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I have a couple of leather slide holsters but i'm thinking of getting an IWB holster. Seems to have some definite concealment advantages, but i'm worried about the comfort so I thought I'd see if anyone uses one, what you thought, if you'd recommend them, and who's holsters you recommend.
 
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I use a Dale Fricke "Joshua Covert" myself.

It's a minimalist design that puts the grip just above the wasitline. If you have any sort of gut at all this is the most comfortable position.

I know Dale personally and he makes excellent stuff, and stands behind it like nobody's business. well worth the price.

Suarez International Sells them, or you can call Dale Directly and he will custom make anything you want and do it quickly too!!

http://www.onesourcetactical.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=484

all his stuff... http://www.onesourcetactical.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=319

his Phone Number 406-600-2712

tell him i sent you.
 

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I wore an MTAC for a little over a year and about 3 months ago got a Milt Sparks VM2. I'd reccomend either of those.

The MTAC can be adjusted for cant and height. Also you can buy different Kydex bodies for it if you want to carry different guns. I have a body for my 226, 228, and 239. It's a really versatile holster.

Here's a link to it. The people at Comp-tac are great to deal with.
http://www.comp-tac.com/product_info.php?products_id=95

The VM2 is a little more comfortable than the MTAC, but it's made just for 1 gun and can't be adjusted for height and cant. The craftsmanship that goes into these holsters is superb. If you want to get one direct from Milt Sparks there is a long wait though.
 

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I use a few of the Galco Summer Comfort models. They are my favorite especially because they are easy to get and have fitment for most handguns.

1.) H&k 45C
2.) S&W J-frame
3.) Glock 19
 

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rkmcdon,

What gun will you be carrying?

I've had experience with TT Gunleather, Brigade Gunleather, Raven Concealment, Comp-Tac CTAC, Milt Sparks VMII, and a couple others. They are all good holsters, but I think that the type of gun will also affect the decision.

Here are some links:
http://www.ttgunleather.com/catalog/i35.html
http://www.brigadegunleather.com/m-11.html
http://www.ravenconcealment.com/products/holsters.html
http://www.comp-tac.com/product_info.php?products_id=61
http://www.miltsparks.com/VM-2.htm
 

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I have bought several holsters from Comptac and have been pleased each time. Most recently, an Infidel, configured like the old Gurkha, of which I own several.
 

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rkmcdon,

What gun will you be carrying?

I've had experience with TT Gunleather, Brigade Gunleather, Raven Concealment, Comp-Tac CTAC, Milt Sparks VMII, and a couple others. They are all good holsters, but I think that the type of gun will also affect the decision.

Here are some links:
http://www.ttgunleather.com/catalog/i35.html
http://www.brigadegunleather.com/m-11.html
http://www.ravenconcealment.com/products/holsters.html
http://www.comp-tac.com/product_info.php?products_id=61
http://www.miltsparks.com/VM-2.htm
What do you think of the brigade? Looks similar to the milt sparks, and hopefully without the wait. Also the MTAC looks promising from another post above.

I have a crossbreed holster and it doesn't seem to fit me right. I dont know if i'm not wide enough to take advantage of it or what. But to wear it comfortably I kind of have to wear it farther forward and then that makes it ride towards the front. I'm thinking of getting another one and hopefully correcting this.
 

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I have Milt Sparks Executive Companion for a couple of my pistols and definitely recommend Milt Sparks.

To answer your original questions IWB'S do offer great concealment. They can be comfortable, depending on the holster make and gun, but some say you may need to make sure your pants aren't too tight in the waist before sitcking a gun and holster inside your pant's waistline.

I think with any holster carry you need to make sure you have a good gun belt, preferably double thickness, to help carry the weight of the pistol. It can make a world of difference in the comfort of carrying.
 

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rkmcdon,

What gun will you be carrying?
I already have galco belt slide holsters for my PT145 and my Para P13. My plan is to get an IWB holster for my wifes Kahr 9mm and see how it feels with a small frame gun. If i like it, I'll get another holster for my Para as well, and possibly for the Taurus too.

I think with any holster carry you need to make sure you have a good gun belt, preferably double thickness, to help carry the weight of the pistol. It can make a world of difference in the comfort of carrying.
Yeah, i've carried for years on a regular dress belt. It's not bad, but I can see how a proper belt would be more comfortable. I'll be buying a carry belt with this new holster. If nothing else, my dress belts won't be scuffed up any more.

I've heard good things about milt-sparks and am leaning towards the VM2 at least for the P13. I looked on there website and it doesn't list what guns they make each holster for. I was unable to get through to them on the phone this morning. Will they make any holster for any handgun?
 

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I carry a SIG P226 in a Milt Sparks VM II. Excellent holster, good concealment. I wear it at about 3:30. Very comfortable when you're walking around. If you're sitting on it in a bucket seat, well, you know it's there.

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I find the comfort level to be a lot more dependant on the belt than the holster. If it is moving around it is not comfortable, and if it is held in place, it is a whole lot more comfortable.

You may think a dress belt is working for you, right up until you try a gun belt. There is a world of difference, and you won't know until you try. I have two belts from the Beltman (I wear these every day regardless of if I'm carrying or not) and also a Wilderness Instructor with the plastic stiffener for times when I am going to be out all day and doing hardcore sweating all over it. I am happy with all three of them.
 

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rkmcdon,

What gun will you be carrying?
I already have galco belt slide holsters for my PT145 and my Para P13. My plan is to get an IWB holster for my wifes Kahr 9mm and see how it feels with a small frame gun. If i like it, I'll get another holster for my Para as well, and possibly for the Taurus too.

I think with any holster carry you need to make sure you have a good gun belt, preferably double thickness, to help carry the weight of the pistol. It can make a world of difference in the comfort of carrying.
Yeah, i've carried for years on a regular dress belt. It's not bad, but I can see how a proper belt would be more comfortable. I'll be buying a carry belt with this new holster. If nothing else, my dress belts won't be scuffed up any more.

I've heard good things about milt-sparks and am leaning towards the VM2 at least for the P13. I looked on there website and it doesn't list what guns they make each holster for. I was unable to get through to them on the phone this morning. Will they make any holster for any handgun?
I'm pretty sure they'll make holsters for a Kahr.

By the way, I have a Milt Sparks double thickness 1 1/4" belt and it's served me well for years.
 

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Yeah, there have definitely been times when i felt a carry belt would have made a difference, and i'll be ordering one whenever i order the kahr holster. Still haven't had any success contacting Milt but that's probably the one i'll go with. If no luck i'll try Comp-tac.

Thanks for all the input everyone
 

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Interesting replies!

The two that I use daily (well, I use ONE daily, but one of two depending on what I'm carrying - you know what I mean) are a Milt Sparks Summer Special II or a CompTac Infidel.

Funny that I prefer the popular 'brands', but not the popular models.
 

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Interesting replies!

The two that I use daily (well, I use ONE daily, but one of two depending on what I'm carrying - you know what I mean) are a Milt Sparks Summer Special II or a CompTac Infidel.

Funny that I prefer the popular 'brands', but not the popular models.
The MS Summer Special is an oldy but goody. I feel the same way with the Executive Companion model I got way back in 1996 or so. It has a little more inner paddle around the muzzle that the Summer Special
(not sure about the SS II) which is why I went with the Exec Companion. It seems the VMII is more popular but I don't recall if it was around back when I got all my Milt Sparks gear.
 

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I am very happy with my Comp Tac.

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rkmcdon,

What gun will you be carrying?
I already have galco belt slide holsters for my PT145 and my Para P13. My plan is to get an IWB holster for my wifes Kahr 9mm and see how it feels with a small frame gun. If i like it, I'll get another holster for my Para as well, and possibly for the Taurus too.

I think with any holster carry you need to make sure you have a good gun belt, preferably double thickness, to help carry the weight of the pistol. It can make a world of difference in the comfort of carrying.
Yeah, i've carried for years on a regular dress belt. It's not bad, but I can see how a proper belt would be more comfortable. I'll be buying a carry belt with this new holster. If nothing else, my dress belts won't be scuffed up any more.

I've heard good things about milt-sparks and am leaning towards the VM2 at least for the P13. I looked on there website and it doesn't list what guns they make each holster for. I was unable to get through to them on the phone this morning. Will they make any holster for any handgun?
I'm not that familiar with Kahr, but I know they are good guns. If it is small, you should pay close attention to ride height. The smaller the grip, the more difficult it becomes to get a good grip from the holster. One thing that was nice about the Comp-Tac (CTAC or MTAC) is that you can adjust the ride height to fit your needs (concealability versus accessibility).
 

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rkmcdon,

What gun will you be carrying?

I've had experience with TT Gunleather, Brigade Gunleather, Raven Concealment, Comp-Tac CTAC, Milt Sparks VMII, and a couple others. They are all good holsters, but I think that the type of gun will also affect the decision.

Here are some links:
http://www.ttgunleather.com/catalog/i35.html
http://www.brigadegunleather.com/m-11.html
http://www.ravenconcealment.com/products/holsters.html
http://www.comp-tac.com/product_info.php?products_id=61
http://www.miltsparks.com/VM-2.htm
What do you think of the brigade? Looks similar to the milt sparks, and hopefully without the wait. Also the MTAC looks promising from another post above.

I have a crossbreed holster and it doesn't seem to fit me right. I dont know if i'm not wide enough to take advantage of it or what. But to wear it comfortably I kind of have to wear it farther forward and then that makes it ride towards the front. I'm thinking of getting another one and hopefully correcting this.
I like the Brigade quite a bit. It's a big piece of leather (it's for a Gov't 1911), but it's comfortable and works well.

Unfortunately, I think the current wait time is 12-13 months. In fact, I just checked and they aren't taking any more orders. Now I feel silly having recommending them.
 

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BAH! Oh well i'm not looking to wait that long. I just want something that fits me a bit better. I appreciate the recommendation as they look like a very nice setup.
 
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