Pocket Holsters - Comparison of 2
I have been carrying my S&W 642 in a Desantis Super Fly for a while and I find this a comfortable mode of carry. I just got my Ross Leather pocket holster for my PT145 Pro and am impressed.
The overall size of the S&W gun and holster combo is:
H - 5.5
L - 6.9375 - (the Hogue grips add greatly to the shooting pleasure, but are about 0.5" longer than the stock grips.)
W - 1.5625
The overall size of the PT145 Pro gun and holster combo is:
H - 5.75
L - 6.875
W - 1.4375
The Ross holster is smooth leather inside and rough on the outside. The Super Fly is sticky rubber on the outside and nylon on the inside. The draw techique is different with the Super Fly drawing forward (basically scraping the holster off by rubbing the sights on your pocket edge) and the holster falls away. The Ross you flick the holster down with your middle finger while drawing and it falls away. With a little practice, both work well and are easy to draw.
The PT145 Pro conceals better in my pocket because it is all the same width. The 642 is thicker at the cylinder and thinner at the barrel and handle. This looks less like a wallet or notebook, but the flap on the Super Fly does a good job of flattening out the gun's profile.
I don't feel under armed with either gun, but it is nice to have 11 .45 rounds ready to go without a reload in an easy to conceal platform. I know, let the flames begin - its a Taurus!!! FWIW, this particular gun has 500 error-free rounds through it and both mags have proven out.