Brigade M-11 - I really like this holster!
I'm usually not one to go on the boards and write a review but I like this one so much, I just wanna tell everyone!
About a month ago, I got a Brigade M-11 for my HK P30. At first I thought it was a hell of a big and wide holster, however the fit and finish was remarkable and the optional double row brown stitching on black leather looked really sharp. I gave it a try and at first, my 1.5 inch belt would not go in the loops coz it was too tight so I used my 1.25 belt instead. I called Troy at Brigade and he told me this was probably due to the fact that the double stitch loops are made w/ 2 layers of leather stitched together and agreed to send me a set of the regular single layer loops for free! Great customer service!
First thing I noticed was how tight the grip of my gun rode against me. It did a superb job of concealing my larger firearm and I could carry in pretty much any shirt or upper garments that is just slightly loose. It was better than another well-known offset/split loop holster that I own. Also, the extra leather "stabilizer" past the muzzle of my gun helps a lot in term of comfort too. No more digging against my thigh and a lot less pulling down of my pants due to the weight of my gun.
A few days ago, I try my 1.5 inch belt again on the double-stitched loops and this time it fit, albeit with a little bit of tugging to get them through the loops. Wow, what a difference that extra .25 inch made! The gun felt even lighter on my hip and the downwards tugging effect was even less! What a comfortable rig!
Besides the fact that I love this holster, there are a few minor things that I didn't like but they should be non-issues, they don't affect concealability or comfort, it's just me nitpicking.
1. To put the holster on, you HAVE TO pull your belt through the loops. This is per Brigade instructions. You cannot unsnap and try to close the loops after you put them under your belt, it's just way too tight.
2. The acrylic coating used over the leather seems rub off a little too easily, making it easy to nick or scuff the top coat. Don't mistake this for poor or soft leather, the leather is top notch, it's just the top coat of acrylic that seems to be too light.
Besides these two minor things, I recommend this holster to anyone looking for a comfy carry rig.
BTW, I plan on posting pics so if anyone here can tell me how to put pics in the post -not by attachments, I'm looking to post pics directly on the thread itself just like most people here. If I have to sign up for a picture hosting service, so be it but I wanna learn how to do this. Thanks in advance!