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    Thinking of getting one for easy on/offwhen OC is not an option. Are they comfortable? Does the paddle stay tucked, doesn't move around a lot, fall off,that kind of info would be helpful. Was looking at thisDon Hume.

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    Been using a Fobus for a long time, not too bad, but you gotta have undershirt protection so the gun doesn't get sweated on if CC, the only other issue is I have a military-style hammer and it gets a little "pokey" sometimes when I drive.
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    I have also been using a Fobus for about a year and a half now. I have never had a problem with the paddle sliding or moving as long as you use a good 1 1/2 inch belt. My old 1 1/4 inch belt was ok but when I got the new wider belt the "teeth" that lock under the belt (from inside the pants obviously) really pulled the holster and gun into my side better for easier concealment. That being said my next holster will be a Galco belt holster. I like leather.
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    I cannot say enough good for a paddle holster. After many years of carrying, mine does the trick good enough that I don't consider any other type.

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    Paddles are useful, but that's about it. The quick on, quick off is great if you need it and I've yet to wear a paddle that untucked itself without some serious contortionist action. The down side of paddles is that the paddle is stiff and can gouge you especially if you drive a lot.The plastic paddlewillgive youa bad case of the sweats and a rash if you wear the thing full time. The paddle also has a tendency to untuck your shirt.



    By the way, what is the like affair with Fobus. I've owned them before and aside from being cheap enough to be disposable I can't see much to recommend them. Not only that but how do you think your poor $1100 1911 feels when you shove it in a $15 holster. That's like sticking Cindy Crawford in a Walmart tube top. It just ain't right.

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    LMAO Fobus is ok. It works and is cheap. No I wouldn't want to put a 1200 dollar 1911 in one. I carry a $300 Taurus. I haven't had any problems with it but now that I have tried a Galco belt holster that will be my next purchase.
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    Not that Fobus is top of the line but how much it costs doesn't really mean much. I've seen some really nice holsters running for $50 that are much higher quality than some holsters I've seen running for $100. There's no reason to be a snob about this sort of thing. The Fobus holster is fine. I have one, use it daily and don't have any problems with it. It doesn't irritate me, doesn't feel uncomfortable, doesn't mess up my clothing, doesn't persuade me to sweat, etc. Its just a convenient way to carry. The only problem is that the retention, especially because it is a paddle holster, is not the best. But it is much nicer than having to undo your belt everytime you want to remove the holster. This is also why I love my IWB holster. Regardless of whether or not I'm using it I just leave it inside of my pants. Its always there and doesn't bother me if it isn't removed.

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    I carry my Ruger p94 in a fobus roto-paddle. I absolutely love the paddle style. Easy on and off when need be, stays put, and has decent retention. I originally wanted a paddle with Serpa style retention, but they don't make one for my weapon, and I can't stand a thumb break.

    I always have a t-shirt on, and usually my overshirt is tucked in. I get no sweats, no rash, no sliding around.

    Only real issue was with the Roto system. Since it is a standard right hand thread on the locking screw, after getting in and out of the car a few times the screw loosened. I took it out and put some loc-tite on it, and problem solved. I plan on getting a crossbreed tuckable soon for concealed carry, but the paddle is awesome for my day-to-day OC.

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    Screw paddle, my Comp-Tac Minotaur goes on just as easy and feels great.



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    I've used a Don Hume leather paddle holster and it's great. Leather paddle conforms to you and the holster does a great job of holding weapon high and tight without much skin (or sweat) contact............but it depends on your body type. If you've got some serious love handles going on I'm sure there will be contact.

    As I recall I paid $65 for it at a gun show about 6 years ago. It stays in place all day long. I usually wear canvas military style belts. May sound like a lot for a holster for your $300 Taurus, but I've never regretted buiying it for my under $200 KelTec P-11. Of course as an OWB holster you'll need shirt tails out and shirts with plenty of length to cover well.



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    I use an Uncle Mikes kydex paddle holster and love it. Properly adjusted, it keeps a good grip on my pants and on my handgun, yet it is easy to draw and easy to take off when the need arises.


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    Awesome stuff folks thanks.
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    I use the paddle attachment with my Blackhawk SERPA CQC holster. I carry a XD9 5-inch, so I wear a belt with it to provide stability and support.

    The paddle attachment has adjustable hooks to ensure that the holster is latched in to the belt, making it very difficult to remove without practice. (Good for retention purposes.)

    Once you get used to taking it off, you can do so very quickly and easily.


    Now, some people have bashed the SERPA for the possibility that the retention mechanism could jam with a pebble. I have been open carrying for about a year, the entire time using the SERPA, without any trouble or jams.

    As far as getting knocked down and a pebble jamming in that moment.... Possible, but so is a metor falling from the sky and hitting you in the head. You can't prevent every risk.

    The fact is that, statistically, I will never have to draw my weapon. In the chance that I do, it is further unlikely that I will be engaging in a scuffle before doing so. In the event that a scuffle does occur, there is limited risk of it occuring in a pebble enviroment. Further, the risk of a pebble then jamming into the mechanism is remote as well....

    When you add it all up, I am sure that I have a better chance of my sidearm attracting a bolt of lightning than to have a pebble jam my release.

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    I bought a Safariland model 568 paddle style leather holster for my Ruger P-89 yesterday. I have worn it a couple of hours including about an hour outside mowing the lawn. So far no complaints. It feels secure and comfortable on my hip.
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