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    Serpa CQC for 3" 1911

    I have been looking at the Serpa CQC holster. The problem is I have a Kimber tactical ultra ( 3" BBL. ) and am wondering if anyone here has ever cut one of the Serpas down to the 3" BBL. length. The commander length serpa would be the one I would start with.

    Also I would like to know how tight do they pull the gun into the body with the belt attachment . Is it pulled in any tighter with the belt slots compared to the paddle attachment?

    Thanks for any help .

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    Another added adgantage of a longer holster is that it will protect your front sight and the crown of your muzzle...

    Plus, as noted above, it rides closer to the body.

    Leave the Serpa at it's stock length. The only thing you gain by cutting down the Serpa to fit a shorter 1911 is cosmetic, and unless you are an expert at working with carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers, even that may be questionable...
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    I cut mine down a couple of years ago because I wanted better concealability. (The 5" inch stuck out too far.)

    Just take a bandsaw and cut it down so that 1/4 inch extra covers your muzzle and you'll be good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gutshot View Post
    Why cut it down? Just use it as is. I do this with a Para Warthog and a Itac 1911 holster(very similar to Serpa). Actually, the longer length holster will hold it closer to you.
    I agree with gutsht, a three inch revolver conceals batter than a 2 inch for the same reason, the extra length pushes the grip in tighter to your side

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    My main reason for wanting to cut it down is because of the extra padding I carry. Less gouging , less pain ha ha.

    I did get to put my pistol in a commander length Serpa today and it looked like about 3/4" could be cut off and still protect the muzzle . That's just a guess though.

    I haven't decided yet if I want to leave leather and go with kydex since I have always used leather.

    Thanks for the input guys.

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    I cut mine down with a band saw and cleaned it up with a fine and sandpaper. It looks like it came that way. I cut mine about a 1/4" longer than my Kimber Ultra Carry. I also use it with my Kimber Pro carry. It sticks out of the bottom of the holster but, I have never had any problems carrying it this way in the 2 years I have been doing so.

    To make it look a little better i cut the front and rear of the opening a a slight angle.

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