Let me start by saying I have a ton of holsters. I like to have 3 types of holster per weapon. An inside the waist band, outside the waist band, and a tactical/range type holster. I know that’s a lot of holster action but options allow efficiency and comfort. It does me no good to try to conceal a paddle Serpa under a T-shirt, just like it’s not the best choice to go IWB for a long range day as I’ll rub my weapon raw and it’s not the most comfortable thing having something in your pants all day. ( Hence the OWB choice for concealed carry )
So I began shopping around for an OWB holster for my 1911’s. I knew I wanted a holster like FBI agents or detectives carry. The tanned leather ones. They always looked so comfortable. I wanted a level 1 ( friction lock ) holster, that covered the weapon all the way to the tip of the barrel, and that sat pretty flat against the body. I found a ton of choices from Galco, DeSantis, Bianchi, Blackhawk, etc… But they’re all so expensive and don’t have the look or features/form I wanted.
Then I stumbled on Ross Leather. They were pretty nice holsters and for almost half the price of everyone else. I am always skeptical and intrigued at the same time when I see something affordable like that. I believe you get what you pay for, but there are always gems hidden out there.
I watched 4 videos, and read maybe 3 reviews on the Ross Leather and saw nothing but satisfaction. And after finding some more detailed pictures I saw tight stitching, thick and hard leather, tanned nicely, and with a tight weapon fit. And one I saw was carried heavily for 5 years and looked great. No loosened stitching or anything.
So I took the plunge on a Ross Leather product. I got the tan, OWB pancake for 1911’s. $45 +$5 for shipping. *Spoiler alert* – It’s one of those gems.
The belt mounts sit nice and far apart so the weight is distributed, and when you’re carrying an all steel full size 1911 that’s a huge plus. The leather is thick so you’ll get long life, consistency, and moisture protection for you weapon as well.
For a long day of carry in hot weather, this holster makes it the most comfortable I’ve ever had for 1911’s. At $45 it’s a great value!