Seeking flat-sided CCW pocket holster for S&W 642


P. Plainsman
November 17, 2004, 02:25 PM
Don't have my CCW yet, but when I get one in a few months I plan to tote a J-frame in the right front pocket of my slacks. I want a holster that has a flat, relatively firm outer face so the gun doesn't print through the pocket.

Bought a leather holster out of a catalog -- think it was an Uncle Mike's something -- and when it gets here it turns out to be form-fitted on both sides. The gun prints worse through this holster than it does just dropped in my pocket! No good.

Any comments and/or recommendations? Comfort is nice, concealability is key. I think I saw a black J-frame holster in the Dillon Blue Press -- Kramer? -- that was the right configuration.

Thanks in advance.

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November 17, 2004, 02:57 PM
take a look at the Desantis Nemesis.

November 17, 2004, 07:29 PM
Seems like there was a good thread on here recently about Mika pocket holsters fitting your requirements.

Whole Hog
November 17, 2004, 10:06 PM
I don't have them yet, but after a lot of looking I ordered pocket holsters for my J-frame and PM9 from RJ Hedley. He makes them just as you've described.

Edited to add link.

November 17, 2004, 10:18 PM
Kramer holsters has exactly what you are looking for.

November 17, 2004, 10:23 PM
In order of preference:

Hedley (my 642 resides in this. Just can't say enough good things about it.)


BTW, if you fancy the Kramer, I suggest you look at Dillon precision. They have them for J frames for about $10 less than Kramer sells direct (maybe bigger difference by now),

November 18, 2004, 08:34 AM
Another recommendation for the DeSantis line. The Nemesis ( (soft, "sticky" material) is my standard pocket holster, and I carry a S&W 442/642 or a Glock 27 in one all day without being "made". DeSantis also makes a leather Pocket Pal ( which conceals the J-frames very nicely.

November 18, 2004, 10:28 AM
The Desantis Nemesis.

The plain $10 Uncle Mike's worked for me for nine months in jeans.
In slacks, the Safariland Model 25 is excellent, formed inside, flat outside, and quick, however it's a "hard" pocket holster and doesn't always "look right".

The Mika has an excellent reputation for a reason.

November 18, 2004, 10:36 AM
The Uncle Mikes pocket pouch (or the same pouch for use with armor) works nicely for me - either one. The soft-sided nylon doesn't print like hard leather.

P. Plainsman
November 18, 2004, 10:53 AM
Thanks for the good feedback, folks.

I looked in the closet, and it turns out the unsatisfactory holster I bought was a DeSantis -- but it was not the Nemesis, which looks quite promising.

November 18, 2004, 12:10 PM
I recommend a Mika pocket holster because I use one for my .38 snubby. Cost is $15.95 and that includes shipping. You can order a "round cut" or a "square cut". If yor're not sure which one you want then e-mail Robert and ask. His e-mail address is on his web site which is:

Robert sent me a holster before I paid him. He told me to send him the money if I liked it. If I didn't like it, he told me to give it to someone who did and nobody owes him anything. I tried mine for a couple days and sent him the money. (I don't know if he'll do that for you, but I wanted to tell my story to show what kind of guy he is.)


November 18, 2004, 11:20 PM
Another vote for Mike Mika's pocket holsters. They are not flat sided - but rather rounded. In other words - no hard lines that pop out. Offered are square or round bottom holsters to accomidate round or square pocket bottems. I'd recommend getting both - which can be had for under $40 for both shipped right to your mailbox.

Also, the Mika holsters are designed to stay in the pocket when the gun is pulled - not come out holster & gun like some of the more form fitting or tight pocket holsters. They also resist moisture (a bigger deal for those of us in warmer & more humid climates).

No holster is going to make a gun "disappear" in a pocket. What you want is something that doesn't obviously look like a gun - will comfortably & securely hold the gun in a consistent position - and will allow the gun to be drawn & re-holstered quickly & smoothly.

November 19, 2004, 05:11 AM
The Kramer pocket holster has been my choice for years. I've tried many others, but found none better than the Kramer.

November 19, 2004, 08:09 PM
Nemesis and Uncle Mike's. I've used them for nearly a decade.

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