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Old October 21st, 2016, 06:37 PM   #1
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recomendations on holster for S&W M&P SHIELD 40

Hello Everyone.

I am a new gun owner. I purchased a Smith and Wesson M&P 40 Shield as a carry weapon. I have been having a hard time finding a good holster to carry it concealed. I tried a couple of them and they were terrible. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks You.

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Old October 21st, 2016, 07:28 PM   #2
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Depends on what you like, the best concealment is from inside the waistband holsters, but they aren't particularly comfortable, I have a Bianchi, a lot seem to like the Alien Gear brand or Crossbreed.
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Old October 21st, 2016, 07:42 PM   #3
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recomendations on holster for S&W M&P SHIELD 40

I carry my shield45 in an owb leather custom holster
I tried about 4 others 1st.
Went with a "generic" as a newbie to start let me just say dont waste the time effort and money on the one size fits all units.
Get a custom fitted holstr for the shield.
I dont like the kydex hybrids myself but you may.
Youll likely buy a few before you find the one that "fits" you.


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Old October 22nd, 2016, 07:02 AM   #4
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First, welcome to the forum from North Carolina.

The most comfortable way to carry the Shield is in an OWB holster. Buy a quality holster made for the Shield and carry it on a quality gun belt. The belt is as important as the holster. Do it right the first time and you will not end up with a drawer full of useless holsters. I carry my Shield in a Wright Leather Works "Predator" and have for about 3 years. Both fit and retention are still spot on. With jeans, I carry it on a Wright's bull hide belt and with shorts and cargos, I use a Wilderness Instructor belt with 5 rows of switching.
https://www.wrightleatherworks.com/c...s/all-products
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Old October 22nd, 2016, 09:25 AM   #5
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I have a DeSantis Mini Scabbard in tan. Works great. Amazon has them in black/tan right or left hand.
https://www.amazon.com/DeSantis-Scab...%2Bshield&th=1
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 11:30 AM   #6
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Welcome to the Neighborhood!

I use a Galco Stinger for owb carry. It covers up very well with just a t shirt. For iwb carry, which I rarely do anymore, I use a WhiteHat Maxtuck. It also works very well! Hope this helps!
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 01:10 PM   #7
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Welcome aboard!

Before I post what I like, just let me say, you'll get a thousand "this is the most comfortable holster bar-none"..."don't waste your money on so and so they are junk"...etc, etc, replies. Everyone has different levels of what's comfortable, what's concealable and what carry location is the best. Oh, and then there are those that will recommend a holster, comfortable or not, just because they own it!

With that said, I don't play the "carry rotation", "carry location" games. I carry the same pistol in the same location, day in and day out, spring/summer/fall/winter. If for some reason I can't carry my Shield, I will carry my M&P 40c in the same location and it's the same manual of arms.

I carry my Shield 40 in an IWB or OWB holster. The one I use 99% of the time is an IWB made by Bianchi/Safariland the Model 135. It's very comfortable year around and the c-clips keep it in place on the belt very well and very inconspicuously. I have been using them for going on 4 years now and have one for my Shield and one for my Compact.

The other holster is a OWB style made by Gould & Goodrich, it's their model B809-MPS.

The IWB holster is the best for concealment for me. I usually wear an un-tucked shirt, ie; polo shirts, or pocket T's but on occasion I need to wear a tucked in shirt and the Model 135 is tuckable too. With the IWB holster I can raise my arm up further without fear of exposing the grip of my pistol than I can with the OWB. The OWB hangs about an inch and a quarter below the lowest edge of my belt, so the holster is exposed sooner. Some concealed carry people don't care if they expose the pistol occasionally, I do.

What you might do is, do a google search for the type of holster, ie; IWB holster or OWB holster and look at the images of them and when you see one that catches your eye, start reading reviews on it.

Good luck on your search...I'm still looking for the "Holy Grail of Holsters"!
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thanks for your help
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 02:31 PM   #9
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My 2 cents, If you want IWB and Kydex at a GREAT price and VERY well made
Look at the Jel Tech Holster. I have 2,my son has 2 and I got 4 for the guys at the shop and at 25$ a Great buy
JelTecHolsters ? Budget Minded Products
Another Great choice is Alien Gear, They have a Good 2fer deal at about 65$ for2, You can mix and match PLus you can change the Shells to what ever gun you use for about 12$
http://aliengearholsters.com/
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I use a Cry Havoc Gear Grim that I really like for my Shield 9mm. They've updated the design since I bought mine but I've been very happy with it.

https://cry-havoc-gear.myshopify.com
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I just got in today the new Stealthgear Revolution for My Shield. I have the ventcore Stealthgear for my other handguns. The Revolution just became available this past weekend. It is a well made holster and so far very comfortable for the IWB. They use a thicker Kydex, which keeps the holster open, to reholstering the handgun much easier. here is the sight StealthGearUSA - Holsters, Mag Carriers & More Revolution Landing Page
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The M&PC is still a bit large for me to carry IWB, so I use Cook's kydex OWB. Quick on, quick off, and it slides between belt loops for movement when entering/leaving an automobile.
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The M&PC is still a bit large for me to carry IWB, so I use Cook's kydex OWB. Quick on, quick off, and it slides between belt loops for movement when entering/leaving an automobile.
Are you sure that holster is for OWB? It looks like an IWB holster for a left handed person. I've never seen that clip used on an OWB holster before. It looks similiar to my IWB by Vector Holster.

Here's a pic of mine:
Vector Holster Co.
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Are you sure that holster is for OWB? It looks like an IWB holster for a left handed person. I've never seen that clip used on an OWB holster before. It looks similiar to my IWB by Vector Holster.

Here's a pic of mine:
Vector Holster Co.
I don't know what your looking at, but of course it's a right handed holster. I ought to know. It's the same type clip that most holster makers are using.
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I don't know what your looking at, but of course it's a right handed holster. I ought to know. It's the same type clip that most holster makers are using.
My apologies, I didn't mean to question your judgement. I personally, up until seeing yours, had not seen any OWB holsters utilizing that type of clip.
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