OWB Holsters

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    OWB Holsters

    Looking for suggestions for good OWB holsters. I am pretty sure I have ruled out IWB for many reasons. I do have J frames and some pocket holsters. But who makes some leather OWB holsters that really tuck the gun nice against the body, pulling the butt in ? Also are any of these the snap on type ? Do the snap on type work as well as loops ? Something that is high enough yet stable to cover with a shirt for a 3 " K frames or something like an M&P 9 MM compact ?

    Suggestions, pictures, where are you wearing them etc... While I can look at a ton of sites and look at holsters, I wonder what anybody has that actually works well.

    FYI, I'm 6FT 230 lbs. My build is kind of straight. IWB, is a pain, as there are so many times I can and cannot carry, that having pants that are either to big or small at the time is just a pain. Based on everything I have read here, over sized pants are a must. I have a few pair that have some room, and IWB is a little tight.

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    I've ordered several holsters from Fist. I dont think you'll find anyone that has anything bad to say about Fist. I have OWB and IWB and they all hold very close to the body and are of excellent quality. Some have taken 7 weeks, the last one took 5 weeks. I'd highly recommend them.. Good luck on your ventures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robere

    I've ordered several holsters from Fist. I dont think you'll find anyone that has anything bad to say about Fist. I have OWB and IWB and they all hold very close to the body and are of excellent quality. Some have taken 7 weeks, the last one took 5 weeks. I'd highly recommend them.. Good luck on your ventures.
    +1 on the Fist holsters...I have many of them and have never had a problem...reasonable...quick...well-made!

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    I can't say enough about K&D's eagle defender. it rides high and tight and conceals my Hk usp compact very well. I tried a few others and they did not work very well. The quality on these holsters is great Check them out.
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    I have a K&D Eagle Defender (OWB, belt slide) and ayt 6'0" 275 lbs, it does tuck nice and tight. You can get the OWB with snaps from K&D as the Laredo defender.

    In the cooler weather, I am not having any problems concealing a Glock 19/23 with a tanktop and short-sleeve shirt.

    Do the snaps work as well as the loops? I don't know. I am happy with the belt slide. I did not choose the snaps because they are a convenience for when people take the holster off multiple times during the day. I did not need that conveniece (and if I did, I would get a paddle holster for that).

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    I really like the Milt Sparks PMK, which I have in sizes to fit SP101 snubbies and a 4" Ruger Speed Six. Before I had the PMKs, I used the Concealable by Galco, and I still use them with certain pants. With autos, for comfort I prefer zero tilt, even though concealment is not quite as good. I used a Galco Avenger to conceal Browning High Powers and 1911 pistols.

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    I don't care for IWB either.

    I carry in a UBG Bonneville and love it. It pulls my weapon in nice and tight.

    The holster is only one half of the equation. The other half is the belt. To get the tight draw you really need a quality gun belt. Makes all the difference in the world.
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    My personal opinion is that OWB should be your first choice for comfort if your mode of dress allows it.
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    I have both the Laredo Defender (with snaps) and the Eagle Defender (with loops) from K&D holsters. Both are great holsters. I carry a full size Glock and a Springfield XD45 compact with these and both do a great job of holding the pistol tight to the body. If you are going to have to remove the holster often, take a close look at the Laredo Defender.
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    Kramer Holster

    Quote Originally Posted by Waynefi View Post
    I do have J frames and some pocket holsters. But who makes some leather OWB holsters that really tuck the gun nice against the body, pulling the butt in? Also are any of these the snap on type? Do the snap on type work as well as loops? Something that is high enough yet stable to cover with a shirt for a 3 " K frames or something like an M&P 9 MM compact?
    I have tried a variety of OWB holsters for both semiautos and revolvers, and the best all around brand and style I have found are Kramer belt scabbards in either cowhide or horsehide. These have two belt loops, one on either side of the gun, and are made of thick, stiff leather that holds up over time. They are simple in appearance without any extra parts, but they really work well. I have about 4 of these at this point, and have been very satisfied with them.

    Here is a link to the Kramer website and a couple of photos:

    Kramer Holster website




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    I carry OWB with Hume JITs. Works very well and the holster are fairly inexpensive to boot.

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