Kydex for J frame

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    Kydex for J frame

    Anyone using a kydex holster for concealed carry for their J frame I W B. Ive been trying to find a good holster for my J Frame S&W 442. Would like to see a pic or 2 if you have one available. I want to carry my J frame but unless I find a decent holster I'll have to sell it and move on to something easier to get equipment for.
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    It's not kydex, but it works for me.


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    Thanks for the reply but unfortunately I cant use anything with a belt loop style holster. My waist size makes it so the belt loop is in the way
    The holster ends up either to far forward or to far back. I got a hundreds of bucks of holsters I've been selling at a loss because they just don't work A holster collection that doesn't work I don't need. I'm having trouble in general finding a holster that's concealable and retains the gun at the same time. I keep getting the same story from each maker that j frames are hard to retain in a holster because of how they are shaped.
    Everyone wants to put a thumb break on them to keep them put.
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    Have you considered a hybrid holsters? We offer a holster for S&W J frames.

    S&W J Frame ACE-1 Holster

    Retention should be good (you should be able to run and jump without being worried about the revolver coming out). Its a very comfortable design.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

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    Holster for J Frame

    Check out Simply Rugged holsters, they make wonderfully holsters IWB or OWB for the J frame and you won't need a retention strap.

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    They are not kydex but try High Noon. I carry a SP-101 in a Tail Gunner carries and conceals well.

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    Comp-tac has a couple of kydex IWB options for j-frames: Inside Waistband Holsters - products new home - Two O'Clock or Inside Waistband Holsters - products new home - C-TAC Holster.

    Have you tried these?

    I haven't and probably won't... I imagine the hard edges of kydex would be exceedingly uncomfortable IWB, on curved hips.

    I'm sure the retention is good, though.
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    I have a simply rugged for my J-frame and it sits well just forward of my right hip.
    Since I am in my late 60's and a 34 inch waist, it was difficult to find one that would work for me.
    It takes a little getting used to, but that wil be the case with any. This one has the standard
    and forward cant slots and can be used with a 1 1/2 inch belt. It hides well, btw!
    Hope your quest ends in success. TKH from warm cloudy Oregon

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    Not a fan of kydex, especially for revolvers. I'm old school, I like leather. I use a Don Hume IWB or I pocket carry.
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    i like leather for the wheel guns, but have you checked out the kholster holster, its a crossbreed supertuck clone but it has a lifetime warranty and was about 50 bucks if i remember right

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    In what position are you looking to carry? IWB or OWB?
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    I got one from dead eye Luke on the way. It's IWB and $34 shipped. I have only read good things about them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall757 View Post
    I keep getting the same story from each maker that j frames are hard to retain in a holster because of how they are shaped.
    Everyone wants to put a thumb break on them to keep them put.
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    Really? Go to any of the prominent hybrid holster makers, they all make an IWB kydex hybird for the J Frame. Choose your maker, Crossbreed, Tommy Theis, White Hat, Bianchi, etc.

    I have a Tommy Theis hybrid horsehide for my J frame and it works terrifically. I can snap a picture for you if you need.

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    Thanks Kadonny but I haven't found a hybrid that works for me yet. I don't like the mix of leather and kydex. And yes the custom makers in my area have told me retention isn't as easy to build into a holster designed around a J frame some better than others. But most want to put thumb brakes on them.
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    I have just received a White Hat Max Tuck and am giving it its shake down now. I opted for the Kydex/Velcro clips, but might just use the spring clips.
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