OWB Recommendations for 3" 1911

OWB Recommendations for 3" 1911

This is a discussion on OWB Recommendations for 3" 1911 within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I have a Kimber ultra eclipse II currently have a Blackhawk Yaqui slide which conceals decent for OWB. Retention concerns me some although probably fine ...

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    OWB Recommendations for 3" 1911

    I have a Kimber ultra eclipse II currently have a Blackhawk Yaqui slide which conceals decent for OWB. Retention concerns me some although probably fine unless I do some summersalts or handsprings. This is unlikely. Also have a Fobus roto holster Retention is good but rides out a little far for summer concealment. Strangely this holster should work for both my ultra and my full size but I can't pull my full size out without pulling my pants up to my armpits. Retention is excessive with that gun and about right with the 3". Not sure why the difference.

    Any other ideals for OWB with the 3"? I am not comfortable with IWB at this point.


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    Here's one for ya'...FIST, INC.

    I have this holster for a Kimber Ultra CDP II, and one for a Glock-36...both work extremely well.

    Quality leather, great fit, and holds my firearms as tightly against the body as my IWB's.
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    When I had my Kimber Ultra Carry II I used a Galco Jak slide...it worked great!
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    I have fallen in absolute love with my DM Bullard Bodyguard OWB, I reviewed it on this site as well.
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    More than likely he will have it in stock on his website too, $70.

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    Here's another vote for Bullard.
    Very good quality FOR THE MONEY.
    Stitching is even, leather is nice.
    I'd put it way ahead of Don Hume.

    I shouldn't tell you this because I'm still waiting for my third Bullard,
    a bodyguard in ostrich for my new Sig 225.

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    I carry my 1911 commander in a Don Hume 721 OT and like it. I like the price too, $40. A better option, IMO is the Galco "concealable" pancake holster. The design pulls the back (butt of the gun in closer to your body which I like)

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    I carry mine in a Leather OWB holster I made myself,total cost about $10.00
    One thing I might recommend is if you feel the urge to keep pulling your pants up everytime you sit down etc. I would recommend a set of Perrys Suspenders,I can adjust them tight enough my voice goes up a coupla octaves
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    Comp-Tac Paddle holsters for both my Kimbers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducmonster View Post
    Retention is excessive with that gun and about right with the 3". Not sure why the difference.

    Any other ideals for OWB with the 3"? I am not comfortable with IWB at this point.

    There is often a difference between manufacturers tolerances on slides and frames. Depending on the work done to the pistol, how much it was sanded, beveled, radius-ed, contoured, etc... it does have a cumulative effect on the thickness and contact bearing surfaces in the holster in relation to the pistol.

    I have built holsters for 16 years but it wasn't until I started building custom 1911 pistols that I figured this out.

    You will be well served by a good fitting, boned pancake style gun holster, since you aren't looking for IWB.

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