Uncle Mike's Sidekick #9, pretty versatile....


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June 18, 2011, 08:34 PM
I wasn't looking for anything special, just a basic, inexpensive holster for my Ruger NMBH .45 Colt/ACP convertble so I could wear it down to the pond for my daily snapping turtle hunt (1 acre man made pond stocked with largemouth bass, a snapper is most unwelcome there)

So, I stopped off at my local toy store, KTP, and picked up an Uncle Mike's Sidekick #9, came back home, slipped the holster on my belt, loaded the Blackhawk, slipped it into the holster, good, snug fit, and walked to the pond, did a couple circuits of the pond, came back up, mowed the lawn (big lawn, takes around 2 hours on our okd Kubota 5200 diesel garden tractor), and when I was done, realized I was still wearing the holstered Ruger, the holster was basically unobtrusive the whole time

I went back inside, unholstered and unloaded, then a thought struck me.... how well would my other handguns fit in the #9?

Ruger Mark II 22/45 5.5" barrel; pretty good actually, it fit well enough that the top strap that goes over the hammer actually fit over the grip of the 22/45, it was a nice snug fit, and would actually be usable with the 22/45 as well...

Kimber Custom II 1911 .45ACP; I wasn't expecting this one to work, but it did, a little better than the 22/45 even... the hammer strap fit just barely over the hammer with the hammer down, with the hammer back, it would fit, but could slide forward, off the rear of the slide if jostled too hard, it would fit over the grip safety, but it would also depress the grip safety in the process, not the best choice, the holster *could be used if I carried the 1911 hammer down on an empty chamber with the strap over the hammer

If I plan to carry the 1911 in public, either OC or CC (when I finally get around to getting my CCW), I would definitely get a 1911 specific holster that takes advantage of the safeties, but for just walking around on the farm with hammer down on an empty chamber, the #9 is a workable choice, not ideal, but servicable

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