"Polymer" Holsters ( Fobus )

"Polymer" Holsters ( Fobus )

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    "Polymer" Holsters ( Fobus )

    Just got a Fobus "Polymer" ( Plastic ) Holster for my Smith & Wesson. Just curious. Do these hard plastic holsters scratch up your guns? Just curious, I dont want to scuff my pistol all up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BmDubb View Post
    Just got a Fobus "Polymer" ( Plastic ) Holster for my Smith & Wesson. Just curious. Do these hard plastic holsters scratch up your guns? Just curious, I dont want to scuff my pistol all up.

    Thanks guys
    Then you are in for a rude shock.

    Scuff marks, dings and scratches are a fact of life on working guns. If there's no marks, you aren't practicing your draw enough.

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    lol, I expect that.. I meant like will there be alot more scratching / scuffing using a polymer / plastic holster over a nylon, or leather?

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    Here is a picture of this setup..


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    If Fobus is your first holster, I would look at other Kydex/polymer holsters like Blackhawk or Blade-tec...they tend to be more sturdier than Fobus.

    All holsters will wear on your guns (I have both leader and kydex).

    Benefits of a kydex holster: they don't trap moisture, one-handed re-holster, rigid/don't collapse; easy to clean (wipe with a cloth)

    Drawbacks of a kydex holster: depending on body type, they can be uncomfortable (if IWB); can scratch the gun finish if there is sand or dirt in the holster

    Benefits of a leather holster: can hold the gun tight to the contour of the body; different leather colors/finishing

    Drawbacks of a leather holster: can retain moisture, causing rust to form on the gun

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    The retention is going to be around the trigger guard, which should be about the only thing getting scuffed. If it's too tight, you can loosen it up by jamming an appropriately sized socket inside the trigger retention area and heating it up with a hair dryer. I've been using a fobus on OC days and see less scuffing than I do with leather. That's just me though, and I'm no holster expert!
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    Thanks man. I've been shooting and hunting for years. but just now getting into the tactical aspect more serious. This is my first " conceal " setup. Just a 9mm Smith & Wesson SW9VE, with the Fobus Holster. I also have a Bianchi leather holster. As soon as taxes get here I will be getting a Kimber Pro Covert, or other 1911 type pistol, and a couple nice holsters.

    Thanks alot for the input.

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    Fobus is NOT kydex, it's injected molded plastic, and the cheapest junk on the market. It is one step up from Uncle Mike's though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BmDubb View Post
    lol, I expect that.. I meant like will there be alot more scratching / scuffing using a polymer / plastic holster over a nylon, or leather?
    I have seen more bluing rubbed off by nylon holsters than leather or Kydex. Personally, I have never seen a quality nylon holster, certainly nothing I would ever use for SD carry.

    I have never had a plastic (Fobus) holster, so I don't know about them. FWIW, the inside of the Kydex on my Crossbreed MiniTuck is smoother then the leather back.
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    You couldn't scuff up the Sigma you show with sandpaper they are tough.

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    I use a Fobus with no wear problems, with a parkerized 1911...

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