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Hey all you SA-XD owners out there, I have a few questions for you. I just ordered my XD-45 4" compact and need some help figuring out which CC IWB holsters work best with this gun. I want comfort above all else.

I know I may have to try several out before I find the one I like, but googling around isn't giving me the information I'm looking for. Can someone put together a list of the vendor, make, and models of holsters out there that will work for this gun? Obviously, personal experience wih them is going to be very valuable to me as well as price. In the $30 - $60 range is ideal, as I've seen some well over $100!

My friend has bought (god only knows how) many holsters for his gun and I'd rather do a little more research before I buy any. Trial and error can get really expensive! I've already figured out the OC holster I like (got to try out one with a smurf gun), the Blackhawk CQC SERPA...that's just a cool holster imo! Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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That's a great OTW holster, the BlackHawks are excellent. As far as inside the waistband goes, I have a Comp-Tac C.T.A.C. and like it, I think the CrossBreed Supertuck is a bit nicer (has leather up against your skin, which seems like it would be more comfortable). I'm not sure on the price for the CrossBreeds, but my C.T.A.C. was about $75 if I recall correctly. They both take a few weeks to arrive, so keep that in mind as well. Let us know if you have any other questions.
 

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Crossbreed SuperTuck or K&D Dakota Defender. Or get both, like me. My Dakota is 14 weeks out still though. Search for Dakota Defender IWB on xdtalk.com to learn what's so good about them.
 

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GeneticsDave said:
That's a great OTW holster, the BlackHawks are excellent. As far as inside the waistband goes, I have a Comp-Tac C.T.A.C. and like it, I think the CrossBreed Supertuck is a bit nicer (has leather up against your skin, which seems like it would be more comfortable). I'm not sure on the price for the CrossBreeds, but my C.T.A.C. was about $75 if I recall correctly. They both take a few weeks to arrive, so keep that in mind as well. Let us know if you have any other questions.
+1 - I have the C.T.A.C. also and like it (wear it every day), but I agree with Dave. I've never tried the CrossBread Supertuck but it seems to be very popular here.
 

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I've got a crossbreed IWB and I love it. For me it is more comfortable than my C.T.A.C. because the leather disperses the direct pressure of the grip and frame against my body. Very comfortable. Also, it carries much better than other holsters i've tried, because the belt clips are slightly further apart which distribute the weight better. I do use an Instructors belt (which I also love) that is already pretty stiff, but having the clips spread out, carries better for me.
 

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I also have a Super Tuck. It's very comfortable and very concealable. My only complaint is that the plastic part doesn't cover the entire length of the slide (on a full-size Glock), so my pants tend to polish down the finish on the gun.
 

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For the K&D and DeSantis owners...Do the holsters retain their shape, when the gun is drawn? I would imagine it sucking, having to fiddle around trying to put the gun back into a collapsed holster, if they didn't.

On a separate question, does anybody ever fret over AD while trying to re-holster their gun with their IWB holster? Now I know your "finger" is the only safety that matters, but if you have one in the champer on a SA-XD for example, and even though your trigger finger is in the safe position (straight out off the trigger), could it be possible for a bit of clothing to "catch" the trigger and set it off? This is assuming you're holding the grip normally (grip safety is disengaged), or do you hold your gun differently when re-holstering, i.e. by the back of the slide for example? Yes...I'm REALLY new to hand guns! Sorry for the n00bness!
 

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The DeSantis holster I own (ProStealth) does NOT retain its shape once the pistol is removed. But DeSantis does make other holsters that DO retain their shape. I know that is a big deal for some, and it is becoming more important to me as well. I may be purchasing another holster that retains its shape for future use.
 

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SlimsBFG said:
On a separate question, does anybody ever fret over AD while trying to re-holster their gun with their IWB holster? Now I know your "finger" is the only safety that matters, but if you have one in the champer on a SA-XD for example, and even though your trigger finger is in the safe position (straight out off the trigger), could it be possible for a bit of clothing to "catch" the trigger and set it off? This is assuming you're holding the grip normally (grip safety is disengaged), or do you hold your gun differently when re-holstering, i.e. by the back of the slide for example? Yes...I'm REALLY new to hand guns! Sorry for the n00bness!
Fret...? YES. It is something I am concerned about. Unlikely to happen but I have thought about it enough that I holster my gun differently. See the picture for how I hold my XD when holstering. This only works on the XD because of the grip safety. Basically I just don't hold the grip correctly. My pointer finger flys off the side and just hangs out. My other 3 fingers (actually more like fingertips) are on the grip. My thumb holds onto the back sight and as I push the gun in I kind of move my thumb to the back of the slide on the strike indicator and push it into the holster with my thumb from this location. This makes it so I never touch the grip safety so if by some highly unlikely chance the trigger catches on something, the gun can't discharge.

Sorry about the picture but its the best I can do by myself....Maybe I will get my wife to take some good pictures of the process tonight.

 

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You should try taking that picture with a camera phone.... in your wrong hand also. Not the easiest picture to take yourself....
 

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by far the most comfortable holster I have for my xw45 compact is a cheap $10 Uncle Mikes Sidekick, I think it is made of felt, VERY VERY comfortable, impossible to reholster with. but I am not worried about reholstering, I want comfort first, and it is very easy to draw from. I have a few leather holsters for it but the one I wear every day is the Sidekick.
 

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For the K&D and DeSantis owners...Do the holsters retain their shape, when the gun is drawn? I would imagine it sucking, having to fiddle around trying to put the gun back into a collapsed holster, if they didn't.
The K&D does hold its shape, very well actually. It is very easy to draw from and reholster one handed.
 

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Stenny4 said:
The K&D does hold its shape, very well actually. It is very easy to draw from and reholster one handed.
Thanks Stenny4...I'm now proudly (more like patiently) waiting 14 - 16 weeks for the K&D DD! ;-p
 
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