Early paddle holsters were crude; the paddle was treated as a simple "blade" and a strap was included for the waistbelt to keep the holster in place. The first is a Safety Speed from the 60s, the second a Hume that is contemporary:
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Paddles have sophisticated considerably since ancient times, a message not yet received by some makers. This is an Uncle Mike's:
Pioneers of the moulded plastic paddles came up with these, but still have fallen short. They have a single spur in the centre of the paddle in an effort to keep the paddle from pulling loose from the waistband. They are Galco (one of no less than four versions that the company has produced) and an older Safari:
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But a well-conceived paddle does more than act as a simple blade. See next entry . . ..