J-frame pocket holster or similar?


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Lightsped
September 26, 2011, 11:10 AM
I am looking for a affordable J-frame pocket holster. The holster should be able to fit into blue jean pockets. Holster should also be gentle on the finish of my J-frame.

I am looking at the Galco Pocket protector. Is this recommended? any others I should look at?

Thanks

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pikid89
September 26, 2011, 11:21 AM
I've heard good things about the DeSantis nemesis and superfly, i will prob be ordering one for my LCP in the near future as funds allow

mdauben
September 26, 2011, 11:25 AM
I am looking at the Galco Pocket protector. Is this recommended? any others I should look at?

Galco makes good stuff, so you can't really go far wrong with them. I personally like their Front Pocket Horsehide Holster a little better, but they are both good choices.

If you don't object to synthetic holsters, the DeSantis Superfly is very nice. It breaks up the outline of the gun nicely and the "tacky" outer material helps the holster stay in your pocket when you draw. (Oh! Ninja'd by pikid89!)

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/413PIvsiPeL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Lightsped
September 26, 2011, 12:00 PM
I'll be sure to check the DeSantis holsters out. Who makes the "Front Pocket Horsehide holster"?

My main concern with plastic holsters is that I like to keep my guns in top condition and I am concerned with finish wear on the my guns from plastic holsters....

pikid89
September 26, 2011, 01:23 PM
no matter what kind of holster you choose, a carry gun will always get wear on it...if it doesn't, your not carrying it as much as you ought to

be proud of that extra wear and know that that gun got the wear doing its job admirably

1KPerDay
September 26, 2011, 02:32 PM
The DeSantis Nemesis is pretty good. If your j-frame has an exposed hammer I'd say get something a bit sturdier... mine hangs up a bit after carrying it for a year or so.

Robert Mika makes good stuff also. I have one of his. The revolver jumps out of it.

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

Whether the j-frame will work with your jeans is kind of dependent on how tight you like your jeans, and how deep the pockets are. I can get away with it in mine but I wear my pants a bit "roomy." ;)

The LCP works better and is my primary carry piece now.

mdauben
September 26, 2011, 02:54 PM
I'll be sure to check the DeSantis holsters out. Who makes the "Front Pocket Horsehide holster"?
Galco makes both the Pocket Protector (left) and the Front Pocket Horsehide Holster (right). ;)

http://www.greentophuntfish.com/prodimg/gal_pro456.jpg http://images.bizrate.com/resize?sq=300&uid=2543911302

Lightsped
September 26, 2011, 03:01 PM
Thanks for the replies. For the record, my J-frame has the internal hammer (Double Action Only).

Resist Evil
September 26, 2011, 03:56 PM
I have found that the DeSantis Nemesis will begin to conform to the J-frame's shape if used frequently and will come out of the pocket with the revolver. Personally, I'm looking to replace my Nemesis with something a mite thinner and stiffer like horsehide seems to be.

JTQ
September 26, 2011, 04:59 PM
K&D has refocused his production to pocket holsters only.

http://kdholsters.com/index.php

High Noon offers one.

http://www.highnoonholsters.com/Product_Line/_Pocket_Grabber/_pocket_grabber.html

The Lone Haranguer
September 28, 2011, 09:55 PM
I like the Robert Mika pocket holster. Not much to look at, but 100% functional. http://frontiernet.net/~akim

buddyemily
September 28, 2011, 10:03 PM
Uncle Mike pocket holsters are cheap and work.

Lightsped
September 29, 2011, 10:39 AM
I too am liking what I see regarding the Mika Pocket Holster. Can anyone comment on what the inside of the holster is made of? I realize carry guns will show wear but I wish to minimize the effects of this. I have been successful at carrying other guns that still look brand new, and I would like to continue this route with my S&W 442.

1KPerDay
September 29, 2011, 01:23 PM
It's some sort of nylon fabric, low drag, and sewn. I'll take a pic if I remember.

The opening is spring loaded open. There's not enough friction to hold the holster on the gun if you don't have it in your pocket. It just drops off.

rayban
September 29, 2011, 04:32 PM
I have to show off my new horsehide...I got it working perfectly now.

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb277/RGleather/misc110.jpg

Resist Evil
September 29, 2011, 05:26 PM
Just ordered a Mika Pocket Holster online. He called to say thanks for the order. Nice.

340PD
September 30, 2011, 10:21 AM
+1 on Mika. great poroduct gets better with age.

Kevin Rohrer
October 2, 2011, 09:42 PM
I've had a Mika pocket holster for my J-frame for a couple months now. It was inexpensive and works great. Highly recommended.

Maia007
October 2, 2011, 10:22 PM
The Mika.

I pocket carry both a small revo and a small auto depending. And I have different Mikas for different guns and for differently shaped pockets.

Sure, I have had an Uncle M.....junk. And the Desantis Nemisis...gave two of them away. And I have had a kydex one or two. As well as some rather expensive leather ones.....all sold...like a Milt Sparks for one. I've owned lots of pocket holsters.

What holster makers don't seem to get is that pocket holsters need to be kept simple....really simple. And they need to stop adding "boning", "retention", "rigid reholsterability" and other features that are desireable for belt holsters but that work against the pocket concept. Pocket holsters have a different job to do than belt holsters. Many of the old time makers had it right. Most of the new guys, I think, do not.

Mika does. It does what a pocket holster needs to do. It protects the trigger. It keeps the gun oriented correctly in the pocket. It smoothes the outline of the gun and minimizes printing within the usual range of standing, sitting, etc. And it facilitates a very quick draw. It doesn't move at all or come out, or threaten to come out during the draw. It's loose. It doesn't depend on hooks or gimmicks to stay where it belongs. It is soft and conforms. Think about it....what does a PH really need to do. And not do?

If I really thought there was a better PH, I would buy it.

1KPerDay
October 2, 2011, 11:14 PM
Do you use the round or the square version?

Maia007
October 2, 2011, 11:40 PM
Depends on the pocket. Some pockets (like Dockers) are shaped where the round cut is best. Others, like the barn coat pocket and the cargo pant pocket shaped where the square cut is best.

So check the shape of the pocket you will be using....or get one of each.

motorcycle-charlie
October 3, 2011, 07:42 PM
i have a Mika and a Blackhawk size 3 both for j frames. the Blackhawk works better for me in regular blue jeans and the Mika in pants with looser pockets. Blackhawk is about $12 and Mika about $30. its good to hace different choices for how you are dressed for the day.

The Lone Haranguer
October 3, 2011, 08:28 PM
What holster makers don't seem to get is that pocket holsters need to be kept simple....really simple. And they need to stop adding "boning", "retention", "rigid reholsterability" and other features that are desireable for belt holsters but that work against the pocket concept.
Absolutely! And I also dislike pocket holsters that require counterintuitive movements or special techniques to draw from, e.g., pressing against one's leg or hooking the holster on a pocket edge. I just want to stab my hand down into my pocket, grasp the butt and pull.

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