Bob Mika Pocket Holster: First and Second Impressions


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conw
July 11, 2008, 03:56 AM
That's right, first and second. I did a double take!

Mr. Mika is a genial person with time to help customers, and beyond that, to make friends (at least as well as possible, me being in NC and him in WI). We chatted about a variety of topics and he's an interesting guy.

When my holster got here after about a 6 week wait I was already happy, but after opening the package I'm struck by the elegance of the design. I'm not sure of the specific material; it looks leather, but isn't. I opted for the rounded cut bottom pocket holster for my Keltec, and it fits nicely in the right hand pocket of my cargo shorts. With a belt to keep my pants from falling down on the right side it'd be undetectable. There's some black semi-sticky web-like rubber material sewn around the holster midway down on the outside to keep it inside my pocket. This actually adds to the aesthetic quality of the holster. There are pictures floating around, but you have to see it to really understand how well-made these are. The stitching, like the rest of the holster, is functional and looks great. Bob used HEAVY duty thread and plenty of it, and the stitching loops in a slightly unusual way. Let's just say it's like the opposite of "Made in China."

My mom, whom I'm visiting, actually marvelled at the construction of the holster. You don't know her, but she's not a "gun person," and if she likes it...well, it says something. But enough about how it looks. How does it work?

According to the maker, the holsters are designed for only one purpose (ironically he says that aesthetics are the last consideration): to do their job right. You can send Mika any dimensions for any gun you want and he'll make a holster or pocket holster for it. And mine really does feel "custom made." Not only that, the holster will not come out of the pocket by accident "along with the gun". Truthfully, it's almost annoying to get out when you want to get it out!

Finally, the inside of the holster is a slightly porous stiff cloth material that really lets your gun slide out. The holster isn't form-fitting, but it is slightly snug. My P11 has a factory waistband clip on it and still fit fine - it's no problem to get it out of the holster. Another nice feature is that there is a small (not visible) flexible plastic insert sewn inside the top of the holster that keeps it open, making removal and especially reinsertion of your gun a real cinch. As long as nothing else is in your pocket, this holster really turns your pocket into a holster rather than just being a "pocket holster." You can count on your gun coming out of or going into your pocket when you want, period.

To personalize the holster further, Mika signs the inside with his name and "for <your name>" and the date of your holster's creation. My girlfriend's name is inside my holster because we paid using her credit card, and the date on the inside happens to be her birthday. I like that.

The holster was more than worth the 18.95 price tag and the six week wait. There's a reason for the six week wait, and I've just explained it. If you want to support a one-man operation that makes real quality for a reasonable price, with a human face, look no further.

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AndrewGWU
July 11, 2008, 07:40 AM
I've heard all good things about Mika. I am going to order one for my keltec p-3at soon. The uncle mikes pocket holster isn't worth the $12 I paid for it.

PakWaan
July 11, 2008, 09:38 AM
I have one of his pocket holsters for my Kel-Tec P-3AT and I'm thrilled with it.

indie
July 11, 2008, 09:55 AM
i just ordered one about a week and a half ago for my armscor 206. Cant beat that price for a custom made quality holster

hornblower
July 11, 2008, 09:59 AM
I have 3 Mika Holsters; a square cut, a round cut, and an IWB, all for my S&W 340 M&P CT.

I love the holsters and dealing with Mr. Mika is an experience in that he is completely customer satisfaction focused.

I wish he would expand into making holsters for OWB and more IWB as well.

Also I bought two Mag cases from him and they are excellent as well.

AZAndy
July 11, 2008, 10:46 AM
That dang Robert Mika is evil, evil, evil. The excellence of his pocket holster is going to force me to supplement my supply of pocket pistols, for the sole purpose of having holsters for them. It's a plot, I tell you!

kd7nqb
July 11, 2008, 02:30 PM
I dont own a Mika just yet because I dont have a pocket pistol yet but I have heard nothing but GREAT things about them, I originall heard about them on the Firearms Freedom podcast and now I want one after reading this thread.

conw
July 11, 2008, 02:33 PM
Giving him a PR boost is the least I can do, with his service and quality production. Heck, the review's just the truth, and to quote the man, "If it saves your bacon some day then I've done my job." When we get right down to it these are serious products. Past that, the whole experience left me feeling good, something that isn't that common any more in doing business with anyone.

conw
July 11, 2008, 02:34 PM
For the uninitiated who want to check out his site, it's here:

http://www.frontiernet.net/~akim/

redbone
July 11, 2008, 02:46 PM
Ditto. I have a round bottom and a square bottom for J-frame carry. Just an all-round, excellent holster. IIRC, shortly after I ordered it, Mr. Mika sent an email and said that $1 from every holster purchase goes to a wounded warrier program (or something similar, its been awhile and I don't exactly remember). Not too many companies can say that 5% od their gross revenue goes to such a worthwhile, cause. Maybe NO other companies.

The material is unaffected by moisture, is quite durable, and I agree with all of the above: at less than $20, it's an incredible deal.

RBH

DF357
July 11, 2008, 03:11 PM
Got one in my pocket right now.

I ordered mine 3-4 years ago, have given it a lot of use and it looks no different now than then.

When I ordered mine, I ordered a round bottom for my jframe. He accidentally sent me a square bottom. When I contacted him, he said to keep the one he sent and he's send me another.

You can't do better than having one of his products.

BLC
July 11, 2008, 03:38 PM
I am going to contact him to see what he can do for my P40. Thanks for the tip guys.

JCMAG
July 11, 2008, 04:12 PM
I just ordered a Mika square-cut pocket holster the other day for my S&W 442. I can't wait to try it out. My 442 recently complained about the butt-sweat soaking through my back pocket after a long, hot day at work and demands to ride naked no longer.

I was happy to oblige.

In all seriousness, why send more money to a big manufacturer when you can support an American citizen who is earning an honest day's wage doing fine hand-work?

SAWBONES
July 11, 2008, 04:43 PM
I've got four Mika holsters, and have used 'em for several years.

It's well to give the pocket holsters a break-in period of a couple weeks. At first they feel rather bulky, but after they conform to the gun and to your leg, they're better and more comfortable than pretty much anything else out there.

The Lone Haranguer
July 11, 2008, 09:47 PM
Although they appear simple in design and construction, a lot of thought went into them. Mine (square-cut for a Kahr PM9) is smooth and flat on the outside, but the inside is molded closely around the trigger guard. I also like that they require no special manipulations or techniques (e.g., rocking backwards to snag your pocket, pushing it off with your trigger finger, pressing against your leg) to get the gun out without the holster coming up with it. Just stab your hand down, grab a handful of grip - and he also helps out here by providing plenty of clearance for your second finger - and pull.

1KPerDay
July 11, 2008, 11:41 PM
a square cut, a round cut,
Which do you like better and why?

The Lone Haranguer
July 11, 2008, 11:52 PM
I felt that, for me, the square was less likely to tip or tilt in the larger pockets of relaxed-fit jeans, cargo pants and sometimes casual slacks that I typically wear. Either would probably have been just fine, though. If you are not sure you can always ask him. :cool:

conw
July 12, 2008, 12:49 AM
It's well to give the pocket holsters a break-in period of a couple weeks. At first they feel rather bulky, but after they conform to the gun and to your leg, they're better and more comfortable than pretty much anything else out there.

That's great news. I already love mine and it's pretty darn comfortable.

ArchAngelCD
July 12, 2008, 02:07 AM
I and many others started to sing the praises of Mika holsters about 2 years ago. Back then they cost less and only took a week to get to you. Because the Internet spreads the word of a quality product so well it now takes 6 to 8 weeks to get a holster, the price is a little higher but the workmen ship is still of the highest order. I now have 4 Mika holsters in both pocket and IWB models. You will find they get even better with daily use because the holster molds itself to your gun with use.

hornblower
July 12, 2008, 09:08 AM
To tell you the truth, the price was so reasonable, I ordered both, not knowing which I would like better.
When they came, I put my S&W 340 M&P CT into the square cut, put it in my front pocket, and it worked so well I have never used the round cut.
I have tried the round cut and it was fine, but I am so pleased with the square cut that I just use it everyday, in both dress and casual cloths.
In Robert Mika, old world craftsmanship and pride in what you produce, is alive and well!

Camjr
July 12, 2008, 10:04 AM
I love mine. Round Cut for the 642. Great guy to deal with.

Dr_2_B
July 12, 2008, 09:50 PM
Yeah, I carried my P3AT in one today. Excellence augmented by nice aesthetics and the sense of a personal touch by the builder.

conw
July 13, 2008, 03:51 PM
Bump, just this once.

rainbowbob
July 13, 2008, 05:56 PM
It seems that everyone who deals with Chief Mika makes a new friend. He is a remarkable individual.

The last correspondence I had with him I urged him to hire some help to meet the ever-increasing demand for his high-quality, low-cost product. He insists on having his hand on every holster he turns out, but he indicated he was considering hiring a few of the many unemployed good folks in his town to help out.

You can't do better than a Mika holster. Come to think of it - I'm going to order one right now for a good friend who pocket carries "naked" because he's "sure" that pocket holsters come out with the gun. Besides...it's his B'day.

Just ordered one for my friend and requested it be incripted with a B'day message and shipped directly to him. Sure, it'll take a few weeks - but it will be worth it!

ArchAngelCD
July 13, 2008, 08:37 PM
rainbowbob,
You're right, Mr. Mika told me he was going to hire some of the locals to help out too. He also told me it will be him, and him alone who does the final assembly and sewing of all the holsters. If the wait time is down to a few weeks from 8 weeks I'm guessing he did hire some help.

rainbowbob
July 13, 2008, 08:58 PM
...If the wait time is down to a few weeks...

I glibly used the term "a few weeks" in place of "some time in the next couple of months". I really don't have any idea how long delivery is taking these days. Anybody else have recent order/delivery experience? How long did it take? Still worth the wait, regardless.

conw
July 14, 2008, 01:28 AM
The wait time doesn't seem to be down yet, but he did mention that a lady was working with him now.

AZAndy
July 23, 2008, 10:14 PM
I glibly used the term "a few weeks" in place of "some time in the next couple of months". I really don't have any idea how long delivery is taking these days. Anybody else have recent order/delivery experience? How long did it take? Still worth the wait, regardless.

Ordered one in mid-April and it took ten weeks. No complaint from me, though; it was worth it.

The Lone Haranguer
July 23, 2008, 10:43 PM
I've heard all good things about Mika. I am going to order one for my keltec p-3at soon. The uncle mikes pocket holster isn't worth the $12 I paid for it.
I thought so as well. The problem with UM's is not that it is of poor quality - it is that it is a "generic" fit and not made for the specific gun. The small size fits my Kahr PM9 poorly (blocking my second finger from sliding up under the trigger guard), and the next size up is hopeless, being much too big. But the Mika fits it perfectly, even having internal molding around the trigger guard.

As for the wait time (which does seem to be growing longer, but I waited over five months for a Milt Sparks), this is the nature of the one-man custom holster business.

ChefJeff1
August 5, 2008, 09:24 PM
I just received one too for a j-frame. Very interesting design and stays put and my gun flies out of it. It conceals in my cargo shorts and mind you I'm 5-4 and maybe 130 pounds.

blazinred
August 6, 2008, 06:48 PM
round or square holster chef?

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