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I have encountered some holster makers that make a holster for the 9mm and a separate holster for the .40/357.
Other makers only make one holster, one size fits all type of thing.

Anybody able to explain the logic of either side of this?



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FYI, there is a very slight difference in slide (if I remember correctly, it's the height?) dimensions between the P239 9mm and .40s&w/.357sig. There used to be some high definition images here comparing them. If there are even slight dimension variations, then making the holster specifically for the caliber should result in a better fitting holster.

You could order the P239 holster for a 9mm and make the leather conform to the .40s&w/.357sig. But if you ever wanted to use it for a 9mm, the fit would be comprised.

Or buy a generic poor fitting leather or Kydex holster.


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FYI, there is a very slight difference in slide (if I remember correctly, it's the height?) dimensions between the P239 9mm and .40s&w/.357sig.

I was going to post this same thing.
But my thinking is that either way, leather is going to be pretty tight until broken vs. kydex which may be less forgiving, relatively.
I view leather more lake a new baseball glove that will adapt. Kydex, less so.
I agree, over time the 9mm may suffer fit in holsters shared w/ .40/.357.
 
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Many Kydex holsters (and a few generic leather holsters) rely on a tension screw for retention and fit. It makes them forgiving.


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I had a Vedder Light tuck for a P239. The website shows it for 9mm/.40/.357sig. It had a tension screw, but I could never get it to fit right with a .40/.357 sig pistol. 9mm was fine.

I do use a MS VMII interchangeably for the two different pistols.
 
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There’s enough of a difference in size between the slides that a properly fit holster for the 9mm will be to tight for the .40. Likewise, the 40 will have a sloppy fit for the nine. One
Size fit all makers either just make the larger version or aim for in between with the logic it will stretch out eventually.
 
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All very true. The good holster makers, Kramer for instance, make both sizes. Interestingly, the ones for the 239-9 also do quite well with the 228. 220 and 226 seem to be the same way.
 
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There’s enough of a difference in size between the slides that a properly fit holster for the 9mm will be to tight for the .40. Likewise, the 40 will have a sloppy fit for the nine...


W/ this in mind, can anyone tell me if the 9mm slides are the same as the .40/.357sig in the P229?
Vedder only lists the 9mm P229 but I'm thinking the P229 slides are all the same? To be more specific, Railless.

ETA: Never mind, it looks like the nines have slightly different dimensions.
ETA#2: It now looks like Vedder has both sizes for the P239.

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Most manf show the 9 & 40 as the same holster.


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Both of my Milt Sparks holsters (2007) for my P239 .40 are stamped "P239 .40". Presumably, if they didn't offer a different mold for the P239 9mm, they would just have stamped P239 on them.

Per the above posts, low end holsters or holsters with some type of internal adjustment screw might just size it to .40.


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