View Full Version : Andrews MacDaniel II IWB Holster?
I did a search and didn't see too much on this forum about this holster. I'm thinking about trying one out for my M&P FS and was wondering how many of you are using one and how do you like it? I've heard some good things about it and found a few people who didn't like it as much.
For those of you who are using one, how easy is it to shift around on your belt? I'd really like a holster that I could shift from 3:30/4:00 to 3:00 or a little forward of that easily when I get in and out of the car. The kholster I'm using (which is very comfportable, BTW) is not very easy to shift around once it's on. The MacDaniel II looks like it could be easier to move because it attaches with one loop. If anybody can provide some input, it would much appreciated.
I know a guy who loves his, but I have my doubts about it having only one loop at the rear and believing Sam Andrews' claim that it doesn't rotate on you. That's a lot to ask of a single leather strap and a chicago screw.
The FIST #20 is very similar in design but has two straps. It is very minimalist with very few things to poke you. It also has (with the rear strap all the way up and the front strap in the middle hole) the prefect ride height and cant to keep my M&P from printing. A very comfortable, concealing, and good looking holster with a fairly quick turn around (5 weeks or so).
I saw Sam's work in a gunzine years and years ago, and was curious. When I called to ask more questions, Sam answered the phone personally and spent a lot of time on the phone with me. I ended up with an original MacDaniel, his shoulder rig (with several customizations), and a couple of others. I really liked the shoulder rig. Nice guy, great service.
I wore the MacDaniel quite a bit. After a period of time, the leather on the tab where the belt loop was mounted softened up a bit, and the hardware came loose. As a result, it would shift a bit, and rotate on presentation. After trying a couple of hardware replacements, I ultimately my leather guru sew the loop onto the holster. I don't carry IWB much anymore, but it works fine.
I tend to like the designs that have the loop offset from the main holster body, as they are thinner. I do think the holster would benefit from a second loop to further limit the potential for unwanted shifting and rotation, but it may or may not be an issue for the user.
I don't know if Sam answers the phone anymore, but if he does, I bet he'd be pretty helpful to you too. He'll build to suit, but you'll wait these days.
Hope this helps.
Sam still answers his own phone and actually does a few gun shows in Florida. That is where I met him and became a big MacDaniel II fan. I currently wear two - one for my M&P9 FS and one for a 3" K frame. They are very comfortable and the single belt loop is designed to pull the butt into your body. I can wear them all day without discomfort. The belt loops are sized to fit your belt and are replaceable. I have never had the need to move my holster once I am geared up and snugged up. I think the idea is to prevent your holster from moving once it is on. :D
Thanks very much. It sounds like I should give Sam a call. Really, the only reason I'd like to be able to move the holster once on is to shift it forward when I get in the car, and then back when I get out. MY daily driver is a Trailblazer SS, and the sidebolsters on the seats are enough to make it a little uncomfortable.
That FIST is a very, very nice looking holster too.
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