This is a discussion on Paddle holsters any good? within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by rocky I like my paddle option for my Blackhawk serpa holster over the belt slide. It rides more comfortably and is easy ...
I think they are fine for the range. As previously mentioned the Comp-Tac pulls in somewhat closer than Fobus. My personal experience is that Fobus does not place or pull the firearm close enough to the body for the best concealment.
A decently long time ago I decided that I would never use a paddle rig for daily carry and so I have really not ever looked at or seriously considered any of them recently.
There may be better paddle designs out in the marketplace these days that pull the carry gun in closer.
Unless a person absolutely NEEDS to remove and replace the holster and firearm often I would always go with a high quality OWB holster over a paddle design as my first choice for daily carry.
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During cooler weather with any kind of jacket I carry paddle quite often. Light jacket season I normally wear a waist length, baseball, team jacket, so a high ride paddle holster is a must!
I have found the Desantis NYPAD holster to be durable, comfortable and stays in place very well. This holster is also lined, which I like very much. I due prefer the thumb break model compared to the open top, (I have both).
To tuck this holster in tight to my body I modified the top of the paddle by removing the holster from it and bending the kydex on a vice with help from a heat gun. Made a BIG difference for concealment!!!
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I have had experience with safariland , and galco paddles , both are ok for light dutys . Comfortable , reasonably secure , ect.. If your working in the yard , or running to the office to sign an affidavit i recomend them .. for day to day use tho ... well ... lol .
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I think it depends on your needs. For CC, I'd say no, they typically don't ride tight enough to the body.
For the range or even LE (I carried one almost exclusively in the Detective Bureau), it's fine & defenitely has it's pluses.
I've found that a good paddle rides pretty secure (Good ones, anyways), & have the advantage of being easy on/off. Which is great for the range & certain LE jobs if there's a need to take your gun off (Like interviewing in a jail or holding cell, etc.).
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I can also recommend the Kramer MSP paddle - it has worked well for three people I know who carry S&W 19s in theirs. Also, the Woman's Paddle Holster (also from Kramer) has gotten a very favorable review from the one female I know that uses it.
I use the Safariland 560-54 quite often and find it very stable, secure, and fast. It is very difficult to conceal without a jacket, vest, or a long, un-buttoned, un-tucked shirt.
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The last class I took there was a couple of people using paddles, they kept having problems with the holsters coming out with the gun and the mag pouch coming out with the mags. I'm not sure what brand they were. I've used Galco paddles before, and they seemed to do OK in cooler weather.
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Trying to detach my Serpa holster with the paddle from my clothing results in a quite undignified struggle.
I have only 2 paddle holsters...I seldom use them...
One from HighNoon, and the other from Galco...I still prefer the IWB holsters for comfort and easy removal.
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I have had paddle holsters with my glock 19. ONCE I went out into the woods and hiked for 5 miles with the paddle holster. When I got back to camp, all I wanted to do was take it off!!! Granted I am a girl and they ride different. They are not good for daily use. The holster dug into my leg, hip area.
I also noticed that if you do not have a sturdy gun belt (Sometimes even if you do) the gun will not come out of the holster. The holster comes out with the gun. I have heard you can hang upside down by the gun. It clicks in well, but does not always come out. They are adjustable, so they can change the tightness and the cant.
I just do not care for them.
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I have used the Kramer MSP paddle for years with both semi-autos and wheelguns with great success. Rides high and tight, conceals as well as any other high dollar rig and it's construction is excellent. It may be expensive but well worth every penny if you chose to use a paddle rig.