I own a Fobus paddle holster and use it frequently to carry my Kahr CW9 (home carry or under a shirt out in the real world). It’s so darned comfortable I literally forget it’s on my hip after a while. Even to the point that I cut corners too closely and whack the gun on door jambs occasionally. Check out the brief video, above. I don’t know what brand they’re using to demonstrate the yankability of paddle holsters, but mine doesn’t work that way. Anyone else experience this?

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11 Responses to Kydex Paddle Holsters a Bad Idea? Really?

  1. Concealed is concealed. So I don’t see how this would be a huge problem in the real world.

    I wouldn’t open carry with a Fobus paddle, but without retention, someone could just walk up and take your gun out of any holster. Why would they bother to break it off?

    • “I wouldn’t open carry with a Fobus paddle”

      Yes you would, since concealed carry with a Fobus is damn near impossible for anyone but an eskimo in the dead of winter. Great OC or range holster, but they stick out further than POTUS’ ears.

  2. I’m not a LEO. Nor do I play one on the mean streets of Providence. So I don’t worry over-much about losing my concealed carry weapon to a sneaky scrote. If they’re that close, they could have knifed me, as well. Or after. In addition? Something like that.

    • you had me laughing at ‘sneaky scrote.’

      Seriously though… if someone is in condition yellow no should be sneaking up on them like…

  3. If a BG is already that far into your personal space, you have more than your paddle holster to worry about. Keeping your head on a swivel and hyper-awareness should create a buffer zone where this “shouldn’t” happen.

  4. Not all plastic holsters are created equal. The Fobus holsters (at least the older models) used three little metal rivets to secure the paddle to the holster body proper. Those rivets could be pretty easily sheared off the back of the holster with a little torque and anger.

    Additionally, there’s a world of difference between an injection molded holster vs. a proper kydex formed holster. The IJM holsters tend to be made of lower quality plastic and not as durable. A proper holster is usually going to run 40-80 bucks depending on the manufacturer. I’m personally partial to the Comp-Tac paddle holster for OWB carry, because the paddle is actually molded into the holster’s backpiece making it one solid unit with no fail points.

  5. I’ve got an older (late 1990s) Fobus paddle with the three rivets, and it could be defeated by this maneuver. I’ve also got a newer model whici I’ll have to take another look at.

    Any attacker who can sneak up on an armed target like that is capable of all sorts of mayhem, no matter what kind of holster is involved.

  6. My first holster (wow, that sounds like a kid’s book) was a Fobus paddle holster for my CZ75, and it had the unfortunate habit of holding on to the gun a bit TOO tight, which led to me drawing out the holster with the gun still in it on my very first USPSA stage.

    This had an adverse effect on my time.

    IMO, Fobus holsters are kinda like Taurus guns and GM cars: If you have one that works reliably, good. If not, you’re in good company.

  7. Quite easy to grab and remove some paddle type holsters. The way to do it is not pull straight up, but pull forward resulting in a downward arch and most pop right out. That is why I always use a IWB thumbreak holster with belt loops. Those are very difficult for another person to get their hands on, much less pull out.

  8. The only paddle holster I have has a nice retention loop on it that easily snaps around my belt. If they try the grab trick, me and my britches go too…

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