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 Horizontal draw holsters for the small of the back?
Aberdrew13  [Member]
3/15/2007 1:12:15 PM
I'm looking for a holster to keep a small frame 1911 with three inch barrel. I've had just a generic little holster and just wore it tilted to one side, but I would prefer something closer to horizontal. Any suggestions?
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limaxray  [Team Member]
3/15/2007 10:57:41 PM
Four problems:

- Small/middle of back holsters are a great way to become a paraplegic should you fall on it. Read more about it here

- When you draw, you either have to have the muzzle pointed at your hip to get it out from behind you and pointed forward, or sweep everyone around you. Not necessarily the safest.

- Middle of back is VERY hard to conceal, IMO. With the grip pointing vertical, it tends to snag on shirts when you bend forward even the slightest amount.

- Very, very uncomfortable when you sit down for any length of time, and it's virtually unreachable in that position.

Having said that--I think Galco makes the best MOB holster. I think Alessi makes one as well, but I haven't tried it.

ETA: Instead, try something at the 3:00 position--I started out MOB and moved there myself. Shorter reach to the pistol, easier to draw from, much more comfortable to sit, stand, etc. from, and easier to conceal with the right clothing.
Aberdrew13  [Member]
3/16/2007 9:46:36 AM
Maybe I'm just wierd, but I don't like these small of the back holsters. The kind of holster I was envisioning would have the grip pointing down. Kind of like a cross draw holster, but for the small of the back.....
M4MikelA3  [Member]
3/16/2007 10:27:26 AM

Originally Posted By Aberdrew13:
Maybe I'm just wierd, but I don't like these small of the back holsters. The kind of holster I was envisioning would have the grip pointing down. Kind of like a cross draw holster, but for the small of the back.....


The problem with that is you will probably naturally sweep the muzzle across the middle of your own back as you draw it. With the grip up you are more likely to sweep the ground as you draw. I would NEVER want to carry an SOB with grip down.
M4MikelA3  [Member]
3/16/2007 10:30:41 AM
Oh...and I owned a Galco SOB(the traditional grip up) because I thought they looked like a good idea ta the time.

I HATED it! HATED. IT.

It was uncomfortable to do anything in except stand upright or walk upright. Sitting and keeping it concealed was next to impossible, it was VERY uncomfortable to sit in ANYTHING that had a backrest on it. I had to sit bar stool style in regular chairs. If I bent over or hunched or slouched in any way, OOPS! there it is! I wore it out a few times and quickly got rid of it.

HATED IT.
mcnielsen  [Team Member]
3/16/2007 1:57:41 PM
Try riding in a car with it.

If someone makes you with it, they will just pull your shirt over your head and take it. There is no retention possible with that position.

A 3"1911 is pretty slim and small to conceal. Try a different position and you may be surprised how comfortable and concealable it can be.
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