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NFA holsters

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by jojo200517, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. jojo200517

    jojo200517 Well-Known Member

    Ok so it has always been my understanding that any holster that allows the firearm to be fired while still in the holster falls into the AOW category just like briefcase guns.

    Is this true? Does it only become and AOW when the pistol is inserted? Since the pistol is the only thing with a serial number I'd have to suppose it is in fact what one would fill out the paperwork to make an AOW on.

    The reason I ask is I was browsing the facebook marketplace and ran across this.

    Guy is selling these holsters that he is making. His description is as follows
    I don't guess he is really doing anything illegal in selling the holster but i'm not sure too many people are going to know this.
  2. Quiet

    Quiet Well-Known Member

    The BATFE considers it an AOW, when it completely encloses the firearm.
    That wallet holster and other's similar to it, are not AOWs because the slide of the firearm is still exposed.

    Also, check your state's laws for any restrictions on "wallet holsters".
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2011
  3. Aaron Baker

    Aaron Baker Well-Known Member

    Legal questions aside, that's a horrible holster concept. All it is going to do is maybe keep the gun "upright" in your pocket (although on pants with bigger pockets, that's even a problem with the pocket holster I have) and it does nothing to shroud the trigger. I don't see this as an improvement over other designs.

    If I'm going to take the risk of shooting myself in the jubblies whilst carrying, I don't think I'm gonna pay extra for a holster that gives me that option. I'll just throw my Keltec in my pocket with no holster.

  4. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Yeah it becomes NFA (basically) when it makes a gun not look like a gun anymore.


    Oops. Was a pic of the HK MP5 briefcase....
  5. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

  6. jojo200517

    jojo200517 Well-Known Member

    Ok maybe it doesn't make it an AOW, it sure is treading close if you ask me tho.

    And aaron I agree with you, it does nothing to protect the trigger from accidentally being pulled in the pocket, its horrid as a holster design.

    Thanks Sam for the letter link.
  7. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Fortunately, if you have a letter from the ATF saying, "This is cool," then you're not treading too close to the line. But I don't carry one either, so...
  8. jojo200517

    jojo200517 Well-Known Member

    You can close this I guess, they disappeared from the marketplace and my question has pretty much been answered.
  9. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Well-Known Member

    While that little holster may be kosher by the ATF, they still defeat the primary purpose for a pocket holster; to protect the trigger to prevent discharge while in the pocket.

    oops ... didn't see post #6

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