I already have a Blackhawk serpa paddle holster, and I know that this is not what I am looking for as it is very difficult to conceal (sticks out too far). I also defitnitely prefer an FBI type cant as it makes concealment much easier.

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    It's 85 degrees today and you're thinking about cooler weather?

    Just kidding. I actually think you should be fine with a holster without a thumb break. If you get a quality holster that is made to fit your specific gun model, there should be enough retention.
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    One of my early purchases was an OWB with retention strap for a XD40sc. It's a nice holster, but now that I've been carrying for a number of years the retention strap just seems silly. Even a bit obtrusive.
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    I pretty much use Fist holsters for OWB carry.

    My XD Service .45 carries well in them. Most of mine are either #9's or #12's.
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    A well-made holster, be it Kydex or leather, will provide plenty of retention for concealed carry. For open carry, I would prefer a holster with some means of retention.

    I recommend a Milt Sparks Axiom holster.
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    My all-time favorite OWB holster is the Galco Concealable. I just bought another for my new 4" Ed Brown 1911. Yes, like all good holsters, they are tight. I wrapped my gun in a plastic bag and left it in the holster overnight - problem solved. I love the fact that they have a very strong forward cant and hug very tightly to the body with a good belt. All of that adds up to an OWB that doesn't print any more than an IWB.
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    I forgot to mention that I have a Galco Concealable and used it for some time before I sprung for the Milt Sparks Axiom. I also had a tight fit, so after applying their Draw-EZ slickum to the inside, I used the plastic bag trick and it's been perfect ever since.
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    Here is a holster I made for an XD 9. Its very snug. I've never been concerned about a retention strap. I mostly carry it with a cover shirt.

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    I've got an open-top Don Hume for my 228 and an open-top Winthrop for my PPS. Retention on both is excellent, and I have nothing between me and my firearm when I need it. No thumb-break for me, thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgunnut View Post
    With the cooler weather coming soon I am looking to get an OWB holster to start carrying my full size 4" Springfield XD in 9mm to replace my summer gun primary carry Taurus TCP. I have briefly trialed a Galco Concealment OWB holster, which I like for the most part (only issue was very tight fit). However, a federal agent friend of mine insists that I should realy get a holster with a retention strap. Anyone have experience with the Concealment or other similar OWB's? Anyone have feedback on OWB's with a retention strap. I already have a Blackhawk serpa paddle holster, and I know that this is not what I am looking for as it is very difficult to conceal (sticks out too far). I also defitnitely prefer an FBI type cant as it makes concealment much easier.

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    If its for ccw wear i wouldnt worrie about a thumb break as no body should see your gun untill you need to use it.
    I have built several iwb holsters with thumb breaks for leo's in my area that is required by there depts but i really dont recommend a thumb break for a iwb holster.
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    No strap, but it does have retention. Release is accomplished with your "social" finger.

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    I don't carry every day but researched this same question at length before making a purchase. I'm very happy to use a Comp Tac Paddle Holster for my XD. I was initially concerned about stability but this was quickly proven to be an unfounded concern and the price point is very reasonable.

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    I have a Galco for the Springfield XD 40 Subcompact. It's insanely tight on the belt loops. You don't really need a retaining strap for concealed carry and it's just one more thing to try to move out of the way with your clothing.

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