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    I'm planning on picking up a 1911 sometime in the next few months and am looking for a good OC holster. I have a serpa for my Glock and absolutely love it, but it wears slightly on the finish. I don't mind the slight wear on the Glock because it's just my carry piece, but for the 1911 I want something that will keep it looking great. Active retention is a must.

    Suggestions?
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    A lined Safariland?
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    I would prefer something leather, which I forgot to mention in the OP. Also, the Safariland is a bit bulky for what I'm looking for.

    What's that open top holster you have with active retention?
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    I believe even the molded safariland's are lined with leather. I am looking at the 6280, 6285, or 6287 for my FNP9.

    http://www.safariland.com/DutyGear/p....aspx?pid=6280
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    EM87 wrote:
    I would prefer something leather, which I forgot to mention in the OP. Also, the Safariland is a bit bulky for what I'm looking for.

    What's that open top holster you have with active retention?
    Anything without a button-flap over the top is going to cause holster wear, because the way they work is by TIGHTLY fitting against the handgun.

    Your best bet is to get a regular old leather holster, with the little leather piece + button snap on top.

    Or you could rock it oldschool, and get this:



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    office888 wrote:
    Your best bet is to get a regular old leather holster
    Any recommendations?
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    fozzy71 wrote:
    I believe even the molded safariland's are lined with leather. I am looking at the 6280, 6285, or 6287 for my FNP9.

    http://www.safariland.com/DutyGear/p....aspx?pid=6280
    Those are nice holsters for sure, but not what I'm looking for. It's too bulky for what I want.
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    Bianchie Carrylok is what I have Leather with and active lock.

    However just get a Stainless Steel 1911 .... you won't have so many wear problems

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    autosurgeon wrote:
    Bianchie Carrylok is what I have Leather with and active lock.

    However just get a Stainless Steel 1911 .... you won't have┬* so many wear problems
    Eh, I don't like the stainless steel ones. I'm looking for a black finish.
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    I owned many leather holsters in the past. Some are from fancy, low volume craftsmen. Most are very good. And, most require 6-12 months wait. But, I should say that DeSantis is one of my favorites. Very high quality, precise molding, well balanced, reasonable price and, usually available without wait. I especially like their 1911 "cocked & locked" model. Here a couple of links:

    http://www.desantisholster.com/store...91&itm_index=0

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=360216368215

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    sasha601 wrote:
    I owned many leather holsters in the past. Some are from fancy, low volume craftsmen. Most are very good. And, most require 6-12 months wait. But, I should say that DeSantis is one of my favorites. Very high quality, precise molding, well balanced, reasonable price and, usually available without wait. I especially like their 1911 "cocked & locked" model. Here a couple of links:

    http://www.desantisholster.com/store...91&itm_index=0

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=360216368215
    That looks like a very nice holster. I'll put it on my list of possibilities!

    Thanks!
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    I havea surplus of 1911 holsters. If ever we can actually hang out I'd let you try a few of them. Granted, they are mostly for commander length, but some full-size also.

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    Even leather holsters are going to cause wear on the finish, unless, as previously suggested, you get a stainless pistol. Just a little FYI.

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    Many custom holster makers out there can add a retention strap to their open top holsters for an additional fee.

    If you read posts on holster making forums from pro-holster makers most actively try to talk their customers out of getting a suede lined holster as this contributes to holster wear. The suede lining traps grit and debris and that is the main culprit for wearing on the finish. A good lined holster will be smooth on the inside.

    Whatever holster you are looking at make sure to contact the seller and verify that it will work with cocked & locked carry of a 1911.

    There are a lot of choices available out there here a few.

    http://kdholsters.com/iwb-owb-defend.php Contact Kevin at K&D and see what it would cost to have a retention strap added.

    http://www.epsaddlery.com/pc-269-20-...de-select.aspx

    http://www.epsaddlery.com/pc-160-20-...hree-slot.aspx

    http://www.epsaddlery.com/pc-150-20-...thumbreak.aspx

    http://www.epsaddlery.com/pc-148-20-sky-six.aspx

    http://www.epsaddlery.com/pc-72-20-7...a-holster.aspx

    http://www.highnoonholsters.com/Prod...de_effect.html

    http://www.highnoonholsters.com/Prod..._sky_high.html

    http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterPG3.as...9&GunID=28

    http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterPG3.as...8&GunID=28

    http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterPG3.as...9&GunID=28

    http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterPG3.as...0&GunID=28

    http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterPG3.as...7&GunID=28

    http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterPG3.as...1&GunID=28

    http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterPG3.as...9&GunID=28

    http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterPG3.as...0&GunID=28

    http://www.desantisholster.com/store...amp;ctg_id=984

    http://www.desantisholster.com/store...amp;ctg_id=978

    http://www.bianchi-intl.com/product/...?TxtModelID=19

    http://www.bianchi-intl.com/product/...TxtModelID=19L

    http://www.bianchi-intl.com/product/...?TxtModelID=59

    http://www.bianchi-intl.com/product/...?TxtModelID=77

    http://www.bianchi-intl.com/product/...p?TxtModelID=7

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    sevenplusone wrote:
    I have┬*a surplus of 1911 holsters. If ever we can actually hang out I'd let you try a few of them. Granted, they are mostly for commander length, but some full-size also.
    Thanks, I would really appreciate that!


    Big Gay Al wrote:
    Even leather holsters are going to cause wear on the finish, unless, as previously suggested, you get a stainless pistol.┬* Just a little FYI.
    Duly noted.


    Bronson wrote:
    Many custom holster makers out there can add a retention strap to their open top holsters for an additional fee.

    If you read posts on holster making forums from pro-holster makers most actively try to talk their customers out of getting a suede lined holster as this contributes to holster wear.┬* The suede lining traps grit and debris and that is the main culprit for wearing on the finish.┬* A good lined holster will be smooth on the inside.

    Whatever holster you are looking at make sure to contact the seller and verify that it will work with cocked & locked carry of a 1911.

    There are a lot of choices available out there here a few.

    SNIP
    Wow, thanks for the list! I'm going to look at all those when I get a chance today.
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    office888 wrote:
    EM87 wrote:
    I would prefer something leather, which I forgot to mention in the OP. Also, the Safariland is a bit bulky for what I'm looking for.

    What's that open top holster you have with active retention?
    Anything without a button-flap over the top is going to cause holster wear, because the way they work is by TIGHTLY fitting against the handgun.

    Your best bet is to get a regular old leather holster, with the little leather piece + button snap on top.

    Or you could rock it oldschool, and get this:



    -Richard-
    If I could find one like the above, but with a thumb snap, I'd jump at it myself. I like the retro type holsters.
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    EM87 wrote:
    I'm planning on picking up a 1911 sometime in the next few months and am looking for a good OC holster. I have a serpa for my Glock and absolutely love it, but it wears slightly on the finish. I don't mind the slight wear on the Glock because it's just my carry piece, but for the 1911 I want something that will keep it looking great. Active retention is a must.

    Suggestions?
    I use a nice holster I picked up for around 25.00. It has great retention And keeps my 1911 right against my body. Comes with a front site channel. I can't load pics from my phone but if you pm me with an email addy I can send you pics of it. I've several people like it because it is secure and simple......
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    SlowDog wrote:
    EM87 wrote:
    I'm planning on picking up a 1911 sometime in the next few months and am looking for a good OC holster. I have a serpa for my Glock and absolutely love it, but it wears slightly on the finish. I don't mind the slight wear on the Glock because it's just my carry piece, but for the 1911 I want something that will keep it looking great. Active retention is a must.

    Suggestions?
    I use a nice holster I picked up for around 25.00. It has great retention And keeps my 1911 right against my body. Comes with a front site channel. I can't load pics from my phone but if you pm me with an email addy I can send you pics of it. I've several people like it because it is secure and simple......
    PM incoming.
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    EM87 wrote:
    SlowDog wrote:
    EM87 wrote:
    I'm planning on picking up a 1911 sometime in the next few months and am looking for a good OC holster. I have a serpa for my Glock and absolutely love it, but it wears slightly on the finish. I don't mind the slight wear on the Glock because it's just my carry piece, but for the 1911 I want something that will keep it looking great. Active retention is a must.

    Suggestions?
    I use a nice holster I picked up for around 25.00. It has great retention And keeps my 1911 right against my body. Comes with a front site channel. I can't load pics from my phone but if you pm me with an email addy I can send you pics of it. I've several people like it because it is secure and simple......
    PM incoming.
    If you email the picture to yourself, you can then download it to your computer so you can post it.
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    Maybe its a secret holster? >.>
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    FYI - I saw this website while thumbing through Shotgun News magazine at work the other day and have never heard of these holsters:

    http://itacdefense.com/store.aspx
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    Hmm, I haven't heard of that either. Looks kinda goofy.
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    Those are made by IMI for the Israeli military. They work much like a serpa
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    Big Gay Al wrote:
    Even leather holsters are going to cause wear on the finish, unless, as previously suggested, you get a stainless pistol. Just a little FYI.
    And everybody knows, good honest wear on a parkerized 1911 is awesome.

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    Big Gay Al wrote:
    Even leather holsters are going to cause wear on the finish, unless, as previously suggested, you get a stainless pistol. Just a little FYI.
    Sorry not quite true. My Serpa has worn two bright shiny lines into the top of the slide on my Dan Wesson commander 1911. It's an all stainless gun with a matte non-glare slide top...except for the afore mentioned shiny lines :P Highly polished stainless guns will also show little surface scratches like crazy.

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