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Hey all,

I've seen some pretty neat looking Kydex holsters lately...especially the ones that have leather lining. I've never had the opportunity to see or handle one of those styled holsters, but they are apparently pretty popular and effective for those that carry a 1911 or Hi Power.

Please excuse my lack of knowledge about these "new" kydex and leather holsters...they are simply NEW to ME.

What I'd like to know is if you all have relegated your leather holsters to the "holster drawer" in favor of these leather lined kydex holsters from various makers.
OR....are you one of those that believe that a 1911 SHOULD be carried in a leather rig and anything else is just plain WRONG.

I'm thinking that I'd like to try an OWB for my Commander and was thinking that I would get a leather holster, but now that I am seeing some of these kydex and leather lined rigs....I might have to look into trying one of those to see how it fit and feels.

Just so darned many beautiful leather holsters and now there's these Kydex holsters sneaking up on them.
What's a 1911 and Hi Power fan to do?

Your thoughts please...

Thank you kindly and have a great weekend guys and gals.
Larry
 

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I mostly use Garrett leather lined kydex for my 1911s but I have plenty of leather, also. I have some kydex but almost never use it, it's harder finishes than leather holsters, particularly smooth lined ones. You can't prevent finish wear but I don't see any point in accelerating it.
 
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I have both, and have used both for quite some time. Personally I prefer my bravo concealment OWB kydex over any of them...to the point where I have just recently sold off most of my other holsters. I have also used the blackpoint tactical leather wing holsters, but still find myself coming back to the bravo.

For me my gun is a tool....yes I want to preserve the finish and want it to look good , but that is at the bottom of my list.

My ability to conceal it and conceal it comfortably are important, second to my ability/confidence to shoot/run the gun.

I train a lot wearing the kydex holster and to be honest, they just take a beating....I can re holster while keeping my eyes on the threat/target instead of searching for the holster opening and having to pry open a caved leather pancake style holster.

Again this is all just my personal experience and opinion, try a few different ones and settle on one you like.

ETA. Both these have been run somewhat hard in kydex, as you can tell it does do a number on the finish. I will say that I don’t believe it’s the kydex all by itself.....likely the dust/dirt/debri that gets into the holster then rubbed.
 

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Plastic at the range, leather for carry. Leather if you have a nice blued finish. I used a near new 586 in a plastic holster for IDPA, lot of wear in a hurry. No plastic holster for a nice blued Colt or S&W. There are some lined plastic holsters around. I have a couple Safariland but they weigh a ton.
 

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Although I have a kydex holster for my house Shield, after about four years it is wearing the finsh. So for my EDC 1911, it's all leather De Santis, Mad Max. Great holster for the money.
 

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Kydex is just wrong in my view....!!

The only holsters I use are Kramer leather ...horsehide.../ at range or carry...
 

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Put me down for kydex, I like the repeatable retention and rigidity for reholstering. And I got tired of pulling out leather bits on my front sight when practicing draw strokes.
And it’s a little cheaper.
 

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A well designed Kydex holster does offer a cleaner draw IMHO. However, leather feels softer against my body.
 
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And leather too!!!:roflmaro::thumbs:
 
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