The foxx holster is a tuckable design with clips that fasten to your belt or pants. The main holster is made from molded Kydex and provides a very snug fit for a Colt 1911. The fact that the holster fits inside the waistband and the Kydex is specifically molded for the 1911 could be the reason why Foxx decided to not have the usually adjustable retention screws.
The ride height can be adjusted using the belt clips. There are three holes for the clips which give three different height options and the cant can also be played with. The Foxx holster also has all of the other essential features such as a raised back cover which prevents the tang and hammer from coming into direct contact with your skin. That’s also pretty important for the 1911 design as the tang and hammer are not rounded which can cause discomfort for everyday carry.
The holster also fully covers the trigger guard and the full length of a five-inch barrel. The Foxx is a quality choice for people that like the tuckable design and the price is also reasonable.
The 1791 leather holster comes in four different color varieties and the quality of the leather and stitching is of the 1791 company’s usual standard, which is good. The leather is well molded to the 1911 frame and the holster design has two belt holes on the slide side for adjustable cant.
The belt holes can fit belts up to 1.75-inches in height and for added retention, the holster has a thumb strap that fastens to the inside. The thumb release is pretty fast to flip open but because it connects on the inside, a bit of practice is probably required to draw quickly.
One issue with the 1971 holster is that it is a right-hand draw only. Like with most other 1791 designs, the holster is affordably priced considering its quality. The 1791 is our choice for 1911 owners that like leather OWB design and also want an extra retention feature like a thumb strap.
The Relentless Tactical is an IWB leather holster that comes in three different colors, Whisky Brown. Charred Oak, and Midnight Black. The top of the holster has two layers of leather to make it tougher, particularly where the clip connects- which is where the wear and tear can take place over time.
The holster covers the trigger guard and the full length of a five-inch gun barrel, although it can fit any length of barrel. A possible point to consider is that this holster fits inside the waistband but the leather stops well short of the hammer and tang. Depending on your body shape and how the holster sits on your waist, this could cause discomfort for everyday carry.
The Relentless Tactical is a simple leather design of great quality and is also available in a left-hand option. This is our pick for 1911 owners looking for a leather IWB holster.
The Tac is made from soft neoprene material with extra cushioning on the inside of the holster. Neoprene and Nylon holsters are generally cheaper options but the Tac holster is well made and has double stitching around the clip and a screw tac to ensure that the belt clip will be firm and withstand everyday use.
The holster also has a thumb strap for retention which is easy to flip open. The Tac covers all of the trigger guards and the bottom of the holster is open to accommodate all barrel lengths. A bonus feature of the TAC is that it ships with two magazine holsters for people who want to carry a spare magazine. The TAC is comfortable to wear but as has been mentioned with other holsters on our list, it’s an IWB holster and it does not have extra material at the back to cover the tang and hammer. This may or may not be an issue for you. Unfortunately, the Tac is a right-hand only holster but is our choice for a nylon/neoprene holster that also has spare magazine options. The holster fits belts up to 1.75-inches and is a good value-for-money buy considering that you get two mag pouches.
Fobus is an Israeli company that originally designed holsters with the military in mind. As such they are simple, rugged, and based upon a great deal of user feedback. It’s an OWB paddle design that is very comfortable to wear.
The Fobus incorporates passive retention and it can be adjusted with a screw. The holster is designed to ride lower on the hip for better concealability. A standout feature of the Fobus is that it can accommodate 1911s with frame rails for light and red dot accessories. The holster can fit 1911s with any barrel length and it is our choice for people that are looking for a holster to fit a 1911 with a frame rail.
Like all Fobus designs, the evolution holster provides very quick access to your gun and has a very fast draw. Unfortunately, the evolution holster is a right-handed option only. It’s also important to note that some users have stated that the holster is not a great fit for guns with longer than five-inch barrels that have rails.
The 1911 design is an all-time classic. There are many holsters out there that are made for 1911s and all of the clones. We have clouted around to select five holster options that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Our picks will also give you a choice of good-quality holsters that cater to those that prefer different materials and carry styles. We have leather, Kydex, IWB, OWB, and paddle choices. Between our five picks, you will find a holster that suits your carry style and comfort requirements.
There are a few basics to a good holster, particularly if you are selecting one for everyday carry. Firstly, your holster should cover the trigger guard of your gun. This is a safety feature that limits the chance of grabbing the trigger when drawing under pressure.
Retention is another important factor, particularly if you do not like extra safety measures such as thumb straps. A good holster will retain a very firm grip on your gun but at the same time, it will allow for a smooth and fast draw. This also applies to holsters with thumb straps for added retention and safety. A good thumb strap will hold your gun securely but will also be easy and quick to flip open when drawing.
All of our picks have been selected with these features in mind. The other features that each selection will have are more about personal preference and carry style.
Apart from a few 1911 guns and clones that have double-stack magazines, the 1911 is a thin gun. The gun itself is quite tall and the grip is wide and thin. Even though it may be easier to carry compared to other full-sized steel semi-autos, there are many who still consider it to be unsuitable for everyday carry.
If you want to carry a 1911 concealed then you should also bear in mind that many 1911s have pretty long and sharp tangs. Many also have sharp-ended hammers. These features can cause discomfort depending on how the holster sits on your belt. Some 1911 holsters will have large sweat covers that provide material between your body and the tang and hammer. This issue may not affect everyone but it should be noted. This potential issue may be more applicable to IWB holsters.
1911 style guns are all-steel auto pistols. Together with a full magazine, they are heavy. The long grip of a 1911 with a full magazine can cause some movement because of how the weight is centered. This makes having a rigid and sturdy gun belt essential even with really well-designed holsters.
That covers our top picks for 1911s and clone models. One final word, if concealment is a major selection criterion for you, then the IWB options will be your obvious choices. The 1911 design is thin but it is a high gun with a grip that tends to protrude quite a lot from OWB holsters. This limits your clothing options and is not ideal for all-year-round carry.