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Old 09-21-2013, 09:55 AM   #1
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Holster Advice?

I'm wondering if someone with more knowledge or better Internet search skills might be able to point me in the right direction.

I'm looking for a holster to fit a Government 1911. Sounds simple enough except that I don't want it to ride too high on my hip like the CCW style holsters do and I am not a fan of the drop leg tactical holsters since I'm not very likely to need to storm any buildings. I simply want a comfortable holster to wear (non-concealed) while hiking and it needs to ride low enough to clear either the web belt of LBE or a belly strap of a pack.

My admittedly limited experience with a molded holster left a line across the trigger guard of the light blue finish of a Kimber Tactical Pro II so I am leery of those but am certainly open to either nylon or leather.

Any links or suggestions will be appreciated.
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:41 PM   #2
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For cheap, it's hard to beat Uncle Mike's Sidekick nylon, and they're an open carry type holster.

http://www.uncle-mikes.com/holsters/sidekick-holsters

Another option is the Bianchi UM-84-I military nylon flap holster. They make it as the M12 for the government Beretta M9, but the same holster fits the 1911, and you can often buy surplus M12's made by other makers from surplus sites cheap.
Bianchi sells a drop kit to lower it down.

Mass production companies like Bianchi and Galco make "relatively" inexpensive leather field type holsters that would fit your need exactly.

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TooTall,

I'll be honest: I do NOT like any of the nylon holsters & like the so-called "modern plastic" holsters even less than that. = Make mine of heavy saddle leather & essentially 3/4 or more coverage.

My favorite holster for the Colt's GM is an old mid-rise & handmade TEX SHOEMAKER that I found on ebay.com as "new old stock" for 15.oo including S&H. - I carry it for both field use & CCW.
(I've found lots of NICE "old stock" holsters on that site, including the ones for my Sig-Sauer.)

just my opinion, sw
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Thanks. That gives me someplace to start and I appreciate the replies.
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I'm wondering if someone with more knowledge or better Internet search skills might be able to point me in the right direction.

I'm looking for a holster to fit a Government 1911. Sounds simple enough except that I don't want it to ride too high on my hip like the CCW style holsters do and I am not a fan of the drop leg tactical holsters since I'm not very likely to need to storm any buildings. I simply want a comfortable holster to wear (non-concealed) while hiking and it needs to ride low enough to clear either the web belt of LBE or a belly strap of a pack.

My admittedly limited experience with a molded holster left a line across the trigger guard of the light blue finish of a Kimber Tactical Pro II so I am leery of those but am certainly open to either nylon or leather.

Any links or suggestions will be appreciated.
You could try El Paso Saddelry, Too Tall. They do good work. A little pricey, and they take a while because they're made to order.

2000 "Full Flap Holster"
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:26 PM   #6
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For the 1911, a good field holster is the old USGI Model 1916 hip holster as used by the military since 1916.

It attaches to the pistol belt by the lower grommets so it's below the belt but isn't a drop loop thigh holster.

For the absolute best quality the El Paso Saddley version they call "The 1940" is by far the best, but expensive.
I've heavily used one since the early 1970's and it's still in use.

For a usable holster at a much lower price, Pacific Canvas & Leather sell fairly nice replicas made in China.

1940 Holster

Pacific Canvas & Leather Co. INC

One advantage is your gun is more secure from being lost while running around in the field.
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:20 AM   #7
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Thanks for some good leads. I've ordered a nylon holster from Uncle Mike's simply because I've never used a nylon one before and am curious to see how they handle and feel. Since I'm somewhat of a dinosaur or pruist (take your pick) and I enjoy well made leather I am also looking at the El Paso link. I actually have one of the USGI models I got back in 1970 and it is a well made holster except that the slit on the flap has become worn and enlarged over the years and will not grip tightly around the brass knob to keep the flap down in place. The only thing against the one shown is that it is made in China so I'll have to think about it for a while. Thanks again for the responses and links.
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Old 09-29-2013, 12:38 PM   #8
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it's a very simple job for a leathersmith to tighten that hole so it grips the "knob " securely- a few passes with leather need le and thread will do the job- had it done many times in nam
-each village had a craftsman and SOME of their work was outstanding
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Thanks t-star, I guess I've fallen victim to the current use and dispose attitude of today since repairing it never occurred to me. Now all I have to do is find someone who works with leather, maybe a cobbler though I'll have to look to find one.
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You can get the Gunsite Omega with a dropped belt loop here.
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Hey, thanks Tim. I've been looking for that one. I didn't know it was still being made.
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I have one, but not with the dropped loop.
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:32 AM   #13
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Check out the Raven Concealment 1911 Holster. I have a Raven for my Glock. Best holster on the market right now. Solid construction and thin profile.
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