Interesting article on hybrid holsters...

Interesting article on hybrid holsters...

This is a discussion on Interesting article on hybrid holsters... within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Reserching hybrid holsters, I came accross this article. Interesting really...some of the issues the author mentions, while seemingly obvious now, I've never considered. Apologies if ...

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    Interesting article on hybrid holsters...

    Reserching hybrid holsters, I came accross this article. Interesting really...some of the issues the author mentions, while seemingly obvious now, I've never considered. Apologies if this has already been posted...

    Legally Concealed ? 3 Reasons Your Hybrid Holster Failed

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    Interesting article. I have leather, kydex and hybrid holsters and IMO, the hybrids are the most comfortable. I don't try to cheap out on holsters. I read forum posts here and other forums where someone writes that they're looking for a holster but don't want to spend a lot of money.....or they buy a "thick" belt at Walmart for $15 instead of a good gun belt at $60.
    I think if you conceal carry, the holster is just as important as the gun you carry.
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    I have an Alien Gear holster that I use for IDPA and everyday carry, I have no issues with it. Even though it is not one of the pricey ones, about half the cast of some of the others. It works fine.

    Just before getting it I had a standard belt, which when I changed it out on my blade tech holster, made a huge difference. I got the belt from Hanks Clothing, it's on line. It is an Amish made belt not too pricey but a good belt.
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    I was a total newb when I started carrying 3 years ago. Hybrids have been my preferred method the entire time. I don't have the issues that he talks about. Further, couldn't those points apply to any IWB holster, and many holsters in general when not worn and maintained properly?
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    Aside from the article seeming like a long ramble instead of a well thought out piece of writing, his points are good.
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    Thanks for posting :-) Every viewpoint is useful, in the pursuit of perfection in design, construction, and use of holsters with pistols.
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    I am one of the lucky ones who has avoided the "drawer full" of holsters syndrome.

    Currently I have (3) holsters W/o complaint.

    1 )Alien Gear IWB Hybrid...Walther PPQ
    2) DeSantis OWB leather...Walther PPG
    3) Galco Kingtuk...Ruger LC9s

    Blackhawk Serpa OWB...I don't include this one in my mix as I use it only at the range..(i.e) NOT a EDC holster.

    The article while interesting and providing food for thought, I felt it was aimed at people *new* to holsters and carrying.

    Re-Holstering: The criteria of re-holstering is not high on my list in CC as the weapon is intended to sit in its holster happy as a clam all day.

    (i.e) My Alien Gear IWB. When holstering, I need to *look* when holstering..one time.
    This particular holster provides for me the best concealment for my PPQ. Is it difficult or dangerous to holster my weapon? No; not at all, but it does require me looking as I wear it about 3:30 to 4 O'clock.

    At the range, the Kydex Serpa is easy to re-holster w/o looking..but then again, it sticks out a country mile; not suitable for EDC CC.

    Holsters are NOT a one size fits all.

    Application, concealment and body build all play into it.

    I don't believe a requirement for a great holster is spending a small fortune. Sure, there are poorly made cheap nylon holsters one can buy at Wally World; and most of us would not use them.

    The Alien Gear I believe was about 45 bucks; I see no issues with it.
    The Kingtuk was I believe about 50...It's great for me.
    Desantis leather OWB..wonderful.

    A little research and talking to others is the key to avoiding the "drawer full" syndrome.
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    2) students unable to reholster due to the body shield/guard folding over the holster opening.
    This was a problem I had when I first started carrying. My IWB hybrid holster stays on all day even when my pistol isn't holstered because I'm not allowed to carry at work or in other GFZs. Not having a pistol up against the sweat guard for extended periods of time will allow that sweat guard to creep out and start to bend over. Yes, that does make re-holstering a problem. To combat this, whenever my holster isn't being used, I hang it horizontally by the sweat guard in such a way that the weight of the holster makes it bend the other way which helps to straighten it out after it has been worn. This has helped in re-holstering and to extend the life of the holster.
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    It is obvious that one size fits all mindset does not work with guns, holsters, and belts. His points are valid. All kydex holsters work well for me. I am 6 ft tall and 160 pounds. If I were 250 pounds the kydex may not work. Point being. Different folks, different strokes. You need to find what works for your body type.
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    It all starts with a good gun belt.You need a heavy duty belt for all types of holsters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stetson View Post
    It all starts with a good gun belt.You need a heavy duty belt for all types of holsters.
    Yea...like this?
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    While I agree, I'm not sure how that helps with design issues specific to holsters...as outlined by the article. A great belt, won't do much to help a poor design.

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    The first carry holster I ever used was a CB. I have tried several since them, and hated each of them with only slightly-varying degrees of intensity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    The first carry holster I ever used was a CB. I have tried several since them, and hated each of them with only slightly-varying degrees of intensity.
    I've owned CBs as well. Functionally, it was a good holster. But, no matter what I did, it creaked like a 100 yo farm house, and the leather had the most horrible odor. My friends could SMELL when I was carrying...

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    Like everything , theres good holsters and bad holsters no matter if there costly or low or high priced or all leather or all kydex or somewhere in between . I have owned one that many love and I hated . garrett fusion . I have used one brand and model thats 10 years old and I keep coming back to it . Does everything well including reholstering .

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    Article is worthless .

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