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    Its all about the holster

    So last night i decided to OC to walmart for my shopping needs (i was starving) and wearing shorts/my usual long sleeve shirt rolled up sleeves untucked, galco OWB leather holster and hand on the door... I found myself uncomfortable.

    I then realized that the holster doesnt fit my normal dressing attire. Im big and tall as you would say so finding shirts that fit wide shoulders and tall torso is tough. You either compromise on having a tent to wear for it to be long enough to tuck in or just short enough not to but comfortable everywhere else. I dont tuck my shirts in, i like the casual feel of it. The holster i have for the H&K is a side hugging ride high on the belt galco that works and has its purpose, say if i were wearing a suit etc... in this case i need something that will work with how i dress, draw distance (long arms, ape index of 1) thus being 6' tall i have a 6' spread and trying to get my branch grabbers up that high to the waist to retrieve the boomstick from its tight confines is a burden and tactically is not wise. I might as well be drawing from my armpit...

    Thus after hours of research i have found the following style of holster. The OWB drop duty holster.

    http://www.blade-tech.com/RH-WRS-DUT...R-pr-1153.html

    It hangs off the belt, lower than sitting mid belt like other holsters so my shirt can ride above it in a OC manner fully exposed. This brand has a level 2 retention and will fit my obscure choice of weapon. H&K .45 USP fullsize. also it tilts it out just a touch for a more positive retrieval of said boomstick. this is a compromise between a ride high hip holster and a drop leg tac holster that would look like an urban commando trying to prove he is a small penis wally world tac god. (i do like the drop leg holsters but they have their place)

    I realized that my mental barrier preventing me from being confortable to OC are these facts. I need to be comfortable in everything i do in my life from how i dress, eat, interact with the general public also including how i wear my sidearm. To be uncomfortable with how your sidearm sits on your person will inhibit you from properly learning exacting technique on drawing when needed (through safe practice) and being confident in the fact that you carry.

    Once the proper holster is obtained i will then be more comfortable to do my civic duty and uphold the second amendment, because damnit i dont want to lose it. I am fully trained and experienced to protect the safety of myself, my property and others lives and property as well. I must be able to do this with exacting measure, speed and confidence as a life will depend on it. A good combination of a holster, pistol and mind is the best bet to achieve this goal.
    Last edited by PFC HALE; 07-03-2012 at 07:22 AM.
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    I'm all about the blackhawk serpas. I love that holster so much. I wear it with the hip paddle. I have a basically brand new one for a 1911 that is not being used if anyone is interested.

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    I have a business card for a local gentlemen that makes custom holsters. He does very nice work and prolly can custom make you one for that hk to hang a little low like you want. His prices are very reasonable to. Oh yea before i forget them mags are yours, they arent going anywhere.
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    So to carry on with my search i have found only 2 manufacturers that make a duty holster of my liking for my HK45 usp fullsize.

    One of them i can go 2nd level or 3rd level retention. the other is just 2nd level. Let me know your opinions of quality, function etc... This style is what im looking for. Any negative reviews please so i dont get a junk holster.

    i dont want leather, i need something that will ride low on the belt and have a slight outward cant.

    level 2 and 3
    http://www.blade-tech.com/RH-WRS-DUT...R-pr-1153.html
    http://www.blade-tech.com/Level-III-...R-pr-1291.html

    level 2 only

    http://www.tacticalholsters.com/prod...-Standard.html

    let me know your thoughts
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    Howdy Amigo!
    Rather than lowering the holster, perhaps you can change your manner of carry.

    Due to a shoulder injury (a really nasty one, BTW) I have trouble raising my arm to extract my handgun from the holster.
    I never thought about getting a different holster personally. My solution was, and still is, to carry crossdraw.

    I will frequently carry a pistol in a holster mounted at my 10/11 o'clock position.
    It is much easier (and often a heckuva lot faster) for me to draw from there than the 3 to 5 o'clock position.
    This might solve your problem too. Takes a bit of getting used to, but can save a few bucks on a new holster.
    Just a suggestion.

    Meanwhile, I'd like to meet up with you in Brighton one day soon if you're willing. Just PM me and maybe we can tag up when I get off after 6pm one day this week.

    Blessings,
    M-Taliesin

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    Hey MT, thanks for the suggestions. as far as meeting up, weekdays wont work. friday/saturday is the best chance. Most of the time though im busy as working nights doesnt leave me much time during the week to take care of things. This weekend im spending the time replacing the clutch on the truck and doing much needed maintenance.

    Ill let ya know when i get a free weekend.
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    120 bucks!!!!
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