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Travis
01-23-2004, 10:56 PM
Hello!
I am in the market for a new kydex IWB. I currently am using a Blade-tech but have been very disappointed with it. I have had 4 seperate breakages with it and have found their customer service unsatisfactory.
One company that seems very promising is Predator of Arizona. Their product seems good, reasonably priced and it has a lifetime warranty! Anyone familiar with Predator?
I have seen many glowing reviews of Comp-tac products but cant bring myself to spend so much when thay only have a year (maybe it is 2) warranty...
Your advice please!

Brass Balls
01-23-2004, 11:23 PM
Hello!
I am in the market for a new kydex IWB. I currently am using a Blade-tech but have been very disappointed with it. I have had 4 seperate breakages with it and have found their customer service unsatisfactory.
One company that seems very promising is Predator of Arizona. Their product seems good, reasonably priced and it has a lifetime warranty! Anyone familiar with Predator?
I have seen many glowing reviews of Comp-tac products but cant bring myself to spend so much when thay only have a year (maybe it is 2) warranty...
Your advice please!

I like Sidearmor the best for kydex.

http://www.sidearmor.com/cart/customer/home.php?cat=12

I like Milt Sparks the best for leather. My favorite IWB is a Versa Max 2.


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http://www.miltsparks.com/images/Photos/VM-2_small.jpg (http://www.miltsparks.com/VM-2.htm)

John Silver
01-24-2004, 06:04 AM
I used to work with the owner of Predator. He's a good guy and has been making holsters for quite sometime. I have a number of his IWB holsters, and they work well if you want an easy on/easy off type of system. If he doesn't take care of any complaints you have, I would be very surprised.

I've not tried Comp-Tac's IWB, but I am very happy with one of their OWB. They give great customer service, so if you like one of their designs you aren't wasting your money.

But, after all of that, I still find leather is more comfortable IWB. I have the standard box of unused holsters, but I think it's pretty hard to beat a Milt Sparks Summer Special (or Summer Special II) for value and comfort. Long wait though. I ordered a SSII for a Glock 35 in the middle of Oct and just got it last week.

RedDevil
01-24-2004, 07:09 AM
I too, prefer leather for IWB but of all the Kydex I have owned, Comp-tac has been the best in terms of quality and customer service. The Ky-tac Braveheart I owned was probably the most concealing but after ordering my second rig from Dave, I won't order another. Comp-tac makes a holster very similar to the braveheart. I frequently visit the shop where Predators are made and my CCW instructor carried his 1911 in one but they look like they are made by a kid and I can't justify paying their prices for what they are.

Matt
01-24-2004, 01:01 PM
I'll 2nd the Sidearmor reccomendation. I've had one for a Glock 30 as well as a 27 and it has been literally perfect in both cases. Holds the gun firmly enough I can jump up and down on my hands and it will not fall out, yet it is still very easy to draw. Fit and finish is beautiful, tension is adjustable, there are many modes of attachment (I like the belt loops myself), and on most models cant is easily adjustable, but rock solid once adjusted. On top of all that, customer service is great!

Dave T
01-24-2004, 01:49 PM
I bought my first IWB in 1975 from Milt Sparks (personally) so I've been carrying IWB for a good many years. I liked Sidearmor when I carried Glocks and tried a Blade-Tek for my Wilson KZ-45.

Then I found the UCR from Threat Solutions Consulting. It is the lightest, most comfortable, fast and secure Kydex IWB I have ever used. It is my all time holster. I am getting another one, just to be sure I am never without this excellent holster. Now if I can just get him to make one for a couple revolvers I have!

MarkP
01-24-2004, 06:11 PM
is from Threat Solutions (http://www.threatsolutions.com)


http://www.threatsolutions.com/glock35.jpg


Fast presentations and very secure when you have to go "hands-on".

until that day,
MP

Poohgyrr
01-24-2004, 10:18 PM
For other kydex IWB's, Side Armor has a new IWB with the belt attachments spread apart & it's supposed to be tuckable as well http://www.sidearmor.com/cart/customer/product.php?productid=64&cat=14&page=1

They have a good on line presence, and Patricia has responded quickly, and professionally, to all my questions.

Mnukedude
02-02-2004, 12:17 AM
Sidearmor for me. By the way, in Gabe's book Tactical Pistol Marksmanship, he specifically recommends Sidearmor's products (along with a few other makers). I'm very pleased with mine. :)

Condition Brown
02-02-2004, 11:28 AM
I too have been impressed with the Sidearmor IWB for my Glock 22. But when I switched from a Wilderness Instructor belt to a Leather belt from Fist, I found the belt loops were not wide enough to deal with the thickness.

Upon the recommendation of John Farnam, I switched to a Comp-Tac Ghurka and I haven't gone back. The belt clips are fantastic, and it is a holster that is easily put on and removed without having to drop the pants.

I highly recommend the Ghurka.

http://www.comp-tac.com

MrMurphy
02-03-2004, 08:44 AM
I've been wearing a Gurkha daily for about a year now, and also have his FBI paddle. Excellent holster, quick on/off with good retention, comfortable (this weekend I put mine on at 4pm and didn't take it off again until noon the next day, and it was comfortable till about 11am). The newer C-TAC from Comp-Tac is even better, with adjustable cant, switchable clips, tuckable, etc all in one holster.


You get what you pay for.

Boricua
02-05-2004, 06:22 PM
I have been using Cendex holsters for a while and I am very pleased with them as well as Franks customer service. I carry a big pistol, a CZ97B, in his IWH. I wear it from 12-16 hrs. daily an find it comfortable to me. I firmly believe that a good rigid belt is very important. My carry comfort has change drasticaly since I started using a Wilderness Belt. As far as Kydex goes I like it more than leather due to the sweat issue here in AZ. Kydex won't turn into a piece of wet tissue.