Training class-need OWB holster/belt recommendations

USUFBUSUFB Senior MemberPosts: 830 Senior Member
I’m taking a carbine/pistol training course at a local shooting range next weekend. I’ve only ever carried IWB and need recommendations for an OWB holster for my XD40, 4” bbl. I’m leaning towards a slide/loop holster over a paddle style because I find the former more comfortable, but I’m not opposed to a paddle.

The range does not allow Blackhawk Serpa holsters, so I’ve been looking at Blade Tech and Safariland. For this holster I’d prefer polymer/Kydex. What other brands should I consider?

Thanks for the help.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,144 Senior Member
    Fobus paddle
    I have a need for speed
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,144 Senior Member
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 17,546 Senior Member
    Yanqui Slide
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  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,245 Senior Member
    Look at the Blackhawk SPORTSTER STANDARD for under $20. It offers the same basic fit and such as the SERPA but without the Lock Release that has raised so many eyebrows. It comes with a belt or peddle setup and has enough of a retention screw for class work. It requires no break in and easy to get use to.

    https://smile.amazon.com/BLACKHAWK-Sportster-415649BK-R-Concealment-Holster/dp/B007OU4DIO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517966828&sr=8-1&keywords=blackhawk%2Bsportster%2Bstandard%2Bcqc%2Bconcealment%2Bholster&th=1&psc=1
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  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 37,965 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    Fobus paddle

    The absolute LAST holster I'd ever recommend.
    But if one chooses a Fobus, make sure it's actually attached to belt, don't rely on the paddle. Because you'll draw not only your gun, but the entire holster.
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  • BAMAAKBAMAAK Senior Member Posts: 4,199 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    The absolute LAST holster I'd ever recommend.
    But if one chooses a Fobus, make sure it's actually attached to belt, don't rely on the paddle. Because you'll draw not only your gun, but the entire holster.

    Never had that happen and I occationally use one for USPSA and speed steel for a Glock 22 which requires you to draw. Mine has screws to tighten it but no matter what the tension, the holster stays put.
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 9,302 Senior Member
    Email the instructor. He shopuld be able to give some guidance, and at LEAST tell you things to avoid. A lot of instructors refuse to allow SERPA holsters on thier ranges.

    Personally, I would say to get a Blade-tech.
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 13,966 Senior Member
    bullsi1911 wrote: »
    Email the instructor. He shopuld be able to give some guidance, and at LEAST tell you things to avoid. A lot of instructors refuse to allow SERPA holsters on thier ranges.

    Personally, I would say to get a Blade-tech.

    I like CompTac holsters,but you don't have enough time to order one...
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  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Moderator Posts: 26,680 Senior Member
    Blade-Tech
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  • BAMAAKBAMAAK Senior Member Posts: 4,199 Senior Member
    I have a blade tech hanging on my USPSA belt and an IWB comp-tech for my 45 shield. Love them both.

    Cabela's Carry's blade techs if you have one near you
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,144 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    The absolute LAST holster I'd ever recommend.
    But if one chooses a Fobus, make sure it's actually attached to belt, don't rely on the paddle. Because you'll draw not only your gun, but the entire holster.

    I never had that happen either; but, have read how Fobus holster miss treat you "imoit:
    I have a need for speed
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 9,302 Senior Member
    Oh, and for a belt- Wilderness Instructor Belt: http://www.thewilderness.com/belts/original-instructor-belt/

    Ive been wearing one for years. Very durable and makes carrying VERY easy
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  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 5,362 Senior Member
    X2 on The Wilderness belt, great stuff.
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  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 37,965 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    I never had that happen either; but, have read how Fobus holster miss treat you "imoit:
    As many guns as you've broken, I figured you'd be the one to have holster problems too.
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  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 37,965 Senior Member
    BAMAAK wrote: »
    Never had that happen and I occationally use one for USPSA and speed steel for a Glock 22 which requires you to draw. Mine has screws to tighten it but no matter what the tension, the holster stays put.

    My experiences with them were with a Ruger sp101 (the worst offender) and one for a Walther P22. My have got bad ones. Don't matter, twice burned....choose another.
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • Troy800Troy800 New Member Posts: 15 New Member
    I use the the blackhawck cqc. Also have a bladetech drop offset im pretty fond of. I use a Midway USA compitition belt.
  • USUFBUSUFB Senior Member Posts: 830 Senior Member
    Thanks for the input. Y'all have given me some good options.
    BAMAAK wrote: »
    I have a blade tech hanging on my USPSA belt and an IWB comp-tech for my 45 shield. Love them both.

    Cabela's Carry's blade techs if you have one near you

    There's one not too far from me and I have a gift card. I'll go check out their selection.
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