OWB Rig to Carry High and Tight to Body....What Do You Like?

Discussion in '1911 Carry' started by Nalajr, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. Nalajr

    Nalajr Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2015
    Hey all.

    I have a Colt XSE Commander that I’d like to try a different manner of carry. I have an IWB from Tauris, I think, that is a Summer Special Style with an adjustable cant. For some reason I can’t seem to get comfortable with it. Maybe it’s my body shape, I don’t know. I’ve never tried an OWB holster with a 1911 before and I think I’d like to give that style a try. What I’d think I’d have the best results with is one of the style that positions the pistol high and close to the body. Unfortunately I’m not well versed in what all is out there and which companies make such a rig.

    Does anyone use this type and have had good results? If so, which maker and model can you recommend?
    If you have any pics of your preferred rig of this type, I’d really like to see it.

    If you don’t mind, I’d really like to get some recommendations for holsters of this type or maybe some others that you think might be worth a try for me.

    Thank you for your time and any help you can give me.
    Have a good weekend.
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  2. Nalajr

    Nalajr Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2015
    Upon review I think I might also benefit from a holster that’s a mid-ride height as well.

    If you can include recommendations for these as well I would appreciate it.

    Thanks and sorry for the confusion.

  3. Raylan Givens

    Raylan Givens Never Forget

    Aug 18, 2015
    The Wilson Lo-Profile original version is one of my favorites.
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  4. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    Wes Dahl/"Privateer Leather"

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  5. RIS

    RIS Well-Known Member

    Feb 8, 2019
    I carry OWB in an R Grizzle Hi Country, it conceals my DW V-Bob very well under a T-shirt
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  6. psafety

    psafety ex Rent-a-Engineer

    Oct 11, 2018
    I carry a Kimber Ultra CDP II in a 5Shot Leather (CP) Concealment Pancake & my VBob or Guardian in a Pancake by Warbird.

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  7. BloodyBill

    BloodyBill Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Jan 1, 2017
    Take a look at the Bullard Bodyguard or for less money the DeSantis mini scabbard


    Apr 5, 2015
    Whatever you end up getting will get shredded by the razor sharp edges on this series by Colt. XSE is an acronym for Xtra Sharp Edges. Do you wear gloves to remove from safe? I have one and have used it to cut steak!!!!!! J/K LOL. Nice guns for the price.
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  9. AZ Husker

    AZ Husker Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Oct 14, 2017
    I agree on the Kramer horsehide belt scabbard. Have one for every model I carry.
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  10. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    I don't like holsters that ride too high, it bothers an old shoulder injury to draw from them. I usually carry my 1911s in a Garrett Silent Thunder STX 2.0, I have one for each size gun I have - 5", 4.25", 3.5". They ride at a good height for me, nice and close but still easy to draw from, and you can adjust the cant. They're comfortable and conceal well. They're kydex with a smooth leather lining and that really helps to protect the gun's finish. I also use their mag carriers.
  11. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
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  12. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    All Kramer horsehide, with forward FBI tilt, scabbard holsters.../... but Kramer makes scabbard holsters with no cant as well...of course.
    5" 1911

    Sig 226

    Sig 239 ( the old single stack )

    N frame( lg frame) on left / K frame ( med ) on right for S&W revolvers
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  13. ORShooter

    ORShooter Just outsided the realm of Crazy!

    Nov 28, 2018
    I've been toting my LW CMD in this TT Gunleather OWB trimmed in Shark and I'll tell ya what, it's a fantastic holster!! (it gets two exclamation points :D) The holster holds the gun close to the body and with my light shirt over, you can't tell I'm carrying.:thumbs:

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  14. Tactical Rico

    Tactical Rico Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2016
    A lot depends on your body shape/size...............Mernickle makes a straight up (no cant) open top that is drawn in tight to your body with the rear belt slot. I wear mine at about 9 o'clock (lefty), right handed would be 3 oclock.
    Here: http://www.mernickleholsters.com/ps/ps9-3.html
    They make an even higher model if you want...
    Here: http://www.mernickleholsters.com/ps/bwcc_6a.html

    You need to get used to a 0 cant holster if you've never used one. But is does hide well.......JMHO, YMMV.

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  15. july19

    july19 Womb? Weary? He rests. He has travelled. Supporting Addict

    Sep 16, 2013
    I had a Kramer horsehide OWB but sold it when I tried a Mitch Rosen 5JR.
  16. pacecars

    pacecars Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2012
  17. El Perdido

    El Perdido Fictional Western Sage

    Oct 3, 2011
  18. Dave Jessee

    Dave Jessee Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 31, 2014
    High and tight is a Tucker HF-1. I don't think anyone does high and tight any better.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2019
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  19. InstiGator

    InstiGator Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2019
    A very high ride holster doesn't work well for me, but if I were interested in that the first thing I'd look at would be a Milt Sparks 60TK. Their 55BN is probably a more typical option.

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