Small Box-O’ Holsters

Old HolstersEvidently my holster collection is inadequate, having mainly USGI stuff. I have a couple US-stamped WWII era flap-holsters for the 1911A1; one a dark walnut Warren Leather Co. and another a tan S&B Co.; and a(nother) US-marked dark walnut backwards-flap TEXTAN holster (with lanyard!) for the old M1909 Colt New Service. 

As far as total inventory and strap-ability goes there’s also a “Fletch” for the 4-inch S&W Model 10 in the “Quick-Grab Box” for household use, a nice vintage Bianchi of a similar type for the vintage and pristine 5-inch barreled Model 10, and a Summer Special for the ’43 GI Colt. For the Sig P220 there’s a Comp-Tac Minotaur which also fits the P245 but really could be shorter (for the P245 short-barrel), and an Uncle Mike reinforced nylon holster for I don’t know what. Still a small box of holsters as I understand it. Could grow.

The P220 has a light/laser attached so it really doesn’t fit the Comp-Tac unless it’s stripped bare, so the P245 is nestled there for the time being. So…. In anticipation of another round of pistol footwork and classwork preparing for my CHL (or whatever the hell they call it around here), I sent off for my Main-Man-From-U.N.C.L.E. gear — another Galco “FLETCH” (which stands for Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Holster, in case you needed to know…) for the semi-diminutive P245. Basically I chose that since I wanted to match (or reduce any other external variables) my memory/experience of training with the Colt Commander (Ed Brown) in my with Louis Awerbuck classes (1-Day and 2-Day).  Also for the simple reason that from an non-experiential ideal, I *still* like the apparent security-blanket of a thumb-break – which may change rapidly once actual carry commences. And probably will.

Sometime in the future I’d like to have a fancy, exotic-hide rig to match the Ed Brown, and some fancy grips for the Sig.

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7 thoughts on “Small Box-O’ Holsters

  1. For a clamshell shoulder rig, I really like one of my A.E. Nelson 58H with the counter balanced 2 mag carrier.
    Wear it all winter here in the valley and no one has raised an eyebrow.
    Vertical, good retention, quick draw, and if ya need to do a little moto off road they have a retension strap.
    I wear a 1911 most days, but I have one in CZ 75 and S&W L frame.


    • Thanks for the tip on A.E. Nelson! I had not thought about shoulder rigs…now I have more to consider. 🙂 The P245 is a shorty and doesn’t need the extra length of the P220 (though it could do double-duty), what do you think of their #56 rig?


    • The problem with the #58 type holster is it is usually much too bulky for good concealment of normal size auto pistols and revolvers. Now, if you want to carry a long barrel gun like a Ruger mk II .22 or Redhawk magnum, they do the job. Remember Dirty Harry? Similar style holster rig.
      Mine are by Bianchi.

      The problem with the #56 holster is that it tries to be a bunch of holsters at once. This leads to being too bulky, which impacts on concealment and comfort, to some extent. Generally, these types of combo holsters don’t do any one function as well as you would want. Unless you have experience with a dedicated holster, you may not discover this for a while. I suspect that combo holsters comprise a large percentage of holsters that fill up the typical holster box in closets, and bargain bins at gun shows. Putting a heavy layer on the back side of shoulder holsters, with belt slots cut in it, was common years ago. I tended to cut this off the holster to make it thinner. If it’s under your arm, thinner is better!

      The less leather the shoulder holster consists of, the better. This is about the only holster I am willing to deal with a thumb strap. Most of my IWB holsters have had them cut off. You only have to miss tripping it once under pressure, or even worse, have one refuse to release because it isn’t metal reinforced, and you’ll understand why. Some have the metal strip on the outside, some are between two layers of leather. NEVER accept an un-reinforced thumbbreak. It may feel stiff in the package, but after warming up under your coat, it may get very flexible.

      I generally ignore the nylon type shoulder rigs, as being too bulky.

      The closer you can balance the weight of the gun on the other side, the better the rig will feel, usually. An identical gun works well, and might be handy for a quicker response to a side threat in a restricted movement situation. (In a car or restaurant booth, say)
      Otherwise, you can carry lots of spare mags, a flashlight, folding knife (I’ve also seen rigs that have provision to carry a fixed blade vertically under the mags), cell phone, and even a small BUG. Lots of useful options. Having a similar sort of bulk under the other arm tends to make garments drape more evenly, thus helping with concealment.

      There tend to be more variety of shoulder rig designs for revolvers, due to shape and safety considerations.

      I like shoulder rigs. Got a lot of them, maybe 35+. Can’t find my list at the moment. Think the total for all holsters was over 50.


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