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Vanity - Best CC Holster for S&W J-frame .38 revolver?
April 24, 2012 | Sopater

Posted on 04/24/2012 12:02:54 PM PDT by Sopater

I think I like the BLACKHAWK! Leather Speed Classic Holster on Amazon for the price.


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1 posted on 04/24/2012 12:02:57 PM PDT by Sopater
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To: Sopater; Joe Brower; bang_list

I love my galco ankle holster. I literally forget that I am wearing my air weight.


2 posted on 04/24/2012 12:07:33 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (Tagline removed at the request of someone who doesn't "get" Monty Python or Shakespeare.)
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To: DCBryan1

I don’t know if I’d like an ankle holster if I needed to draw quickly at close range.


3 posted on 04/24/2012 12:11:16 PM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater

SuperTuck


4 posted on 04/24/2012 12:16:18 PM PDT by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: Sopater

Fobus!


5 posted on 04/24/2012 12:19:16 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Sopater

I have a Blackhawk Nylon for S&W Airweight. Fine little holster for what it does. Also have a Blade-tech, Safari, Galco, Bianchi, and even an old Don Hume. All fine holsters. Stick with quality name brand and you’ll be fine.


6 posted on 04/24/2012 12:19:57 PM PDT by donozark (The key to winning the Vietnam War was not Vietnam, but Laos...)
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To: Sopater

Airweight? DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster. Approx $20.


7 posted on 04/24/2012 12:22:46 PM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: Sopater

Have a tailor reinforced your right front pocket(providing your right handed of course. been carying there for 30 years with no problems.


8 posted on 04/24/2012 12:24:22 PM PDT by Pirsig289
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To: Sopater

cell pal http://www.concealedcomfort.com/


9 posted on 04/24/2012 12:25:14 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: donozark
Do you have a favorite?

I'm looking at a leather Blackhawk



I was also looking at this one, but don't know who makes it.



Or maybe this Federal


10 posted on 04/24/2012 12:26:09 PM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Vinnie

DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster.
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I second the pocket holster idea.


11 posted on 04/24/2012 12:26:26 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Sopater

Mine looks like the bottom one only with belt loop instead of clip. Made by Blackhawk.


12 posted on 04/24/2012 12:30:55 PM PDT by donozark (The key to winning the Vietnam War was not Vietnam, but Laos...)
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To: DCBryan1
I love my galco ankle holster. I literally forget that I am wearing my air weight.

+1, or a pocket holster works well also.

Not to derail the topic, but if you are looking for a snubnose revolver, I highly recommend the Ruger LCR. Just picked one up and it has the best double action trigger I have ever felt. Even managable shooting 357 magnums, not pleasant, but managable.


13 posted on 04/24/2012 12:36:25 PM PDT by Envisioning (Call me a racist........, one more time..........)
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To: Sopater

I use a Blackhawk pocket holster for my S&W Airweight 442. Secure fit and an easy draw.


14 posted on 04/24/2012 12:38:20 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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I sometimes carry a S&W 638. I use one of three methods:

1.) Kholster inside the waistband holster (similar to a Crossbreed Super Tuck)
2.) Galco Ankle Glove — by most reports, the only ankle rig worth buying
3.) Desantis Nemesis sleeve (I usually just put it in my back jeans pocket with an untucked shirt covering it).


15 posted on 04/24/2012 12:44:38 PM PDT by stranger and pilgrim
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To: Sopater
The go-to maker for revolver leather is Ray at Lobo Gunleather. His holsters are handmade, reasonably priced, and of the highest quality. He's great to talk with, too.

Good luck!

16 posted on 04/24/2012 12:48:43 PM PDT by TonyInOhio (Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour)
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To: Sopater
I don't know if there is a best. Having carried for around 35 years.

And most any body else who carried a lot has a box of holsters.

Depending on the clothes, the temp, the gun, the place and other factors. They all determine what holster I use on any day.

17 posted on 04/24/2012 12:49:05 PM PDT by riverrunner
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To: andy58-in-nh; Vinnie; mamelukesabre

With a pocket holster, do you need to be careful about the pants you wear? I could see it being uncomfortable in jeans, but not so bad with Dockers or slacks.


18 posted on 04/24/2012 12:51:53 PM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater

I’m not up with the times and current fashions, but I think most jeans nowdays are cut like slacks. The only jeans I have that don’t work so good with pocket holsters is the old 80s style levies 501 button fly shrink to fit jeans. That style had small pockets and I woulnd’t put anything in those pockets but a set of keys...and even that is not easy to do since I can barely fit my hand into the front pockets even if they are hanging on a hanger instead of being worn.


19 posted on 04/24/2012 1:04:25 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Sopater

http://kangaroocarry.com/
My favorite!


20 posted on 04/24/2012 1:13:47 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: Sopater

http://kangaroocarry.com/
My favorite!


21 posted on 04/24/2012 1:14:23 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: Sopater

http://www.simplyrugged.com/


22 posted on 04/24/2012 1:18:41 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: mamelukesabre
...the old 80s style levies 501 button fly shrink to fit jeans.

Hey, you just named my jeans. ;-) I don't know if they're "shrink to fit", but they are the 501 button flys.
23 posted on 04/24/2012 1:19:12 PM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater
Tucker Cover-Up
DeSantis Nemesis
PCS French Curve
24 posted on 04/24/2012 1:38:40 PM PDT by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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To: Sopater
With a pocket holster, do you need to be careful about the pants you wear? I could see it being uncomfortable in jeans, but not so bad with Dockers or slacks.

Yes - with jeans, I prefer an inside-waistband (shirt tucked in) or external belt holster (shirt untucked). Depends on the weather and dress requirements.

25 posted on 04/24/2012 1:58:41 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: real saxophonist

While not sexy or pretty at all, I still find the custom made Bob Mika pocket holster to be one of the most affordable and functional choices out there. It simply works.


26 posted on 04/24/2012 2:00:58 PM PDT by rickomatic
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To: Sopater

They’d have to be pretty old to be shrink to fit. Those aren’t made anymore. I’ve got a few of them from the early 90s.

Yeah, I think you will have a had time using a pocket holster in Levies 501s. Shrink to fit was those old style jeans that were so dark blue they were black...and the material was really stiff and coarse like a canvas tarp. After the first wash, the material would shrink up, turn dark royal blue and become soft. You had to buy them a size larger than you wear.


27 posted on 04/24/2012 2:02:26 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: andy58-in-nh

Does an IWB with shirt tucked in really work well?


28 posted on 04/24/2012 2:05:59 PM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater

Try a Mika pocket holster. I have one, dad and brother as well.
They conceal your jframe or colt det. spec. and it stays put in your
pocket when you draw. I highly recommend them.


29 posted on 04/24/2012 2:41:14 PM PDT by sarge83
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To: Sopater
With a pocket holster, do you need to be careful about the pants you wear

Yes, not too comfortable w/ slim jeans.
I usually wear cargo pants, pretty full cut.
IWB works with shirt outside. The shirt should have a pattern, plaid, design, something to make any bulge more difficult to determine.

30 posted on 04/24/2012 2:58:34 PM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: Sopater
Does an IWB with shirt tucked in really work well?

Generally - no. It depends on your situation; concealment is obviously compromised when any part of the holster rests outside of your clothing, absent a concealing garment. If you are outside walking the dog, with holster in the front, positioned on the strong side, partly concealed under a short jacket (leash in your weak hand, naturally) - that can work. In full public view, you must maintain concealment, which dictates either an untucked shirt or a jacket, or both.

At night, I use an exterior leather holster with a thumb break, and also, a full-sized pistol (1911 .45ACP or police model 9mm with 4" barrel) as opposed to a J-frame revolver or compact semi-auto. In public at night, I use either a cross-draw shoulder rig under a jacket or an exterior holster under a 3/4 length jacket.

Aside from that, the best advice I can give you is to practice, practice, practice. And by that I not only mean range time: drawing, index calculation (range to target) and firing stance but situational awareness and intelligent (not emotional) threat assessment. Think through potential defensive situations in advance. Never forget that if you use a gun in self-defense, you will be made to account for your decision and that bullets cannot be recalled.

Freedom is always coupled with responsibility. Please take it seriously.

31 posted on 04/24/2012 5:00:03 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine; All
I am a Fobus fan.
32 posted on 04/25/2012 7:22:56 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: All

Decided to go with Side Guard Holsters here locally.

http://www.sideguardholsters.com


33 posted on 05/04/2012 11:07:29 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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