Holsters, belt vs. paddle for IDPA

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Old December 11th, 2007, 09:05 AM   #1
 
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Holsters, belt vs. paddle for IDPA

I am looking to get into IDPA competition. Is there a difference between belt and paddle holsters or is it just personal taste? I also was wondering if there is one holster that fits the M&P 40 and 45? I would like to stay under $100 for the holster/ dual mag pouch. Thanks, RL
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Old December 11th, 2007, 03:00 PM   #2
 
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If you go with a cheap holster, the paddle with be loose enough to possibly not make the 3/4" rule. A belt holster would be more stable. A more expensive paddle holster will be about as stable as an equivalent belt holster.



I have a paddle holster for my M&P .45 from http://www.talontactical.com that works well for competition, and for carry as well. I like it enough that I'm ordering another one for the .40 M&P I just picked up. You can get the holster and mags for $70 altogether (plus shipping).
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I don't know about IDPA rules, but you could contact Comp-Tac and ask if their slide paddles can handle the MP45. If so, you have one holster for any M&P.
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I don't know about IDPA rules, but you could contact Comp-Tac and ask if their slide paddles can handle the MP45. If so, you have one holster for any M&P.
I've read that Comp-Tac now has a mold for the .45 M&P, and I have six of their holsters. Both their holsters and their customer service are top-of-the-line. Comp-Tac is also a strong supporter of IDPA, and will ensure (if you request when you order) that your holster will be IDPA-legal.
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Old December 11th, 2007, 08:01 PM   #5
 
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personally I like a belt holster for IDPA and general range use.but I usually carry in a paddle holster

There is not really a whole lot of difference between my belt and paddle holsters except the belt holster (A10) is more durable



btw is you are looking to order a holster before Christmas from me you get a free mag pouch just for asking for one.



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Belt holster for me!
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I have a couple of leather holsters that I can use for big 'n little versions of the same brand of gun (Dare I type the "G" word? :wink: ). It also helps to have a tension screw. Leather = not so inexpensive, however.



If non-leather is what you're after, the Galco Matrix ($18-20) or the Blade-Tech Revolution ($25-ish) are good choices. I don't know if you can use the same holster for both big and little M&P's, however.



I use the Galco Cop belt. It's 1.5" in width and is plenty stiff. They also last a while...I've been using the same one for over three years. It's used mainly for range use/matches now. The lady of the house says it's too scratched up for me to wear when we go out together!



I have some G&G single leather mag pouches with tension screws that work fine.
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http://www.comp-tac.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=27 Both the "Paddle" and the "Locking Paddle are available for the M&P .45
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Old December 12th, 2007, 08:40 AM   #9
 
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Just talked to Randy over at Comp-Tac....the M&P slide will NOT fit a M&P .45 as well. Slide is too wide.
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Old December 12th, 2007, 02:30 PM   #10
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I use a Fobus double mag pouch 9/40 Glk belt and either a Blade-tech belt holster or

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All from Brownells order Glk 20-21 holster. Works fine for MP 9/40 $70 without discount

mag pouch $24 Good luck
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Old December 13th, 2007, 04:57 PM   #11
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I think it's personal taste but my taste is belt slide (Comp-Tac). I just haven't convinced myself that a paddle is as secure.



Can't speak as for the .40 and .45 compatibility, but if (as someone mentioned) Randy with Comp-Tac says No, then you're looking for two separate holsters.



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I just haven't convinced myself that a paddle is as secure.
Have you tried Comp-Tac's paddle? It's pretty good.
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I just haven't convinced myself that a paddle is as secure.
It depends how you wear it.



I remember on another forum reading some guy fussing about how easily paddle holsters pull out of his pants. He was asked what kind of belt he was using, and got irate because he thought paddle holsters were not supposed to need a belt. They need a belt to stay on.



The ones I have (Comp-Tac and Talon Tactical) are quite secure on me, but I use the same belts with them that I use with my belt holsters, and cinch them just as tightly. The paddles have tabs which hook under the belt, through the material of your slacks. The main advantages are easy-on/easy-off and the ability to position the holster without worrying about where the belt loops on your slacks are.
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The ones I have (Comp-Tac and Talon Tactical) are quite secure on me
I have a bunch of Comp-Tac paddle holsters. How does the actual design of the paddle on the Talon compare to the Comp-Tac? Is the whole paddle holster one single piece of kydex like the Comp-Tac?
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Is the whole paddle holster one single piece of kydex like the Comp-Tac?
Yup. My Comp-Tac paddle has upraised tabs on each end of the paddle, while the Talon has a belt tunnel molded into it. Both methods retain the holster well; the gun will come out long before the holster would (and since they're carry holsters, the guns are pretty tightly held).
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