April 20th, 2008 04:52 PM
Odd but maybe a good idea on a Holster design, help needed.
For medical reason's i can't really carry IWB more then a few mins before pain sits in but pocket carry or OWB is fine except i would rather carry OWB which is the most comfortable for me.
The problem is ive noticed unless i carry a very small weapon (soon to be a owner of a P3aT) the bottom of the holster stick's out below my shirt. Not far mind you but just enough that ive been noticed twice. No law broken since open carry in my state is legal but enough i don't want the attention.
Here's the thought.
Since i wear blue jeans 100% of the time what would it take to refinsh the outside of a holster with the same material or make a holster out of that material? Or does someone sell one that i haven't found?
IMO that would basicly be hiding it in plain site since it may not be clean enough to fool someone staring at it close up but good enough for quick glances across the room or closer.
Becasue the black and the brown of the standard holsters stick out compared to the blue / white shade of blue jeans. And i figure one of close to the same color would blend in just enough to camoflage it.
Im thinking even one made up using the lighter shades of military style break up camo would work.
Personaly i don't care if someone sees it since the last person asked about it and didn't know you could even get a permit and inquired on how to get one which makes life that much safer IMO.
The casual looker wont notice a standard holster but a criminal or a anti-gun nut will look and find them and take away the element of suprise if needed.
April 20th, 2008 05:00 PM
Might work. I know one of the holster makers (can't think of who right now) started making their belt loops out of denim.
You might try UBG. He has a very high ride OWB, the Bonneville. He has some good pics on the gallery page.
April 20th, 2008 05:59 PM
Mark Garrity can help you, he made a holster awhile back with jean material covering leather.
Here is a link http://www.garritysgunleather.com/Denim3.jpg
I am sure he can help you but it may take him awhile.
April 20th, 2008 06:06 PM
What about contact cementing a patch of old jeans to the holster? You could even use rubber cement so you could replace it. Use "scotchgaurd" to help with it getting dirty. Just a thought.
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April 20th, 2008 06:47 PM
K&D Holsters now has available clips that are covered in denim. Unknown if they're doing any denim on the holsters themselves.
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April 20th, 2008 08:15 PM
I sent Mark Garrity a email asking for a quote.
Hopefully he wont quote a large large price since if it's going to be too much i'll buy the cheapest belt or paddle holster i can find and form it on myself from a old set of blue jeans since im on a budget with the economy going nuts.
April 20th, 2008 08:44 PM
I might have dreamed this, but can't you get denim material with an adhesive strip on the back? If not in Wal-Mart, maybe in a fabric store? That way, you could be sure of a match since you'll be wearing the jeans that are to be matched into the store, anyway.
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April 20th, 2008 09:36 PM
I looked at that and all i could find is a patch for jeans but it had to be heated on at a rate that would damage the holster and the material was a really really dark fabric that didnt match.
April 20th, 2008 10:10 PM
Mark and Kevin are very good at this process as they have found a " glue " that will not leach through the denim material so the application looks natural, at this point in time I would stick with either one of the two holster makers or you may want to do your own R&D which could be very time consuming.
April 20th, 2008 10:16 PM
You worry too much...IWB with a KelTec P-3AT will hide very well...
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April 20th, 2008 10:24 PM
I considered the same at one point. However my jeans are different shades of blue or black. I just wear longer shirts.
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April 20th, 2008 11:31 PM
Shannon Caldwell makes holsters covered in denim, or at least used to. He's a cop in Missouri who makes holsters on the side and sells them on ebay. He used to work for Rafter S, so he makes a decent rig for a very reasonable price. I got a holster, belt and mag pouches from him when I was on a tight budget and they're very good.
His seller name is mo.lakota and he's usually got a couple dozen items listed, plus he'll take special orders too. He's a real nice guy and easy to deal with. You should probably mention that you saw his name recommended on the forum so he doesn't think you're ebay trying to set him up for selling offline. I think he's had that problem before with them.
Of course, there's no doubt that Garrity's work is in a whole different league, but I understand he's got a serious backlog problem and he's also hard to get hold of, so if you're in a hurry I'm sure Caldwell would deliver much sooner. But hey, let us know what Garrity says. I've been thinking about ordering some exotic stuff from him and I'd like to know what kind of delivery time he's quoting now. Good luck.
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April 21st, 2008 08:19 AM
I would forget about Garrity as an option. Be sure to revisit that "Where's My Holster..." thread. He has been unresponsive to emails and seemed to have forgotten about his customers. I happen to be one of them. Though, I'd be interested to see if he gets back to one of you guys regarding the request.
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April 21st, 2008 05:43 PM
Have you seen the blue jean pocket purses at craft fairs? They were quite popular about 2 years ago. To experiment, you could just make a version of this purse and put the distal tip of your holster IN the purse and attach the purse to your belt (straps on either side of your holster attachment would work well). This way the holster is hidden in the purse. but the purse would not be high enough up on the holster to interfere with drawing. And since it is not just a denim holster, it would certainly not look like a holster when your shirt rode up (it'd look more like an odd cell phone holder).
Send me the dimensions of your holster and I'll make you one.
April 21st, 2008 11:35 PM
+1 for Shannon's holsters. He's a great guy and straight up to deal with. His holsters work pretty doggone well too.
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