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I've never used a holster made out of Kydex because I don't care for the way that they scratch firearms. I used to have some Kydex sheaths for knives and had the same problem. However, I do like the way they hold the weapon so securely. What do y'all have to say about the issue?
 

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Since I don't have any high dollar guns, kydex works for me. A little wear around the edges of my guns add character. If I had some expensive guns, I would probably just use leather. I have used some kydex and even made a couple holsters myself.
 

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No problems here, yet, only have used mine for a few days.
The shiny side of the Kydex is the inside of the holster, so I doubt that it will cause any scratching.
 

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No problems here, yet, only have used mine for a few days.
The shiny side of the Kydex is the inside of the holster, so I doubt that it will cause any scratching.
I think it's the tight friction fit that causes the wear/scratches. Now if there is a company out there that lines their kydex holsters, that would be the way to go.
 

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Even leather holsters show wear on a firearm after long term use, no matter how deep the bluing may be. But since i could care less about the general appearance of a firearm, i'm much happier when they're functional than sitting pretty in a safe. I've probably put more scratches on my 945 from it hitting the seat belt buckle in the car than using the kydex paddle i've had for a year now. But adding some type of soft liner like a felt or velvet would definitely minimize the damage, provided it's applied to be snagless.
 

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I have a couple of kydex holsters that are OK. However, I prefer leather. Leather conforms to you. Kydex never changes.
 

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For kydex check out hideous holsters. I have holsters from them for my pt1911 and g19, also a slew of mag pouches for all my firearms including my AR.

I use kydex exclusively for OWB carry, IWB I'm using a galco Kingtuc and like it alot.

The kydex hasn't hurt my pt1911 or g19, and I've holstered/reholstered 100's of times.

Aside guns are tools, not mantlepieces. Couple scratches adds character!
 

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I've never used a holster made out of Kydex because I don't care for the way that they scratch firearms. I used to have some Kydex sheaths for knives and had the same problem. However, I do like the way they hold the weapon so securely. What do y'all have to say about the issue?
Here's the way I look at this. What's your life worth? I used to carry my Bersa .380 with the wrong holster and my perspiration dang near ruined the bluing. Since then I bought a Crossbreed for it, very nice. I am now carrying a PT945 stainless. I have the Nate Squared (no kydex) and just today my Tommy Theis arrived. Very nice. My carry guns are a tool for protection, tools sometimes get used and abused.
 

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I have a Crossbreed Minituck for IWB carry and it works for my daily carries - PT140 and PT145. And, as I've been told on this forum, you can reform the kydex by using low heat and a hairdryer. I am hoping to add a midsize/compact 1911 to my carry rotation soon and I will probably do the hairdryer thing to re-mold the mini for that gun. Other option is to purchase another mini built to the compact 1911 if for no other reason, to keep from having to re-work the holster when I switch to one of the milpros.

Yeah, I could look for another holster/brand entirely but I cannot say enough how happy I've been with the CB and I remember the uncertainty of the ole holster roundup before I settled on the CB.

Oh, my milpros are SS models and no scratching/marring of the finish in 2 years of use; the compact 1911 is parkerized and the finish may suffer some but it is one of the inexpensive lines and more concerned re: having a functional gun rather than a shiny heirloom.

Just my $0.02 . . . .
 

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I'm not that concerned about appearance for daily carry guns. The thinness and rigidity are impossible to duplicate with leather. If you're interested, Garret Industries (Silent Thunder holster) lines kydex with leather at the price of added thickness.
 

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Interesting comments folks. I certainly do look at my firearms as tools, but also as collectibles. As such, I like them to look good. Check out all of the comments in the "are you a collector or shooter" thread that started a few days ago. It's the same way with my motorcycle. It is a 2000 model purchased new, and it still looks great with simple washing and waxing. I guess its the same way with my firearms, a little character is great, but I still like them to look nice....
 
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