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Yes I did search first! Anyway, I bought an uncle mikes cloth (nylon) IWB holster last night. I really like the looks of this. I have pretty much decided that a cloth IWB holster is what I am looking for. The guy that was helping me had an xd and he put it in the holster and showed me. Looked good so I bought it. When I got it home and tried it out it did not conceal for ****. It was sticking way up out of my pants and the handle was clearly visible through my shirt. Upon inspection of the package it said it would fit most revolvers with a 2-3" barrell. It is a size 0 holster. I beleive this holster is too small for my 4" service xd 40. what size should I get for my 4" service? was this size 0 the best option? are all nylon holsters going to conceal this poorly? The best part is the price- 13.99. i realize I get what I pay for but I really like the way this holster felt i just want it to conceal better. By the way it was the one with the velco retention strap. thanks in advance for any help!
 

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I have a size #15 that does not have the retention strap. I hate retention straps/thumb breaks. I bought it to see if that was the way I wanted to carry before I bought a leather rig (Fist #1). Reholstering sucks with it, because there is nothing to hold it open, so it's a 2 handed job. When practicing your draw stroke, that can get old fast.
 

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I have an XD40 Service. It rides a bit higher than it does in my Fist holster, but not much. I still use it occasionally if I get really sweaty in the good holster, and need to let the leather dry out.
 

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Hmm, I would never buy an IWB holster that was soft and did not have a reinforced opening. One handed re-holstering is a must for CCW!! If you have to use two hands you need better equipment and/or more training. I use a DeSantis Speed Scabard for my XD most the time and an Uncle Mike's Kydex paddle holster for range practice and competition. I also have a Don Hume IWB clip holster but the jury is still out on that one. Spend the extra bucks and get a real holster for IWB carry.
 

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im severly lacking extra bucks. LOL. kydex is cheap but i would think it would be unconfortable. im not a small guy 6'3", 240 so i think kydex would dig into my flab! I dont know- ill see what sportsmans warehouse has when i go to return this one today.
 

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I am no small guy myself. 6'1" and ~300 Lbs (too many hours behind a deskand donuts with coffe in the morning). I find Unkle Mike's Kydex paddle OWB holsters quite comfy. I would not recomend kydex IWB for guys our size though, leather is better.
 

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I have the Uncle mikes size 15 as well, works fine for me I can one hand reholster it I just put the muzzel on the lil flap that sticks up and push slides right in, works everytime once it was broken in and used ot the shape of the gun.
 

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in butthead voice- "hhuhuhuhu you said slides right in". hehe, sorry i did that on a post yesterday also.

yeah im gonna get the size 15 nylon from my goold old uncie mike. thanks for all the help guys! i really appreciate it!
 

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nickc, I'm close to the same size as you (I weigh more), and understand your concern about kydex...but I tried on a FIST thin kydex holster and it was very comfortable--some kydex holsters are not smooth on the inside but the FIST was. Good grip presentation, just the right height...nice, nice holster, conceals very well because it's so thin. I think it can be had for around $50ish.

Don't put a $13 set of tires on a ferarri. Scrounge up the extra dough--it'll be worth it. +1 to manygunner on one-handed reholstering. It's a must if you're carrying. If you've just drawn and shot some BG, you're gonna want to get that weapon back in the holster as soon as you're safe from further threat. Your adrenaline is going to wreak havoc with you, and to fumble around with both hands to get your weapon reholstered is ASKING for a ND. Muscle memory, one handed *shump* back into the holster is what you need.
 

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I own the UM ami belt holster with mag pouch and IWB clip. Get it. It is a great holster for the money. Even though I don't agree with the "must have one holstering" thing for CCW, you still can with the ami belt holster with IWB clip. The mouth is nice and stiff. The only thing that I would say it abd about it, is that it is just a tad thick, but at 3 o'clock IWB, it does not show (220lbs, 5'11")

BTW, if you are going to carry IWB, buy some oversized pants. It will make it much more comfortable.
 

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I own the UM ami belt holster with mag pouch and IWB clip. Get it. It is a great holster for the money. Even though I don't agree with the "must have one holstering" thing for CCW, you still can with the ami belt holster with IWB clip. The mouth is nice and stiff. The only thing that I would say it abd about it, is that it is just a tad thick, but at 3 o'clock IWB, it does not show (220lbs, 5'11")

BTW, if you are going to carry IWB, buy some oversized pants. It will make it much more comfortable.
+1 on the pants.

The reason you should do it one handed is bacause yo may need your other hand for somethign else. Also if you are fumbling with an extra hand there reholstering there is a good chance you wil blow your other hand/fingers off by accident (your fine motor skills will be way gone due to andrenaline pumped onto you by fight or flight reflex). Further if you are doing it two handed there is a good chance you will look down to coordinate this, not a good thing. One should be able to re-holster without the need to look down. You MUST be paying undivided attention to the bad guy and your surroundings once you have used your weapon in self defense. The reason is the bad guy may get back up (many people feel a lot better once they fall prone and then blood pressure pushes more blood into their brain) and he may have buddies hidding in crowd/shadows. You want to put the gun away quick as to the cops you will look like a bad guy who just shot someone if you are there with gun out (they do not come with "Bad Guy" signs on them). A person holding a weapon is an immediate threat, good way to way to get perforated. If the perp is conscious, you can holster and keep your hand on the weapon, ready to draw. This is a good fast response position and not as threatening to any LEO as you with the gun out. Anyway, those are my advice. Take it or leave it, it is your life.
 

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manygunner said:
MrTuffPaws said:
I own the UM ami belt holster with mag pouch and IWB clip. Get it. It is a great holster for the money. Even though I don't agree with the "must have one holstering" thing for CCW, you still can with the ami belt holster with IWB clip. The mouth is nice and stiff. The only thing that I would say it abd about it, is that it is just a tad thick, but at 3 o'clock IWB, it does not show (220lbs, 5'11")

BTW, if you are going to carry IWB, buy some oversized pants. It will make it much more comfortable.
+1 on the pants.

The reason you should do it one handed is bacause yo may need your other hand for somethign else. Also if you are fumbling with an extra hand there reholstering there is a good chance you wil blow your other hand/fingers off by accident (your fine motor skills will be way gone due to andrenaline pumped onto you by fight or flight reflex). Further if you are doing it two handed there is a good chance you will look down to coordinate this, not a good thing. One should be able to re-holster without the need to look down. You MUST be paying undivided attention to the bad guy and your surroundings once you have used your weapon in self defense. The reason is the bad guy may get back up (many people feel a lot better once they fall prone and then blood pressure pushes more blood into their brain) and he may have buddies hidding in crowd/shadows. You want to put the gun away quick as to the cops you will look like a bad guy who just shot someone if you are there with gun out (they do not come with "Bad Guy" signs on them). A person holding a weapon is an immediate threat, good way to way to get perforated. If the perp is conscious, you can holster and keep your hand on the weapon, ready to draw. This is a good fast response position and not as threatening to any LEO as you with the gun out. Anyway, those are my advice. Take it or leave it, it is your life.
+1--this is very good advice. I'd take it.
 

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Ok i returned that size 0 today and got a size 15. this thing rules so far. Pretty comfy and very concealed. Thanks for all the great advice guys! Ive been in a **** mood all day, once I put my XD in my new holster it brightened my day!
 

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Any one looking for a nice different IWB carry holster check out TACTIPAC FUSION holster @ TACTIPAC.COM & the owner Anthony has a video of this holster on YouTube that is impressive on the Fusion holster. I am waiting for delivery on one for my XD40 gun. I like the idea of clothing does not matter on what you wear etc. So check check it out for apx $ 80.00 Bucks + free shp
 

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Hey redtail,do you realize you brought up a thread from 2005???
 
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