Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 78

Thread: Holster recommendations for a 1911

  1. #1
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Southwest Detroit, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    151

    Holster recommendations for a 1911

    Hey all,

    I just picked up my first 1911 (5 inch) so I need some holster recommendations for Ocing. I had been using the Serpa but I would like something in leather. Let me know what works for you,

    Thanks,
    Savage

  2. #2
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Warren, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    228
    tucker gunleather does some great leather work.

    they also have leather lined kydex holsters.

  3. #3
    Regular Member fozzy71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Roseville, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    932
    I am shopping for a leather 1911 holster as well for OC and/or a duty type holster. I imagine I will go with some model safariland for a duty holster but there are so many types of leather holsters I am not sure which way to go.

    These guys make some awesome stuff as well, but it is not cheap.

    http://www.mernickleholsters.com/bm_ccsys.html

    Not sure if I will get a belt and holster from these guys but I definitely want one of their shoulder holster rigs, ideally the dual 1911 holster once I get a matching pair.
    "I like users who quote smellslikemichigan in their signature lines." - fozzy71

  4. #4
    Regular Member autosurgeon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Lawrence, Michigan, United States
    Posts
    3,845
    I have this for my Taurus PT111 leather with a finger activated trigger guard lock ..

    http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=119664

    They have it in black or natural and right or left.. they even have a paddle model.
    Anything I post may be my opinion and not the law... you are responsible to do your own verification.

    Blackstone (1753-1765) maintains that "the law holds that it is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."

  5. #5
    Banned
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Waterford, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    526
    Don hume is good and affordable
    we stock them at genos tools and guns

    Kris

  6. #6
    Regular Member Michigander's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Mulligan's Valley
    Posts
    4,830
    Safariland is pretty much the most reliable and high quality retention holster system in existence. Level 2 or 3 is available in the form of rotating hoods and push buttons that unlike Serpa's you can't see. And yep, they make them in leather if you gotta have that, but the plastic "fine tac" versions cost a lot less, and seem to last better.

  7. #7
    Regular Member SlowDog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Redford, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    424
    I carry a 1911 and I use a open top holster from High Noon Holsters. For my BUG I use the same holster type. Great retention and speed of the draw.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  8. #8
    Regular Member EM87's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    987
    I asked this same question before. Here's the link:

    http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/sh...t=1911+holster

    There's a lot of good info in there.
    "You'll be walking along.. OC.. and you'll feel GREAT. You'll feel FREEEEE like 1776 kind of Free." -cscitney87

  9. #9
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Southwest Detroit, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    151
    Quote Originally Posted by ElectricianLU58 View Post
    tucker gunleather does some great leather work.

    they also have leather lined kydex holsters.

    Yeah, I had the Silent Thunder for my SR9c. Real quality work. That design is only 1 belt clip so I probably wouldn't get one for my 1911. I missed out on a HF1 leather belt holster on another forum. I may order from Tucker.

  10. #10
    Regular Member fozzy71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Roseville, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    932
    Which 1911 did you get? That GI Expert? I just got my pachmayr grips, fobus double mag pouch, and spare wilson combat mag today.

    "I like users who quote smellslikemichigan in their signature lines." - fozzy71

  11. #11
    Regular Member The Expert's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Taylor, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    118
    I use an Alessi Bodyguard Shoulder Holster and a Fobus polymer paddle holster. Both work well for me and I carry a full-sized SA 1911 TRP.

  12. #12
    Regular Member NHCGRPR45's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Chesterfield Township, MI
    Posts
    1,137
    i have had many leather holsters for the 1911, and none have worked. well i need to restate that. any leather holster that has a thumb break will deactivate your thumb safety. its the way that the holster is made and i have had holsters from every major holster maker. i have carried a 1911 since th3 1990, first when hunting with my grandpa, then my dad, then when i was 13 i used one to kill weasels and rats in the barn and outside or chicken coop, i know the 1911, so my opinion is well my own. my grandpa, and his brother used and carried 1911's in WW2 and i have my grandpa' 1911 that he used when going ashore as a combat engineer, but i digress.... 1911 leather concealed carry hip rigs all have the same flaw, they tend to deactivate the safety. especially the pancake type. i have had holsters from every company so far mentioned in this thread, none worked 100% of the time, and all if they had a thumb break deactivated the thumb safety. this happens when the thumb safety rides along the slide of the gun and when full secured the leather will with the thumb snap will touch the thumb safety. when you move around, sit, stand, get into or out of a car, the 1911 will move a small amount in the holster, maybe not when the holster is brand new, but when it get a little broken in. that small amount of movement will rub the thumb safety and click it off. this has been a headache for me for years! it may not do it all the time but it will happen. my initial response was to either leave the thumb snap unsnapped, which defeated the purpose of a L2 holster, or cut away some of the leather to try to keep the thumb safety from deactivateing. neither worked 100% of the time. here is were i will tell you what has worked for me! 1. the SERPA works, however it will ruin the finnish of your 1911 or any gun you carry in it for any length of time, i'll take heat for that i am sure but i don't care. its true. the second reason i don't use my serpa anymore is because the finger safety seems to stick on it every now and then, i even had one replaced a few years ago due to that. now don't lose hope just yet! their is a holster that will work and solves all of the problems above! i have one and will show it to you! in person if you'd like because it works! it does not damage the finnish because it has a leather lining, is a level 2 holster is useable as a concealment holster or a open carry holster! it even looks great! comes in several finnishes, mate black, gloss black, and my favorite carbon fiber. is made by a really great holster company Safariland. and you can have for 44$ with free next day overnight shipping. the model number is 6377-56-651, thats the one for a 1911 with light rails, 6377-53-651 is for a 1911 without light rails. those are both belt holsters, there is also a paddle option available if you prefer to use it that way. the retailer is www.opticsplanet.net but i urge you very strongly that you will like this a lot, i do and bought one for my dad and he loves it, although it took some time because he dosen't like fact its "plastic" he dosen't use the leather holster he has anymore. so if you would like to talk about it i'll leave my phone number for you, just say you are Savage from detroit when i pick up, or if you leave a message. 1-586-404-2082 but trust me this is the best 1911 holster out there as of now. if you were at the marrysville picnic i had it then, i was with sprinklerguy and my name is shaun i had a grey ARMY shirt on. well i hope i have given you some help and saved your hundreds of dollars on holsters. but feel free to contact me maybe we can do coffee or maybe a lunch someplace! shaun

  13. #13
    Regular Member autosurgeon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Lawrence, Michigan, United States
    Posts
    3,845
    Quote Originally Posted by NHCGRPR45 View Post
    i have had many leather holsters for the 1911, and none have worked. well i need to restate that. any leather holster that has a thumb break will deactivate your thumb safety. its the way that the holster is made and i have had holsters from every major holster maker. i have carried a 1911 since th3 1990, first when hunting with my grandpa, then my dad, then when i was 13 i used one to kill weasels and rats in the barn and outside or chicken coop, i know the 1911, so my opinion is well my own. my grandpa, and his brother used and carried 1911's in WW2 and i have my grandpa' 1911 that he used when going ashore as a combat engineer, but i digress.... 1911 leather concealed carry hip rigs all have the same flaw, they tend to deactivate the safety. especially the pancake type. i have had holsters from every company so far mentioned in this thread, none worked 100% of the time, and all if they had a thumb break deactivated the thumb safety. this happens when the thumb safety rides along the slide of the gun and when full secured the leather will with the thumb snap will touch the thumb safety. when you move around, sit, stand, get into or out of a car, the 1911 will move a small amount in the holster, maybe not when the holster is brand new, but when it get a little broken in. that small amount of movement will rub the thumb safety and click it off. this has been a headache for me for years! it may not do it all the time but it will happen. my initial response was to either leave the thumb snap unsnapped, which defeated the purpose of a L2 holster, or cut away some of the leather to try to keep the thumb safety from deactivateing. neither worked 100% of the time. here is were i will tell you what has worked for me! 1. the SERPA works, however it will ruin the finnish of your 1911 or any gun you carry in it for any length of time, i'll take heat for that i am sure but i don't care. its true. the second reason i don't use my serpa anymore is because the finger safety seems to stick on it every now and then, i even had one replaced a few years ago due to that. now don't lose hope just yet! their is a holster that will work and solves all of the problems above! i have one and will show it to you! in person if you'd like because it works! it does not damage the finnish because it has a leather lining, is a level 2 holster is useable as a concealment holster or a open carry holster! it even looks great! comes in several finnishes, mate black, gloss black, and my favorite carbon fiber. is made by a really great holster company Safariland. and you can have for 44$ with free next day overnight shipping. the model number is 6377-56-651, thats the one for a 1911 with light rails, 6377-53-651 is for a 1911 without light rails. those are both belt holsters, there is also a paddle option available if you prefer to use it that way. the retailer is www.opticsplanet.net but i urge you very strongly that you will like this a lot, i do and bought one for my dad and he loves it, although it took some time because he dosen't like fact its "plastic" he dosen't use the leather holster he has anymore. so if you would like to talk about it i'll leave my phone number for you, just say you are Savage from detroit when i pick up, or if you leave a message. 1-586-404-2082 but trust me this is the best 1911 holster out there as of now. if you were at the marrysville picnic i had it then, i was with sprinklerguy and my name is shaun i had a grey ARMY shirt on. well i hope i have given you some help and saved your hundreds of dollars on holsters. but feel free to contact me maybe we can do coffee or maybe a lunch someplace! shaun
    Holy crap wall of text
    Anything I post may be my opinion and not the law... you are responsible to do your own verification.

    Blackstone (1753-1765) maintains that "the law holds that it is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."

  14. #14
    Regular Member fozzy71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Roseville, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    932
    "I like users who quote smellslikemichigan in their signature lines." - fozzy71

  15. #15
    Regular Member fozzy71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Roseville, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    932
    Quote Originally Posted by NHCGRPR45 View Post
    .... and you can have for 44$ with free next day overnight shipping. the model number is 6377-56-651, thats the one for a 1911 with light rails, 6377-53-651 is for a 1911 without light rails. those are both belt holsters, there is also a paddle option available if you prefer to use it that way. the retailer is www.opticsplanet.net.......
    I just ordered a plain black one for under $30 before shipping.

    http://www.opticsplanet.net/safarila...77-53-411.html
    "I like users who quote smellslikemichigan in their signature lines." - fozzy71

  16. #16
    Regular Member Curmudgeon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    York, Pennsylvania, USA
    Posts
    306
    Quote Originally Posted by fozzy71 View Post
    I just ordered a plain black one for under $30 before shipping.

    http://www.opticsplanet.net/safarila...77-53-411.html

    Ha! Me too, good review.Also ordered a mag pouch. I've always liked safariland, it was my first holster for my Ruger Security-Six back in '78. A mighty fine product.

  17. #17
    Regular Member fozzy71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Roseville, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    932
    Quote Originally Posted by Curmudgeon View Post
    Ha! Me too, good review.Also ordered a mag pouch. I've always liked safariland, it was my first holster for my Ruger Security-Six back in '78. A mighty fine product.
    I want to get a 6005 tactical holster, and some other misc accessories so that I can quickly change that holster from the thigh rig, to a belt attachment, drop belt attachment, paddle, etc. The tactical rig and all the accessories I want will be $225 - $250, so I haven't done it until I am sure the 1911 will be my daily carry gun. I could actually just start buying the accessories to build up this holster I believe. I can add the SLS and Sentry Hood for better retention. I can also order the thigh rig assembly, belt loop adapters, quick-change adapter plates, etc, etc.

    You can even mount the adapter in your car or at home.

    http://www.safariland.com/DutyGear/duty/mls.aspx
    "I like users who quote smellslikemichigan in their signature lines." - fozzy71

  18. #18
    Regular Member Michigander's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Mulligan's Valley
    Posts
    4,830
    Fozzy, I think I've told you this before, but I suggest you get a Fine Tac 6280, and get other odds and ends later if you want. You can get them for under 90 dollars shipped. You won't likely regret having it, because even if you only want to carry your 1911 occasionally, it will give you the chance to do so comfortably and securely. Plus, you can always sell it to one of the millions of other 1911 owners, or even just over time build up a collection of Safariland holsters to use with your different mounts.

    Just the same, I don't know of a need for anything more than a 6280 and a good belt. I wear mine year round while even while running and cycling. In the winter it sticks out and drops down enough to comfortably tuck a short to medium length coat behind it.

  19. #19
    Regular Member hotrod's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Union, Kentucky, USA
    Posts
    566
    Go to Mernickleholsters.com Great holsters, belts and ammo carriers. I have several

  20. #20
    Regular Member fozzy71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Roseville, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    932
    Quote Originally Posted by Michigander View Post
    Fozzy, I think I've told you this before, but I suggest you get a Fine Tac 6280, and get other odds and ends later if you want. You can get them for under 90 dollars shipped. You won't likely regret having it, because even if you only want to carry your 1911 occasionally, it will give you the chance to do so comfortably and securely. Plus, you can always sell it to one of the millions of other 1911 owners, or even just over time build up a collection of Safariland holsters to use with your different mounts.

    Just the same, I don't know of a need for anything more than a 6280 and a good belt. I wear mine year round while even while running and cycling. In the winter it sticks out and drops down enough to comfortably tuck a short to medium length coat behind it.
    Yes, the 6280 and 6285 are what I want. The only difference is the 6285 has a 1.5" drop belt adapter. That same holster rig can be pulled off either of those belt mounts and mounted to the thigh rig (with screws or the quick change adapters). When I was pricing whole units and parts it was noticeably cheaper for me to buy the tactical rig and get the accessories, due to the cost of building the tactical thigh rig from the parts/accessories catalog.
    Last edited by fozzy71; 07-10-2010 at 01:46 PM. Reason: And, yes, I fully expect to have a closet full of accessories, holsters, etc. :\
    "I like users who quote smellslikemichigan in their signature lines." - fozzy71

  21. #21
    Regular Member Bronson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Battle Creek, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    2,157
    Quote Originally Posted by NHCGRPR45 View Post
    i have had many leather holsters for the 1911, .....
    Seriously NHCLSHD128463764 you need to edit and format these posts.

    Paragraphs are your friend.

    Bronson
    Those who expect to reap the benefits of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas Paine

  22. #22
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Southwest Detroit, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    151
    Quote Originally Posted by fozzy71 View Post
    Which 1911 did you get? That GI Expert? I just got my pachmayr grips, fobus double mag pouch, and spare wilson combat mag today.
    Got a real good deal on a Kimber Custom II


  23. #23
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Southwest Detroit, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    151
    Quote Originally Posted by NHCGRPR45 View Post
    ... is made by a really great holster company Safariland. and you can have for 44$ with free next day overnight shipping. the model number is 6377-56-651, thats the one for a 1911 with light rails, 6377-53-651 is for a 1911 without light rails. those are both belt holsters, there is also a paddle option available if you prefer to use it that way. the retailer is www.opticsplanet.net but i urge you very strongly that you will like this a lot, i do and bought one for my dad and he loves it, although it took some time because he dosen't like fact its "plastic" he dosen't use the leather holster he has anymore...
    I don't think I like suede lining. It can see how dirt and grime could get stuck in there and run against the finish of my gun. I am think of an all leather one or smooth leather lined kydek like tucker leather does.

  24. #24
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Warren, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    228
    the tucker leather lined kydex ones are really well made.

  25. #25
    Regular Member NHCGRPR45's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Chesterfield Township, MI
    Posts
    1,137
    dirt is not a problem at all, i wear mine when doing landscaping and dirt really isn't an issue. if dirt does get in the lining will be better than just hard plastic, and a leather holster will 1. have all of the negatives i previously mentioned. and will catch dirt like swede leather will.

    leather holsters are great, and have been around as long as guns and weapons of any kind! but for a 1911, safariland has the best holster bar none at this time. its purpose built for a 1911 and protects the thumb safety, and dosen't collect dirt and grime i have had one since they came out and have used it for hunting when i go out in the bogs and marshes, and scrub forest in the UP, dirt just dosen't stay in the holster if it gets in it at all. its a perfect L2 holster, and it has a unique thumb release that is diffrent from the standard thumb break, i believe that it would give the safariland holster user a second to react to a potential grab attempt for your weapon.

    the "thumb break" is fairly standard equipment, its been around a very long time, so its reasonable to assume that a fairly versed "bad guy" would know one when he/she sees it and be able to defeat it fairly quickly, the safariland is newer and not obvious to its function from just looking at it, in fact its fairly well hidden from view. its very easy for the user to operate but hard to quickly defeat by someone who dosen't know how to operate it, that could give you an edge!
    like i said i have paid 43.13 for this holster, i have paid 150 for a kramer, 75 for a galco, 60 for a G&G, 65 for mernickle, 150, for a custom job the the craftsman swore would not interfear with the thumb safety and defeated the thumb safety everytime i got into and out of my car after a few weeks of the horesehide leather breaking in. save yourself some cash and buy something that will work the irst time get the safariland from optics planet, try it if it dosen't work out send it back for a refund, but i am certain that you will.

    and off subject, i do understand that i need to use paragraphs, i can take constructive critisism i hope this helps, and sorry about the books i write, just trying to be helpful
    and where by god is the dancing mokey! i loved that guy!

    shaun

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •