Finding that "perfect" concealed carry holster is almost a never ending quest for individuals who carry concealed. Most people go through a series of holsters in a trial and error process trying to find the perfect combination of comfort and concealment.

In most cases, handgun owners end up with the proverbial "box of holsters" that end up sitting around without being used.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Milt Sparks 55BN Holster

Unless you are completely new to the holster game or you've been living under a rock for the last 20 years, most shooters have heard of Milt Sparks Gun Leather. Sparks is considered a premier custom holster maker that specializes in concealment holsters. They make a number of very nice models, but today I'd like to focus on the Sparks 55BN holster.

The 55BN is really designed as a strongside belt holster that can be used for range work, general carry, or CCW. It can be ordered in a number of configurations including a:

  • Straight up cant
  • Forward cant
  • Crossdraw cant

In addition to the cant, the belt widths are customizable as well coming in a 1.25", 1.5", or 1.75" set-up; depending on your gun belt.

Two of the things that I really like about the 55BN include the built-in metal strip that keeps the mouth open all the time and the handboning for a perfect fit. I've had a number of Sparks holsters and it amazes me that they seem to ready to go upon arrival with little to no break-in.

Like most every holster that Sparks produces, my biggest complaint with the 55BN is the wait time. I understand that quality takes time, but I'm pretty impatient and have trouble waiting 12 to 16 months for a holster. Sometimes, it takes so long, that I forget about the order until it arrives.

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