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126 of 128 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2011
I purchased this for my S&W M&P 40c. It's my first gun, and this is the first holster I've purchased. I was a little worried about the paddle style (compared to one that attaches directly to a belt), as it seemed like it wouldn't stay in place securely, but my fears were groundless. You can't see it in the product picture, but there is a huge angled ridge on the side of the paddle between the paddle and the holster itself which catches underneath your belt. Once you slip this on, as long as you make sure that ridge catches on, you can yank upwards on this holster and you'll just give yourself a wedgie, it won't come out. On the other hand, when you do need to remove it, if you twist the holster forward before pulling up, it slides out smoothly. It stays when you want it and comes out when you want it, brilliant design. Also, there is a rubber coating on the side of the paddle that faces your body, if you put that against bare skin it sticks like glue and won't shift around (the soft rubber isn't uncomfortable against your skin either).

The holster is low-profile. I bought this for concealed carry, and just with a standard flannel shirt my gun is practically undetectable. The part that holds the gun is held tight against the outside of your pants, and the plastic shell isn't very thick, so the holster adds maybe a half inch of thickness to the gun itself. The way the holster sits, your trigger guard is at the bottom of your belt line, so you don't need a particularly long shirt or coat to fully cover the pistol.

Retention is pretty good considering that it's all passive. The screw helps you get it how you want. Right out of the package, the fit was a bit loose, if I turned the holster upside-down and shook it hard the pistol fell out. I tightened the screw through a half-turn, and the pistol wouldn't come out unless I shook it violently, but it was also too tough to draw. I found a 2/3 turn was the right balance between ease of draw and retention. If you buy this holster take a little time to experiment, but it's pretty easy. I also found that even when I set the screw a bit tighter, if I push down with my thumb on the top of the holster as I pull the gun will pop right out, it doesn't take much practice.

Finally, I was a bit worried about how a compact pistol would fit. I tried the Blackhawk Serpa holster designed for the M&P, and my pistol only filled the holster halfway and stuck far out the top. It looked silly and felt awkward. I was worried that another holster that could hold the full-sized pistol would be too big. Actually, this holster is perfect, the barrel ends right at the end of the holster. A full-size pistol would also fit just fine (the front of the barrel/slide just sticks out the bottom a bit as this holster is open-ended) but it seems especially suited for the compact size.

Finally, I purchased the Trijicon night sights for my pistol. I was worried that a larger, chunkier sight than the stock sight might not fit in the sight channel, but they make the channel extra large to allow for a bigger front sight, so it was no problem. I think for the price especially this holster is a great buy.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2011
I was a little concerned because I have a full sized M&P .40 and I had read another review that the barrel would extend past the end of the holster. It does, but it's barely noticeable, and it actually makes me feel more secure without interfering with my draw at all. The paddle sits comfortably, and the forward cant on the pistol is comfortable and safe. The adjustable retaining screw was a little loose when I got the holster, but a half turn on the cross tip screw head gives me the perfect pull on my pistol. It still draws cleanly and smooth, but I don't ever worry about it falling out.

I don't know if it's the size of my pistol, or the style of clothing I'm wearing, but I would not be able to conceal this holster under just a tee shirt. A tee shirt and a slightly longer over shirt is perfect, but the pistol does carry outside the belt and when I bend or turn the frame of the pistol is silhouetted against my shirt.

The paddle is incredibly secure. As mentioned in previous reviews, there is a lip on the paddle that hooks to my belt, preventing the holster from coming off unless I rotate the entire holster either forward or backward. I can get it on and off fairly easily, but it has to be on purpose.

I tried to wear this holster without a belt, with the paddle inside my shorts against my skin, and I do not recommend it. It works great on the belt, though.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2010
The best holster i have bought for the money in a long time. Holds my M&P snug no movement at all,had it shipped standard and got it in three days. will be buying another one from this vendor for one of my other pistols!!!!!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2012
The holster fits my S&W M&P 9c perfectly out of the box with no additional adjustments required. There is a snug fit on the weapon, but relaxed enough to draw quickly. There is a set screw that can be adjusted if you wanted to tighten or loosen the retension. The rubber backing on the paddle grips well, the holster dosen't feel as if it will come out when the weapon is pulled on or drawn.

While it's light, it's a bit bulky.. if you are going to purchase this to conceal, you may want to wear with a jacket or sweatshirt. It'll conceal under a t-shirt but may profile a bit.

Overall, I like the holster.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2012
Exactly as described and fits my SD9 perfectly. There is an adjustment screw if you want to loosen or tighten the holster's grip on the gun though it came perfect for me. Would buy again.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2012
I've decided to title my review as such because I know many people are looking for a holster that pulls the gun up close to the body. This is one of those holsters. I've created a short list of pros and cons of this holster. I am by no means a holster expert. But I do have or had well over 20 different holsters over the years for different carry options and guns.

PROS

*Hugs the body (easily concealable)
*Looks good
*Secures the gun in place
*Doesn't cost $80+ like many other holsters

CONS

*No true retention (only really a problem if you open carry)
*Unsure of how durable the holster is. I think it's a little too flimsy at the top and could break.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2012
Fits my 9c and 22lr perfectly. Best holster out there- great quality.This is my second purchase and I am not disappointed.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2010
Really solid OWB holster. The paddle/clip setup makes it really secure with a good belt. I'm very skinny and the holster still makes it very easy for me to present my weapon. It's also very comfortable in my opinion and it's a great hostler for the winter because it won't make you sweat very much. It's concealable in cooler weather with a jacket, hoodie, or a longer shirt. The full-size M&P is pretty hard to conceal but this hoslter does a pretty good job.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2014
THERE WILL ALWAYS BE DIFFERENT OPINIONS BASED ON PERSONAL TASTE. I THINK THIS IS THE BEST HOLSTER I HAVE OWN SPECIALLY FOR THE PRICE, AND YES I'VE OWN THOSE EXPENSIVE LEATHER ONES BUT THIS ONE IS EVEN BETTER THAN MOST OF THEM. YES ITS PLASTIC BUT LOOKS DURABLE AND THE PADDLE MAKES IT EASIER TO USE, TAKES ONLY 5 SECONDS TO ADD OR REMOVE WITHOUT HAVING TO EVEN TOUCH YOUR BELT AT ALL AND ALSO MAKES IT MORE CONCEALABLE AS IT STAYS TIGHT TO THE BODY VS BELT ONLY HOSTERS. I FEEL CONFIDENT WHEN USING THIS HOLSTER AS I DONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MY GUN GETTING STUCK ON A QUICK DRAW SITUATION VS A LEATHER HOSLTER THAT MIGHT BE AFFECTED DO WITH HUMIDITY, COLD, HOT WEATHER/CLIMATE DIFFERENTIALS. HOPE THIS HELP MANY OF YOU AND MAKES IT EASIER TO PICK THE RIGHT HOSLTER.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2013
I really like the holster. Fits my SD40 perfect. Has a tighting screw that can adjust pull. Can turn it upside down and shake holster without firearm following out. However, no safety strap which knocked it down one star but with a nice fit do you really need one. The paddle slips right into my pants and give it a nice tight grip. It only slipped up a little when I doing some quite a bit of sweeping. It is everything they say it is.
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