That’s a great question! My first year was a Galco leather summer special with no retention. Extremely comfortable. After a year it was nicely broken in, like your favorite ten year old jeans, unfortunately I couldn’t safely re holster one handed, in addition, after seeing the FBI agent dancing in the streets and loosing his weapon, it was then that I decided to acquire some type of holster with a minimal amount of retention (a step up from leather). Admittedly, it was 2018 when that fool lost his weapon dancing in the streets, it just made me more aware of how much retention I required. Actually been carrying Kydex since 2010. He didn’t make my decision, but you get the point of my choice.
That happened to be a BladeTech Kydex holster custom fit for Kimber 1911 3” 45 Auto, wore it 24/7 for 9 years, at some point last year it split down the center line, it still maintained enough retention that I kept wearing it.
When trying to find a new one, no one seemed to be making custom holsters for those of us who refuse to give up our 1911’s. Everything is Glock, Glock, Glock! Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Glock, but many companies stopped producing Kydex holsters custom fit for 1911’s.
It was here in this community that someone recommended a new company that makes custom Kydex holsters, Muddy River Tactical. I received mine I guess in May. Very solidly built. Great fit for my weapon, great price and so solid it doesn’t seem like it will break. I use my body weight and an extremely tight belt as retention and deep concealment. I’ve previously mentioned on this site that my holster is permanently imprinted on my hip. It’s that tight and that deep. If I could do somersaults my weapon is not moving. It only moves when I tell it to move.
I will only use Kydex, the material holds its shape and most importantly I can re holster immediately with one hand. Not an easy task when that leather holster becomes as comfortable as those ten year old jeans, soft and pliable. I still use the leather holster to keep my weapon in nightstand after disarming for bed.
I prefer loop style, more secure!