One thing every defensive handgun needs is a holster. After all, a pistol not carried is of no use. The Nighthawk Shadow Hawk is a serious pistol and deserves serious leather. The number of holsters available for a 1911 is pretty high, but add a rail to the pistol and available number plummets. Add a light and watch the bottom fall out. Despite this, quality holsters for the Nighthawk Shadow Hawk 1911 can easily be found.

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BIANCHI: Bianchi also has concealable holsters for railed 1911s. Its minimalistic 7506 Thumbsnap Belt Slide made of AccuMold ballistic weave. It features dual snap belt loops for a convenient, quick release without belt removal. (; 800-347-1200)

BLACKHAWK: BlackHawk offers its polymer Level 2 Serpa for 1911s wearing the Xiphos NT weapon light (shown above). Serpas are super-fast retention holsters. (; 800-379-1732)

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CROSSBREED: CrossBreed Holsters offers its SuperTuck IWB/tuckable holster for railed 1911s. Very concealable, the SuperTuck is also quite comfortable and uses both Kydex and leather. OWB fans should check out the Snapslide, a Kydex and leather holster. (888-732-5011;

DESANTIS: DeSantis has a number of holsters for railed 1911s, including its unique Invisible Agent. The very concealable Invisible Agent is skeletonized and designed as a single holster to fit almost every handgun available. (; 631-841-6300)

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GALCO: Galco’s Halo Belt Holster will hold a full-sized, railed 1911 with a weapon light in place, and can be concealed. The Halo is constructed of premium saddle leather, fits belts up to 1.75 inches wide and is available in right hand designs, in black. (http://www.; 800-874-2526)

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