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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Recently I found out that Brownells carries some Milt Sparks holsters

I always wanted to give a Milt Sparks holster a try but did not want to suffer through the wait.   So, I gots me this here purty little IWB Milt Sparks Summer Special 2 for a Colt Commander from Brownells; not shown is another Milt Sparks SS2 for a full size 1911, also from Brownells.   Although worthy of being preserved as collectibles, the beautiful leather of both holsters will suffer the same fate as my underwear by turning 50 shades of gray over many years of abuse inside my hot, sweaty, pants.  

Notice that the belt loops fit my 1.5'' belt; the holster does stays where it is supposed to and at the intended angle.  I am not a fan of mass produced holsters with loops that are "one size fits all, up to and including belts 1.75'' wide."  Your taste may be different.  BTW, you can purchase different size replacement loops for these Milt Sparks holsters.  As do all makers of quality holsters (that I know of), Milt Sparks uses quality directional snaps where appropriate.  These loop-snaps are easy-on and easy-off but they will not unsnap accidentally, which is good thing because a handgun is one of a very few universally recognized items that had best stay in a person's trousers until an appropriate occasion.

I have been a frequent (and very satisfied) customer of Brownells lately, and I'm not just talking about holsters.  They have "stuff" that I could not find elsewhere.  Few things are worse in life for a guy than needing "stuff" and not being able to find it.  I even tried having a friend look around Facebook for me,  but they must have banned the buying and selling of "stuff."  Until Facebook offers "stuff" that interests me, I'm not joining their silly cult.

Milt Sparks holsters come already broken in better than from most other vendors (the Commander required zero breaking in while the full size 1911 holster required maybe a couple of dozen vigorous "in and out" exercises to be at ease, which is NOT the fault of Milt Sparks;  1911 frames, slides, and finishes are NOT uniform between makers and model years.  I once tried six different 1911 pistols in a new holster (a different vendor than Milt Sparks, BTW) and each fit differently.)  Anyway, if you want a holster that already fits your handgun, Milt Sparks is the best I have yet seen in this respect, but you will probably still need to do a bit of work; Ken Null holsters also require relatively little break-in.

The Summer Special 2 comes with a metal insert sewn into the leather to keep the holster from closing up under your belt when the pistol has been removed from it.  Reholstering is a breeze.   It is a very well executed example of Bruce Nelson's Summer Special, and is as close to the original maker as you will find.

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