N82 Holster for J-Frame (with pictures)

N82 Holster for J-Frame (with pictures)

This is a discussion on N82 Holster for J-Frame (with pictures) within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; After reading DetChris' post about N82 ( http://www.defensivecarry.com/forum/...ers-great.html ), and receiving a neutral recommendation from MrsHB in another thread ( http://www.defensivecarry.com/forum/...hield-9mm.html ), I thought I'd ...

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    N82 Holster for J-Frame (with pictures)

    After reading DetChris' post about N82 (N82 Tactical Holsters are Great!), and receiving a neutral recommendation from MrsHB in another thread (Looking for an XDS .45 and ended up with a Shield 9mm), I thought I'd give the N82 a try for my j-frame.

    I received the holster today, and I'm wearing it now. It is quite comfortable. The backing distributes the weight nicely. Like most holsters, there are some "pressure points," but they seem much more diffused with this holster. I was initially wary about the size of the holster, but I discovered it is not very large. Some pictures below show the size relative to a 640 Pro (that's a no lock Smith for you purists).

    Because I cannot carry to work, I'll have to wait for the weekend to give it a real go. But initial impressions are that it distributes the weight evenly and seems like it may be a keeper (Some holsters you know right away won't work). I'll repeat MrsHB's comments, and mine follow:


    -The backing forms a large paddle that extends from above the butt of the gun, down below the muzzle. This makes it less concealable. Not really an issue with me unless I'm bending over (I'll spare you all the pics).

    -The paddle behind the grip can interfere with a smooth draw. It's easy to drive your thumb between your skin and the 'paddle', rather than between the paddle and the gun. I ended up cutting mine off at the beltline because of this. Haven't cut mine, but yes, the paddle can be snug against the grip, especially a boot grip.

    -On the traditional model, the cant is not adjustable, and mine came with a vertical/neutral cant, which doesn't work for my body shape, so I had to modify it. I'm not sure if you can request a cant. The pro model has an adjustable cant, but looks a bit more bulky. I don't have the pro model, and fortunately the neutral cant works for me.

    Here are some photos to illustrate the size. I'll report later next week after I've worn it around a bit.



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    I'm a big fan of the N82 ORIGINAL (which is what you have and are showing above). Very comfortable IWB holster for my G27. My first N82 I went with the PROFESSIONAL and I simply didn't like it and sold it to a fellow member here at a discount. It took me several months before I circled around and ordered the ORIGINAL which I wish I'd done to start with.

    I look forward to an update once you've worn yours for a while. I've gone OWB 90% of the time so I don't have extended wear with my N82 yet.

    By the way, although N82 would have gladly taken back the model I didn't like for a refund, I'm an odd fellow in that I like to support small businesses and I feel "bad" returning items (as long as it isn't defective, etc) knowing they wouldn't be able to re-sell it and have to eat the cost. So, since I'm able to do it financially, I try to sell things like this to others that would want it and I end up eating part of the cost, knowing that someone is getting something they want and getting it at a discounted price. Like I said, I'm a little weird like that.
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    Nice looking rig, and an even better looking wheelgun! Congrats!
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    Based on the first photo, it appears to me that the front sight might hook onto the leading edge of the pouch material on the draw since the barrel extends beyond it. Has that been an issue for you during some practice draws? I'd been thinking about getting one for my S&W 342, but seeing the photo gives me pause.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poorly View Post
    Based on the first photo, it appears to me that the front sight might hook onto the leading edge of the pouch material on the draw since the barrel extends beyond it. Has that been an issue for you during some practice draws? I'd been thinking about getting one for my S&W 342, but seeing the photo gives me pause.
    I had the same concern, but it has not been an issue at all. It does not appear to catch, and pulls just as easy as my other j-frames with the ramped sights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PEF View Post
    I had the same concern, but it has not been an issue at all. It does not appear to catch, and pulls just as easy as my other j-frames with the ramped sights.
    Thank you.
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    I use a N82 tactical for my .357 snub and have no problems at all; it's comfortable, easy to draw from, and is an overall great holster. I also used one for the Taurus I had for a while (24/7 Pro compact in .45ACP), and it was great as well. I still have that one although I don't have the gun anymore.
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    Anybody used the tuckable version with a jframe?

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    Wore it with a 640 for most of the weekend. Also carried a 637 in it. The lighter revolver is very comfortable.

    After two days with the 640 I found the N82 holster to be extremely comfortable. The pressure points are so diffused that I did not develop any sore spots like many other IWB holsters. The only drawback is the way the holster molds to the grip - you have to jam your thumb between the holster and the grip. But with a little practice obtaining a firm grip is quite easy.

    You have to take the holster off to re-holster the gun, but I don't consider that a drawback, as I rarely unholster until I get home.

    Here are some pics after the weekend. You can see how the holster molds to the gun, thus helping to distribute the pressure.

    I think the N82 is definitely a keeper for me.






    Related note - I have one for my Shiled, and it is even more comfortable with the Shield.
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    Awesome. Looks swell.

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