I am always on the look out for stuff that performs well at a great price point. I don’t necessarily believe that one always get what one pays for when buying expensive things. After a certain price point there is usually a slight performance increase associated with a massive increase in price. I like to buy my gear right at the edge of that curve where performance is quite good, but the price has not yet taken off logarithmically . . .
A great example of this is the Glock pistol (or the M&P, XD or any of the other similarly priced plastic pistols). They’re not terribly expensive when you consider their accuracy, reliability, longevity and the central role that a gun can your play in extending your life expectancy. Proceed to RF’s Wilson Combat pistol to see a product that performs (arguably) marginally bettter for a big jump in price.
By the same token, I am reluctant to spend $70-200 for a leather handmade holster for my Glock 26 when there is a product that performs well for under that price: the Glock-branded Sport Combat Holster (SCH).
The Glock SCH received stellar reviews from users on various shopping websites—always a good sign. The price ranges wildly, but it’s hard to spend more than $25 on the SCH even with shipping figured in. The main difficulty acquiring them: they’re constantly on backorder.
Glock’s website description of the holster reads like a German to English airplane magazine: “The GLOCK sport/combat holster for concealed carry allows rapid drawing of the pistol and is comfortable to wear because of its flat shape. Can be adapted to various belt widths.” Suffice it to say there are two versions: Small (HO17043), and Large(HO02639). Small fits thin Glocks in .40, 9mm, and .357 Sig flavor. While the Large is designed to fit 10mm and .45 Glocks it actually fits them all. More on that later . . .
Each holster is made to accommodate any gun in the width family from sub compact to full size. Here is the small holster with G26 and G17:
The main difference between the large and small holsters: width.
The narrower width fits the narrow pistols snugly and the wider pistols not at all. Large on the left below.
The wider holster will fit the narrow pistols with just a slight amount of side-to-side slop. Actually it works just fine for the narrow pistols. If you just wanted one holster for the whole Glock line (perhaps excepting the G36 which I did not test), get the large holster. G17 in the small (left) and large (right) holster:
The difference between the two aside from width is subtle. The large holster will rub one’s middle finger a bit when drawing a narrow pistol. This is a non-issue unless you intend to practice (and you should) drawing from the holster. Plan on a blister/callous on your middle finger proximal interphalangeal joint. Or just cut/grind/sand the plastic down to size as needed:
Extra special bonus points! The large holster will fit an Umarex G-17 clone airsoft pistol which is nice if you like to practice with Airsoft (as you should). [Note: The narrow Glock holster will not fit the airsoft pistol.]
The holsters are made of some sort of flexible plastic and come with tabs that one cuts out to size them for belts from 1 inch to 2.5 inches in width. The slide on the belt in one of two ways, depending on where you carry the gun and where your belt loops sit. The belt can go inside the holster if the loop sits under the holster:
Or the belt can go outside if you either skip the loop under the holster, or the holster fits between loops:
Outside positioning of the belt tucks the gun closer to your body by the width of the belt and stabilizes it slightly more.
One nit: I found it impossible to swap mags while in the holster; the plastics covers the mag release. If this bothers you it would be simple to cut a small slot out of the holster to allow access to the mag release.
The Glock Sport Combat Holster retained the gun adequately even using the larger holster for a G26. The holster is flat, comfortable and conceals well OWB. It draws nicely. I personally can’t see what a super custom, nice, expensive, leather OWB rig would get me beyond this, but I’ve never tried one. Ignorance is bliss?