New 1911 Holster From DeSantis

Finding the perfect holster is a bit like being the Goldilocks of guns. Some fail to provide the desired retention level, some create an uncomfortable carry position, some are awkward to draw from – the list goes on. In the end you find yourself adding your latest acquisition to the constantly-growing pile of unwanted gear in your gun room or closet. Finding the holster that is “just right” is what we all hope for, and if you’re in the market for a 1911 holster, DeSantis has a new product that just might get the job done.

The newest holster in DeSantis’ lineup is the T-Gat Slide, or #131 on their product list. It’s described as a trailing-slot belt scabbard and is designed to be worn either on your strong side or for cross-body draw. The T-Gat Slide is made from good quality saddle leather, just as you’d expect from DeSantis. It’s molded to the gun’s frame for a truly secure fit and has a reinforced thumb break. According to the company it will fit any standard 1911 with barrel lengths between 3″ and 5″. Something gun owners might find interesting is that it’s designed specifically – only – for those who carry cocked and locked.

If you’re still looking for the perfect 1911 holster – or maybe you just want another one – visit the company’s website for a closer look:

MSRP $77.99. Available in black or tan.

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  • TVOrZ6dw

    The bungee holster has pretty much solved all my carry issues…

  • Marcus D.

    I have a “trailing slot” 1911 holster, and yes, it is a De Santis (just no thumb break). It is at the bottom of the holster drawer, as it is utterly incapable of holding my 4″ 1911 tight to my body. The problem is not the trailing slot, it is the belt tunnel behind the holster. It is also, just like this one, a straight drop holster. It looked good, but wasn’t. A pancake is a better choice.

  • jerry young

    this looks just like so many other holsters on the market what’s new? leather while looking good and can be made fancy is not the best choice for everyday carry, first the chemicals used to tan leather can cause corrosion it retains moisture, kydex is a far better material, it can be formed where there is no need for a thumb break and has perfect retention and depending on the accessory added can be reformed to fit without having to buy a new holster, they can be made for either IWB or OWB carry, I have a friend that coustom makes Kydex holsters I have been using them for more than 2 years now without a problem

    • Marcus D.

      Each to his own. A quality holster maker will use vegetable tanned leather that does not have the corrosive chemicals in it to which you refer. All of my holsters are leather, and none have caused any corrosion to any of the guns carried in them. The manufacturers are Bianchi, De Santis, and Kirkpatrick for carry guns (not one of which have retention straps nor do they need them), and Wolf Ears and Henderson & Henderson for black powder revolvers. This summer I will be getting a very custom carved holster from Purdy Gear for an 1861 Navy. I have never owned an (ugly) Kydex, and doubt I ever will.

  • MaddieF

    I believe there is an advantage to smaller manufacturers. I personally found DeSantis wore out more rapidly then my custom made holsters. I fully support and recommend my small, custom holster maker Danny Boy Custom Leather Llc. His work is by far, more sturdy, long lasting and aesthetically pleasing. Of course small manufacturers have some drawbacks, but they are often made up for in quality. Not to mention the bonus of a real-life person helping make sure you get what you want.

  • Mark Wynn

    Not sure about 1911 holsters where the front sight is open. I need a 1911 holster for my Gold Cup, with aftermarket tritium sights, that covers the front sight and provides a hard guide slot for the front sight, as it’s cut parallel to the slide, and would hang up. I keep this guide slot lightly lubricated with dielectric grease, which does not affect metal, leather, rubber or plastics. This setup allow a smooth draw. One such holster is the Safariland 2P. I dont’ know if they still make it.