Paddle holster or Belt Holster for OWB

Looking at getting a Vedder OWB holster.

They have a paddle and a belt loop holster.

I like the idea of the paddle because I could just clip it on. I have a belt loop holster for a full size gun, but it can be time consuming to get it in position. It may be more concealable.

(This is for conceal carry not open carry).

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I have a Vedder OWB holster but put a Blackhawk paddle on it. The Vedder paddle seemed to small for me to feel comfortable that it would work is a stressful situation.

That was a few years ago. Vedder may have changed their paddles

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I’ve been using OWB for classes (most Illinois Ranges don’t allow IWB) and paddle is perfect for this. Easy on, easy off.
Unfortunately for concealment it’s no so great. It doesn’t stay on place permanently, especially when carrier moves a lot.
I’ve also found that paddle can destroy the pants at the hook spots (doesn’t apply to jeans). I’ve tried to use the paddle outside the pants, just on the belt, but it’s not a good for everyday carry.
I’ve eventually switched to belt loops and found it a better solution. The holster stays on place no matter what and seems to be better concealed.

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@Scoutbob, I prefer OWB belt holster reason being the gun is better concealed due to less printing. A paddle holster although easier to put on and off, it’s also easier for the gun to be taken from you in a situation where you are wrestling with someone. In my honest opinion I would feel safer having the firearm closer to my body while concealing. A paddle holster is good for range use and training purposes. I hope this helps brother.

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I carry OWB and use both paddle and through the belt. Just depends on what or where I’m going and the clothes selection. Through the belt conceals better than paddle though

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Think I’m gonna look into that “light draw” holster for my shield 45. Might be harder to thread, but I like the idea of it being closer to my body.

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I prefer a snap on option: https://www.ttgunleather.com/product-page/elite-snap-removable-holster

I tried a few paddle holsters, never liked them much.

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I have had a Vedder OWB holster with the paddle for over a year now. I love it. It stays put and it’s comfortable. In fact, I’m wearing it now. Most of the time I forget I have it on. The screws have come loose a couple times and I’ve had to tighten them but other than that I’m thrilled with this holster. A little Loctite Blue would probably resolve the screws issue but I haven’t done it yet.

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