Plastic Surgery on a Scout. Much improved.


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1911 guy
April 26, 2008, 09:42 AM
I bought a Galco "Scout" holster about six months ago and didn't like the way it rode in my pants. The attachment was a simple J-hook, with nothing to actally support the weight of the gun. I tote a steel 5" 1911, so this was an issue. I hated to pitch it in the "bad idea holster drawer" since the holster body itself is pretty well made. So I put on my Holster Maker hat and made a change. Turned out good. Maybe this will be of some use to someone else.

1) I bought an extra belt clip that goes to a "Sky-Ops" holster. This clip is made for a tuckable holster, but has a C-channel type arrangement, two clips on top to support weight and one on bottom to prevent the holster from coming out when you draw. The original had only the bottom portion.

2) I took out the original clip. Had to destroy it to get it out, but the holster was no good to me "as-is". The replacement clip, from the Sky-Ops, is much longer. Cut the bottom portion to fit all the way down into the pocket the original came out of. There is a small hole in the leather where the plastic dimple held the original clip in place. Use a scribe or razor point to mark the spot on the inserted replacement clip.

3) Get a very small (diameter no more than 1/3 of the width of the clip where you'll drill) set screw from the hardware store. Short is better, you don't want anything sticking out and into your pants.

4) Drill a small hole in the clip. Find centerline, then drill on center at the same depth where you made your mark with the scribe. Drill one or two sizes small than the set screw.

5) Turn in the screw with the clip out of the holster, first. The screw will be sorta' self tapping in the plastic. Remove screw.

6) Place clip in hoster, install screw, file/grind flush. I put a piece of medical tape over it just in case, I don't want any edge I left to tear up my pants from the inside out.

I sent Galco an e-mail about this. It seems the holster would work fine for a smaller and lighter handgun, but the clip arrangement was inadequate for a fullsize gun. The butt kept tipping toward my waistline. This solved the problem nicely and it's actually pretty comfortable now and conceals well under a T-shirt.

Total cost was about twelve bucks. Ten plus tax for the new clip, a few pennies for a screw at the hardware store and some time fiddling around with it.

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The Lone Haranguer
April 26, 2008, 05:11 PM
The attachment was a simple J-hook, with nothing to actally support the weight of the gun.
I've never understood the point of J-hooks, although some highly regarded makers offer them.

Srigs
April 27, 2008, 01:37 PM
J clips are very good at minimizing clip signature, holding the holster in place when drawing, less likely to mess up a chair when siting and one that works well for me.

Here is one I made a prototype for my Model 66-1 called a Dbl J Clip. The pants go under the clip and belt over.

http://www.sideguardholsters.com/extra/dblclip66-1a.JPG

http://www.sideguardholsters.com/extra/dblclip66-1b.JPG

http://www.sideguardholsters.com/extra/dblclip66-1c.JPG

http://www.sideguardholsters.com/extra/dblclip66-1d.JPG

sadlsor
April 28, 2008, 11:36 PM
Hey 1911 guy, could you share a picture or 2? My feeble imagination is struggling with your description. :confused: That's not all I struggle with, but I'm trying to stay on topic... :)

Thank you!

1911 guy
April 29, 2008, 09:11 AM
I'll try to take and post some pics soon.

Srigs, what supports the weight of the gun? All I see is two clips that keep the holster from coming out on the draw. What's needed, in my opinion, is something to support the weight of the gun on the belt. A pants waistband doesn't cut it. If it does, we're wasting our money on gunbelts.

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