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    the belster

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    What do y'all think of this:

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    It looks like a good "concept", but it appears to me that after much use, the leather would stretch to the point of not keeping the firearm secure while bending over and such. Perhaps a tension screw would help for a while, but there just doesn't seem to be enough leather there to maintain a long term snug fit.
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    Well at first I heard goog things about them, recently there has been some so so reviews on them. Some like em, some dont think they work.
    They are innovative...I made one years ago but never liked the way it worked for me. You pays your monies and you takes your chances........
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    I'll pass again...as I did several years ago when I first saw them.
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    I tried this type of holster several years ago and only had one problem with it. It was so comfortable that I almost forgot the firearm was there. I sat down in a cast iron chair with arm rests at a public resturant. The muzzle of my pistol hit the arm rest and popped it right out of the holster (or beltster). I stopped it from hitting the floor only because I was quick enough to pinch it between my forearm and side. The rest of the evening I was nervous as hell because I thought everyone saw what happened. This happened a second time at home when I sat down at my office chair in front of my computer desk. The handgun just hit the carpeted floor with a thud. I took the holster off and just chucked it in the trash. Didn't even make it to my box of sad and lonely holsters. This is a very comfortable holster but you just have to keep an eye on your pistol so it does not decide to jump out at the most embarrassing moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MechE
    I tried this type of holster several years ago and only had one problem with it. It was so comfortable that I almost forgot the firearm was there. I sat down in a cast iron chair with arm rests at a public resturant. The muzzle of my pistol hit the arm rest and popped it right out of the holster (or beltster). I stopped it from hitting the floor only because I was quick enough to pinch it between my forearm and side. The rest of the evening I was nervous as hell because I thought everyone saw what happened. This happened a second time at home when I sat down at my office chair in front of my computer desk. The handgun just hit the carpeted floor with a thud. I took the holster off and just chucked it in the trash. Didn't even make it to my box of sad and lonely holsters. This is a very comfortable holster but you just have to keep an eye on your pistol so it does not decide to jump out at the most embarrassing moment.
    Thanks for the firsthand review. Did you have the 1.5" or the 1.75 inch model?

    Also, thanks to others for their comments. I wonder if it would work better for smaller autos and small revolvers than for service sized pistols. A J-frame would probably work well in it as most of the frame would be covered by the width of the belt.
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    I think it was 1.5" but it wasn't the beltster...or maybe it was. I bought it off some vendor at a gun show back in 92-93. It was the exact same thing though.
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    MechE hit the nail right on the head; and the same thing can happen with pretty much any holster that doesn't cover the muzzle.
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    Judging by the picture, and having never handled one, I'd say:

    -Inadequate trigger cover
    -No one-handed re-holster
    -Inadequate retention
    -For a 1911, or any weapon with a safety, inadequate "protection" of the safety lever.
    -Inadequate protection of the weapon from plain old bumps and dings

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSKC
    No one-handed re-holster
    I can hear it now, "Excuse me officer, but would you reholster my gun for me?"
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    Betster

    I've been carrying my 1911 in the 1.75" model for more than 6 years without any issues. Totally comfortable and because the belt pushes the pistol into your side, it doesn't print at all. I am 5'7" and about 165, so my frame doesn't do much to hide it.
    I've met the owner/designer, Scott Key, and he makes a great product. I'm not affiliated with this company, just giving my humble opinion.
    Check it out:


    Last edited by SARR001; February 4th, 2006 at 05:30 PM.

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    Thanks for the pic and firsthand repsonse.
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    No problem. I like the rig and all can see that the trigger is covered.

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    Well, if that's the same belt/holster that you've worn for 6 years then I would say that it has held up pretty well & it still looks quite functional.
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