Dale Fricke - Archangel
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Does anyone carry theie 1911 in the appendex position? If so, what holster would you recommend?
Dale Fricke - Archangel
Kimber Tactical Ultra II, Kahr PM45, Kahr PM9, Kahr P380
+1 on the Dale Fricke Archangel. Been using his stuff for about a year and a half. I had a Ehub and a Joab, but the Archangel is a superior product IMO. I use one for my Springfield Government and one for a Glock 17. They both can handle the smaller models, but I like carrying the full size. Retension is great with two different points to adjust, and the gun clicks into the holster with a positive click. Easy on and off with the widely spaced Pull-the-Dot straps.
Archangel with Springfield
Archangel with Glock 17
Here is what it looks like with some friends
Nice and smooth on the back side for comfort
The last shooter in the video (Zubiana) seems to do quite well with that combination.
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I use a High Noon "Hidden Ally" on occasion, and like it for what it is.
My favorite, if you don't mind kydex, is the Appendix Carry Rig at http://alabamaholster.com/index.php?p=2_27
If you prefer leather and have some money, http://shop.alessigunholsters.com/Belt-Holster/APX
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Here is a one that I have seen and might try. It is a leather AIWB holster and has gotten some good reviews. Leather would be nice, but it's biggest drawback is bulk compared to a Kydex holster. The slimmer the better in the appendix position. It is the Texas Comfort AIWB from Kolbeson Leatherworks.
One of the key issues with me for appendix carry is being able to get a full combat grip when presenting the firearm from the holster. I don't want to be grabbing belt too........ when reaching for my gun. So, ride height is important to me. Too high, and the gun will want to tip out over the belt which is really uncomfortable. Another key ingredient in all of this is a purpose built gun belt.
tmoore, thanks for pointing this one out to me! I've been looking to try a new one for my 1911, and this may well be the one.
You're advice is right on, and I thought I'd spring off it to say a couple more things about Alabama's holster. They got the height right on. I've owned holsters that were all over the place, and there's is just perfect. Retention too, the gun practically jumps into your hand, but won't come out when you flip your pants upside down in the stall. But that kydex! Awesome for thin, but always hard. I put moleskin on the inside of mine in the summer, and its alright except for the most active days. Its hard to beat broke-in leather for comfort. One other thing that Alabama got right, at least on my M&P model, that kinda goes along with ride-height, is the way the loops grab the belt. They're a bit to tight for my 1.5 belts, but the way it pulls the gun in, a gun belt is hardly needed. Sounds wrong I know, but this ones' more comfortable with a regular belt for me. The trigger gaurd area contacts my hip bone in such a way that the gun does not sag, and it just all becomes part of my body. I've never had a leather holster that would do that, and its pretty nice; but still kydex.
I like the front loop position on that tex holster, I find that position to be more concealable, as the front loop on nearly all double-loop appendix holsters is often the most obtrusive part of the rig.
Also, the High Noon "Hidden Ally" that I mentioned earlier, its a belt-rider. There is no combat grip. Their more expensive "Split Decision" type line has a great grip, but are way too thick. I bought one long ago for a P239 and was quite impressed with everything but the thickness (for the money), but I couldn't use it. I don't mind the lack of a combat grip in certain situations. I use a Hidden Ally for my PM9 at times, and by letting the pants slip through my fingers its still a mighty fast draw. But certainly not my preference for a primary!
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