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So the Kimber Pro Crimson Carry II is new to my collection and after shooting more frequently I am really considering at as my EDC but have so many questions about holster options. Hoping some people with similar issues/experiences can help.

First issue is that an IWB carry is rather uncomfortable unless I have just gotten the wrong holsters in the past. I am a pretty big guy and adding anything else into the inside of my waistband just makes things uncomfortable. I have looked into the N8 Squared holsters and they seem to be pretty comfortable but not to crazy about the fitted plastic of there Pro version or the "twist and out" removal method.

I ride a motorcycle pretty much all summer so something that is comfortable in the seated position is a must. I was looking for something with a high ride and forward cant that would keep the gun from digging into my side. Thought about a shoulder rig or a CCW holster shirt.

With the Kimber's 4" barrel I think a CCW is definitely doable if I find the right rig

Anyone that can help or offer any suggestions would be appreciated
 

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Buying a holster is like buying a pair of shoes. What I like and fits me may not work for you. I have a big box full of "perfect" holsters that I've accumulated over the years. That being said, my favorite holster is a Don Hume JIT. They are belt holsters that are very well made, and inexpensive. I've got four of them for different guns. Quite a few of them on Ebay right now. Search Hume JIT 1911. Good luck in your search!!
 

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If you want a Kytex/leather combination I suggest firearmsholster. Gavin makes a combo IWB/OWB holster that won't break the bank and works as well, if not better than the high priced holsters. I have 3 of them for different pistols and love them.

If you want a high quality all leather the best one I have found is Zlogonje holsters. Dan is the owner and he not only makes all the holster himself, but he is a great guy to work with.

My .02 cents. Good luck in your quest.
 

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Illinois is in the process of issuing concealed carry permits and I am just starting to learn about holsters. I have an off the shelf IWB holster that I picked up to practice with around the house and have already figured out that the best holster in the world isn't worth spit if you don't have a good belt. That and I bought one size bigger pants to wear when I'm wearing the holster, that helped a lot.
 

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Here is one I just ordered from Brigade Gun Leathers. Mine will be darker cordovan.
Good to see you placed your order Nellybelle, I'm hoping they will begin working on mine in the next month or two.
 

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I too have more than a few holsters in my collection. I have both Cross breed and Foxx hybrid IWB's, both very good. I have a DeSantis OWB Mini Sabbard, (not good for riding). And from my working days I have a Galco Stow and Go, (IWB) and a Bianchi Black Widow belt slide. That's just the belt rigs. For competition and shoulder carry, I have a Horseshoe Leather products.
Do yourself a favor and search the web for a look or style that appeals to you. Keep in mind, it is outside the belt, the barrel will show below many jackets. Especially when seated. You will want a hi-rise holster. Also, you need positive retention. That means, at least, a thumb snap retention strap. Find out where you want to carry it. 4 o'clock and small of the back are both good for riding. Cant, the forward leaning angle of the weapon, is almost a forgotten design element. Most makers will lean it forward by 6 or 8 degrees and call it good. Not so. With a 4 inch barrel you will want to spread the gun across as much of your body as possible. You can't go down because of the barrel. There is only one direction left.
Once you decide on a style, I very strongly recommend you try one of the less expensive brands first. Tagua is made in South America. I have two of their holsters. One for my LCP and one for my Ultra Carry. They are good, not great. But, the price is perfect for "testing" what you want. After you make that final decision, then start looking for a quality holster. TAGUA GUNLEATHER. This is the one I have. Notice the cant. One of very few makers that will do that.
When you start looking for quality, check out the threads here. One of our members makes a great looking holster and he's not afraid to tilt it forward.
 

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I also ride a motorcycle HD Ultra Classic 2007. That is why I got a thumb break. The above holster is actually for a 4". Mine will be for and 3" super carry ultra plus.
 

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Like the looks of this one and the rise seems a little higher than the other than was posted above

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Sorry, Nellybelle. I just picked a pictured and posted. I didn't pay any attention to the barrel length. Obviously my 3 inch Ultra Carry doesn't need a 4 inch holster. The one posted by Nascarguy is the exact one I have. Great pic too. Mentally tilt the holster so the belt loops are woven through a horizontal belt and you can see how much cant is built into the rig.
 

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Not necessarily sbubrick. A good holster maker can prevent that. Additionally, a good belt can almost eliminate any lean away from the body.
 

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The one I posted has a 15 degree cant. I am having it reduced to make a more straight drop. This is a custom holster and I am sure not for everyone.
I have spent many months researching holsters until I found the one I wanted . I just didn't care for the mass produce things I found available. I hate to wait the six to nine months for it but it is what I wanted.
Check out brigadegunleathet.com many different options. I have a tagau and it keeps knocking the safety off. I won't carry it.
 

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I haven't had that problem with my tagua. But then I don't use it exclusively. But, I will stand by my recommendation to buy a tagua, or similar quality/price holster, to test ones style selection before they spend the big bucks for quality.
 

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Sorry, Nellybelle. I just picked a pictured and posted. I didn't pay any attention to the barrel length. Obviously my 3 inch Ultra Carry doesn't need a 4 inch holster. The one posted by Nascarguy is the exact one I have. Great pic too. Mentally tilt the holster so the belt loops are woven through a horizontal belt and you can see how much cant is built into the rig.
How is the "Flop" on this holster with a decent belt?
 
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I'll take a picture of some belts I just had made and post it. With the proper belt, I have had no noticeable "flop" with either my LCP or my Kimber. The wife says she doesn't notice any with her LC9 either.
 

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Here is a comparison of two of my carry belts to one I no longer try to carry with. The carry belts are twice the thickness of the single and more than twice as stiff. They will not flex, therefore there is no "flop".

$22 each from my local leather shop.
 

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Here are two of my owb holsters. The DeSantis on the left and the Bianchi on the right. I have placed them on the belt as though it were threaded through them. You can see the limited cant they produce. Notice also the difference in the rise of the two.

BTW, there are really only three major differences between the Bianchi and a similar Tagua. The Bianchi uses slightly better leather, ever so slightly. The name. The price. The Bianchi is not molded any better, the leather is very similar in thickness and the stitching is essentially the same. That said, I bought that Bianchi in 1989. I'll have to wait a few years to see if my Tagua can give similar longevity.
 

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