Small Of The Back J Frame Holster


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ArchAngelCD
June 10, 2009, 10:50 PM
I'm looking for a small of the back holster for a 2" S&W M640 J frame revolver. I'm interested in a good leather belt holster, not something inside the waistband. I'm also looking for something that's not going to cost me a ton of cash or I have to wait a year to have made.

I know it's hard to get quality without paying a big price tag these days but I'm sure there's something reasonable out there. PLEASE, first hand knowledge only, no guessing... Thank you...

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average_shooter
June 11, 2009, 01:22 PM
Have you looked into Galco Holsters yet?

http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterPT3.asp?ProductID=1076&CatalogID=4

Above the picture you can select a drop-down menu of options for the model of firearm. It lists many S&W J-frame options if you scroll down.

If you look around I'm sure you can find it for a better price as well.

As far as "first hand knowledge" I've used a Galco Fletch for a fullsize pistol for a couple years now. It does the job well and has held up to some abuse too. I think Galco is alright as far as "economical" leather goes.

rainbowbob
June 11, 2009, 01:37 PM
It is my belief that small-of-the-back carry is undesirable because of the possibility of falling on it. Painful and possibly injurious.

My J-frame is either in a Galco IWB holster, or more commonly in a front pocket holster.

Mika makes a great inexpensive ($20) pocket holster [http://www.frontiernet.net/~akim/] - but I understand it may be a 6-8 week wait after ordering. Order one today and by a belt holster from Galco ($40?).

That way you'll have a couple of good carry options for your J-frame.

Ron James
June 11, 2009, 01:50 PM
As Rainbowbob posted, I don't think a small-of-back holster is a good ideal. It looks sexy as h-e-double L, but if you do fall or get knocked down then you could be crippled for life.Also try siting down with one or driving while wearing one. You will very quickly see the down side. Just my H/O.

ArchAngelCD
June 11, 2009, 02:25 PM
Guys, while I appreciate the input I just can't understand why in almost every thread someone or more than one person has to tell the OP what's good for them. Why can't everyone just answer the question as asked? Why do you always assume you know better than the person asking the question?

First off, I have been carrying a J frame in my front pocket for MANY years. And I use a Mika holster but I bought them when they were still only $18 and you could get delivery in just over a week. I also have several holsters that let my heavier J frames ride on my belt. I want a SOB holster because I want it so don't tell me what I should get! :rolleyes:

average_shooter
June 11, 2009, 02:39 PM
In an effort to provide further potentially useful information, here are a couple more options, if you haven't come across them yet:

http://www.epsaddlery.com/c-80-small-of-the-back.aspx

They list 2" J-frames as an option, though it doesn't seem to provide a picture of the holster itself. Also, I have no personal experience with El Paso Saddlery, but I've read many great reviews of their products.

Same goes for Mernickle:

http://www.mernickleholsters.com/ps/ps7dar1.html

And I'm not going to berate you for whatever method of carry you decide is appropriate for you. If you're comfortable with it, that's what matters.

Jim K
June 11, 2009, 03:19 PM
"I just can't understand why in almost every thread someone or more than one person has to tell the OP what's good for them. Why can't everyone just answer the question as asked? Why do you always assume you know better than the person asking the question?"

Maybe folks with more experience are trying to be helpful. If someone asks how fast he will go if he jumps off a building, is it really being nasty to say that jumping is a bad idea, instead of just answering the question?

FWIW, my take on small of the back carry is that it is OK until you have to bend over. Then you look like one of those "...humpty back camels..."

Jim

Ron James
June 11, 2009, 03:26 PM
Gosh ArchAngelCD, what rattled your chain this morning. Many of the posters are not long time gun people. They get their information form vidio games and the movies. If someone posts-something that I consider dangerous, well, I'm sorry, but I will say so. I always state that it is MO { in this case more than opinion, proven , I've seen the back injuries that resulted from falling backward on a hard object} If trying to keep a novice shooter safe is wrong, then so be it. I for one would rather be wrong than wear a back brace the rest of my life.

rainbowbob
June 11, 2009, 06:52 PM
PLEASE, first hand knowledge only, no guessing...

ArchAngel:

There was no indication in your original post that you were familiar with pocket carry, IWB holsters, etc. We also had no way of knowing that you were familiar with the inherent risk of "back" carry.

So some of us were trying to be helpful by informing you of what we consider to be better alternatives.

The information I provided was based on my first-hand knowledge - not "guessing".

To avoid any further offense, I promise to refrain from responding to any of your posts in which you ask for advice or information.

rbernie
June 12, 2009, 07:56 AM
Enough snark.

I appreciate the advice that everyone gave, but I do also believe that we should at least make an effort to address the topic of the OP in our responses: "I don't use SOB carry for XXX reasons, but if you really want one you should check out YYY."

We're all here to help each other and learn, and sometimes we have to take stock of what it means to give advice and the best ways to do that, and how to ask for advice and be grateful for what we get.

Dunno why folks giving and receiving advice here have a mightly thin skin right now. But in response, I'm closing this one out of pity.

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