Frustrated with lack of 1911 pocket holsters.
I have been looking for a decent way to carry a 3in 1911 in my front right pocket. I have tried different things and with 1911 the holster ends up being so much thicker that gives it away anyway. I have carried in the pocket but the cloth of the pocket is usually thin even in jeans. So I went to Wally World into the crafts section and started thinking. DANGER DANGER WILL ROBINSON, SAILOR HAVING IDEAS, EXTREME DANGER WILL ROBINSON!
1. Do you remember those denim patches you iron on holes in jeans, about 4 x 5in, buy a bunch of those.
2. Turn the pants inside out, keep track which pocket is the right pocket it can get confusing when the pants are inside out.
At this point you see both sides of the cloth pocket flopping around outside of the pants. The pants material, the outside of the pocket against the pants material, and the inside of the pocket against your thigh.
3. Iron the pocket until it is flat and hot.
4. Iron the patches onto the pocket material. This may require trimming, but the main concern is that the patch covers where you gun sits in the pocket.
5. Repeat step 4 on the other side of the pocket.
6. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
At this point the pocket is about the consistency of thin leather. Try the pants on and put your gun in your pocket. The pocket opens up as you insert your gun, and falls flat as you remove it. You can add more layers to the side of the pocket against you pants if you are still printing.
If your gun is so small that it is flopping around (not a problem with a 1911) turn the pants inside out with the gun still in the pocket. Lay the pants flat with the gun pocket up. Break out some thread and a needle. (The outside part of the pocket needs to stay flat against the table to block printing.) Mold the inside part of the pocket (The part against your thigh)around the barrel and trigger and sew it a little loose so the gun can slide in place and back out. (If you make the cloth too tight against the gun it will cause problems drawing and holstering.)
Since the holster is the pocket there are no issues with having to push the holster down as you draw. Also the muscle memory for holstering and drawing in that pocket were set by the time you were 10. Since the pocket material is now fairly rigid the cloth will not bunch up around the gun, if for some reason it still does just add more patches. As soon as the gun is in the top of the pocket it is in the holster instead of having to align the gun with a holster inside the pocket. The patches are made to go through the wash after ironing them on so washing is the same as usual.