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I need a little advice. Just received my cpl and looking for some help on what iwb to purchase, I would like to use all of yours experience so I don't waste money. I'm trying to decide on a kydex or leather? A guy at a local range told me to check out Milt Sparks?? whats the pros and cons of kydex as opposed to leather? I would think leather is more comfortable. I plan on wearing all day, my job has me up and down constantly. I can be in my chair for 5 minutes or up to 2-3 hours or not at all the whole day, so comfort is a big issue. Just to clarify I work 11.5 to 12 hours a day then go home to spend time with the kids. Your suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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My friend uses a Milt Sparks summer special and finds it to be very comfortable with his G19. I have a Gen IV sidearmor that I really like for my G23 (not available right now). As long as I get it in the right spot I have no problems wearing it all day. For office carry though, I have gone with my paddle holster from K&D. It conceals reasonably well with the proper shirt and is easy on and off. When in the office I remove it and stick it in my briefcase. If I have to leave the office I put it back on and go, or grab the briefcase and put the holster back on in the car.
Back to kydex though, I have heard good things about the C-tac from Comp-tac and the UCR from Threat Solutions. Don't have any experience with those, but worth checking out.
http://www.threatsolutions.com/
http://www.comp-tac.com/
http://www.sidearmor.com/cart/catalog/category_14_Holsters_Glock_Holsters_page_1.html
http://www.kdholsters.com/
http://www.miltsparks.com/
 

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C-tac

I have a C-tac IWB Slide holster for My G-19. I use this combo for IDPA competition rather than carry, so I can't attest to all day every day comfort. I can say it has been very comfortable and very quick @ the matches I have used it in. These have consisted of 10 hours or more of wearing. Also the fact that it is a slide means it is open bottom design and can hold any small frame glock, regardless of barrel length.
 

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Hi Wolverine!
Welcome aboard! To answer your question, IMHO Kydex is a superb material for knife sheaths and some OWB holsters. For IWB applications, I truly believe that leather has it beat. Why? Because an IWB is worn tightly against your skin, and when it is new, Kydex is as hard as a rock. When it is a year old, it is still hard as a rock. A good leather holster will soften up just a bit and will begin to mold to the shape of your body in a pretty short time. This will result is a much more comfortable holster, particularily for long term wear.
BTW, your gunshop guy gave you a good suggestion - Sparks makes some very good gear.
 

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Just wanted to weigh in that I love my Comptac CTAC Slide for my G19. I generally carry OWB, but use the CTAC when my shirt is not long enough or I absolutely cannot be made.

Comptac has amazing customer service as well. Plus you will get the holster in a week or two with Comptac vs. 3 months or so with Milt Sparks.
 

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Gary is a very modest man. You need to look no further than him for great leather. His Max Con V is the thinnest most comfortable IWB around. He's a heck of a nice guy to boot. Heres a couple of pics of the Max Con V is just got the other day.

 

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I had kydex for my G23 and hated it. I wear milt sparks for my kahr and love it....same design as Brommeland MaxCon and service grade. Have been impressed by pics/reviews of both Brommeland and K&D. I would buy either of those with confidence.
 

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If you are going custom I think Milt Sparks would be a good choice. However do not limit your options just yet. There are many other great holster makers to take a look at. I personally carry IWB a fullsize 1911 in a Max-Con V from Gary Brommeland. I can carry all day without any discomfort.

I have purchased from a complete rig from Josh Bulman for my wife and it is top quality. I also have a few holsters from Lou Alessi , an ankle holster, pocket holster, and Bodyguard shoulder holster. They are second to none and very comfortable. These are the makers I have personal experience with and have been completely satisfied.

Couple others I would not hesitate to buy from are Matt DelFatti and Mark Garrity.

One important thing to keep in mind is you will need a real gunbelt to properly support any holster you get. A cheap Walmart belt simply will not support the weight of a gun, or allow the best holster to perform like it was made to.

I would suggest a search of this forum, You will find enough holster reviews to keep you reading for a long time.
 

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I use a K&D Cochise Defender for my Glock 23. It is very comfortable and stays in place well. I also have a C-T.A.C. for the Glock and it is probably faster on the draw but not as comfortable. I did put some moleskin on the inside of the kydex and that made it better. I have a service grade MaxCon V on order for my Glock 22. Heard nothing but good things about that as well.
 
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