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J frame holster reccomendations?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Accessories, Holsters, and Optics' started by butcherman1966, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. butcherman1966

    butcherman1966 Member

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    I am fairly new to concealed carry. I have been carrying a Kahr CM .45 in an Alien Gear IWB.
    I recently got a S&W .38 j frame 2" and was wondering what some of you guys use. Thanks in advance for any and all input.
     
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  2. magyars4

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    I like the Galco combat master and simply rugged pancake.
     
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    Galco KingTuk or Galco Triton are good for iwb carry. If you like Alien Gear, their 3.0 series is available for a j frame.
     
  4. mcb

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    I usually carry mine without a holster in vest pocket with nothing else in the pocket with it.

    For paints pocket carry I use a DeSantis Super Fly. Stays put nicely and hides the profile of the gun well.
     
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    I have a DeSantis IWB SOF-TUCK for my two S&W J frames. I also have their SUPER FLY holster for pocket carry.
     
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  6. butcherman1966

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    Thank y'all for your suggestions. I do like the Alien Gear that I've been wearing but these others will give me material to do research on. That is a very enjoyable task for me.
     
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  7. John Joseph

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    For a pocket holster take a look at the Bianchi 152. For OWB, Milt Sparks PMK. IWB, Bianchi 3S.
     
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    If I was buying another IWB I'd get a Vedder Kydex.
     
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    Most of the time my Model 49 rides in a front pocket in a cheap Uncle Mike’s holster. However, I also use a Don Hume JIT slide, as well as an Azula pancake holster for OWB carry
     
  10. .308 Norma

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    I like the DeSantis "Thumb Break Scabbard" holsters for my j-frames. However, two things: first, it makes a difference whether your S&W has a hammer, it's hammerless, or it has a shrouded hammer (a "humpback" model). And second, put a dot of plastic electrical tape over metal button on the inside of the thumb strap or it will wear a hole in the finish on your gun.
    Someone right here on THR told me I could cover or replace that button with a plastic something or the other, but I can't see going to that much trouble. A "dot" cut from a roll of plastic electrical tape will last a couple of months of EDC. And seeing as how I'm a retired electrical worker, I have plastic electrical tape galore.;)
    BTW, what I said about whether your S&W having a hammer, or if it's a "humpback" model with a shrouded hammer - the same DeSantis "Thumb Break Scabbard" will work great for either. The DeSantis website doesn't say that, but it will work.:thumbup:
    I carry my j-frame (when that's what I'm carrying) at 5:00 o'clock under a loose shirt or coat if I'm in town. Around home, particularly when I'm working on the back part of our property, I still carry my j-frame at 5:00 o'clock, but sometimes it's concealed under a loose shirt or jacket, and sometimes it's not.:)
     
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    I really like my DeSantis softuck for a Smith 638.
     
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    If you are thinking about pocket carry, one of the favorites of the S&W 642/442 snubby owners on THR is Robert Mika's custom built pocket holster. I have several. A former cop, he was making him for himself, for his BUG. and buddies kept buying them from him, so he set up the business. He builds each one when ordered, your choice of round or square cut to fit your pocket style.

    Be aware that pocket carry is great for carry and concealment, but not so good for rapid presentation, especially when under stress like being attacked. Best bet is to find an instructor who works on concealed carry defensive use, and talk about where and how to carry: pocket, strong side, appendix, inside or outside waistband. Many choices.
    I carried a 642 in my pocket for over ten years, never got training. Now i am doing real training and have changed to strong side inside the waistband 9mm most of the time. But the Mika holster in my pocket is still an occasional option depending on what i am wearing and where I am going.

    Good luck.
     
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    If possible choose a few holsters to best mate your j-frame’s carryability with your wardrobe and carry preferences. The Mika Pocket is a great start and is not limited to front pants pocket use. Robert is a great guy whose products are well worth the money.
     
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    I carried a model 37 for a few years in a Mika pocket holster. GOOD holster.
     
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    Pocket carry in a Winter coat has one advantage, i.e., you can put your hand in your pocket and have the gun in hand if a threat is perceived. And in cold weather, putting one's hand in a coat pocket is a natural action that does not draw any attention.

    Plus one on the Mika holster recommendation.
     
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    Another vote for Mika pocket holsters. Superb quality, great guy.
     
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  18. Polwop66

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    1791 makes really nice IWB and a high ride OWB for the J’s
     
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