Who makes a good thumb break holster?

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Who makes a good thumb break holster?

Postby cmgee67 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:43 am

Been thinkin about one for my 45 shield.
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Postby The Annoyed Man » Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:26 am

Here you go: Safariland Model 7 Shadow® II Pancake-Style Holster for M&P Shield .45 ACP.

Shown with a Glock pistol, but it is this holster:

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I have two of them, and highly recommend them.
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Re: Who makes a good thumb break holster?

Postby oljames3 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:14 am

cmgee67 wrote:Been thinkin about one for my 45 shield.

The Safariland website Holster Finder lists only one thumb break holster for the S&W Shield .45.
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Here is the list:
http://www.safariland.com/holster-search?prefn1=gunList&prefn2=lightListText&prefv3=none&prefv1=276309&prefv2=none&prefn3=mountListText
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Re: Who makes a good thumb break holster?

Postby oljames3 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:29 am

The Annoyed Man wrote:Here you go: Safariland Model 7 Shadow® II Pancake-Style Holster for M&P Shield .45 ACP.

Shown with a Glock pistol, but it is this holster:

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I have two of them, and highly recommend them.

Nice holster review you left on the Safariland website. But who is that slim youngster in the photos?
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Re: Who makes a good thumb break holster?

Postby aero10 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:29 am

The Annoyed Man wrote:Here you go: Safariland Model 7 Shadow® II Pancake-Style Holster for M&P Shield .45 ACP.

Shown with a Glock pistol, but it is this holster:

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I have two of them, and highly recommend them.


This is what I have for my Shield 40, except I got mine in black.


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Re: Who makes a good thumb break holster?

Postby EastTexasRancher » Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:05 am

I sound like a broken record espousing his work, but for $10 - $20 more than you'd pay for a store-bought production product, RDWarren Leather will
make something you'll be proud to put on your belt:

http://rdwarrenleather.com/gallery.html

About a week to ten day lead time. Give it a look, you will NOT be disappointed.


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Re: Who makes a good thumb break holster?

Postby Soccerdad1995 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:38 am

EastTexasRancher wrote:I sound like a broken record espousing his work, but for $10 - $20 more than you'd pay for a store-bought production product, RDWarren Leather will
make something you'll be proud to put on your belt:

http://rdwarrenleather.com/gallery.html

About a week to ten day lead time. Give it a look, you will NOT be disappointed.


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If he made holsters for all my guns, then I would never buy from anyone else.

I believe he does make holsters for the Shield, BTW.
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Re: Who makes a good thumb break holster?

Postby Abraham » Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:29 am

That Safariland thumb break holster is gorgeous and in my opinion quite reasonably priced, but I wonder how much extra effort/time is there to unsnap/unholster and have in your pistol in hand vs a kydex non-retention holster.

I'm sure there's not very much extra time/effort, but still when adrenaline is involved, every micro moment counts...

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Re: Who makes a good thumb break holster?

Postby Jusme » Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:34 am

Abraham wrote:That Safariland thumb break holster is gorgeous and in my opinion quite reasonably priced, but I wonder how much extra effort/time is there to unsnap/unholster and have in your pistol in hand vs a kydex non-retention holster.

I'm sure there's not very much extra time/effort, but still when adrenaline is involved, every micro moment counts...


I have practiced with both, in high speed draw drills, I can't tell any difference, but a thumb break was all I carried when a LEO, so my natural reaction, is to try to unsnap it anyway. I never had to shoot my gun as a LEO, but I did have to draw it under stress a few times, and muscle memory took over, so much, that I had no conscious memory of even drawing. It's all one motion for me, but it comes from a lot of practice, over several years. YMMV
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Re: Who makes a good thumb break holster?

Postby The Annoyed Man » Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:35 am

Abraham wrote:That Safariland thumb break holster is gorgeous and in my opinion quite reasonably priced, but I wonder how much extra effort/time is there to unsnap/unholster and have in your pistol in hand vs a kydex non-retention holster.

I'm sure there's not very much extra time/effort, but still when adrenaline is involved, every micro moment counts...

Truthfully, UNholstering is a snap (no pun intended). My draw is pretty much the same either way, and the snap falls very naturally under my thumb, such that there is no unnatural movement to getting the gun out of the holster. However REholstering is more complicated because the straps get in the way on either side of the holster, and I find that I have to be much more careful and pay greater attention than I do with a regular open topped holster without a retention strap.
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Re: Who makes a good thumb break holster?

Postby Beiruty » Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:37 pm

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Re: Who makes a good thumb break holster?

Postby Soccerdad1995 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:01 pm

I want to also mention Panther Concealment. They make an OWB holster that is a different type of paddle holster. Basically the "paddle" portion is only long enough to cover the back of your belt (through your pants). So unlike traditional paddle holster designs, this one hold your gun just as close to your body as a pancake type design.

Cost is very reasonable, but there is no thumb break or other retention device. I will post a full review in a separate thread as soon as I get some pictures of the holster they made for my Walther PPS.

http://pantherconcealment.com/owb-holsters.html
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Re: Who makes a good thumb break holster?

Postby cmgee67 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:57 pm

I use the safariland 7TS ALS for my Glock 19 but safariland doesn't make one for my 45 shield. I have always loved the look of the traditional thumb break and would like to give it a shot. I really like that RD warren somebody mentioned. I'll check with safariland about that one TAM.
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Re: Who makes a good thumb break holster?

Postby QB » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:48 pm

I have a High Noon thumb break as well as a Snapper holster. Love them both!!!
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Re: Who makes a good thumb break holster?

Postby The Annoyed Man » Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:07 pm

oljames3 wrote:
The Annoyed Man wrote:Here you go: Safariland Model 7 Shadow® II Pancake-Style Holster for M&P Shield .45 ACP.

Shown with a Glock pistol, but it is this holster:

Image

I have two of them, and highly recommend them.

Nice holster review you left on the Safariland website. But who is that slim youngster in the photos?

That "slim youngster" had a shaggy white beard that was cropped out of the picture. He is currently wearing an orthopedic boot on a busted up ankle, and gaining weight from forced inactivity. :???:
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