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This is a discussion on OWB holsters (inc. Masc vs High Noon) within the Handgun Accessories forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; I don't have a ton of holsters to make a lot of comparisons. I do use several paddle type holsters for OWB, my preferred method ...


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Old March 10th, 2015, 07:49 AM   #1
 
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OWB holsters (inc. Masc vs High Noon)

I don't have a ton of holsters to make a lot of comparisons. I do use several paddle type holsters for OWB, my preferred method of carry. They are easy to slide on and off and they work. They also are fairly easy to be twisted off and broken with some force if someone knows how. Now them knowing where it is at is a complete other discussion. Paddle holsters, the bulk being hard plastic, can also add a scratch or two once dust gets in there. For my CCW this doesn't bother me that much as they are tools, however I do try to not add any unnecessary marks if I can prevent it. For me the biggest draw-back to the paddle is that they create a little extra printing as they can stick out farther away from the body and usually the gun rides a little lower so it requires a longer shirt.

A leather belt holster is the best option for me and the way I carry. The biggest drawbacks are the higher cost and they are not easy to slip on and off as needed. The benefits are the closer proximity to the body position, usually a little higher sit in order for normal length shirts to cover. They are also leather so don't add normal scratches. They can still "buff" the finish however with lots of use. I have two brands currently, a High Noon and since they are a sponsor here, I tried a Masc as well.

High Noon:
Can be expensive ($90-$150) depending on the options you want
Takes forever to get one ordered (mine was a couple of months)
High quality, thick leather that is molded extremely well to the gun
My model has a built in retention screw to be able to adjust as it wears in that I have not had to adjust
Stitching, finish, cutting all appear to be top notch.
If the cost and wait time is not prohibitive, they are an excellent holster.

Masc:
Relatively inexpensive ($35-$50) with shipping, not as many options
Considering they are in Turkey, very quick to receive (two weeks approx.)
Lesser quality, thinner leather that somewhat fits the gun
No retention screw and the gun fitment is fairly loose
Stitching is off a little, finish looks great but doesn't wear well, cutting is slightly off the mark
If cost is your only consideration, they are worth the price



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I really like The Bodyguard by D.M. Bullard. They ride fairly high, and have an aggressive forward cant, to help hide the grip.

Bodyguard Holster - D.M. Bullard Leather Mfg.
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I prefer OWB and when I wanted to replace my current holster I just wasn't happy with the options I was finding. So I went to a local holster company here in WI. We discussed what I wanted in a holster and I should have it will be here in about 2 weeks ( total wait time about a month)

Here's their link Wisconsin Holster Company | Custom Gun Holsters

I wanted it all leather and designed so it would ride high and also has the additional leather to avoid the pistol from coming in contact with my skin. and no thumb break.

Cost 99.00 (about 105.00 with tax).

With something as important as the proper holster your always better off paying more than buying something that will "work" and then spending more money later on the holster you should have bought from the start
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