Wright Leather Works vs Milt Sparks Holsters

Wright Leather Works vs Milt Sparks Holsters

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    Wright Leather Works vs Milt Sparks Holsters

    Looking for a good owb holster for a 4in kimber 1911.


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    Kramer and FIST are the favorites of the one I own.

    FIST #12 Basic does a good job of keeping the gun pulled in nice and close for concealment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeep4x4 View Post
    Looking for a good owb holster for a 4in kimber 1911.
    I love my wright predator. Just ordered another for my new les baer UTC

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    Go with any leather smith's Askins Avenger clone. Or get a real one for a decent price on Ebay.

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    Raptor Pro II in a MS 55BN Cordovan Horsehide. I love this holster. If you want even higher ride, go with a 60TK. And...welcome to the forum.

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    I've got a commander size Milt Sparks 60TK and wish it had just a bit more cant when carrying a full size frame. It's fine for my CCO's.
    Take that for what it's worth.
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    If you don't need a shirt guard the Sparks I-BAK is a great holster. It, as will all pancakes, hold the gun tighter against the body than the Askins style.
    If you need a shirt guard look at 5 shot pancake (Concealment Pancake (CP)) 5 Shot Leather, LLC - CP

    No other style holds the gun as tightly against the body as a pancake.
    Most leather workers and saddle makers do not really know how to make a first class holster. Get one by a top maker and you will be satisfied instead of wishing that you had done so.

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    I would also suggest the Milt Sparks I-BAK if you want your firearm perfectly pulled in close to the body.
    It's an incredibly tough holster to beat for OWB carry of a 1911 pattern firearm.
    As is to always be expected of M. Sparks the design & construction is flawless and their holsters just seem to stay functional forever.

    All Photo Credit To Tony K. & Milt Sparks Holsters.
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    Unlike that of Bakers original pancake design,
    the I-BAK is formed completely to the outer pouch, leaving the backside of the holster more or less flat.<~~
    The result is a holster which can conform to the curve of the hip, between its widely spaced belt slots, but not collapse when the gun is withdrawn. A combination single sight rail, and deeply formed sight channel, provide plenty of protection and clearance for even the tallest of front sights.
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    The pic shows a beautiful product, with workmanship, materials, and styling rating top notch. But the holster shouldn't be able to lay flat on the bench; i.e., when a holster with one or two outrigger slots has been thought through completely, the maker realises that the 'wings' need to be arced while wet (and the holster is being moulded to the pistol) to force the grip (called 'twist') into its ideal position, rather than however the leather ultimately allows it to lie.
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    Works great for me, and I have not found that the wings need to be arched. I have both types, and still think the I_BAK can't be beat if you do not want a shirtguard. To each his own, however. It is the user who is the final arbiter.
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    I have a couple of really excellent holsters, one for a 5" 1911 and another for my Glock 33, and both have the curved wings and are supremely comfortable. Couldn't ask for any more in any holster.
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    Check out my avatar that was made for my Kimber Pro Raptor. Love this holster, it's made by Tucker Gun Leather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryM View Post
    Works great for me, and I have not found that the wings need to be arched. I have both types, and still think the I_BAK can't be beat if you do not want a shirtguard. To each his own, however. It is the user who is the final arbiter.
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    And those 'final arbiters' post a LOT on forums, about their troubles with break-in -- for holstering, drawing, and retention of the pistol; and comfort of the set when worn on a belt. And break-in is avoided when the maker does many little things, well; that non-holster builders don't know they're not getting or are even related to break-in; including shaping the slots and loops to receive the belt, while the mould pistol is still in the wet holster. Hence my comment.

    This isn't something I thought up yesterday; the Bianchi Shadow pancake holster that I developed in the 70s to compete with the then-new Baker Pancake (Roy's was really quite a badly-drafted patent), instead of being moulded in a flat, padded press of the period, was moulded in a custom-built press with a significant arc in the platens. Surely the state-of-art in holster design/build can be relied upon to advance, not regress. And just as surely, holster buyers deserve to know what they can expect for their bucks?
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    Ah, Red, swiping at Tony and Milt Sparks again. Still, hard to argue with so MANY satisfied users-few of whom are wearing Bianchi Shadows these days, I'll note.

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    I still go back to my Pure Kustom Black ops Pro for my 1911. It works OWB or IWB and I've used it both ways. Very stable holster.
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