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My new OWB holster for my Colt Commander is a Sparks #60-TKH (Horsehide), purchased from the holster gurus at Lightning Arms Sports. Fastest and friendliest service on the planet! :king:

Overall quality and workmanship (evenness of color and stitching) is flawless. The moulding of the leather to the pistol is excellent (I'm told that horsehide is difficult to work with in this respect), resulting in a snug fit, not loose but not tight, either. The holster, which is unlined, easily passed the inverted shake test.

It took a monumental effort to thread my 1.5 inch Rafter S gunbelt through the belt slots the first few times. However, this is a good thing. This means that the holster does not move or shift position on the belt. The tight belt to holster fit pretty much eliminates annoying "leather creak".

Comfort and ease of draw are subjective topics, but for me, this rig is comfortable and easy to draw from (as well as reholstering), when worn at my preferred 3 o'clock position. The pistol rides about an inch or so higher, compared to my Sparks Summer Special IWB holster worn at the same position. This poses no problems for me.

Concealability is excellent, IMO, under a denim vest or light windbreaker, somewhat less so under an untucked sportshirt, when standing upright. Bending over at the waist or sitting in a chair allows the pistol butt to "print", but becomes less noticeable as the weight of the covering garment material increases. Once again, this poses no problem for me.

Finally, my congratulations to Milt Sparks Leather for a superb product. I'm completely satisfied.

My thanks also to: http://www.lightningarms.com/products.htm
 

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Handsome!!! :smile:

Judging by the belt slots that has a nice degree of cant - may you both have a long and safe association! :cool:
 

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Congratulations!

Well, when you buy the best then you have the right to expect the best.
ALESSI :king: ~ BROMMELAND :king: ~ MATT DEL FATTI :king: ~ SPARKS :king:
How do you choose between the CHAMPIONS OF LEATHER????
They are all the best!

Whoops! Sorry!...Lets toss Eric Larsen :king: in there since his holsters are super nice also.
 

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P95Carry said:
Handsome!!! :smile:

Judging by the belt slots that has a nice degree of cant - may you both have a long and safe association! :cool:
Oops, I forgot to mention that. It's 10 degrees.
 

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How long did it take to get?

I just got my first 1911 that I'd like to get a nice carry holster for but I'm still waiting on custom leather for an existing gun coming up on 12 weeks. Not sure I want to go through that again. But half the problem is I'm a lefty, practically no one stocks anything for us so it's all custom at that point.

I'll drop the folks at Lightning Arms a mail though and see, but was just curious.
 

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Very nice, sir.
 

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Captain Crunch said:
Oops, I forgot to mention that. It's 10 degrees.
That's interesting about the 10 degree cant. I've been ordering all my Fist holsters with a 10 degree cant instead of the FBI 15 degree cant.

For me, the 15 or 10 degree cant is not a make or break deal, but the 10 degree seems more natural for me to grip. I suspect if I drew from a 15 degree cant a lot, say in a week training class, my wrist would get sore.

The 10 degree seems to be enough cant to keep the butt from printing as it easily can with straight drops.

Good looking rig by the way; I know you're going to enjoy it!
 

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ManChicken,

Delivery time from Lightning Arms Sports was 2 days.
 

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Lightning Arms Sports are great. I've bought a couple of holsters and mag pouches from them. Lucky fo me they are only a half hour drive away, so I can make an appointment to go see what he's got in-stock before putting down the cash :)
 

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Captain,

Thanks for the kind words and endorsement.
Phil, You are welcome any time.
MC, we look forward to your call later today.
CE, due to the quantity of holsters which come and go we have chosen not to list a real time inventory. For Galco fits go to www.usgalco.com find the right holster and give us an e-mail or call.
Milt Sparks we carry as many different items as we can to fit several different pistols and revolvers. Alessi is the hardest to come by with orders going back to March, 2004. E-mail us with your request and we will be back to you in a shake.

Regards,

Craig & Audrey
 

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I cannot say enough good things about Lightning Arms Sports. They had what I needed, and both holsters were in my hands within a week of ordering. Top quality products. These folks are top notch - none better. However, Craig is a little tooooo proud of having Clint Smith/Thunder Ranch in Oregon rather than Texas. :mad: I will be ordering another holster (maybe two if he has a Nelson Legacy for a Mak) very soon. Sure glad they are members.
 

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I was another who had a good experience with LAS. I knew what holster I wanted and was going to order it, but my wife complains that she never gets to by any of my gifts, so I told her where to call and to ask for Audrey. My MS VMII was here two days later.
 
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