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Hey all,

I need some recommendations for a good concealment holster for a 1911. I went to the gun store today and decided I had to purchase a Springfield EMP 1911. Apparently it will fit into just about any holster designed to fit a 3" 1911 frame. I don't really have a preference as to style; I want to get a feel for what's out there. I have no pics to post due to the stupid 10 day wait here in the People's Republic of California. Pics and range report will be posted if requested.


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Also have the Springfield 1911A1. Love it! :wink:

But I don't have a concealed holster, sorry :oops:
I'm currently running a Blade-tech IWB for my Glock 19

Pretty comfortable, I've even slept with it on.

The Comp-tac is another popular choice.

I may be ordering one of these in the very near future.

The gold standard of IWB holsters, however, is the Milt Sparks Versa Max II. Unless you find one through a retailer who has one in stock or through a private sale, there is a six month wait for these through Milt.

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Zombie beat me to the punch. The Milt Sparks VersaMax 2 is the best. I have one in horsehide and the price wasn't too bad. It was cheaper than my Kramer MSP Paddle. There was quite a wait, although it wasn't as long as they initially told me. The fit, finish, and quality of workmanship is superb. I also like the looks of the Comp-Tac. If you look at the C-tac and the VersaMax both, you will note that they have a similar construction (other than material) with two widely spaced belt loops that are off the holster's main body. This makes them thinner and more stable than other inside waistband designs. If you are constantly tugging at and readjusting your rig, people will notice. Buy quality the first time and save yourself some frustration. Also, don't forget that you need a high quality, rigid belt to hold the weight of that holstered handgun. A top quality holster isn't worth a dime without a good belt to hold it up.
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Killerb is right on the belt. For nylon, there is nothing better than the belts from Wilderness.

I've got a 1 3/4" and 1 1/2" 5 stich belts from then and love them.
+1 for Galco, when I use leather holster it's from Galco or Kramer.
It all depends on what you want. I like my holsters custom. The Milt Sparks VMII is a nice holster, but my regular carry holster is an Alessi Talon Plus.

The downside to the good holsters is that you have to wait a while for them. Everyone's backlog is getting pretty long right now. I have a couple on order from Alessi and one from Bulman. Good holsters will also cost a bit more.

I am not a fan of plastic holsters, but for my Springfield XD 45 I am using a Comp-Tac because I needed it right now. It is a good holster and I haven't experienced any of the comfort issues some of the other plastic holsters have given me. ... ucts_id=68

You can reach Lou Alessi at his email address. If you are interested, let me know and I will PM/IM it to you.

There are also a couple of distributors that might have what you want in stock. ... pt%5Fid=10
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CompTac CTAC slide, with C-clips.

EDC for several years now.

I have a box full of other holsters, I wear the one above.
I use a leather rig custom made by a local guy that looks just like the Galco rig zombie uses for his G19.

It works well on a fullsize government model so on an officers size it should work fine.

Nice gun! I've fired a 3 in. 1911 in .45 from springfield and could work pretty well on a 15 yard range. In 9mm it should kick alot of a$$.

A large holster with side clips might be best in order to keep the shorter barreled gun from moving around much. When I moved from carrying my 1911 to carrying my P7M8 I noticed that it is a lot harder to keep an FBI cant going with a short barrel.

If you CCW, you're going to go through a couple of different holsters. That's just how it works.
Banshee said:
This looks a lot like the DeSantis Speed Scabbard I was considering. Does anybody know how they compare?
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