Skip to comments.Vanity - Best CC Holster for S&W J-frame .38 revolver?
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.
I love my galco ankle holster. I literally forget that I am wearing my air weight.
I don’t know if I’d like an ankle holster if I needed to draw quickly at close range.
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.
Airweight? DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster. Approx $20.
Have a tailor reinforced your right front pocket(providing your right handed of course. been carying there for 30 years with no problems.
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DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster.
I second the pocket holster idea.
Mine looks like the bottom one only with belt loop instead of clip. Made by Blackhawk.
+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.
I use a Blackhawk pocket holster for my S&W Airweight 442. Secure fit and an easy draw.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Yes - with jeans, I prefer an inside-waistband (shirt tucked in) or external belt holster (shirt untucked). Depends on the weather and dress requirements.
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.
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.
Does an IWB with shirt tucked in really work well?
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.
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.
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.
Decided to go with Side Guard Holsters here locally.