IWB j-frame

IWB j-frame

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    IWB j-frame

    I have a SW 642 and I am looking for a IWB holster for it. I do not wear a cover garment at all except in winter...

    I am looking at carrying at 3-4 o'clock.

    What are you guys using now?
    What have you used and not liked?

    pref from one of the sponsers for the website, $100 ish price range a little or little down from that price wont make or break a deal.
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    I recently got a High Noon Bare Asset to fulfill my IWB needs for my S&W 638. http://www.highnoonholsters.com/Prod...are_asset.html They cost under 30 bucks, and can get to you in under a week. I've also seen a lot of people on here using the Mister Softy, which is the same without a cant.

    I haven't seen any problems with this holster yet. It gets used when for some reason I don't want to strap on the 1911. Retention is good with it, the holster is pretty versatile, and easy to put on/take off. It's thin and does a pretty good job of concealing if you find a good spot for it along your belt. The material it is out of seems to be able to take a beating too. My only other attempt at IWB with this pistol was an ambi Uncle Mike's nylon rig, I bought when I was new to carrying, needless to say that one didn't really work. But I got this one for around the samee price as the Uncle Mike's and it is vastly superior.

    As far as no cover garment, I assume you mean no dedicated one (like a vest of jacket), I used this holster with just jeans and a t-shirt, and it did just fine.
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    Ya jeans and a t-shirt is what I wear daily. I actually had been looking at the Bare asset, I thought it would be a good fit. Glad to see someone else thought the same thing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny256 View Post
    Ya jeans and a t-shirt is what I wear daily. I actually had been looking at the Bare asset, I thought it would be a good fit. Glad to see someone else thought the same thing!
    Yeah, its always good to get multiple opinions around here, but for the amount of money I figured it was worth a try, and I am pleased with its performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny256 View Post
    I have a SW 642 and I am looking for a IWB holster for it. I do not wear a cover garment at all except in winter...

    I am looking at carrying at 3-4 o'clock.

    What are you guys using now?
    What have you used and not liked?

    pref from one of the sponsers for the website, $100 ish price range a little or little down from that price wont make or break a deal.
    Milt Sparks Summer Special (or SS II). Takes up a minimal amount of body real estate, unlike the Crossbreed Supertuck that everyone raves about. Check for stock at Brownell's, otherwise you'll have a 6-month wait.

    The Summer Special is not proprietary to Milt Sparks; it was a Bruce Neslon design that was popularized by Sparks. Galco and DeSantis (and others) have their versions of that design. The important features are a reinforced mouth to allow 1-handed reholstering, rough-out leather to add a little friction to help keep the holster in place, and snap loops to allow easy-on and easy-off.
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    I like the idea of a clip concealing itself better on a belt than snap loops...is that true? Or is that just in my head?
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    I have settled on the Bianchi Covert Option Model 120. I use it for a S&W 442/60; a Colt New Agent in .45acp; and a Kahr PM40. I have a box full of 40+ years of holsters used for CCW and seldom even look in it anymore. I'm happy with the Bianchi. I got the holsters & most everything else I use, at Midway. No, I'm not connected to them, except for my credit card. A link to the holster is below.
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    AKJ/Concealco makes an IWB ambidextrous holster that is unmatched as far as I am concerned for both comfort and concealability. You can buy their "deluxe" version from their website or save quite a bit (plus get it much faster) and buy their "ReadyLine" version on EBay (search Ebay for "Holster IWB ultimate"). I now own one for each of my handguns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyeLCPL View Post
    I recently got a High Noon Bare Asset to fulfill my IWB needs for my S&W 638. http://www.highnoonholsters.com/Prod...are_asset.html They cost under 30 bucks, and can get to you in under a week. I've also seen a lot of people on here using the Mister Softy, which is the same without a cant.

    I haven't seen any problems with this holster yet. It gets used when for some reason I don't want to strap on the 1911. Retention is good with it, the holster is pretty versatile, and easy to put on/take off. It's thin and does a pretty good job of concealing if you find a good spot for it along your belt. The material it is out of seems to be able to take a beating too. My only other attempt at IWB with this pistol was an ambi Uncle Mike's nylon rig, I bought when I was new to carrying, needless to say that one didn't really work. But I got this one for around the samee price as the Uncle Mike's and it is vastly superior.

    As far as no cover garment, I assume you mean no dedicated one (like a vest of jacket), I used this holster with just jeans and a t-shirt, and it did just fine.
    I've had the same results with the High Noon. I cant recommend them enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny256 View Post
    I like the idea of a clip concealing itself better on a belt than snap loops...is that true? Or is that just in my head?
    I can't tell you what's right for you, but I've had problems with metal clips from Bianchi, De Santis and one other whose name escapes me. I just don't trust that little J-hook at the bottom to grab the bottom edge of the belt every time.
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    I try to stay away from metal clips and use the leather snap/loops on my IWB holsters. Clips don't work well over a think belt for me. Same reason I can't use Crossbread, I bend the clips out sitting down in a chair or whatever.
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    +1 on CONCEALCO, love mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyeLCPL View Post
    I recently got a High Noon Bare Asset to fulfill my IWB needs for my S&W 638. http://www.highnoonholsters.com/Prod...are_asset.html They cost under 30 bucks, and can get to you in under a week. I've also seen a lot of people on here using the Mister Softy, which is the same without a cant.

    I haven't seen any problems with this holster yet. It gets used when for some reason I don't want to strap on the 1911. Retention is good with it, the holster is pretty versatile, and easy to put on/take off. It's thin and does a pretty good job of concealing if you find a good spot for it along your belt. The material it is out of seems to be able to take a beating too.
    My only other attempt at IWB with this pistol was an ambi Uncle Mike's nylon rig, I bought when I was new to carrying, needless to say that one didn't really work. But I got this one for around the samee price as the Uncle Mike's and it is vastly superior.

    As far as no cover garment, I assume you mean no dedicated one (like a vest of jacket), I used this holster with just jeans and a t-shirt, and it did just fine.
    High Noon gets my recommendation as well
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    I carry a Diamondback .380 in a HighNoon Mr. Softy and it works great for me. I carry my G-23 in a HighNoon Public Secret and it is top of the line.
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