Closed Bottom...benefit?

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    Closed Bottom...benefit?

    Can someone explain why some holsters (Max Con V for instance) have a closed bottom and some have an open bottom (VMII or Tucker Heritage)? Is there a benefit to either one or is it just the makers preference? Thanks guys.

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    I don't know any particular motive behind making them that way but I like my open holster because I can use it for my S&W CS45 which I carry most of them time OR it works for my S&W M&P .40 (longer) just as well...
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    I'm guessing, here, but I have had the occasional incident where a bit of oil or residue from a muzzle has stained my pants, with OWB carry. A closed-bottom holster wouldn't have the same problem. Can't imagine any other reason, but then I'm not a holster maker.
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    For IWB, closed bottom keeps any kind of lint from getting in the muzzle.

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    ah, beat me to it.

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    For IWB, closed bottom keeps any kind of lint from getting in the muzzle.
    What he said.

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    A closed bottom can keep stuff out to the gun barrel.
    Some makers close them on shorter guns for comfort, reduces it "digging" into you. They'll do it on longer guns too, of course, & I believe it's to aid in comfort.
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    What they said, I like the muzzle protection offered by a closed bottem. I've tried belt slide holsters and didn't like the exposed muzzle and front sight at all.

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    I would say that a closed bottom also aids in keeping moisture away from the gun from sweating or whatever. The Max-Con V is a genius design that is the best IWB holster I've ever had hands down.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmo3 View Post
    Can someone explain why some holsters (Max Con V for instance) have a closed bottom and some have an open bottom (VMII or Tucker Heritage)? Is there a benefit to either one or is it just the makers preference? Thanks guys.

    John
    Both of my VM2's have closed bottoms - so I guess it depends on the gun they are making it for...

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    Closed bottoms allow stuff to accumulate, just like lint in the bottom of your pants pockets. Open bottom holsters allow the crud to fall thru and not stay in the bottom of the holster where it will get the chance to get into the gun workings. That's one reason you won't see many LEO duty holsters with closed bottoms.

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    My VMII for P220R has an open bottom, FIST #20 (no snaps on straps) has a closed bottom.

    So far no lint on either-but haven't been using much chlorine bleach on them undies...
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