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I just received a Kydex Blade Tech DOH holster for my STI 1911. The fit is good, but not perfect. Is there a way to adjust the fit of the holster (aside from the two retention screws)? Will a hair dryer make the Kydex malleable enough to form around the specific shape of my 1911?
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Posted: 7/24/2009 7:34:31 PM
What exactly seems to be lacking?

I have a Blade-Tech DO/SRB holster for my Gov't and it fits like a glove.
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Posted: 7/24/2009 7:36:39 PM
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Originally Posted By Walkure:
What exactly seems to be lacking?

I have a Blade-Tech DO/SRB holster for my Gov't and it fits like a glove.


The issue is that if I holster the gun and push on it, the slide moves out of battery. It looks like it is slightly too tight in the muzzle area.

I have a Blade Tech DOH for my SP-01 and it fits and functions very well.
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Posted: 7/24/2009 7:51:45 PM
Originally Posted By strat81:
Originally Posted By Walkure:
What exactly seems to be lacking?

I have a Blade-Tech DO/SRB holster for my Gov't and it fits like a glove.


The issue is that if I holster the gun and push on it, the slide moves out of battery. It looks like it is slightly too tight in the muzzle area.

I have a Blade Tech DOH for my SP-01 and it fits and functions very well.


Just tried mine, and I can do it too - though it requires a decent amount of force to be applied. It's proably due to the almost-closed-muzzle design.

Out of curiosity, why does this concern you anyway? I mean, when used as intended, your gun would be holstered with the safety applied, which also locks the slide.

If it really bothers you, I would say just cut out the bottom to make it an open-muzzle holster instead.
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Posted: 7/24/2009 7:53:35 PM
Originally Posted By Walkure:
Originally Posted By strat81:
Originally Posted By Walkure:
What exactly seems to be lacking?

I have a Blade-Tech DO/SRB holster for my Gov't and it fits like a glove.


The issue is that if I holster the gun and push on it, the slide moves out of battery. It looks like it is slightly too tight in the muzzle area.

I have a Blade Tech DOH for my SP-01 and it fits and functions very well.


Just tried mine, and I can do it too - though it requires a decent amount of force to be applied. It's proably due to the almost-closed-muzzle design.

Out of curiosity, why does this concern you anyway? I mean, when used as intended, your gun would be holstered with the safety applied, which also locks the slide.

If it really bothers you, I would say just cut out the bottom to make it an open-muzzle holster instead.


My SP-01 holster doesn't do it. And I'm insane.
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Posted: 7/24/2009 8:32:50 PM
Someone please explain to me why you would want a stiff, hard plastic Kydex holster when there are so many good fitting leather holsters to be had.

I just don't get it.
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Posted: 7/24/2009 8:38:51 PM
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Originally Posted By A_Free_Man:
Someone please explain to me why you would want a stiff, hard plastic Kydex holster when there are so many good fitting leather holsters to be had.

I just don't get it.


It's a Dropped Offset Holster. Outside the waistband. Made for competitions. Leather isn't the material of choice.


To answer the question, yes, the hair dryer will work, as will holding it near a red hot stove top. I like to go slow to get an idea of the time it takes to get it soft. Then I mold.

I don't even buy OWB holsters for my specific gun models. I just get one close enough on the used market and mold it to my gun's needs.

Your SP-01 doesn't (or at least mine doesn't) push in the slide because the full length dust cover bottoms out on the holster before the slide hits it.
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Posted: 7/24/2009 10:16:44 PM
Originally Posted By Skillshot:
Originally Posted By A_Free_Man:
Someone please explain to me why you would want a stiff, hard plastic Kydex holster when there are so many good fitting leather holsters to be had.

I just don't get it.


It's a Dropped Offset Holster. Outside the waistband. Made for competitions. Leather isn't the material of choice.



Yup. Drawing and reholstering is fast and positive with Kydex. I don't have to worry about the holster collapsing and the material is more durable, IMO, compared to leather.

The Blade Tech DOH, as mentioned is dropped and offset, somewhat similar to a cop's duty holster. Rather than a typical concealment holster which usually carries the gun high and tight to the body, the DOH places the grip about the same level as the belt and away from the body. This eliminates the need to tilt, lean, or otherwise change body position when drawing. The grip is in a very natural position for my hand.

Blade Tech's DOH holsters can also be used as traditional belt holsters if you remove the DOH piece.

I don't hate leather. My main carry rig is a Glock 26 in a Milt Sparks VM2.
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Posted: 7/26/2009 6:24:04 PM
The DOH is an excellent holster. I hated feeling like I was pulling my gun into my armpit with my other belt holster.
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Posted: 7/26/2009 6:51:36 PM
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the kydex has to be 300 degrees to be soft enough to reform.
i used a $15 harbor freight heat gun last time i messed with kydex holsters.
worked great when doing a touch up.

not sure if a hairdryer will heat the piece quick enough not to disturb the rest of the holster.

heat the specific area of kydex until it starts to get shiny.
then slide the gun in, and squeeze it together with two pieces of foam.
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Posted: 7/26/2009 7:10:30 PM
Thanks everyone for the tips and feedback.
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