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Old 05-11-2017, 08:18 AM   #21
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Thanks for the "heads-up", jtq. Wasn't aware of that issue.

I went ahead and sent a check to Privateer for one of his Highwayman holsters and a Limpet single mag holder with a half back protector. I think I will be more than happy with this rig.
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Old 05-11-2017, 11:16 AM   #22
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I'm not sure if one data point means anything, but from the examples I have the Grizzle holsters fit quite snugly on my Grizzle belts.

Being curious I asked Ryan Grizzle who told me tight is good, it holds the holster in place and thus facilitates a smooth draw without hang ups.

When the S&W Shields first came out, the only holster I could find made of leather was a Galco... not a bad holster, but the leather was noticeably thinner than my custom holsters and not snug at all on the belt at all... I from to time discover it has moved around and is thus not where I expect it to be on my hip... maybe it doesn't matter, but it is something I don't like. This never happens with the thicker holsters.

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I just read your sweat shield thread in the holster sub forum, so this may be a moot point, but my understanding is Milt Sparks belts are typically on the thinner end of the gun belt spectrum and naturally the loops on their holsters are cut for a slightly thinner belt.

On the other hand, my understanding is "The Better Belt" guys typically make their belts on the thicker end of the spectrum. You may run into a compatibility issue with a "Better Belt" and a Sparks holster, if that is the route you are planning.
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Old 05-11-2017, 11:55 AM   #24
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I hope I'm answering what you're commenting on, but I would expect a belt and holster from the same maker would fit perfectly. The issue is with a belt from one maker and holster from another maker, that have different build philosophy's, may have a fitment issue.

From the Milt Sparks website, one of their "Questions" specifically address this...

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Due to the fact that depending on which maker you choose to make your gun belt, that the thickness can vary from one maker to the next by as much as several ounces of leather weight. And also due to the fact that some makers belts can run a smidgeon wider than their advertised width thus complicating the issue even more. Because of those variables, we cannot guarantee that our holster loops will fit all makers belts, even though they might be advertised as being the same in width.
In regards to your issue with a Galco holster, most holster makers use 1.5" loop/belt as the default size (understanding there will be thickness issues with 1.5" belts and loops, is really my point, nevertheless). However, many Galco holsters default to 1.75" loops. I'm not sure that was the case in your instance, but it is something to be aware of when order a belt from one maker and a holster from another.
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Old 05-13-2017, 09:31 PM   #25
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I use a Sparks Summer Special II IWB holster for my HP and a Bianchi Askins Avenger for my 1911. I recommend both styles of holsters. They're available from several holster makers.

Another thing I highly recommend is a good gun belt. I have, and like, a Big Foot Gunbelt. I've got their 14oz steel lined belt. Very quick delivery from Big Foot. Great belt IMO. No sagging belts for me.

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