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I've been shooting a lot lately with some buddies (all Marines) and they insisted that I "carry what I shoot". I've carried a P238 for years and decided it was time to step my game up. So long story short... got me a P320c in 9mm yesterday.

I plan to carry the P320 daily whenever my attire allows good concelment and ankle holster the P238 when I can't. I like a leather AIWB holster, I find it more comfortable then Kaydex. I drive a lot for work so I find the leather adds a little "cushion" and doesn't pinch as much when bending over or sitting down. When I'm at the range or in the field (hunting fishing, shooting...) I use a Black Point OWB kydex/leather rig.

A few years back at my local gun shop I found a Tagua leather IWB for a P938 (the P238 is very close in size and fit well) and I loved it. Not to mention the bonus that the company is located in my home state of FL. The leather is very soft and has molded well to P238. It attaches with a heavy metal clip that works great on a 2" belt. With daily use it has held up well over the past 2-3 years. They didn't have one for a P320 but we found that it fits really well in the Springfield XDM version. I've carried it for a few days now and I am very happy with the ride, comfort and the combat cut that allows a full grip at draw. Best part is they are pretty cheap when it comes to leather holsters, I paid $32.99. Couldn't help but to also grab a spare mag carrier. For the price if I can get 2-3 years out of the holster before needing to replace it then its a good deal.

www.taguagunleather.com
 

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Good looking set up. I always found leather very comfortable.

However, personally, I don't like the idea of a striker in a leather holster. Assuming you carry one in the chamber, I feel much safer with a kydex holster that doesn't allow for any foreign objects to enter the trigger guard area. Never know, stuff happens.
 

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I agree that the Kydex is safer, that's why at the range or in the field where I am drawing the gun often I use the kydex/leather rig.

Yes, I carry with one in the chamber. But I like to hear everyones advice... With this leather holster the trigger guard is completely encased how would a object enter the trigger guard area any different on a leather or kydex holster?
 

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With this leather holster the trigger guard is completely encased how would a object enter the trigger guard area any different on a leather or kydex holster?
Well, I think the proportion of area that is encased is one aspect, but you have to consider the malleability of the material as well. Leather is just much more easy is manipulate, compared to kydex.

Here is just one example. I am sure there are many others. Fast-forward to about the 4:00 min mark if you'd like. I wouldn't get caught up in the exact example that is shown here. I think the main takeaway is similar scenarios are possible.

In the end, I think its all personal preference, so I hope you don't feel attacked here. Just my two cents.

 

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stlmia, thank you for the advice. The Tagua is a very soft leather holster which makes it more comfortable but I could see how it could happen. I've tried all kinds of holsters and there is always a trade off from one to another.

One issue I thought about years ago was re-holstering the firearm and the lip of the leather holster getting into the tripper guard. This is exactly why a went with a holster with a clip so that when I re-holster I remove the holster from my belt then hold the gun in front pointed in a safe direct and watch as I insert the gun back into the holster. I never try to slide the gun into the holster while it is in my waist line.

But your right it is personal preference and all about training yourself to do it the right aka "safe" way.
 

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The Tagua is a very soft leather holster which makes it more comfortable but I could see how it could happen. I've tried all kinds of holsters and there is always a trade off from one to another.

One issue I thought about years ago was re-holstering the firearm and the lip of the leather holster getting into the tripper guard. This is exactly why a went with a holster with a clip so that when I re-holster I remove the holster from my belt then hold the gun in front of me and watch as insert the gun back into the holster. I never try to slide the gun into the holster while it is in my waist line.
Yea I agree. So much more comfortable. I use a Desantis leather holster sometimes that looks a lot like the one you showed. I like it but I don't trust it with my 320s so I end up carrying my 250s a lot instead.

The lip issue when re-holstering is definitely a problem, and seems like one of the more common causes of NDs. I do the exact same thing when holstering - I always take the holster off and carefully insert the gun.

There was a really good thread going a few weeks ago about these issues, and some examples came up of NDs occurring due to parts of clothing getting caught in the trigger guard area during re-holstering, because folks were not paying attention. Really makes you think.

Anyway, didn't mean to derail your thread here.
 

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I've been shooting a lot lately with some buddies (all Marines)
www.taguagunleather.com
That's a nice holster, but I had same concerns with the leather and NDs. Curious-- your Marine buddies, what do THEY carry?
I agree that the Kydex is safer, that's why at the range or in the field where I am drawing the gun often I use the kydex/leather rig.

Yes, I carry with one in the chamber. But I like to hear everyones advice... With this leather holster the trigger guard is completely encased how would a object enter the trigger guard area any different on a leather or kydex holster?
Curious on your kydex/leather rig. Any pictures of that as well?

I've been eyeing the Silent Thunder slim for my P320 but it's a big IF I can even manage the double stack IWB.
 

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