SOB holsters are not recommended. If you are knocked down on your back, you'll regret having the weapon there. Riding in a vehicle renders the weapon inaccessible. There are numerous experts that discourage SOB. You can carry just as concealed at 4 O'clock with the right holster. I have a drawer full of holsters just like everybody, and you will likely too find a need for more than one, or buy more than one until you find exactly what works for you. Blade-Tech's Kydex holsters are reasonably priced and durable, and some parts are interchangeable in that you can swap the holster part for multiple guns with the sting ray or tek lock belt attachment.
I use several holsters but my all-time favorite is from the Malabar Front. I can carry my Glock 20 with laser and light on the rail inside OR outside the waistband. I have never found a holster that allows me to keep the insight MX-6 attached while wearing inside the waistband. I always buy my pants 2" larger to fit an IWB if I want, and that big piece fits just as easy IWB as my Kimber w/o any attachments.
I found the Fobus to be a not so great holster also. I tried one of the paddle models for my M&P45 and was not at all happy with the fit and function. By the time I had the retention loose enough to allow for fast draw the gun was too loose. If the retention was increased a fast draw caused the holster to fold at the top edge of the paddle and tilt outward causing the gun to bind.
I took it back and traded it for the Blackhawk CQC Serpa. Cost a bit more, but well worth it with the locking feature.
I carry a 40xdm in either a Shado OWB or a Safariland 6280-14921 (tac lite attached) and a SP101 in .357 in a safariland OWB. In winter when a light jacket can be worn the XDM conceals and is quite confortable.:yu:
I use the Blackhawk Serpa paddle holster, usually on my strong side, FBI carry. Occasionally, I adjust the cant on the holster and wear it crossdraw. I got into a p***ing match with a nationally known instructor who forbids his students from using the Blackhawk Serpa in his classes. The reason I chose this holster is the postivie retnention feature. When you grip the weapon, you have it in a firing grip, and your index finger presses the release, then as your weapon slides out of the holster, your trigger finger is alongside the frame, as it should be. The NKI stated he felt the Serpa was too prone to negligent discharges. I contacted the head of Front Sight, who ironically, the NKI tried to pull a hostile takeover on, and he stated he saw nothing wrong with the Serpa, stating it was a fine holster. Later on, I was watching Steven Seagal, Lawman one night and Chief Deputy Seagal was preparing to go on duty. Lo and behold, he uses a Blackhawk Serpa. I have not had the slightest trouble with the Serpa through hours and hours of practice in presenting the weapon. My son tried to take the (unloaded) weapon from the holster, and all he did was pick me up by my belt.
I was at the Tampa, Florida gun show last weekend and Alan Bogdan from REMORA HOLSTERS had a table setup there and he showed me one of the holsters that they make. That was all it took to convince me and I ended up buying three from them and a few days later I ordered another one online at Link Removed I have never heard of REMORA before and I wish I would have know before I spent my money and bought all my other holsters. For the way I carry concealed I would say that these are the best, no clips, no belt needed, just tuck anywhere in your waist band, right or left side, front or back and go. I love them.
Does anyone else here use them? Cheers..:biggrin: