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Just Like Floppy Disk Drives …

floppy holsters suck. I can’t tell you how many holsters I went through before figuring out you get what you pay for. I only have two I use regularly, a leather pocket holster for a Kel-Tec P3AT, and a kydex Comp-Tac Infidel for a Glock 19.

I also own, and for two years carried a Sidearmor IWB holster. Both the Comp-Tac and Sidearmor are good holsters, and each have advantages and disadvantages. It really depends on the trade-offs you want to make. The Comp-Tac’s clip makes it easy to take off the gun in the holster at the end of the day, which is a much safer way to handle. My Glock only leaves the holster if it’s being shot, cleaned, or going into the safe for a while. Other than that, I leave it loaded, in the holster. The disadvantage of Comp-Tac’s easy to remove clip is it’s also easy for the gun to work its way of the belt and dump onto the floor. I had this happen to me once, fortunately in a situation where it wasn’t a problem. With the Comp-Tac clip, I’ve found it’s very important to wear the correct size and girth of belt. If you pay attention to how well a belt secures and carries the gun, you shouldn’t have a problem. With the Comp-Tac, you need to select a belt around the holster, not the other way around.

The Sidearmor holster has more belt attachment options, for making the holster work with a wider variety of belts. Once worn, it provides a very stable fit, even on some thinner belts that could never hold Comp-Tac’s infidel line well. The downside is their belt attachment options make it impossible to take the gun off in the holster without removing your belt. Even the J-hook option is difficult to remove without at least undoing the belt and loosening. The attachment pieces will also break about once a year and will need to be replaced, in my experience. Overall it’s a solid platform, it just depends on what’s important to you.

Ultimately I’ve opted to favor ease of gun removal, lest Bitter think I’m getting frisky if I come in from a night out and start undoing my belt, when all I was doing was trying to remove the Glock.

3 Responses to “Just Like Floppy Disk Drives …”

  1. Dannytheman says:

    “Is that a Glock in your holster or are you just happy to see me?” Sorry, couldn’t resist not using that line.(Paraphrased as it was)

    I change between a high quality Paddle holster, ankle holster and the “I have a Gun” Fanny Pack. But I only carry a PPK in 380.

  2. Mobo says:

    My #1 pet peeve is that 99.99% of holster designs place the gun waaaay to high above the beltline. I would prefer a holster that puts the gun at about the same height as mexican carry, rather than have the back of the slide halfway up my rib cage. Besides, you sacrifice much more in terms of concealability than you would speed with the “full combat grip” position offered by most holsters on the market.

    My Galco N3 forces me to draw my hand damn near my armpit just to clear the muzzle from the leather!

  3. Peter says:

    “Ultimately I’ve opted to favor ease of gun removal, lest Bitter think I’m getting frisky if I come in from a night out and start undoing my belt, when all I was doing was trying to remove the Glock.”

    And how is that a bad thing? Heh!

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