Makarov Pocket Holster Improvement


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Scottmkiv
January 27, 2006, 12:08 AM
I recently purchased a Desantis Nemesis pocket holster for my Makarov. I like most everything about the holster. It is cheap, $15, it keeps the pistol from moving around, it keeps lint out of the gun, and it seems good on the draw.

The downside is that it doesn't break up the outline much at all. I still had a pretty distinctive gun outline showing through my pocket. So, I decided I might be able to fix it.

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a38/Scottmkiv/Gun%20Stuff/IMG_0001.jpg

I made a small duct tape magazine holster attached to the main holster. This makes the whole package print as a vague square outline instead of a much more distinctive l-shaped gun outline.

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a38/Scottmkiv/Gun%20Stuff/IMG_0001_1.jpg

Now, my 15 dollar holster doesn't print, and has a reload ready to go.

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Scottmkiv
January 27, 2006, 12:53 AM
The ammo I shoot is rated for a little more than 20 inches of penetration, seems like plenty of oomph to me. I have also never heard of a reliable out of the box 1911 that could be pocket carried, for $150, with ammo that is $100/1000 rounds.

Old Fuff
January 27, 2006, 12:57 AM
Wolfee:

The purpose of Scottmkiv thread was to show an interesting and innovative adaptation to a pocket holster. While you have a perfect right to your opinions concerning various handguns and cartridges and the merits thereof, they dont exactly relate to the subject or purpose of this thread.

As for the holster, it is true as Scottmkiv points out, that certain guns can present a printing problem. There are various ways to solve this, but adding a spare magazine has to be one of the better ones. It is something I will keep in mind ;) :cool:

reload4me2
January 27, 2006, 01:38 AM
Can you still get a grip on the gun? It looks like there is no space between the bottom plate of the extra mag and the front strap of the grip on the MAK.

LiquidTension
January 27, 2006, 03:03 AM
Your pockets must be a lot bigger than mine if you can fit a Mak in them. I was looking at that same holster for my KelTec. Anyone else have experience with it?

Chrontius
January 27, 2006, 03:31 AM
I'd vote for Tandy Leather -- with a little creativity, you can have a remarkably nice holster for 90 cents of remainders, and the cost of a needle and thread and a good awl is about $5; most of that is re-usable.

Anyone wants to see mine, PM me.

joebogey
January 27, 2006, 10:03 AM
I can carry a Mak just fine on my belt. But for lack of a butt, I can't carry one as a pocket gun. It's always pullin my pants down.
And everbody knows, " Crack Kills". ;)

md2lgyk
January 27, 2006, 12:56 PM
Your pockets must be a lot bigger than mine if you can fit a Mak in them. I was looking at that same holster for my KelTec. Anyone else have experience with it?

I've carried my P32 in a Nemesis for years. Great holster and the price is right. It covers the entire grip of the gun on one side, unlike the one shown with the Makarov.

Scottmkiv
January 27, 2006, 01:57 PM
I can still get a decent grip on it, the magazine angles a little more on top of the grip when it is actually in my pocket.

I am a pretty big guy, 6'5", so regular jean pockets in my size fit a decent amount of gun.

One of Many
January 27, 2006, 03:25 PM
I have that holster, and have found that the Makarov fits somewhat loosely, unless it is jammed deep into the holster; when it is jammed in deep, the rear sight catches on the border strip inside the top edge of the holster, interfereing with the draw. The pebbled surface does not stick to the inside of my pockets, so the gun moves around in my pocket, making a smooth draw difficult. The holster has no stiffness either, so it can not be formed to the gun; it requires the holster to be removed from the pocket to insert the gun into the holster. If I knew then (when I bought it) what I know now, I would not have bought that holster; I like the concept of a pocket holster, but this is not a good implementation of the concept. It also requires a very DEEP pocket to conceal the grip of the Makarov; some of the trousers/jeans I wear can not be used with this holster.

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