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  1. CCW Holster Reviews

    PLEASE ADD YOUR OWN REVIEWS TO THIS THREAD! Would like a rolling tally on opinions on classic holsters and new manufacturers/products.
    Hey Guys,

    I was going through my holster drawer and decided that I'd do some reviews, and maybe save some people some money. Keep in mind that this is the perspective of someone who open carries, carries under a jacket, and does IWB.

    For this review I'm using holsters made for a Glock 17 which isnt a great CCW weapon, but I like a full size double-stack weapon and I'm sure others do too, hence the reviews.

    If I paid MSRP on these holsters I would've spent $483.68 which in my area gets a new Glock OR about 2,500 rounds of ammo.

    GALCO SC2

    Quality: 4 of 5
    Comfort: 3 of 5
    Durability: 3 of 5
    Appearance: 4 of 5
    Value 2 of 5
    MSRP: $75

    This is an IWB holster from Galco Gun Leather. This holster is widely available, and how I ent up with it a few years ago when I got my CCW license. It is a mildly comfortable holster made of premium leather. It features two leather hooks that snap together underneath the belt. Overall, this is a decent holster but has some serious drawbacks. The leather has a reinforced "lip" at the top that is supposed to keep the mouth of the holster open to re-holster. Unfortunately its not rigid enough to do so. The snaps also frequently come unbuttoned if you do anything but stand still. This holster will fold under the pressure of your belt and makes re-holstering a chore. This is strictly an IWB holster and why I gave this holster a 2 for value.

    Blackhawk CQC

    Quality: 5 of 5
    Comfort: 4 of 5
    Durability: 5 of
    Appearance: 4 of 5
    Value 3 of 5
    MSRP: $59.99

    You are likely familiar with this Blackhawk 'SERPA' holster. It is a good design with an active retention device. It has a good look, and is suitable for open carry. The holster rides a little bit low for me, and using this as a 'concealment' holster isn't practical for me unless I have a longer shirt, or jacket. This holster offers a steady platform, and one handed re-holster is a breeze. I gave the value a 3 because it 'can' be used as an open carry or concealed carry holster.

    Galco 'Royal Guard'


    Quality: 5 of 5
    Comfort: 4 of 5
    Durability: 5 of 5
    Appearance: 4 of 5
    Value 1 of 5
    MSRP: $128.95

    This holster is similar in design to the SC2, but features the rough side of the leather outwards which helps control how the holster slides with smooth-faced leather. It features great quality, excellent comfort, and a nice appearance (not that it matters as its IWB). Although it is a good holster for its purpose at $128.95 for a single purpose holster its a bit over-priced, in my opinion.

    Parlusk (Kydexbyparlusk.com)
    Quality: 3 of 5
    Comfort: 5 of 5
    Durability: 5 of 5
    Appearance: 3 of 5
    Value 2 of 5
    MSRP: $65

    This is a small manufacturer relatively new in the business. I have an Outside the waistband for Glock 17 w/ TLR-1 Light. The holster is definitely thick at .93" and durable, a good fit and its cool that it is made by hand. This holster works well for open carry, and rides similar to a blackhawk so a long jacket or shirt is a must. For $65, I think its a bit pricey but have no doubt that it will last years even with hard use. I tried an IWB that a friend ordered and in my opinion the .93" kydex is too thick for IWB.

    CrossBreed Holsters

    Quality: 5 of 5
    Comfort: 5 of 5
    Durability: 5 of 5
    Appearance: 2 of 5
    Value 4 of 5
    MSRP: $69.75

    If you haven't heard of crossbreed, you must have had your head in the sand. This is by far one of the most comfortable holsters i've ever owned. My Glock disappears with this holster. The innovative design which is half leather half kydex (crossbreed...) is very comfortable once it forms to your body, and offers a quick draw and 1 handed re-holster. I gave the value a 4 of 5 because even though its not multi-purpose if you're going to do IWB only THIS IS THE WAY TO DO IT. I can't say enough about crossbreed.

    Raven Concealment Holsters

    Quality: 5 of 5
    Comfort: 5 of 5
    Durability: 5 of 5
    Appearance: 4 of 5
    Value 5 of 5
    MSRP: $84.99

    This is my favorite holster. I use a model which is for a Glock 17 w/ TLR-1. They use a thin kydex formed to your weapon. This is my favorite holster because it is modular. I can carry this holster OWB for open carry or under a jacket or regular length shirt, or use the 'J-Clips' to make it tuckable. To me this holster offers the most value as it is a "all in one" holster. It performs OWB, and IWB extremely well and allows me to keep a light on my weapon which I think is important. If I could recommend one holster, and only one I'd recommend this one.



    Disclaimer: I am a dealer for Galco Holsters and Blackhawk. I was not compensated in any way for this review. I am not affiliated with Parlusk, Crossbreed, or Raven Concealment in any way. These are my personal opinions.
    Quick to the gun, Sure of your grip. Quick to the threat, sure of your shot. - Chris Costa

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClearSightTactical View Post
    PLEASE ADD YOUR OWN REVIEWS TO THIS THREAD! Would like a rolling tally on opinions on classic holsters and new manufacturers/products.
    Hey Guys,

    I was going through my holster drawer and decided that I'd do some reviews, and maybe save some people some money. Keep in mind that this is the perspective of someone who open carries, carries under a jacket, and does IWB.

    For this review I'm using holsters made for a Glock 17 which isnt a great CCW weapon, but I like a full size double-stack weapon and I'm sure others do too, hence the reviews.

    If I paid MSRP on these holsters I would've spent $483.68 which in my area gets a new Glock OR about 2,500 rounds of ammo.

    GALCO SC2

    Quality: 4 of 5
    Comfort: 3 of 5
    Durability: 3 of 5
    Appearance: 4 of 5
    Value 2 of 5
    MSRP: $75

    This is an IWB holster from Galco Gun Leather. This holster is widely available, and how I ent up with it a few years ago when I got my CCW license. It is a mildly comfortable holster made of premium leather. It features two leather hooks that snap together underneath the belt. Overall, this is a decent holster but has some serious drawbacks. The leather has a reinforced "lip" at the top that is supposed to keep the mouth of the holster open to re-holster. Unfortunately its not rigid enough to do so. The snaps also frequently come unbuttoned if you do anything but stand still. This holster will fold under the pressure of your belt and makes re-holstering a chore. This is strictly an IWB holster and why I gave this holster a 2 for value.

    Blackhawk CQC

    Quality: 5 of 5
    Comfort: 4 of 5
    Durability: 5 of
    Appearance: 4 of 5
    Value 3 of 5
    MSRP: $59.99

    You are likely familiar with this Blackhawk 'SERPA' holster. It is a good design with an active retention device. It has a good look, and is suitable for open carry. The holster rides a little bit low for me, and using this as a 'concealment' holster isn't practical for me unless I have a longer shirt, or jacket. This holster offers a steady platform, and one handed re-holster is a breeze. I gave the value a 3 because it 'can' be used as an open carry or concealed carry holster.

    Galco 'Royal Guard'


    Quality: 5 of 5
    Comfort: 4 of 5
    Durability: 5 of 5
    Appearance: 4 of 5
    Value 1 of 5
    MSRP: $128.95

    This holster is similar in design to the SC2, but features the rough side of the leather outwards which helps control how the holster slides with smooth-faced leather. It features great quality, excellent comfort, and a nice appearance (not that it matters as its IWB). Although it is a good holster for its purpose at $128.95 for a single purpose holster its a bit over-priced, in my opinion.

    Parlusk (Kydexbyparlusk.com)
    Quality: 3 of 5
    Comfort: 5 of 5
    Durability: 5 of 5
    Appearance: 3 of 5
    Value 2 of 5
    MSRP: $65

    This is a small manufacturer relatively new in the business. I have an Outside the waistband for Glock 17 w/ TLR-1 Light. The holster is definitely thick at .93" and durable, a good fit and its cool that it is made by hand. This holster works well for open carry, and rides similar to a blackhawk so a long jacket or shirt is a must. For $65, I think its a bit pricey but have no doubt that it will last years even with hard use. I tried an IWB that a friend ordered and in my opinion the .93" kydex is too thick for IWB.

    CrossBreed Holsters

    Quality: 5 of 5
    Comfort: 5 of 5
    Durability: 5 of 5
    Appearance: 2 of 5
    Value 4 of 5
    MSRP: $69.75

    If you haven't heard of crossbreed, you must have had your head in the sand. This is by far one of the most comfortable holsters i've ever owned. My Glock disappears with this holster. The innovative design which is half leather half kydex (crossbreed...) is very comfortable once it forms to your body, and offers a quick draw and 1 handed re-holster. I gave the value a 4 of 5 because even though its not multi-purpose if you're going to do IWB only THIS IS THE WAY TO DO IT. I can't say enough about crossbreed.

    Raven Concealment Holsters

    Quality: 5 of 5
    Comfort: 5 of 5
    Durability: 5 of 5
    Appearance: 4 of 5
    Value 5 of 5
    MSRP: $84.99

    This is my favorite holster. I use a model which is for a Glock 17 w/ TLR-1. They use a thin kydex formed to your weapon. This is my favorite holster because it is modular. I can carry this holster OWB for open carry or under a jacket or regular length shirt, or use the 'J-Clips' to make it tuckable. To me this holster offers the most value as it is a "all in one" holster. It performs OWB, and IWB extremely well and allows me to keep a light on my weapon which I think is important. If I could recommend one holster, and only one I'd recommend this one.



    Disclaimer: I am a dealer for Galco Holsters and Blackhawk. I was not compensated in any way for this review. I am not affiliated with Parlusk, Crossbreed, or Raven Concealment in any way. These are my personal opinions.
    How does the Serpa paddle holster stack up? Raven concealment holsters are outstanding I ordered one for my M&P9C with thumb safety and TLR-3 weapons light. I also ordered the IWB add loops so I could use it as both a OWB&IWB holster.

    THEY MAY TAKE OUR LIVES BUT THEY'LL NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM!!!!!

  4. Quote Originally Posted by S&WM&P40 View Post
    How does the Serpa paddle holster stack up? Raven concealment holsters are outstanding I ordered one for my M&P9C with thumb safety and TLR-3 weapons light. I also ordered the IWB add loops so I could use it as both a OWB&IWB holster.
    I personally wouldn't wear a paddle w/ Blackhawk. I felt it was cheap so a friend and I did an unscientific (at best) test, I put it on and he was able to break it off with a downward motion with relative ease single handed. I left out the paddle part because I think many people will feel the design and decide its not the most supported...Luckily I'm a dealer so that stuff is pretty cheap lol
    Quick to the gun, Sure of your grip. Quick to the threat, sure of your shot. - Chris Costa

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClearSightTactical View Post
    I personally wouldn't wear a paddle w/ Blackhawk. I felt it was cheap so a friend and I did an unscientific (at best) test, I put it on and he was able to break it off with a downward motion with relative ease single handed. I left out the paddle part because I think many people will feel the design and decide its not the most supported...Luckily I'm a dealer so that stuff is pretty cheap lol
    Kinda like this LOL

    YouTube - Why you don't use a kydex paddle holster



    Good maybe you can send me some dealer samples of the serpa LOL j/k. I cant seem to find one for the Ruger SR9C?

    THEY MAY TAKE OUR LIVES BUT THEY'LL NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM!!!!!

  6. Quote Originally Posted by S&WM&P40 View Post
    Kinda like this LOL

    [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDeKtgkZKmQ&playnext=1&list=PLE85EDF34BEDB 192A]YouTube - Why you don't use a kydex p


    Good maybe you can send me some dealer samples of the serpa LOL j/k. I cant seem to find one for the Ruger SR9C?
    According to this forum http://www.migunowners.org/forum/showthread.php?t=80072 a SR9 holster will work, but will leave wear marks on the trigger guard. Price is $43 shipped from my end as I do not stock this item.

    Here is one on Ebay that is cheaper Blackhawk - SERPA CQC Holster for Ruger SR9 410541BK-R - eBay (item 200566892387 end time Feb-17-11 13:38:30 PST)
    Quick to the gun, Sure of your grip. Quick to the threat, sure of your shot. - Chris Costa

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