The Milt Sparks Versa Max II is worth the wait. That said, try Lightning Arms. They stock some Milt Sparks holsters. If they have it, their shipping is very fast.
This is a discussion on IWB Holster suggestions for 1911, 4" within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm looking for inside the waistband holster suggestions for a Kimber 1911 Pro CDPII with 4" barrel. I like the looks of the Sparks VM2 ...
I'm looking for inside the waistband holster suggestions for a Kimber 1911 Pro CDPII with 4" barrel.
I like the looks of the Sparks VM2 but it's almost 20 weeks to get one.
I also like the looks of Bulmann, AKJ and Garrity. However, I have left messages on all of their answering machines and have not been called back.
After experiencing problems trying to commuicate with Wild Bill's while waiting 9 months for a holster, I am reluctant to do business with someone who doesn't even return calls when you are trying to purchase from them.
The only company who has answered their phone so far has been sparks. But god 20 weeks.
Any suggestions on other manufactures with good reputations would be appreciated.
Gary Brommeland is right here on this board. I'd try him. His or the VM-2 would both be good choices. For shorter barrel guns (maybe your 4") I like Gary's design and the Milt Sparks EX, where there's extra leather around the end of the barrel to spread the pressure out so the barrel isn't poking you in the hip. Gary could say whether this is a concern with a 4" -- I have 3" and 3 1/2" guns.
I've bought from Lightning Arms before, great people, when you just need a Milt Sparks in a hurry and are willing to pay extra to get it fast.
A great holster takes time....
What I did is get my first one and then order my second directly from Milt Sparks and then forgot about it. Four months later it showed up and I've got my backup holster.
two words Gary Brommeland.
His Max Con V is the best IWB i have ever tried. I carry a 3" 1911 in one everyday.
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I just answered your post on 1911 Forum but I'll answer here too for everyone's benfefit.
I'm still full-time LEO, so depending on my on-duty work schedule answering the phone and returning calls can be tough. I usually return e-mails the evening I receive them. I can e-mail a customer at 3 AM but most don't appreciate a phone call at that time.
Speaking for the other one-man shops as well, if the stitcher is running you can't hear the phone, and if in the middle of dying a holster you can't stop to answer or you run the risk of ruining a good dye job.
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I have a Cross Breed Super Tuck for my 4" Kimber. It is the most comfortable holster I own. Their lead time is only about 4-6 weeks.
I would have to suggest a Max-Con V Service Grade. I just ordered one for my SA Lightweight Champion a few days ago. Gary quoted 3 weeks for the holster.
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The secret to obtaining a first rate custom holster is patience. Unless, as sarhog mentioned, you can find what you need at Lightning Arms. The quality of Alessi, Sparks, Bulman and Garrity is well worth the wait. I do not own a Brommeland, but his reputation is also of a sterling nature. If Gary can produce one of his "Service Grades" in three weeks, I'd jump on it.
I'm waiting on a 'gator trimmed holster from Mark and I accept the wait, 'cuz, you know, them 'gators are hard to find in the desert.
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I carry in an Andrews Custom Leather Mcdaniel II. Excellent holster with adjustable rake. Truth is all the holsters mentioned are great holsters but different people will favor different features and models. Be patient and talk things over with different makers and users. I would whole heartedly reccomend Andrews Leather. He will usually answer his phone, at least when I've called. I don't know what his delivery times are but I got mine for a 4" Colt pretty fast.
Brommeland Service Grade Max Con V works nicely for my Pro CDP.
Where are you at upstate? My wife is from Richfield Springs but thats neither here not there. Lou Alessi's shop is outside Buffalo and Tauris Holsters are made In Utica. If your close, you may be able to drop in and get some good advice as well as a closeup view of what you would be getting if an order was placed.
Brommeland's Service Grade Max-Con V is what I use for my 5", it's unreal how comfortable it is.
I paid about $45 w/ shipping from http://midwayusa.com
Mine works pretty good, and would work pretty good until one of the more expensive holsters mentioned gets to you.
But that's just my plug nickle
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I love Gary's holsters and I also have some to offer.
We're running 3-4 weeks on IWB's like our Cover Up, TX Heritage and Answer holsters. All are fully "tuckable."
We make them for most any common pistol and we offer "no risk" purchase of any holster we make.
No sense risking another addition to the "abandoned holster drawer."