Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by E-Rez, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. E-Rez

    E-Rez New Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    NW Wisconny
    Hey y'all. Newbie here. I wanna pick your brains on what holsters you'd suggest for open carry. I have a 4" xd 40 and am not much of a fan of the holster that came with it. Makes me carry it less than i'd like. From what i've read, the blackhawk serpa holsters are the cats hiney. I think leather holsters look way better though...what's good in leather? I'm a wisconsin resident, so don't suggest concealed holsters. Very touchy subject and you'll make me jealous.
  2. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    personally i'd go with a Galco cop 3 slot. or Galco Fletch holster. the cop 3 slot will give you some options with on angle and cross draw ability if desired

  3. trex1310

    trex1310 New Member

    Apr 11, 2009
    Mobile, AL
    I have a XD40 and I carry it in either a Blackhawk (non-Serpa) or a
    Don Hume 721 open top.
  4. 21bravo

    21bravo New Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    wilkes county, nc
    welcome to the forum E!! glad to have tou with us.

    i know you said leather.. but if a country boy may... id like to suggest a Fobus Roto-Paddle holster. its a polymer holster that has a flap that slips down inside your pants... i have three holsters for my .357sig XD and its the one i use the most for open carry. like you i dont like the holster supplied from springfield, and i also have a tactical drop leg.... i was iffy at first of the holsters... but once i tried one out i had to have one because its soo comfortable. you hardly know its there. when i wear mine i put it almost over my back pocket... since its the roto (rotating) version i keep it with an "fbi kant" since ive got mine ive had mine i have converted one of buddies and 2 narcotics officers from the local sheriffs office (i work at the college pd in town..). they were all amazed with the holster because the retention is soo good. the only way to get the pistol out is to pull it straight with the way the holster is sitting. it took me about ten minutes to get used to how to draw my weapon..

    this is what i have
  5. E-Rez

    E-Rez New Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    NW Wisconny
    Heck yeah, a paddle wouldn't be bad. I do have a leg tactical holster that i don't wear much cause it rotates around my leg no matter how tight i make it. Looking strictly for a belt or paddle holster.

    What's the difference between serpa and non-serpa?

    My biggest complaint with the supplied xd holster is that the grip of the gun tips away from my body...puts more pressure on my waist and the holster flops in and out. I wanna get away from that.
  6. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    Here at TFF
    A good gun belt will correct that problem.
  7. E-Rez

    E-Rez New Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    NW Wisconny
    The belt i wear is an inch and a half...or does that not matter?
  8. J.R.

    J.R. New Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    an 1 1/2in is ok but your better gun belts have either an extra peice of leather sewn into th middle or a peice of pvc or metal strip sewn in. i have many holsters even some light weight uncle mikes but after purchising a very good gun belt the holsters all carry great.
    good luck
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2009
  9. trex1310

    trex1310 New Member

    Apr 11, 2009
    Mobile, AL
    Serpa is the retention device used by Blackhawk. Good advice on getting
    a "good" gun belt. I use Bianchi or Don Hume. Another good belt holster
    is the Galco Concealable. I use the Galco a lot with my XD40.
  10. VegasTech702

    VegasTech702 New Member

    Sep 10, 2006
    Las Vegas, NV
    I like the Bianchi Black Widow with thumbreak for open carry, it is comfortable, safe and that holster looks sexy! :O
  11. TDR911

    TDR911 New Member

    Apr 28, 2008
    Punta Gorda, Florida
    Welcome to the forum. Try on as many different styles as you can. Go to gunshops and gun shows. There is an endless supply of holsters to choose from. Figure what fits your body size and how you want to carry. Inside the pants?, outside belt?, etc. Inside the pants is less comfortable but you will get used to it. It will also give many more options for conncealment. In the summer you wear less clothes.
    Good luck . Let us know what you find.
  12. Old Guy

    Old Guy Member

    Mar 19, 2009
    Welcome E!! I have an XD 40 and have found the Fobus paddle holster with the thumb lever to be very easy to operate while keeping the gun secure. If you want, they also offer that in the roto system that allows you to sent your cant angle to what does best for you. I am with you in not liking the "XD Gear".

    Old Guy
  13. 40CalJoe

    40CalJoe New Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    In the middle
  14. Doc1911

    Doc1911 New Member

    Jun 29, 2009
  15. Orygun

    Orygun New Member

    Aug 16, 2009
    I've had real good luck with these folks.
    Quality work at fair prices. I've had one for almost 10 years now (carried daily) and just bought another recently for my new daily carry gun.
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