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    right now i carry my 1911 in a galco shoulder holster but i find myself needing something for summer so i dont have to wear an over shirt everyday. i am looking for something inexpensive since i am jobless right now and moneys a little funny.
    i do have a few small things i could trade or partial trade.
    the only stipulations i have is that
    1. no kydex or plastic
    2. needs retention strap
    3. no BIG gaudy nylon holsters with extra mag pouch built in.
    4. prefer owb but may consider iwb
    thanks

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    Yooper wrote: he said 1911...that usually means a 5'' barrel...that one only goes up to 4?

    http://www.tpsannex.com/2172313.html

    try that...but theres not many left

    or...if you wanna buy in store

    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...23&Go.x=16
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    You can't get much better value for the money than a Blackhawk SERPA. IIRC mine cost $40

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    i thought serpas were kydex

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    They are. What's wrong with that?
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    wears on the gun way to much.
    i had one once that wore the finish off the end of the slide and i really didnt like that.

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    If you're looking for a CC and OC holster, I suggest one of Safariland's models which are similar to the Serpas. They make many level 2 open top models which are high ride like a Serpa, but have the retention button on the inside, so that very few people will realize how it gets undone. They come in kydex, leather, and some other options too. But all are lined with felt or suede (can't remember which) and they therefore don't wear on finishes.

    If you shop around, you'll probably find a Safariland model you like available for 50 bucks or less.

    I know it costs more, but these things are very well made and built to last. The retention is also just about impossible to beat.
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    Michigander wrote:
    If you're looking for a CC and OC holster, I suggest one of Safariland's models which are similar to the Serpas. They make many level 2 open top models which are high ride like a Serpa, but have the retention button on the inside, so that very few people will realize how it gets undone. They come in kydex, leather, and some other options too. But all are lined with felt or suede (can't remember which) and they therefore don't wear on finishes.

    If you shop around, you'll probably find a Safariland model you like available for 50 bucks or less.

    I know it costs more, but these things are very well made and built to last. The retention is also just about impossible to beat.
    i'll check em out thanks

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    Are we carrying self defense tools, or prissy safe queens?

    The inside of a serpa is molded to be very smooth, and doesn't rely on friction for retention. A tight leather holster will wear a gun's finish more than a serpa.

    There are two kinds of serpas, the one with a reinforced layer on the inside called the CQC that is ~$40, and one that is molded out of just plastic called the sportster for ~$25. Don't waste your money on the one that has a carbon fiber pattern printed on the outside, it's no different than the CQC.

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    Under 29 bonew w/shipping on Amazon....

    http://www.amazon.com/BlackHawk-Righ...361&sr=8-1

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    Well Joe seeing how you have a CPL. I would highly suggest a Uncle Mikes IWB. They are really comfortable, And wont put excess wear on your slide. I carry W/ IWB when I am at home, Then I throw a Fobus on when I walk around town.

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    i actually got a few different ones got one nylon the other day from rev_derb and got a couple leathers comin anyday now. thank guys for all the suggestions.
    now im in the market for a compact 1911 hopefully colt. i'll probably end up going to jays and putting one on layaway 10% down 10% a month til its paid off.

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    I just want to say, in my 36 years experience of carrying, there's no holster that isn't going to wear away on the finish of a pistol, to one degree or another.

    I've used nylon, leather and plastic/composite/kydex holsters. They all wear away at the finish.

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    That is why my primary is poly and stainless... less work to keep it nice..
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    FatboyCykes wrote:
    Under 29 bonew w/shipping on Amazon....

    http://www.amazon.com/BlackHawk-Righ...361&sr=8-1
    This is the exact one I have been using for about a year. LOVE IT. Easy on, easy off. Comfortable.

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    i think after its all said and done i'll get me a leather paddle

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    coderdude wrote:
    FatboyCykes wrote:
    Under 29 bonew w/shipping on Amazon....

    http://www.amazon.com/BlackHawk-Righ...361&sr=8-1
    This is the exact one I have been using for about a year. LOVE IT. Easy on, easy off. Comfortable.
    I have that one too, for my 1911. Works great.
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    joe_robi wrote:
    i think after its all said and done i'll get me a leather paddle
    Joe, if you want a paddle for the easy on/off feature I would recommend to you a leather holster that snaps to the belt. They are very secure and, IMO, much much more comfortable.

    A holster like the "Hipster"about half-way down this pageis what I'm talking about (but with a retention strap of course). Tim Start at that link will do custom work like adding a retention strap.

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    there is a difference between honest wear on a tool, and wear that has taken place due to misuse.

    I think honest wear of any tool, be it screwdriver, hammer, saw, gun, give it more depth and character. if I see an honest worn tool, I wonder what it's story is, and what it's seen.

    I wouldn't worry about honest wear on your gun, which is what any holster is going to give it.

    also, why don't you just open carry your shoulder holster? I never cover mine with anything but a hoodie if it's cold enough.

    also, a holster is as important to your self defense as the gun you carry, why carry a 500-1300 dollar tool, then try to cheap out on the rest? I understand you're unemployed, however, a holster failure in a situation you need your sidearm, is as bad as a failure to fire.

    think about these things before you decide.

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    kyleplusitunes wrote:
    there is a difference between honest wear on a tool, and wear that has taken place due to misuse.

    I think honest wear of any tool, be it screwdriver, hammer, saw, gun, give it more depth and character. if I see an honest worn tool, I wonder what it's story is, and what it's seen.

    I wouldn't worry about honest wear on your gun, which is what any holster is going to give it.

    also, why don't you just open carry your shoulder holster? I never cover mine with anything but a hoodie if it's cold enough.

    also, a holster is as important to your self defense as the gun you carry, why carry a 500-1300 dollar tool, then try to cheap out on the rest? I understand you're unemployed, however, a holster failure in a situation you need your sidearm, is as bad as a failure to fire.

    think about these things before you decide.
    i have thought about all of that, and huh you wanna know somthing, i took a look at my gun today and hmmm it had some holster wear already grrr, oh well i planned on duracoating it anyways, as it stands now i am alll set thanks to everyone that helped.
    i have a gun that is worth 275.00 and now have about 300 worth of holsters.
    and the shoulder holster and the nylon are the least wearing out of them all.

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    joe_robi wrote:
    kyleplusitunes wrote:
    there is a difference between honest wear on a tool, and wear that has taken place due to misuse.

    I think honest wear of any tool, be it screwdriver, hammer, saw, gun, give it more depth and character. if I see an honest worn tool, I wonder what it's story is, and what it's seen.

    I wouldn't worry about honest wear on your gun, which is what any holster is going to give it.

    also, why don't you just open carry your shoulder holster? I never cover mine with anything but a hoodie if it's cold enough.

    also, a holster is as important to your self defense as the gun you carry, why carry a 500-1300 dollar tool, then try to cheap out on the rest? I understand you're unemployed, however, a holster failure in a situation you need your sidearm, is as bad as a failure to fire.

    think about these things before you decide.
    i have thought about all of that, and huh you wanna know somthing, i took a look at my gun today and hmmm it had some holster wear already grrr, oh well i planned on duracoating it anyways, as it stands now i am alll set thanks to everyone that helped.
    i have a gun that is worth 275.00 and now have about 300 worth of holsters.
    and the shoulder holster and the nylon are the least wearing out of them all.
    Well, my RIA FS Tactical cost me about $500.00, and the BlackHawk Serpa it rides in cost me $30.00. Works fine for me.

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