A couple of holster reviews

A couple of holster reviews

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    Hey fellow DCers:

    With my new LC9 purchase, I've been on the hunt for a decent holster. I ended up purchasing 3 holsters, which I will give brief reviews of below.


    Holster #1: (Uncle Mikes IWB - Size 12 )
    Decent holster.
    Pros:
    • Light weight
    • Good fit for the LC9
    • Cheap (I think it was 12 ot 15 bucks)
    • Smooth draw and reholstering (two-handed)

    Cons:
    • Clip that holds holster onto belt or waistband of pants is made of cheap nylon. Feels like someone could easily snap it off and then easily pull the holster out and make off with (or use) your firearm.
    • Does not stay in place. Depending on the pants/belt combo, the holster tends to rotate forward, similar to a 15* cant holster. Seems a tad insecure.

    In short, it will do the job in a pinch, but I wouldn't recommend as an EDC holster. I'd give it a 3/5.

    Holster #2: Desanti's: The Nemesis
    Great holster.
    Pros:
    • Fits perfectly inside my 4 different pairs of work khakis/slacks, the pockets of my 'weekend' cargo shorts, and a tighter but still manageable fit in my 'weekend' jeans.
    • Stays in place. Wore it all day today (8 hrs) and it did not shift, twist, or move at all.
    • Comfortable. You forget you're even carrying.
    • Breaks up the outline of the gun well, wife and coworkers couldn't tell I was carrying.
    • Easy access to weapon. I like being able to slide my hand casually into my pocket and wrap my fingers around the grip of my LC9 if needed. Very reassuring.
    • Price. I think mine was 25 bucks, so not bad at all.
    • Seems very well-built and rigid/sturdy

    Cons:
    • Not leather. Might get hot in summer (have yet to test, since summer is a ways off)

    Overall, I'd give this 4/5.

    Holster #3: High Noon Holsters: Bare Asset IWB (15* forward cant)
    Another excellent product.
    Pros:
    • Leather construction is very sturdy, yet small enough to barely be noticeable
    • Metal reverse J-clip securely holds holster in place and prevents slippage. Is actually very hard to take off at the end of the day, which is a good thing in my eyes: if it's hard to take off, someone's not going to take it off me!
    • Comfortable. Can conceal my LC9 at 3,4,5 o'clock without it digging into my hip/femur.
    • Conceals great. With a regular sized T-shirt or polo shirt over it, the gun really disappears.
    • Made in Florida (I love USA made products)

    Cons:
    • Leather is very stiff at first. Takes some force to get the gun into the holster the first few times. Loosens up after that.
    • Only comes in black cowhide. Not necessarily a con for me, but some prefer tan colored holsters, and some prefer horsehide.

    Overall, I would give this 5/5. It's quality construction and does it job well.

    Anyways, hope this is in some small way helpful to someone.

    MP9NM


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    You should go first to two of our fellow users of this site: Jeff at HaysHolsters and Brad at Bear River Holsters. Good stuff at very reasonable prices,IMHO!
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    high noon is top notch stuff

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    Excellent reviews. Thanks for posting.
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    Currently my LC9 rides in a nemesis but I am looking for a good IWB holster. Unfortunately high noon is not a choice for me for personal reasons.

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    Not a huge fan of the LC9, I know others like it......but holster wise, I went through the virtual "drawer of holsters" before getting just the right couple. I have a ccustom made IWB from Bear Creek Holsters for my G26, and it is superb. I also have a CBMT for my Kahr CM9.....love it. COmfortable 16-20 hours a day.

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    My lc9 does not leave my crossbreed supertuck, if I pocket carry I take the smith jframe. If/when I get another carry gun it will also get a cbst. Don't have a ton of experience with holsters and its because I got the right one the first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell47 View Post
    Currently my LC9 rides in a nemesis but I am looking for a good IWB holster. Unfortunately high noon is not a choice for me for personal reasons.
    Some of the best ideas come from customers, so in an effort to always try to improve and have a wider customer base, did you not like our products? Or did we do something to you that maybe we can correct, so it does not happen to any one else. We find it hard to believe with our 30 day beat it up return policy Guarantee why anyone could be dissatisfied.
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    Last edited by High Noon; October 20th, 2011 at 09:56 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP9NewMexico View Post
    Holster #1: (Uncle Mikes IWB - Size 12 )
    [*]Clip that holds holster onto belt or waistband of pants is made of cheap nylon. Feels like someone could easily snap it off and then easily pull the holster out and make off with (or use) your firearm.
    Quote Originally Posted by MP9NewMexico View Post
    Holster #3: High Noon Holsters: Bare Asset IWB (15* forward cant)
    [*]Metal reverse J-clip securely holds holster in place and prevents slippage. Is actually very hard to take off at the end of the day, which is a good thing in my eyes: if it's hard to take off, someone's not going to take it off me!
    I may be misunderstanding your post. Neither of those holsters have retention straps or devices, how are the belt clips going to prevent someone from getting the weapon?

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    Don't have a ton of experience with holsters and its because I got the right one the first time. BigJon

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    Hey Porp,

    You're right, it won't without a retention strap. I just mean that with a lot of IWB holsters, the clips are not sturdy, and criminals have been known to simply grab the entire rig off your body. I also feel like with the 15% forward cant, it would be more difficult for someone to take it. Of course, without a retention strap, someone still could.

    And as for you BigJon, is that supposed to be some sort of insinuation that I don't know how to select a holster? It's hard to tell people's intentions over the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Porp View Post
    I may be misunderstanding your post. Neither of those holsters have retention straps or devices, how are the belt clips going to prevent someone from getting the weapon?
    Beyond the form-fitting boning, my carry holsters don't have retention devices, either. In fact, additional retention devices are no-no's for me. For someone to grab pistols, they have to know where they are. They can't grab what they can't see.

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    Mike, I agree 100%. The way I read the OP's reviews, it seemed as though he thought the belt clips would prevent someone from getting his weapon, which I didn't understand how it would work without some sort of retention device.

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    Porp,

    I replied to you above Mike's comments :). Check it out

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP9NewMexico View Post
    Porp,

    I replied to you above Mike's comments :). Check it out
    I understood what you meant. Guess you need to have had a cheap holder to understand. I just got a Mr Softy and it's hard to put on an off. If they steal my gun at least I keep my holster :)

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