For OWB holster, paddle or belt?

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  1. Sam Derry

    Sam Derry XDTalk Member

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    Noobie question - I have a CQC Serpa for my XD45c. It came with paddle and belt mount. Pros and cons for each?

    I tried both, and my initial impression is the paddle is a bit more comfortable and holds the gun more stable. I know some paddles can be less secure than belt mount, but as noted on other strings, getting a Serpa paddle off practically requires stripping down. A BG who knew what he was doing would get my gun long before he got the holster off me. A BG who didn't know what he was doing wouldn't get either one.

    As a disclaimer regarding belt mount, I have a sturdy work belt, but not a gun belt (it's back ordered). My early preference for the paddle includes that qualifier.

    Anyhow, I'm new at this and wonder what others think.
     
  2. slugger6

    slugger6 XDTalk 85K Member Founding Member

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    I have tried both and much prefer the security of a belt holster. Personal preference and comfort should dictate your decision.
     
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    I know some people put the paddle only between the belt and their pants. I tried that and didn't feel like it was very secure. A cop friend of mine told me to put the paddle inside my pants. It sits between my boxers and pants. Much more stable and doesn't feel like its going to fall off. I like the ease of being able to put it on, take it off without threading it through my belt.
     
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    I use the Serpa paddle exclusively. I like being able to remove the holster quickly if I need to, and Iit seems more stable that the belt attachment.
     
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    I have Serpas for each of my auto pistols. The first thing I do is THROW AWAY, OR GIVE AWAY, THE PADDLE.
     
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    Yeah I am pretty sure you are supposed to put the paddle inside your pants, that way those little clip things actually grab the inside under the belt area of the jeans. Really secure, I can barely get the thing off half the times with my belt undone.
     
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    I only OWB carry and with a Wilderness Instructor belt.
    I tried a paddle holster once and found it too bulky,
    Also it didn't hold the gun securely and close enough to the body for my liking.
    I like my holster and gun, snug and tight, with no lateral (or any) movement.
    I never take my gun off while carrying, so that isn't a concern for me.

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    I think the belt offers a much more secure attachment for the holster....But you need a good belt!....Crossbreed makes wonderful belts.
     
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    I like both and use both kind, the paddle does stick out a tad more and the paddle can be removed and installed quicker when needed. but a good OWB does rides better and hides way better.
     
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    i have one as well and use it from time to time. when i know i am going places and i have to take th gun off then put it back on.

    have to wear big shirts with it....it is ok. sticks out to far.
     
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    I prefer paddle holsters because the seem to keep the firearm closer to my body. That may not be the case for everyone but for me it works. I also like how easy they are to put on and remove.
     
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    This is a CQC by Blackhawk I wear this one daily but I also wear a paddle at times
     

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    It's a matter of preference. If I'm going to be visiting a lot of places that require me leaving my pistol behind, I'll use a paddle or a quick mount system for the day (saves me from having to take my belt off). Otherwise, I generally strap on the belt slide. Both are comfy and conceal able, but the paddle never completely disappears from my mind.
     
  14. Sam Derry

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    Thanks much for all the responses. That helps. My new belt showed up last night, so I can give the belt mount a proper test, now.
     
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    With the paddle you can easily remove and put on but I prefer the belt loop it is more comfortable for me.
     

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