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Guns & Holsters
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Our very own Seraph makes custom holsters. We were talking and he said he'd like to offer the guys on our forum a discount if he could get a few orders from us.

Here are some pics of his custom Kydex holsters.

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If you want a top notch holster send Seraph a PM.

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65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
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#2
First I need a good conceal pistol...the full size 1911 is just too big. Cool that he makes custom holsters though. Cool

Steve



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#3
sm3570;84246 Wrote:First I need a good conceal pistol...the full size 1911 is just too big. Cool that he makes custom holsters though. Cool

You're joking right? I carry mine all day when it is selected as the gun of the day. 4:00 in a comp-tac minotaur. I carry it under tucked t-shirts and dress shirts alike. I love my 1911. It's too big for my cargo pocket in my camp type shorts though. I have carried it IWB wearing the shorts too. Wink

I can loan you my Minotaur holster if you want to give it a try. Just send it back to me. Seraph's holsters look similar but his are full Kydex whereas the minotaur is half leather, half Kydex.

I also have a custom all leather tuckable IWB holster that I like a lot from Little Bear Holsters.

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My Mustangs:
71 M-code Mach 1, Medium Blue/White Sport, 4R70W, 3L50, Factory Ram Air.
72 Q-code Mach 1, Pewter/Black Sport, 4-spd, 3L25.
65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
05 Convertible, Legend Lime/Tan/Tan, future classic??
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Don65Stang;84252 Wrote:
sm3570;84246 Wrote:First I need a good conceal pistol...the full size 1911 is just too big. Cool that he makes custom holsters though. Cool

You're joking right? I carry mine all day when it is selected as the gun of the day. 4:00 in a comp-tac minotaur. I carry it under tucked t-shirts and dress shirts alike. I love my 1911. It's too big for my cargo pocket in my camp type shorts though. I have carried it IWB wearing the shorts too. Wink

I can loan you my Minotaur holster if you want to give it a try. Just send it back to me. Seraph's holsters look similar but his are full Kydex whereas the minotaur is half leather, half Kydex.

I also have a custom all leather tuckable IWB holster that I like a lot from Little Bear Holsters.

I'm not a big guy...5'8" ~170 lbs, I can conceal my 1911 so it's not noticeable, but then I can't get to it quickly. If you're willing to let me borrow the minotaur then I'm willing to try it Big Grin. Thanks Don!

Steve



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#5
An IWB holster, with about 20 to 25 degrees of cant, worn at about 4:00 to 4:30 on the belt, can conceal a full size pistol extremely well on most physiques. Presentation speed can be improved through consistent practice.
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#6
Full Kydex will also help since that is the thinnest material and it will be a faster presentation. Tony's (Seraph) holster may just be the ticket.

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My Mustangs:
71 M-code Mach 1, Medium Blue/White Sport, 4R70W, 3L50, Factory Ram Air.
72 Q-code Mach 1, Pewter/Black Sport, 4-spd, 3L25.
65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
05 Convertible, Legend Lime/Tan/Tan, future classic??
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#7
Thanks for the plug, Don. I'm really just offering a bit of unsolicited general advice. I've sold a lot of different kinds of holsters, to people of all shapes and sizes, so I've seen more combinations of gun/holster/physique than most will ever get a chance to. That experience informs, not only the way I design and build my holsters, but also the way I advise, whether I recommend one of my own holsters, or one made by someone else. As for Kydex vs. leather, each has its own advantages and drawbacks. I used to be a big leather snob, and there are some characteristics of leather that Kydex just cannot emulate, but I've come to appreciate Kydex for its particular set of advantages, and have learned, in my own holster making, to turn what I used to think of as its drawbacks into advantages. That said, there certainly are some high quality leather holsters that I can recommend without any reservation. People are often very surprised at what they can pull off, in regard to comfortable concealment of full sized sidearms, once they venture outside the envelope of average gun store holsters.
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#8
Well Tony, I might be PMing you in the future...thanks for the advice. You too, Don.

Steve



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#9
I'm more a believer in the ability of the shooter and the realiability of the concealed pistol than I am of it's size. The vast majority of shooting happen at very close range, most often with a few feet. A large round will certianly stop the attacker quicker than a smaller round but only if you can get your gun our in time and then only if you hit your target in the right spot. As a compromise I like the Bodyguard 380 as a daily packer.

The correct conceal holster is just as vital as the gun when it come to engaging an aggresive target within seconds by not "sticking" plus allowing quick, easy withdrawals while still insuring your gun is still there when you need it. All to often peope buy holsters based upon looks or the designs in the leather.

Jim

Jim

M code 71 Mach 1, 351 4V Cleveland, Ram Air (not factory), C6 Trans, 3.5 rear
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#10
I definitely agree with that, Jim. I consider most of the popular pistol cartridges to be of relatively puny ballistic potential. You can't count on any of them to smite down bad guys like the hammer of Thor. Effective shot placement is crucial whether you're launching .380's or .45's. A good hit with a .45 may be better than a good hit with a .380, but all that's moot, if the shooter can't deploy his weapon, or if the weapon fails to function. I'm a 1911 nut, and like a .45 better than anything else, but I mostly carry 9mm's these days. My preference for the service type autos is largely driven by their generally superior mechanical reliability. But, again, that's utterly moot, if I can't deploy the sidearm, due to either a misguided carry method or a poorly designed holster. I do like to put in some effort toward making holsters look good, but there are a number of performance characteristics which I feel a proper holster absolutely must have, some of which are all too often neglected. Retention, draw, concealability, and comfort are obvious, but are sometimes achieved by means that neglect or diminish other important aspects, such as accessibility and safety. The best designs attempt to maximize all of these traits, without any one of them serving to negate any of the others. Safety is the one most commonly neglected or ignored. An example of this the importance of being able to safely reholster your sidearm after firing it. Failure to consider this can result in any number of calamities, from burning your leg or butt, to shooting yourself through a major artery or organ.
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