Closest AND most Comfortable OWB holster design?

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    Closest AND most Comfortable OWB holster design?

    What features and designs make for the most comfortable- and concealable- OWB holster?

    Thinking primarily of leather- I have several Kydex holsters and use them most often for the convenience, but I'm looking at leather for all-day comfort and concealment.

    What would you look for?

    For what it's worth I'm about 5'9", 175(ish), 33"-34" waisted, and sort of brick-shaped. I carry a Glock 23.

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    Honestly, I prefer leather.
    I have always liked the forward cant pancake.
    I have a Desantis for my 1911 < RIA CS TACTICAL >
    And a Clament Custom Leather for my XDS.
    All of them "hold tight"
    For me an OWB holds the butt tighter than most IWB's.
    I am 6' at 190lbs 55yrs old but my waist is smaller than my hips/belt.
    The only disadvantage is that the OWB is a bit more prone to flashing the gun,
    because the holster is outside the pants.
    A long tee solves that for me here in Florida.

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    I think any 'pancake' style leather holster would be a good bet, wether with belt slits or wrap-around snaps, although the belt-slits hold the gun closer IMO.
    My favorite is a K&D Eagle Defender that I had Kevin customize a bit for me.... I wanted my G23 to ride a little higher and put a little more forward cant on it.
    A higher 'ride' aids in concealment for me. A big selling point WRT comfort is the inside 'sweat guard'..... that keeps the slide/hammer from rubbing aginst bare skin. VERY important for all-day wear.

    I'm 5'9" and 185lbs. I wear it about the 4 to 5 o'colck position.

    Hope that helps a little
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    Quote Originally Posted by finst3r View Post
    Honestly, I prefer leather.
    I have always liked the forward cant pancake.
    Ditto, on this.

    A decently made leather pancake-style holster should do you well.
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    The closest and most comfortable IMO are not the same thing. I've found that a leather pancake will conceal the best, but with larger frame guns I find them to be less than ideal in the comfort department. I'll rotate between a leather pancake and a paddle (usually a kydex blade-tech or stellar-rig) depending on what im wearing.

    I feel the kydex paddle is the best compromise of close and comfortable. I'll only use a paddle like that if the gun is completely and properly concealed. If there's any chance of being "made", i'll make sure its got active retention.

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    I prefer leather/kydex hybrid beltslides, so much so I started making them. Second choice would be a leather pancake.

    For comfort look for flat or flatter backs and wider loops. Plus forward cant. Too much on the back or too close together loops and you start pinching and binding the gun, belt, and ultimately your side. Also, a sweat guard (aka muffin top protector) is a big plus for concealing.
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    Galco Concealable OWB is the most comfy I have ever worn. Have them for my heavy 1911's and it makes carry very easy with a good belt. They mold the holster so it is flat against your skin and the gun is away from you slightly. This also allows the butt of the gun to pull in closer. Very worthwhile IMO.
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    The most comfortable OWB holster for me is a Fobus Paddle holster. I perfer it to my pancake holsters.
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    Waiting on this one... another week or two... looking forward to receiving it. Glock 27.

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    I got a Ritchie CQ-QR from Top Gun Supply to get me by until the Sparks SSII gets here. Carries a Glock 31 pretty darn well. Snaps on and off easily. I just don't care for a holster that I have to thread my belt through to get it on or off.

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    OWB Holster = Kramer Horsehide Belt Scabbard, as good as it gets (my opinion of course )

    Going on +/- 20 years with this style holster now.
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    For my XD-S I use a leather high rise pancake holster from Side Guard Holsters.
    For my Kimber Ultra Carry II I use a Bianchi Carry Lok.

    Both fit my needs very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by multistage View Post
    I got a Ritchie CQ-QR from Top Gun Supply to get me by until the Sparks SSII gets here. Carries a Glock 31 pretty darn well. Snaps on and off easily. I just don't care for a holster that I have to thread my belt through to get it on or off.
    +2 I have a CQ-QR and an Alessi CQC-S (they are actually identical), they pull close to the body and the snaps make on/off a breeze.

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    For me the OWB rubber backed Fobus paddle holster has worked well, it helps to reduce the sagging pants problem nicely.
    I ware it all day everyday with both my G23 and G27 depending on my dress for the day.
    Unfortunately I have a box full of all sorts of holsters that don't work for me, pancake included.

    This one keeps the gun close and the pants up.



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